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 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...
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...