Jun 28, 2019 Fort Report
On a Tuesday morning almost a year ago, an impressive young man came to see me from the foreign ministry of Thailand.  This would be comparable to a foreign service officer in our State Department.  He asked to join my staff as a fellow for a year so that he might become...
Jun 21, 2019 Fort Report
A long time ago, I had a job that required me to sit on a river barge all night long.
Jun 14, 2019 Fort Report
As I stood at attention today at the change of command ceremony for the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base, I was struck again by the dignity and efficiency of our men and women in uniform.  A change of military command is not some trite rite or rote ritual.  It symbolizes a...
Jun 10, 2019 Fort Report
The night before D-Day operations, June 6, 1944, American paratroopers landed in and around the little town of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy, France near Utah Beach.  The town square is marked by an ancient French church.  Near the church is a rare obelisk marking the ancient...
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...