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Open Letter to Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida)

 

Dear Senator Nelson,

I will not be voting for you in this midterm election. It is not because I am a conservative voice. It is not because I am a registered Republican (unlike Politicians, I have, and will continue to evaluate on substance, not partisan politics and party lines.)

I will not vote for you this midterm election because of my belief that you are not representative of Florida. Your voting record speaks for itself (as seen as in a partial record of your votes in the last few years below.)

As represented in the table below is your partisan politics. Voting yea on bills introduced by fellow “Democrats”, and nay (mostly) on those introduced by Republicans.

I will note vote for you because, as your record suggests, you believe in never-ending spending, and never-ending taxation. (voted yea to S 540 – Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act (increasing the debt limit), yea to S 1569 – Default Prevention Act of 2013 (suspending the debt limit entirely), voted yea to S 2432 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (increased taxes), and nay to S 1931 – Reduces Payroll Tax Rate (payroll tax cuts), and nay to S Amdt 2573 – Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 (extension of middle-class tax cuts), and nay to HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (cutting taxes for middle-class Americans (and Floridians) me being one, and refusing to repeal a tax for not buying a government mandated product.)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted yea to disapproving of the FCC’s stance on “Internet Freedom.” From one that works in technology, and understands how it works, and who pays the bills for it, the internet is not “free.” It’s not a right. It’s a privilege. It is a series, a global series of, hardware (switches, routers, servers and circuits) that power it. Those devices are owned by companies. They have to pay for the initial hardware as well as upkeep. It is not a free public domain entity.

I will not vote for you this midterm because you refused voted against protecting Americans from dangerous, untraceable illegal immigrant criminals. (S Amdt 1948 – Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment))

I will not vote for you this midterm because you refused to vote for an actual budget for government, and the United States. (H Con Res 71 – Establishing the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2018 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2019 through 2027)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against providing funds for people that are fighting an addition to opiods as well as portions of ACA repeal. (S Amdt 271 – Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against funding for Medicaid and also additional funding for states to help fight substance abuse – 4.97 billion dollars per year through 2026. (S Amdt 270 – Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, and “not present” for S Amdt 340 – Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted nay to having a court decide if someone was a terrorist or other criminal before stripping them of their civil and Constitutional rights (S Amdt 4749 – Authorizes the Attorney General to Delay Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists) and introduced a bill to give one, un-elected, bureaucrat that sole discretion (S Amdt 4720 – Prohibits the Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists.)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted to establish a national gun registry. (S Amdt 4750 – Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against tougher sentences not for illegal immigrants, but immigrants that had specifically been denied entry or deported from the United States already. (S 2193 – Stop Illegal Reentry Act)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against preserving natural resources and reducing pollution. (S 2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against keeping Americans and Floridians safe from terroristic threats by voting against background checks for people from Syria or Iraq (war zones with known infiltrated terrorists.) (HR 4038 – American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act – National Key) But, you would let one man decide if an American Citizen was a terrorist? (S Amdt 4720 – Prohibits the Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists.)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against an audit of the Federal Reserve. (S 2232 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015) Why is that?

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted to strip Americans and Floridians with one of their Constitutional rights, and forcing a gun registry, and prevent concealed carry permits. (S Amdt 2915 – Defend Our Capital Act of 2015)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted against funding our Armed Forces. (HR 2685 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act)

I will not vote for you this midterm because you voted to all funding for the release, or transfer to American soil, enemies of the United States, some of which arguably killed American soldiers, and possibly American citizens. (S Amdt 2175 – Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States)

These are just some of the reasons that I would not vote for you again for Senate. I do not believe that you have Floridian’s interests in mind. You have the Democratic/Progressive interests in mind. It is evident, as your voting record proves, that you tend to vote solely party lines. That is not good for America, nor is it good for Floridians.

Bill Nelson Voting Record (Partial) Sponsor
Amendment/Bill Number Vote Laymens Terms  
S J Res 52 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Restoring Internet Freedom” Yea (also Co-Sponsor) Voted to disapprove of the FCC’s direction with internet freedom. The internet is not free. It is made up of systems, servers, routers and switches -all of which costs money for purchase and upkeep – that are owned by companies. This is not Public domain. Democrat
S Amdt 1948 – Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act (Toomey Amendment) Nay Voted against protecting Americans by refusing Federal funds to cities that aided and hid illigal immigrants, including violent criminals. Republican
HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nay Voted against lowering taxes, and repealing the ACA’s penalty tax on Americans for not buying a product. Republican
H Con Res 71 – Establishing the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2018 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2019 through 2027 Nay Voted against a budget Republican
S Amdt 271 – Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 Nay Voted not only to repeal portions of the ACA, but voted nay to giving federal treatment for opioid abuse and addiction. Republican
S Amdt 270 – Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Nay Voted against funding for Medicaid and Medicare: “Appropriates $15 billion for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years and $10 billion for 2020 and 2021 to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to fund arrangements with health insurance issuers to assist in the purchase of health benefits coverage (Title I, Sec. 106).” Voted against almost 5 billion dollars to states for helping with substance abuse, including Florida, “Appropriates $4.97 billion for each fiscal year 2018 through 2026 to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants to states in order to fund substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services for individuals who have mental or substance use disorders (Title II, Sec. 202).” Republican
S Amdt 340 – Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act Did not vote Voted against spending for Medicare, and for other appropriations and expansions of Medicare. Republican
PN 55 – Nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Nay Voted against the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Republican
S Con Res 3 – A Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2017 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2026 Nay Voted against “… the pay-as-you-go ledger for the purposes of legislation related to healthcare which calls for such an adjustment, provided that this legislation would not increase the deficit between the fiscal years of 2017 and 2026 (Sec. 3001).” Republican
S 2193 – Stop Illegal Reentry Act Nay Voted against a “Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a bill that increases the maximum prison term for an undocumented immigrant who reenters the United States after being denied admission or deported.” Republican
S Amdt 4749 – Authorizes the Attorney General to Delay Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists Nay Voted against having a court decide if someone was likely a terrorist, or committed a terrorist. “Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment to HR 2578 that authorizes the attorney general to delay transfer of firearms to a suspected terrorist for up to 3 days while seeking a court order to prevent the transfer.” Republican
S Amdt 4720 – Prohibits the Transfer of Firearms to Suspected Terrorists Yea (also Co-Sponsor) In contrast to the above row, voted yes to allow one man that was not a judge to decide who are, or are not, terrorists. Including American citizens. “Vote to invoke cloture on an amendment to HR 2578 that authorizes the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to a known or suspected terrorist.” Democrat
S Amdt 4750 – Fix Gun Checks Act of 2016 Yea Voted to allow a national gun registry. “Establishes that within 1 year, the Attorney General with the coordination of the states to implement a records recording system plan, made available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System” Democrat
S Amdt 4751 – Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2016 Nay Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on an amendment to HR 2578 that amends the background check system for gun purchases. Republican
S 2012 – Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Nay Voted no to preserving natural resources and reducing polution. Republican
HR 4038 – American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act – National Key Nay Voted against background checks for Syrian’s and Iraqi’s entering the United States Republican
S 2232 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 Nay Voted against the audit of the Federal Reserve by the Comptroller Republican
S Amdt 2915 – Defend Our Capital Act of 2015 Nay Voted against the 2nd Amendment, and allowing someone to own a gun without registration, and to obtain a concealed weapons permit. Republican
HR 2685 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act Nay Voted against funding the Department of Defense and Military. Republican
HR 2029 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 Nay Voted against a budget and tax break extensions. Republican
HR 36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Nay Voted against killing a child after 20 weeks. Republican
S Con Res 11 – An Original Concurrent Resolution Setting Forth the Congressional Budget for the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2016 and Setting Forth the Appropriate Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Years 2017 Through 2025 Nay Voted against a budget. Republican
S 1 – A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Nay Voted against the Keystone Pipeline (which would have created jobs) not once, but three times. Republican
S 2685 – USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 Nay Voted against ” … a bill that prohibits the collection of telephone records of certain individuals” Democrat
S Amdt 3584 – Transportation Empowerment Act Nay Voted against lowering federal gasoline taxes in 2015 (when average was 2.65) Republican
S Amdt 3585 – Exempts Infrastructure Damaged by Natural Disasters from Environmental Reviews Nay Voted against allowing anything that was destroyed by a natural disaster from being rebuilt without an “environmental review.” Republican
S 2432 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act Yea Voted to raise taxes. “Establishes a tax … that is 30 percent of the individual’s adjusted gross income after his or her modified charitable contribution deduction, beginning the taxable year after December 31, 2014” Democrat
S 1752 – Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 Nay Voted against: “Authorizes a chief of staff or commandant of the Armed Forces to permit a commissioned officer to determine whether to court-martial the trial of a military member who has allegedly committed, conspired, solicited, or attempted an offense that has a maximum prison sentence of more than 1 year including, but not limited to, the following offenses (Secs. 2 & 3):
Rape and sexual assault;
Stalking; or
Other sexual misconduct.”
Democrat
S 540 – Temporary Debt Limit Extension Act Yea Voted to raise the debt limit. Democrat
S Amdt 2175 – Authorizes the Use of Funds for the Transfer or Release of Guantanamo Detainees to the United States Yea Voted to allow the transfer or release of enemy combatants to the United States. Democrat
S Amdt 2013 – Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Nay Voted to allow religious discrimination. Republican
S J Res 26 – A Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the President’s Exercise of Authority to Suspend the Debt Limit, as Submitted Under Section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014 on October 17, 2013 Nay Voted against disapproving of suspending the debt limit altogether. Republican
S 1569 – Default Prevention Act of 2013 Yea Voted to suspend the debt limit entirely. Democrat
S Amdt 711 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons Yea Voted to prohibit the sale of semiautomatic weapons, including handguns. Democrat
S Amdt 714 – Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity Yea Voted for citizens (but not government entities) from possessing more than ten rounds of ammunition. Democrat
S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms Nay Voted against allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons (with a permit) to other states. Republican
S Amdt 139 – Prohibits the United States From Entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Nay Voted against the prohibiting of the United States from entering into the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (a.k.a, dictating arms for US citizens.) Republican
To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Nay Voted against withholding funds for “ACA” Republican
S Amdt 2573 – Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2012 Nay Voted against extending tax cuts. Republican
S Amdt 2310 – Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients Nay Voted against having genetically modified products labeled as such. Independent
S Amdt 2372 – Prohibits the EPA from Conducting Aerial Surveillance of Agricultural Operations Nay Voted against prohibiting the government from spying on farmers with aerial surveillance without due process. Republican
S Amdt 2156 – Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Nay Voted against providing fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary school students. Democrat
S Amdt 2111 – Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs Nay Voted against the delaying of generic drugs. Democrat
S 1931 – Reduces Payroll Tax Rate Nay Voted against reducing the payroll tax rate Republican

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