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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Nebraska Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 12 items )  

Fort Report: Google 2.0
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: Last year, I sent a letter to search engine giant Google, challenging them to maintain proper protections for children's online privacy. I was inspired by twenty-three child and privacy advocacy groups, who, in April, 2018, filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) arguing that Google's YouTube online video and advertising network systematically collected data on the online habits of tens of m  more

Rep. Fortenberry Issues Statement on Google Settlement With FTC
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the Federal Trade Commission announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube would pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the FTC and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal data on children without parental consent: "With success should come responsibility. Parents should have confidence that their kids are safe online and that tech giants like Goog  more

Rep. Smith: August in Review
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: Every year, when Congress adjourns for an extended district work period during August, I continue to take the opportunity to travel the district, hold meetings, and find out what is on the minds of Nebraskans across the Third District. This August I met with folks all across the district, from Auburn and Peru to Alliance and Scottsbluff, and many communities in between. I appreciated hearing their insights. I en  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Column: Glimmers of Hope in the Fight Against Opioids
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: The reported numbers on the effects of opioid addiction in our country are mind-boggling. More Americans have died from opioid overdoses than those who gave their lives in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the Iraq wars combined. According to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report in 2017, two million children live in households with at least one parent who had an illicit drug use diso  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Nebraska Receiving $4 Million HHS Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the Health and Human Services Department announced federal funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, including over $4 million for Nebraska: "Opioid addiction is an epidemic across the country, and Nebraska is not immune to this crisis. "The $4 million in federal funding for Nebraska represents another important step in our ongoing fight to combat drug addiction, which continues to harm our f  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Ponca & Winnebago Tribes Receiving Federal Grants for Libraries
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the Ponca and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska will receive grants to support and enhance their library services: "These well-deserved grants will help strengthen Nebraska's Native American communities and support their access to information through libraries. "In February, I had the opportunity to visit the Winnebago Public School and hear   more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Two Water Efficiency Grants for Nebraska
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: * * * - Resources to Improve Water Infrastructure Headed to Lower Platte North Natural Resources District and Twin Loups Irrigation District * * * U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation announced that Nebraska will receive two grants from the 2019 Small-Sca  more

Sen. Fischer Submits Op-Ed on Protecting Consumer Choice, Privacy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following op-ed on protecting consumer choice and privacy, which was provided was provided to the Omaha World-Herald: A popular social media app asks you to authorize facial recognition. You agree, taking the advice from the pop-up that states this feature will provide protection from others attempting to impersonate you. But after pulling back the curtain, we know this technology can be used to recognize emotional states, target a  more

Sen. Sasse Holds Human Trafficking Hearing in Nebraska
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade Finance, held a subcommittee hearing in Nebraska entitled "Human Trafficking and its Intersection with the Financial System." "Today's hearing helped shed light on the unspeakable evil of human trafficking and sex slavery,"said Senator Sasse. "These despicable cri  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, doubled down on delaying the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Easy for San Francisco elitists to say, but try telling that to hurting Nebraska farmers and ranchers. "They're the best in the world, but they desperately need export markets in both North America and Asia. "The problem with China is mainly the intellectual property theft and bad behavior of the Chinese Commun  more

Senate Banking Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Nebraska A.G. Peterson
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 3 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance issued the following testimony by Nebraska Attorney General Douglas Peterson at a field hearing entitled "Human Trafficking and its Intersection with the Financial System": "Good afternoon. It is a privilege and an honor to speak before this committee. I want to start by thanking the committee for its focus today on this important topic of human traff  more

Senate Banking Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Nebraska State Sen. Slama
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Sept. 3 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance issued the following testimony by Nebraska State Sen. Julie Slama at a field hearing entitled "Human Trafficking and its Intersection with the Financial System": "Good afternoon. My name is Julie Slama and I am a State Senator, representing District 1 in the Nebraska Legislature. It is an honor to testify on a subject which has become one of my priori  more