Feb 15, 2019 Fort Report
Early one morning this week, I headed to the United States Department of Agriculture for a breakfast meeting with Secretary Sonny Perdue from Georgia.  We had a productive discussion about the new internet initiative for rural America, the ecosystem of rural development, and the...
Feb 8, 2019 Fort Report
A woman named Nadia Murad won the Noble Peace Prize in 2018.  She is a Yazidi from Northern Iraq.  The Yazidis are a people bound by an ancient faith tradition.  They have sought to live in peace in harsh surroundings.  Along with the Christians of the area, they have endured...
Feb 1, 2019 Fort Report
I hear it over and over again: “I was stationed at Offutt.  We fell in love with Nebraska.  After our service commitment, we decided to make it our home.  We love it here.”  That love and pride are returned by Nebraskans.
Jan 25, 2019 Fort Report
Two things of serious note happened in D.C. this week.  First, the partial government shutdown crossed over an inglorious threshold, making it the longest shutdown in U.S. history.  Second, the Speaker of the House denied the President of the United States the use of the...
Jan 18, 2019 Fort Report
Agriculture is so central to America.  We feed ourselves, we feed the world.  The land has been the source of our vitality.  This is true more than ever, even in our modern age. This week, I was privileged to be named the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Appropriations...
Jan 11, 2019 Fort Report
The U.S.-Mexican border is a bit under 2000 miles long. About 650 miles of the border have various kinds of barriers, including fencing, vehicular obstacles, and wall-like structures.  
Jan 4, 2019 Fort Report
Every two years in America, we experience something almost miraculous in the history of the world: the safe, civil, and dignified transfer of power.  In the House of Representatives, this long-standing and peaceful replenishing is truly something to behold.  There is excitement...
Dec 21, 2018 Fort Report
This time of year, we pause as Nebraskans, as Americans, to celebrate the origins of an ancient faith tradition and its enduring spiritual beauty: the idea of family, the idea of giving, the idea of Christmas.  Nebraska has a longstanding, well-earned reputation for nurturing...
Dec 14, 2018 Fort Report
This week the House and Senate passed a new Farm Bill with a very strong bipartisan vote.  For a lot of Americans, it’s easy to overlook this accomplishment.  Our grocery bills are the lowest in the world, food is readily available, and our safety net is well considered.  It...
Dec 7, 2018 Fort Report
At President George H.W. Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, there is a sign with four letters: C-A-V-U.  Aviators know what this means.  Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited.