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.
Jun 8, 2018 Fort Report
Before I walked down to the floor of the House of Representatives to offer an amendment to the Farm Bill, I called Archie Devore of Lincoln. Archie started milking cows at twelve years old. Beginning the day at 4:00 AM, he has plenty of memories of wet tails whipping him in the...
Jun 1, 2018 Fort Report
Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, Adolf Hitler was haranguing his tired obsequious subordinates with grandiose stories about art and empire. At 3:30 AM, Hitler went to bed. A few hours later, on the Normandy coast, the Allied invasion of France began. Hitler’s aides...
May 25, 2018 Fort Report
In January 1944, after fighting their way from North Africa into Sicily, the Allies launched an enormous amphibious landing to maneuver around and divide heavily-fortified German lines in Italy.  Although the Allied landing at Anzio itself was not a battle, the courageous...
May 18, 2018 Fort Report
This morning in the Capitol I ran into one of my friends, a classmate who served as a sheriff before coming to Congress.  As a young 21-year-old deputy, he responded to a domestic violence call.  When he arrived, he found a man holding a butcher knife to his wife’s neck. ...
May 11, 2018 Fort Report
Given the lightening-fast developments on the Korean Peninsula with three Americans back home after imprisonment, and a summit scheduled between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, I want you to see something extraordinary.  It is striking; it is remarkable – a...
May 4, 2018 Fort Report
Michael wrote to me recently.  He asks: "Why hasn't anything been done with HEALTHCARE???”  I find the all-caps method of communicating to be overbearing, but Michael has a pointed point--and the right to say so.