Nebraska is a renewable fuels powerhouse, leading the country in ethanol-blended fuel. Higher ethanol blends are not just good for our state’s economy – they also benefit the consumer, making fuel cheaper and giving more options at the pump. However, up until 2019, blends with more than 10 percent ethanol, or E10, could not be sold during the summer months because they did not have a Reid Vapor Pressure, also known as RVP, volatility waiver.
“The naughtiest thing I did when I was a child was pull my sister’s hair with my hands while pushing her shoulders with my feet,” shared my grandmother, Karla Rios, as she sat on her couch eating her dinner. I thought this was so characteristic of the ornery Rios and recalled the time, while playing Pictionary, we threw paper snowballs onto her chandelier to represent lights. She was not very happy, and she made us remove all of them, but it did take her a while to notice what we were doing. I guess the snowball doesn’t fall far from the tree (or the chandelier) in this case.
Over the past several weeks my office continues to receive many contacts expressing dissatisfaction with the proposed Human Growth and Development Standards that were originally drafted by the Nebraska Department of Education. It's encouraging to see so many engage in this process to improve the draft standards that have been proposed. I want to make clear that I oppose the original draft standards and will continue to do so as long as they undermine parental rights and center on explicit and inappropriate subject matter that has no place in our schools.
The pro-life movement has remained steadfast in its efforts to protect the sanctity of life, and as a proud supporter I too remain dedicated to this mission. Throughout my time in Congress, I have continuously championed pro-life legislation to protect the rights of the unborn. I am firm in my commitment to ensuring respect for human life remains a cornerstone of public policy, especially now as the House is preparing to consider appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2022.
Not long ago the Secretary of Agriculture announced a bold initiative that would cut the environmental footprint of US agriculture in half by the year 2050. The date was February 20, 2020. The cabinet official was the Trump administration’s Sonny Perdue. Governor Pete Ricketts had little if anything to say about the ambitious “New Innovation Initiative for USDA” at the time, even though its objectives included radical goals for “conserving sensitive and marginal lands to enhance carbon sinks”. The governor’s wait-and-see approach at that time seemed prudent as details of the Initiative were to be hammered out through stakeholder input.
Agriculture is the economic driver of rural Nebraska. With strong ag exports over the past few months, commodity prices have helped lift the financial health of the state’s farmers. But if there’s any sure bet in ag, it’s that strong prices won’t be around forever. Because of that, we need to be doing what we can locally to support our industry’s future.