Mar 13, 2017 Fort Report
I once drank some Russian vodka. It was not ordinary vodka; it was special vodka laced with pepper. I rarely drink vodka. However, given my circumstances and in deference to my host, I decided to take it. It was very nasty.
Mar 6, 2017 Fort Report
For 150 years, Nebraska has held a special place in the history of America. Nebraskans take justifiable pride in the values of hard work, community life, and the proper stewardship of our precious resources. The mystique of the Great Plains, the nobility of the family farm, and...
Feb 27, 2017 Fort Report
On my desk sits a pile of letters approaching one foot high. I have to be honest. I am behind, because every letter you send to me, I review. Lately, my mail volume has tripled in size due to the present philosophical divides, the breakneck pace of Executive Branch action, and...
Feb 18, 2017 Fort Report
Underneath the dome of our nation’s Capitol hang eight large paintings representing scenes from America’s beginnings. One painting depicts George Washington resigning his commission before the Continental Congress. The painting occupies a pride of place in our Capitol because it...
Feb 13, 2017 Fort Report
Going through my mail this week, I read a publication from the Great Plains Trail Network, a dedicated group of people who enjoy, promote, and foster the growing network of hiking and biking trails in Lincoln. They provide an extraordinary service to our community.
Feb 6, 2017 Fort Report
On the wall outside my office hangs a framed copy of one of the first pieces of legislation I worked on. The bill increased the number of Iraqi translators who could come to the United States. Serving alongside our troops, these translators had put themselves and their families...
Jan 30, 2017 Fort Report
Our soldiers know this feeling all too well. Perhaps you have experienced it too. You are in a far off place with no one familiar around you, and then you see it and experience an instant feeling of connection—an American flag. At that moment, the flag is more than a piece of...
Jan 23, 2017 Fort Report
When presidents give their inaugural addresses, we are accustomed to lofty narratives, to visionary ideals, to sweeping language. President Trump spoke differently. The only sweeping thing in his speech was his reference to the wind-swept plains of Nebraska. Of course I perked...
Jan 17, 2017 Fort Report
I received a note from Scott, a farmer from Nebraska. It is a straightforward letter, Nebraska like. I’ll just show you basically what he wrote: Congressman Fortenberry, My health care is $23,000 a year with a $20,000 deductable. I have $46,000 in property taxes (on a...
Jan 9, 2017 Fort Report
On January 3, I took the Oath of Office as a member of the United States House of Representatives. This is my constitutional duty.