Talking About Marriage

Q: I have a daughter (age 15) and son (age 13). I want to make sure I cover everything I can in helping them prepare for adulthood. So, I’m curious: Is there a particular topic you’ve noticed that parents neglect, avoid or just forget to talk about?

Time for Action, Not Antics, on Public Safety

As we approach the final days of the 2022 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral has the opportunity to deliver smart criminal justice reforms that will enhance public safety and benefit all Nebraskans. These changes will allow us to better manage our inmate population and provide modern resources to prepare offenders for life after time served—without compromising public safety.

Putting American Security First

As we mark one month since Putin began his invasion of Ukraine, keeping America safe is our priority. In just one month, Putin has displaced millions of Ukrainians from their homes, killed thousands of innocent people, including at least 120 children, and made troubling statements about Russia’s nuclear weapons.

Higher Wages, Less Buying Power

According to a new Bloomberg Economics analysis, the average American family will spend an additional $5,200 this year because of our recordhigh inflation rate. Polling data show that a majority of Americans are seriously concerned about inflation, a sign Americans already burdened with higher costs at the grocery store and gas pump are bracing for additional financial pressures. As our nation struggles to overcome the economic damage caused by COVID-19 shutdowns, the unnecessary stimulus bill President Biden signed last year and continued efforts by congressional Democrats to continue the spending spree have deepened our economic troubles.

Budget Discussions

Greetings from your State Capitol! This week's debate on the floor of the Legislature was again dominated by discussions on the budget, the criminal justice system, and tax cuts. The budget package was passed on final reading and sent to the Governor for his approval and LB873 advanced through the legislative process.

Saving Moms’ Lives Through Better Broadband

In an era of partisanship and polarization, compromise can be hard to come by. Bills that can garner enough support to clear the U.S. Senate’s 60-vote threshold for legislation are the exception, not the norm. It is even more rare to find a bill that all 100 members of the Senate can get behind, but we recently did just that when the Senate voted unanimously to pass my Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act.

A Growing Crisis

National Agriculture Week provides a great opportunity to recognize the strength and resiliency of Nebraska’s agriculture producers. The Third District is the nation’s leading congressional district in both total number of farms and market value of products sold. Nebraskans’ dedication and ingenuity are second to none; however, all Americans are currently facing historic inflation. Rising costs, especially when it comes to fertilizer and fuel, are hitting the agriculture community particularly hard.

Upholding the Right to Life

For decades, the abortion industry has pushed the mantra that abortion is a human right. They’ve tried their best to normalize a culture of death, where the most vulnerable among us have fallen victim to the lie that one person’s so-called right to privacy trumps the right of another to live. The infamous Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade gave false credibility to their movement. But in less than four months, the Supreme Court could finally overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sticker Shock at the Pump

Gas prices are high – as of March 14, the national average is $4.32 per gallon, the highest it has ever been. When President Biden was asked if he had a message for Americans who are paying record prices at the pump, this was all he had to say: Prices are “going to go up. Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.”

The Biennial Budget

Greetings from your State Capitol. This week, the Legislature started debate on bills that amend the biennial budget passed last session. Before that discussion began, the Legislature debated LB283, a bill that would provide for year-round Daylight Saving Time. The bill advanced to the next round of debate. Under the terms of the bill, this would only occur if allowed under federal law and three border states passed similar bills. While the bill begins to address the issues that arise when we reset the clock twice a year, I don’t expect anything to change for some time.