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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Nebraska Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 18 items )  

Fortenberry Statement on New Law to Stop Robocall Epidemic
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) issued the following statement on the enactment of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) to help stop the pernicious epidemic of robocalls. "If Americans can agree on one thing, it's this: robocalls must stop. A critical bill to end this epidemic is now the law of the land. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enfo  more

Rep. Bacon Delivers Forceful Speech Against Resolution That Would Weaken America
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Don Bacon delivered a blistering speech against the un-needed resolution introduced by House Democrats that would weaken America and embolden its enemies. He then voted no on the resolution. "I knew who Soleimani was when I was in Iraq. We were targeted by rockets every single day from Iranian proxies trained in, funded and armed by Iran - and sometimes led by Iranian commanders," Rep. Bacon said   more

Rep. Bacon Questions Pelosi's Reasoning for War Powers Resolution
OMAHA, Nebraska, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Don Bacon, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02), the highest-ranking retired active duty military member serving in Congress, questioned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's rationale for introducing a "War Powers" resolution. "Speaker Pelosi says the Soleimani operation was 'disproportionate'," said Rep. Bacon. "What would it take for her to defend our troops? He oversaw the murder of 608 Americans in Iraq and recently dir  more

Rep. Smith Announces Nominees to U.S. Service Academies
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) announced his nomination of four students to the U.S. Service Academies for the class entering in fall 2020. Members of Congress have the privilege of nominating young people for admission to the U.S. Service Academies, which include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The service academies off  more

Rep. Smith Column: Year in Review
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: As we begin a new year, I find it useful reflect on past successes while building plans for the future. In 2019, we faced many challenges, but we also found several solutions to which will benefit Nebraska families, farmers, ranchers, and small businesses. Nebraska had a tough start to 2019 when the worst disaster in our state's history hit in March. In the aftermath, Governor Ricketts and the entire Nebraska Con  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on Soleimani Death
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement after an airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, head of the designated terrorist organization known as Iran's Quds Force: "The United States takes threats against its safety and security seriously. Qassem Soleimani was a long-time terrorist, who sought to export chaos and theocracy around the Middle East and was directly involved in the killings of hundreds of Americans. The President's decisive action sends a mess  more

Rep. Smith: Fighting Against Anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: This January marks the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation during the closing months of World War II in Europe. In the wake of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel was born. Since then, the mottos of "never again" and "never forget" have signified we know the dangers of anti-Semitism and we must always fight against it. However, recently we have seen a frightening tre  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Column: Victories in a Year of Challenges
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following column: There is an overabundance of titles that pundits pinned on the year of 2019. Some may describe the year as one of "disaster and destruction." Natural disasters caused major damage and uncertainty over trade created anxiety for Nebraskans. But I think a better label for last year is "reveal and resolve." In the wake of disastrous storms and record-setting flooding, the kindness and character of Nebraskans were reve  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Drone Activity
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), released the following statement after speaking with FAA Administrator Steve Dickson regarding the recent sightings of unidentified unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, in Nebraska: "Nebraskans are rightly concerned about recent drone activity  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Introduction of Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) join Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to introduce the Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act, bipartisan legislation that would utilize data mapping to show where high rates of poor maternal health outcomes overlap with lack of access to broadband services in order to help identify where improved access to telehealth services can be   more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding recent tensions between the United States and Iran: "This afternoon I received a classified briefing from members of President Trump's cabinet and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Milley. Based on the information presented, I believe the president acted appropriately  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on National Environmental Policy Act Regulations
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, released the following statement after the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking modernizing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations: "I applaud the administration for taking this first step to modernize NEPA regulations which have gone decades wi  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), advancing the trade deal closer to a vote on the Senate floor: "I am pleased the Senate Finance Committee has taken this action to bring USMCA closer to the Senate floor for a vote. This modern trade deal   more

Sen. Fischer: Senate Passes Bipartisan DIGIT Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill will facilitate the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies * * * The Senate has passed the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. The bill, which was reintroduced by U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would convene a working group of federal entities and experts from the private  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's response to Iranian aggression last night. "Here's the good news: Americans put General Soleimani in a body bag and sustained no casualties when Iran's mullahs responded with a missile attack that failed. "Here's where things stand: The architect of Iran's proxy war strateg  more

Sen. Sasse Issues Statement on Missing of Epstein Surveillance Footage
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement regarding the news that surveillance footage from Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on the day of his first apparent suicide attempt was deleted: "These clowns are making Barney Fife look like Sherlock Holmes. This entire saga has been one failure after another. "The video is gone, the Bureau of Prisons won't breathe a word, there's no final investigative report, and the American people deserve some pretty basic answe  more

Sen. Sasse's First Vote on Finance Committee Is to Advance USMCA Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, an outspoken advocate for Nebraska agriculture and trade, officially joined the Senate Finance Committee and cast his first committee vote to advance the USMCA trade agreement. Senator Sasse's full remarks are available here (https://outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx?&cid=SenSasse&crop=15559.13207791.6165185.7426128&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.youtube.com%2fwatch%  more

Sens. Warner, Fischer Announce Growing Support for Protecting Consumers Against Dark Patterns Online
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) announced two new bipartisan co-sponsors for their legislation to protect consumers from being tricked into giving away their personal data online. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD), two senior members of the Senate Commerce Committee, have co-sponsored the Warner-Fischer legislation to prohibit large online platforms from using decep  more