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There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence which forged our national identity and the U.S. Constitution which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national …

I regularly read articles or hear thoughts from others where the topic or theme is about how teenagers of today are so troubled, so careless and so wrong. When it comes to teenagers of today many feel the outlook isn’t good, that there is no hope in sight and perhaps things are only going to…

The start of the 2018-19 school year will see some changes to Chambers Public School regarding school safety and protocols used. These changes and upgrades are a result of the school safety audit and review that was completed last fall. Some changes that were implemented last year include th…

If you’re like me, this summer has been fast and furious. I have had a great time spending time outside with family and friends as I hope you were able to do. Now it’s August and school is right around the corner and we at O’Neill Public Schools could not be more excited to see all our students. 

Nebraska ag producers are good stewards of our state’s natural resources and responsibly manage 45.2 million acres of farm and ranchland. Because of our state’s landscape, we are home to a livestock industry that contributes $12.1 billion to the economy. What’s more, producers from across th…

Trade has been a great way to grow Nebraska for many years. With over 95 percent of the world’s population living outside the United States, we have billions of potential customers for the food we grow and the things we make here in Nebraska. Over the past few years, I have led international…

Caring for the elderly and disabled among us is one of our most sacred responsibilities. Many of us have family or friends living in skilled nursing facilities and we want them to have access to the best care available in the event of an emergency.

Wind energy has paid off for rural areas. Whether it be new employment opportunities, additional revenue for counties or direct payments to landowners, rural communities have received significant benefits.

Everyone knows China will do everything in its power to give its industries an unfair advantage over the rest of the world. This was the case in 2002 when President George W. Bush levied tariffs ranging from 8-30 percent on steel imported from Chinese suppliers.

With lower prices for virtually everything we produce on Nebraska’s farms and ranches, the last thing we need are policies that drive prices down even more. Unfortunately few things create more uncertainty and downward price pressure than a trade war. Each day U.S. trade negotiations fail to…

International trade, direct investment, and partnerships are key to growing Nebraska. From providing markets for our quality ag commodities to creating jobs in communities across our state, international partnerships are building great opportunities every day. Over the years, Japan has becom…

At a White House forum this spring President Donald Trump indicated that he was confused by the term “community colleges.” The president’s remarks included, “So we need vocational schools. Now they call them a lot of times community colleges. I don’t think it’s an accurate definition.”

On June 14, Americans will celebrate the birth of our stars and stripes. Our American flag is a symbol of our nation’s unity, pride, and freedom. As we honor this history on Flag Day, we remember the hardships endured by men and women who have fought to protect our flag’s meaning.

As your representative, I have fought to reduce burdensome and unnecessary government regulations which disincentivize entrepreneurship and strangle economic growth. In fact, regulatory issues were such a concern under the Obama administration, I consolidated my efforts under a program entit…

United States military veterans are our country’s heroes. They put their lives on the line for the sake of freedom, and here in Nebraska, we work to honor them all year long. This week, I had the honor of hosting a 99-year-old World War II veteran, Sidney Walton, at the State Capitol. Nebras…

These past few weeks in Washington have been very productive, but I always look forward to spending time on the road in Nebraska. Recently, I began a weeklong state work period traveling our state with stops in Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, Stanton, Bellevue and Hebron. I cherish the opportunity …

As many of you know, the House of Representatives recently considered its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which unfortunately failed to gain enough votes for passage. While I do believe we will pass a Farm Bill this year, the current situation is troubling. Our agriculture producers face enou…

The central goal of my administration is to make state government more effective, efficient and customer-focused. Running state government with a client-centered approach is especially important for our most vulnerable Nebraskans who interact with state government as well as taxpayers who ri…

At the very heart of Nebraska agriculture, a synergistic relationship between corn, ethanol and livestock has been helping grow our state for decades. Ethanol producers use corn feedstocks to produce high-quality biofuels. Many cattle feeders prefer distillers grain, an ethanol byproduct, as…

Strong schools that deliver an excellent education are key to vibrant communities and growing Nebraska. This week we celebrated some of the best examples of excellence in education by honoring 22 graduating Nebraska students who have achieved a top score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exa…

Nebraskans recognize and understand the dignity and value of human life. It’s evident in the homemade billboards you see on state highways urging Nebraskans to “choose life.” You can see it in the actions of Nebraskans who generously support pregnancy centers with their time and financial re…

Senators are preparing to wrap up the 2018 legislative session this week. While the Legislature took action on issues like balancing the budget, occupational licensing reform and streamlining speed limits on state highways, taxpayers will likely remember this session more for the Legislature…

This week Nebraska turns 151 years old. On March 1 Nebraska celebrates Statehood Day, the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Nebraska’s statehood proclamation in 1867. We have come a long way since then, and there are many great opportunities to grow the tradition of living the …