Jul 1, 2017 Fort Report
I recently toured the newly renovated United States Capitol dome. It contains a striking fresco—entitled The Apotheosis of Washington—of a stern and purple-clad George Washington exalted in the heavens. On his right is the Goddess of Liberty, symbolizing emancipation, and on his...
Jun 23, 2017 Fort Report
If you are starting to feel overwhelmed by our nation’s struggles, talk to a vet. If you see our policy battles as impossible to solve, talk to a vet. If you want to reconnect with those things that bind us, talk to a vet. In Congress, we often hear about how much we care for...
Jun 16, 2017 Fort Report
Earlier this week, a gunman opened fire on Members of Congress and staff assistants as they were practicing for the annual bipartisan charity baseball game. Among the many injured was my dear friend and colleague, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. As news of the event came in...
Jun 10, 2017 Fort Report
After 9/11, crime all but vanished from the streets of New York City. In other words, the shock and horror caused a community to rally together above any social discord in the spirit of unity. We glimpsed this same spirit of solidarity when Osama bin Laden was finally confronted.
Jun 2, 2017 Fort Report
On Memorial Day, I met a gentleman who had flown fifteen bombing missions from England to Germany during WWII. A quiet and unassuming man, he had come to the graveside ceremony in Elmwood, Nebraska to pay respects to our war dead. He shared with me that he was the last remaining...
May 29, 2017 Fort Report
On Memorial Day, we honor those who gave their last full measure in service to our country. We stop the busyness and pause: to observe, to reflect, to remember. The formal remembrance of our nation’s war dead is more than a nostalgic tradition. That a person would lay down his...
May 22, 2017 Fort Report
In front of a congressional building in Washington, there are two statues. One is entitled Majesty of Law, the other Spirit of Justice. Majesty of Law is a Moses-like figure, with a sword in one hand pointed downward and a book in the other emblazoned with the United States Seal...
May 15, 2017 Fort Report
In his book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, retired Admiral William McRaven walks through 10 Life Lessons that he learned during his Navy SEAL training. The book flowed from a commencement address he gave at the University of Texas...
May 8, 2017 Fort Report
As I prepared to vote Thursday, I asked a Nebraskan visiting my office what he thought about the new health care bill. He said, “It’s a start." I agree. The bill is a “start” to creating a health care system that all Americans deserve. My goal in health care repair remains the...
May 1, 2017 Fort Report
Our nation recently watched in horror as flight staff at a publicly traded airline, having failed to motivate volunteers with sufficient compensation, enlisted Chicago Aviation Police to forcibly remove one of the randomly selected passengers so they could seat their own...