Sep 28, 2018 Fort Report
For most of its history, the unofficial motto of search engine giant Google was “Don’t Be Evil.”  The phrase is so deeply ingrained in the company’s DNA that it is the basis of the wireless password on shuttles that shepherd Google employees to the Mountain View, California, “...
Sep 22, 2018 Fort Report
When Kelsey left her family farm in Lindsay for the University of Nebraska, she told her father, “Lincoln is the smallest town I will ever live in.”  Now living with her husband Bob and their four children, she milks dairy cows near Creston, Nebraska.  Population: 208.
Sep 14, 2018 Fort Report
My office recently received a call from Craig, who does a tidy business in industrial coatings. He had an unusual complaint: Business is too good! He could not hire enough qualified people fast enough to keep up with demand. 
Sep 7, 2018 Fort Report
This week in Washington, I attended an event with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, the largest bipartisan caucus in Congress.  I met a gentleman from South Carolina who travels twice a year to Nebraska.  He's a real authority on turkeys and was eager to show me a video...
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...