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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Nebraska Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 29 items )  

Fort Report: ISIS 2.0
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: This past Saturday, in a daring nighttime raid on a heavily fortified compound near the village of Barisha in Syria's terrorist-infested Idlib province, American commandos took out the elusive founder and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Cornered in a dead-end tunnel, with U.S. military dogs in hot pursuit, Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest, murdering himself and three of his children that he'd perverse  more

Rep. Bacon Issues Statement on Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the resolution (H.Res. 107) establishing Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program for the placement in offices of Members of the House of Representatives of children, spouses and siblings of members of the Armed Services who are hostile casualties or who have died from a training-related injury. "I have made it my mission to work across the aisle to ensure Congress does its part t  more

Rep. Bacon Issues Statement on Impeachment Resolution Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after voting against resolution (H.Res. 660) regarding impeachment hearings of President Trump: "After acknowledging the unfairness of their hyper-partisan impeachment inquiry, House Democrats had a chance to establish the transparent impeachment process that Americans expect and restore some confidence in the citizens of this country in the People's House. "This bill crushed those hopes. House Democrats again r  more

Rep. Bacon Votes to Impose Sanctions on Turkey, Recognize Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) yesterday voted to pass H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act (PACT Act), and H.Res. 296, Affirming the United States Record on the Armenian Genocide. Rep. Bacon is a cosponsor of H.R. 4695. The PACT Act is bi-partisan legislation that will take action to impose sanctions on Turkey for their invasion of northern Syria, although it still requires Senate action and   more

Rep. Fortenberry Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement on impeachment inquiry vote: "I'm deeply concerned that this entire impeachment inquiry is tainted by the politics of division and hate. "Now, after secret hearings, I'm being asked to vote to give this a veneer of civility and order--it's not right." * * * Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Admi  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on EPA's Renewable Fuels Standard Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels standard hearing: "The EPA's RFS policy has been wildly inconsistent. "This policy is the latest example of the EPA failing to effectively implement promises the President has made to farmers, refiners, and consumers. "Administrator Wheeler must follow the law when it comes to the RFS. "All those affected by the EPA's actions should use the publ  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi's Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment inquiry: "It is a shame something as serious as an impeachment inquiry has been used for political games. "This haphazard process has been skewed to fit Speaker Pelosi's narrative from the beginning and it only hurts our great nation. "After a month of closed-door, unilateral hearings, Speaker Pelosi introduced a resolution to attempt to legitimize her impeac  more

Rep. Smith: Government Takeover - Drug Pricing Edition
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 percent of Americans took at least one prescription drug in the last month. When used correctly and safely, prescription drugs help millions of people by curing, treating, or preventing diseases. Our pharmaceutical system is designed to reward innovators by allowing them to bring new products to market at a price which allows them to rec  more

Rep. Smith: The Secret Impeachment Process
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: One of our most serious and solemn duties as citizens of the United States is electing a President. Overturning an election by removing a duly elected President from office should be equally solemn and serious. Yet, we have seen repeated attempts to impeach President Trump thrown around since before he even took office. Before President Trump stepped foot in the Oval Office, five Democratic Senators had already i  more

Reps. Bacon, Cisneros Reintroduce Stop Straw Purchases Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Don Bacon (NE-R) was joined by Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-D) in reintroducing H.R. 4939, the STOP Straw Purchases Act, to increase penalties resulting from the purchase of a firearm for a prohibited person. An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime and applies to purchases for those who are knowingly prohibited by law from possessing a gun or do not want their name associated with th  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Column: Rebuilding Nebraska
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: It has been a year of challenges for the Cornhusker State, with perhaps none bigger than this spring's disastrous bomb cyclone storm. Towns were underwater, roads and bridges closed, farms and livestock were destroyed, and at least three Nebraskans lost their lives. While the extent of the flooding and damage was heartbreaking, I was inspired by Nebraskans' sense of community and willingness to help one another re  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Floor Statement on Defense Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the defense appropriations bill: I rise today to speak about the importance of the Senate providing the resources needed by our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. We are seeing increasing threats to the homeland from around the world. We need look no further than the recent elimination of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by U.S. Special Operations fo  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement After Visiting Saddlebrook Elementary
OMAHA, Nebraska, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after visiting the students and teachers at Saddlebrook Elementary: "It was a pleasure to spend time at Saddlebrook Elementary where I visited with students who are studying Nebraska's history, read a story to a wonderful group of kindergartners, and heard from the school's dedicated teaching staff. "These children represent our state's future, and it is so important that we provide them with the knowledge   more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Confirmation of Vice Adm. Richard to Be Commander of U.S. Strategic Command
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, chair of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Strategic Forces, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Vice Adm. Charles Richard to be Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command: "I'm happy to see the Senate swiftly confirm Admiral Richard to be the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command. "I look forward to working with him in my role as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces once he takes th  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Sen. Hagan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Sen. Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina: "I was very sad to hear that former Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina has passed away. "Kay was warm and welcoming when we first met at a People Magazine photo shoot for the Senate's 'Leading Ladies' after I was elected in 2012. "I have fond memories of working with her when we served on the Senate Armed Services Committee together as leaders of the Subcom  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Death of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died during a raid by the U.S. military in northwest Syria: "The death of al-Baghdadi is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the U.S. Special Forces. "I commend President Trump and our senior military leaders for successfully planning and completing this important mission. "This represe  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Grants to Combat Youth Drug Use
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced 150 grants for its Drug-Free Communities Support Program to reduce substance use among youth including three communities in Nebraska: "As drug addiction continues to destroy lives across the country, we must ensure that Nebraska's young people are educated about the dangers of substance abuse. "These grants will help our communities in the O  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on University of Nebraska President Carter
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after the University of Nebraska named Vice Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., ex-superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, as the priority candidate to serve as the university's president: "Congratulations to Vice Admiral Carter on being chosen as the next president of the University of Nebraska. "Our state has a time-honored tradition of providing America's future leaders with quality educations, and I look forward t  more

Sen. Fischer Joins Bipartisan Effort to Bring Local Television Programming to Counties in Western Nebraska
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today joined a bipartisan effort to ensure that residents of "orphan counties"--those assigned to Designated Market Areas (DMAs) based in other states--can access in-state broadcast programming. There are 16 orphan counties in Western Nebraska. Senator Fischer, along with Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis  more

Sen. Fischer Questions Boeing CEO at Hearing on 737 MAX
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: At a Senate Commerce Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) expressed sympathy for the victims of the two crashes of Boeing's 737 MAX planes and pushed Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on communications and certification issues that may have played a role in those crashes. The full transcript of Senator Fischer's exchange with Mr. Muilenburg and Mr. John Hamilton, the Vice President and Chie  more

Sen. Fischer Remembers Ex-North Carolina Sen. Hagan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 31, remembering ex-North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan: I first met Kay Hagan at a People magazine photoshoot for the Senate's "Leading Ladies" after I was elected in 2012. I appreciated how warm and welcoming she was towards me. I have fond memories of working with Kay on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and we forged a partnership through our leadership r  more

Sen. Fischer Submits Op-Ed on U.S. Beef Producers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following op-ed on U.S. beef producers, which was provided to the Fox News: Gina Pospichal, a Nebraska cattle producer, was recently thumbing through the news on her phone when a certain headline caught her eye. She saw the anti-meat campaign rolling through her social media feed after Ellen DeGeneres made a tagline plea to her more than 77 million Instagram followers. "Be neat," DeGeneres wrote. "Eat less meat ... It's better for y  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on California's Lawsuit Against Conscience Protections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement as a federal judge in San Francisco heard oral arguments in California's lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule that protects medical workers with religious objections from being forced to provide or refer abortions or assisted suicides: "California doesn't seem to understand the First Amendment. "The First Amendment - especially our freedom to decide what we say and how we worship - is all about protect  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Communism Among Millennials
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after what he calls an alarming new poll commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation revealed growing support for communism among millennials: "This poll is a warning that America's got a civics crisis. America doesn't work if we don't pass it down to the next generation and we're not. "To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, 'hey chuckleheads, we've got a republic if we can keep it.' "When corporate A  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Death of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "It's tremendous news that the U.S. has ended Baghdadi's bloody jihad. "The President made the right call to take out this bloodthirsty monster who led ISIS as it raped and pillaged its way through Iraq and Syria. "As Americans celebrate this victory, we must remain clear-eyed that  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Nebraska University President Carter
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after it was announced that Vice Adm. Walter E. 'Ted' Carter has been selected to be Nebraska University's next president: "Congratulations and welcome to The Good Life, Admiral Carter. "The Board of Regents did a great job, and we should all be thrilled to welcome the Admiral to his new home. "He's had a distinguished career and Nebraskans should be excited about him leading our state's biggest and most influen  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on New ISIS Leader
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after ISIS announced that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi will take Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's place: "We killed the last murderous bastard who ran ISIS. "Let's go get the next one."  more

Senator Markey Demands Answers From Pipeline Owner on Latest Keystone Spill, 4th Major Spill Since 2010
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Questions whether TC Energy should continue to operate pipeline if it cannot do so safely * * * Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today demanded answers from TC Energy, owner of the Keystone Pipeline, about a 383,000-gallon crude oil spill in North Dakota, the 4th major spill since the pipeline began operation in 2010. The Keystone Pipeline pumps tar sands oil - from Alberta,   more

Sens. Markey, Fischer, Baldwin Urge Commerce Committee Leadership to Help Restore Access to In-State Broadcast Television
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - As Commerce Committee considers updates to current video marketplace rules, Senator Markey pushes for restored access to Massachusetts stations in Berkshire County * * * Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, yesterday sent a letter urging Chairman Roger Wicker (R- Miss.) and R  more