LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Take a look at a question I raised last week in the Appropriations Committee, where I serve as Ranking Member on Agriculture. I was speaking in support of an amendment to the Ag Appropriations bill that would block Communist China and its surrogates from purchasing U.S. farmland, and would m…

OMAHA (AP) — The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs against the country’s largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition in the agriculture sector.

This week in Washington, I focused on something we don’t think much about: our food. The vastness of our land, our ingenuity, our technological prowess allows our nation to provide the most abundant, low-cost, nutritious, and diverse array of foods in the world. As we near the July 4th holid…

OMAHA (AP) — Thirty Nebraska state lawmakers — including seven representing Northeast and North Central Nebraska — urged local school boards on Thursday to reject proposed state health standards that include lessons for young children on gender identity and gender expression.

(Washington, D.C.)—Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, made the following statement today against U.S. funding of abortion overseas during House Appropriations Committee debate on the 2022 State and Foreign Op…

(Washington, DC)— Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), made the following statement today in advance of the House Appropriations Committee full-committee markup…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today her staff is hosting virtual local office hours for constituents in Madison County on Friday, June 25, 2021. These office hours serve as a convenient opportunity for constituents to speak directly with Senator Fischer’s sta…

I would consider the recently completed legislative session successful for Nebraska taxpayers. Among other items, we passed, and the governor signed into law, bills to provide a sales tax exemption on municipal water, tax relief for military retirement recipients, tax relief for social secur…

The legislature wrapped up its substantive work last week. Much of the debate became contentious after the legislature blocked a bill to expand funding for developmental disability services. However, we did manage to get through the priority bills, passing all that had made it to final readi…

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska banks that want to cash in on the cryptocurrency tech craze could start offering services to customers who own Bitcoin and other digital assets under a bill backed by Monday state lawmakers.

As we work through the month May, I want to give a couple of updates from the last few weeks. My priority bill, LB 644, has advanced from the first and second round of debate and will be heading to final reading soon. This bill was designed to help give the taxpayer clear and concise informa…

Nebraska is the least indebted State in the country because our state government, like our people, lives within its means. We take a common sense approach to finances. We pay as we go for new projects instead of taking on debt. This approach has helped us to build high-quality infrastructure…

The legislature debated several of my bills last week. On Tuesday afternoon, we debated my amendment to my LB 561, a bill to further define and implement the voter approved initiative on casino gaming at racetracks. As 70% of the tax revenue derived from these casinos is dedicated to propert…

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