May 31, 2019 Fort Report
I believe most Americans want Congress to work hard, think smart, and get things done.  While the stop-start, meandering, twisting, halting process of government can be frustrating, these last few weeks have been important for Nebraska, and for America.  From flood relief to...
May 24, 2019 Fort Report
We take so much for granted in America.  Our freedoms, our unprecedented standard of living, our complex and nuanced systems of government, our breathtaking and ambitious cadre of world-leading entrepreneurs––these world-historical achievements do not happen by accident.  They...
May 17, 2019 Fort Report
I have been to China once.  I found the Chinese people welcoming and warm.  The academic conference I attended with Chinese officials was thorough and thoughtful.  At a break, I walked over to the conference area window and looked out.  It was a very strange site––­­like fog had...
May 10, 2019 Fort Report
This week I was pleased that the House of Representatives took concrete steps to help Nebraskans rebuild after the flood.  In both the Appropriations Committee on which I serve and before the whole House, key amendments were offered and passed to help our farms, communities, and...
May 3, 2019 Fort Report
Decisions in government are not always about nice programs.  Sometimes, it’s about life and death.  The other night in my DC office, I stood in front of framed photos of young men and women from Nebraska who died in Iraq.  Some of their families I know.  Some I have never met. ...
Apr 26, 2019 Fort Report
You don’t often see it, but amidst the rough and tumble of Congress it’s not apparent that there are other quiet and discerning moments marked by respectful dialogue.  The collegial tone belies the hysterical binary animus the media try to gin up on an hourly basis.  This false...
Apr 18, 2019 Fort Report
To You and Your Family: Happy Passover and Blessed Easter!
Apr 12, 2019 Fort Report
As we continue as a state to recover from the massive flooding, so many beautiful stories of neighbor helping neighbor and personal sacrifice have emerged.  One particular story of heroism stands out.  James Wilke was a farmer from near Columbus who gave his life during the...
Apr 5, 2019 Fort Report
In 1971, at the peak of protests against the Vietnam War, the U.S. passed the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, lowering the voting age in state and federal elections from 21 to 18.  It was the swiftest passage of any amendment in American history.  Young people strongly supported the...
Mar 29, 2019 Fort Report
The catastrophic flooding in Nebraska shattered a too-comfortable truth about residing in the Heartland.  If pressed, most of us would admit to a little self-satisfaction in not having to endure the annual hurricanes that plague the Southeast, the wildfires that plague the West...