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“…one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

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A one-size-fits-all approach that puts Washington in charge of Americans’ personal health and child care decisions is dangerous, especially in the wake of a global pandemic. Americans continue to struggle with unaffordable coverage, yet President Biden’s budget does nothing to actually lower health care costs. This week, the Ways and Means Committee held a hearing with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to ask important questions about the President’s health care proposal.

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Q: I’m worried about my 10-month-old granddaughter’s health. I love my son and daughter-in-law. But when I visited last week, the house was filled with trash, moldy food was stuck to the carpet and dirty diapers were spilling from the trash. My granddaughter is old enough to start crawling, but she’s constrained to an infant seat to keep her from getting into these messes. Should I express my concerns over these troubling health conditions?

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Greetings District 36. The Legislature adjourned Sine Die on May 27th. The final days of the session were spent debating governor veto overrides on LBs 108, 147, and 306 and adopting guidelines for the redistricting process which will take place in September.

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On Memorial Day we set aside time to honor and remember those who put on our nation’s uniform and gave their lives in defense of our freedoms. The willingness of many to defend our borders, our freedom, and our Republic is what keeps the American dream alive and the United States a prominent leader on the world stage. We are reminded of the selfless acts of heroism of our armed forces who served in past conflicts and those who continue to serve around the world today.

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Greetings District 36. The Legislature is close to finishing its work for the year. Last week, the Speaker announced the last day of the session will be May 27th. I am pleased with the work the Legislature has completed this year amid uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to take this opportunity to recap the bills I introduced and share the progress of my legislative priorities through the session.

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Our nation’s law enforcement officers work every day to keep our communities safe. We owe it to these brave individuals to provide them with the resources necessary to do their jobs both safely and securely across America. I stand with our law enforcement officers and thank them for putting their lives on the line. Yet despite their service, there are still calls to “defund the police,” which would leave our communities less safe and drive economic opportunity away from areas that need it most.

Observations from Your State Board of Education Representative

Friday May 7, 2021 – Last Friday, the Nebraska State Board of Education met at the Kearney Younes Conference Center for its monthly business meeting. The early part of the meeting was highlighted by testimony from approximately 67 people who presented on the Nebraska Health Education Standards.

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