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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Nebraska Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 20 items )  

At Ag Committee Hearing, Fischer Questions Witnesses on Cattle Markets Following Fire at Holcomb Beef Plant
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) questioned Dr. Jayson Luck, Agriculture Economics Professor at Purdue University, Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and Shane Eaton, a member of the United States Cattlemen's Association, about the impact of last month's fire at a Tyson beef plant in Holcomb, Kansas, on the cattle marke  more

Bipartisan Legislation Co-Sponsored by Bacon to Help Smooth TSA Screening Processes for Pregnant Women and Young Families Passes House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Today, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) that will help the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) improve the screening experience for pregnant women and young families, passed the House without opposition. The two pieces of legislation are the H.R. 3246 Traveling Parents Screening Consistency Act of 2019 and H.R. 3694 Helping Families Fly Act of 2019. H.R. 3246 woul  more

Fischer, Smith Welcome Veterans of Dawson County Hero Flight
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) welcomed 25 veterans and guests of the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam war eras to Washington, D.C. Senator Fischer had the opportunity to meet with them outside the U.S. Capitol and thank them for their service to our nation. "I was so honored to welcome these heroes of Dawson County, Nebraska, to the U.S. Capitol today. These vete  more

Fort Report: Blocking and Tackling
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: This week, I put out a tweet that read: "My advice to Congress: less drama, more work." The possibility of a vote on the impeachment of the President sent the media and DC into a frenzy. Here's another reality: Tomorrow Nebraska plays Ohio State. Most of the game will not be a big dramatic exercise. It will be blocking, tackling, and the basics of moving the football down the field. My main job in Washingto  more

Rep. Fortenberry Issues Statement on Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on International Food Assistance Programs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement at a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration regarding international food assistance programs: "The United States leads the world in agriculture and humanitarian assistance. "Due to our leadership, capacity, and generosity, countries in need turn to us first. "The ultimate purpose of our aid is two-fold: to create conditions in   more

Rep. Smith Issues Column: Let's Talk About Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: From the start of his term, President Trump has voiced his support for investing in our nation's infrastructure. I think we should take him up on his offer. In April, he showed his commitment when he issued two Executive Orders aimed at removing regulatory burdens and streamlining the process for building new energy infrastructure projects. Because we have less population to support redundancies, dependable infr  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement regarding the completion of the so-called "phase one" of a trade agreement by the U.S. and Japan: "This agreement is a huge win for U.S. agriculture, bringing Japanese tariff rates on U.S. agriculture in line with our competitors and relieving a burden for our farmers and producers. "I thank President Trump and Prime Minister Abe for their dedication to furthering U.S.-Japanese relations and trade. "As the   more

Rep. Smith to Hold Infrastructure Seminar
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) will host an Infrastructure Seminar in Hastings on October 3, 2019. At the Infrastructure Seminar, Third District residents will be able to hear from a wide variety of Nebraska officials and stakeholders on the current state of infrastructure, plans for the future, and resources available to communities; Panel topics will include: "Workforce, Trade Skills Education, Economi  more

Rep. Smith: Expanding Mental Health Access
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: Identifying and treating mental illness is a pressing issue in our country. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, while 1 in 25 adults experience serious mental illness each year. As with most conditions, mental illness can afflict anyone. We have come a long way as a nation in fighting the stigma of mental illness. Mental illness is no longer   more

Sen. Fischer Issues Column: Chief Standing Bear's Legacy Is Part of Our National Story
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: History grants us the ability to see our lives through a much larger lens. It helps us develop an understanding of what the present moment requires. History gives the opportunity to step back and evaluate who we are and where we're going. The story of Chief Standing Bear has long been ingrained in Nebraska's history, but now it has been woven into the tapestry of our national story as well. On September 18th,  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Gen. Hyten Confirmation as Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Air Force Gen. John Hyten as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by a bipartisan 75-22 vote: "General Hyten is an exceptional leader and will bring valuable experience to the Joint Staff. "His understanding of nuclear deterrence and space operations will be vita  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Senate Passing Building Blocks of STEM Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM Act, which expands upon STEM education initiatives at the National Science Foundation for young children, passed the Senate: "I am pleased that the Senate passed this bipartisan bill, which I was proud to help introduce. "By expanding STEM education, this bill will ensure that more young people--especially young women and   more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed phase one of the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which will eliminate or lower tariffs for U.S. agricultural products: "Nebraska welcomes this trade deal between the U.S. and Japan, which is the top export destination for Nebraska beef and a major buyer of our state's many agricultural products. "I th  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Vote on President Trump's Border Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the Senate voted on a resolution disapproving of President Trump's border emergency declaration, which directs funds to support a border wall: "I voted against the disapproval resolution today because I believe the president has the legal authority to make this emergency declaration to secure our border." * * * Media note: None of the funds used for border wall construction directly impact military inst  more

Sen. Fischer: Army Corps Announces Funding for Repair of Nebraska Levees
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced that it will use $1 billion provided in its Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account to repair damage resulting from natural disasters in eight states, including levees and other flood control infrastructure in Nebraska impacted by flooding. This account originally had zero dollars in funding, but due to negotiation efforts by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer   more

Sen. Fischer: Richardson County Receives USDA Grant to Expand Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: 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 Agriculture (USDA) announced a $1 million grant to expand water infrastructure in Richardson County, Nebraska, as part of the department's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program: "Nebraskans in Richardson County who are experiencing water shortages wi  more

Sen. Fischer: Starting Mid-October, Nebraska Producers Will Receive Automatic 'Top-Up' Payments for Prevented Planting Due to Flooding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: 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 Agriculture (USDA) announced that producers participating in federal crop insurance who had a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding in 2019 will automatically receive a "top-up" payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting   more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Release of Ukraine Call Transcript
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on the release of the unredacted transcript of President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: "I'm glad the President agreed with the requests a number of us have been making that the administration release this unredacted transcript. "The President should also provide all additional relevant materials to the Committee. "At a time when foreign  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after it was announced that the U.S. and Japan reached a trade deal: "There's still more work to do, but this is really great news for Nebraska's producers. "We need more trade deals in the Pacific because they are great for business in Nebraska and it helps build allies as we turn up the pressure on China to stop their constant cheating."  more

Smith Bill to Rename Homestead National Monument as National Historical Park Advances From Natural Resources Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Adrian Smith's (R-NE) bill (H.R. 1472) to rename Homestead National Monument in Gage County, Nebraska, as Homestead National Historical Park passed the House Natural Resources Committee today. "The Homestead Act of 1862, signed into law by President Lincoln, helped shape the American West - and certainly Nebraska. The Homestead National Monument commemorates this piece of American history memo  more