Aug 31, 2018 Fort Report
A woman named Mary came into my office recently with two truckers.  Their pensions were in danger.  Mary wanted to livestream the meeting so that truckers around the country could watch.  I said, “Mary, that’s not our policy.  What’s on your mind?”  We just talked.  Mary began...
Aug 10, 2018 Fort Report
Once a year, the entire Nebraska delegation gathers at the SAC Museum in Ashland for high-level discussions of federal policy.  This year’s “summit” was well attended by people from across the state.  As important as these DC dynamics are, potentially more meaningful was what...
Aug 3, 2018 Fort Report
No matter how busy the calendar in Washington, or how tense the political climate, it is a summer tradition for representatives to spend time back in the district listening to constituents.  This past week, I had many important conversations during community town hall meetings...
Jul 27, 2018 Fort Report
I am honored to serve you in the United States House of Representatives.  As a critical part of my job, during this congressional work period, I will hold discussions in multiple towns and cities across the First District of Nebraska.  At these town hall meetings, I give...
Jul 20, 2018 Fort Report
In the summer, the sun sets in Helsinki after 11 PM.  The sun rises at 3 AM.  Helsinki’s history is replete with shifting boundaries with Russia.  Helsinki, Finland occupies the edge between Europe and Russia--where summer days are long, winter is longer; life can be bright, and...
Jul 13, 2018 Fort Report
When I was a student studying economics, I worried about a trend that I saw.  Advanced economics was becoming all about math.  My heart and mind yearned for something else, so I sought the counsel of the department head and asked a question: "Who is studying normative economics...
Jul 6, 2018 Fort Report
In May, 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain.  In a battle to regain control of the ancient Christian village of Teleskof, Charlie and his team were ambushed. Charlie fell to a sniper's...
Jun 29, 2018 Fort Report
When the father of one of my longest-serving aides passed away, the pastor offered some moving words about his life: “Orville was a farmer, and a good one at that.  But farming wasn’t his passion.  He was one of those special people who had a passion for bookkeeping.  He was...
Jun 22, 2018 Fort Report
Dramatic and painful images at the border this week have again focused the mind of the nation on the brokenness of our immigration system. The House of Representatives is considering options to not just resolve the current difficulties, but to forward significant and substantive...
Jun 15, 2018 Fort Report
“Stunning.” It’s the best word I could use to describe the events this week with North Korea.