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Sen. Benjamin Sasse

Senator for Nebraska

pronounced BEN-juh-min // sass

Sasse is the junior senator from Nebraska and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Sasse is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Sen. Benjamin Sasse [R-NE]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Sasse.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sasse is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sasse has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 5, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Benjamin Sasse sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Sasse was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sasse sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (24%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Taxation (20%) Education (12%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Sasse’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Sasse voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Sasse voted Nay

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Sasse voted Nay

Bill Passed 95/3 on Sep 15, 2016.

Sasse voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 92/2 on Jul 13, 2016.

Overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs, and opioid pain relievers last year surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in America, according to ...

Sasse voted Nay

Bill Passed 94/1 on Mar 10, 2016.

Overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs, and opioid pain relievers last year surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in America, according to ...

Sasse voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Sasse voted Nay

Bill Passed 65/34 on Jul 30, 2015.

This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2019, Sasse missed 19 of 1,487 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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