Visiting Nebraskans

Aug 31, 2018

August has been a busy month and this fall promises to be just as busy as Congress reconvenes to fund the government and move further through its to-do list. I always enjoy the summer because it provides ample time for me to travel the Third District and visit Nebraskans across the countryside. In the month of August alone, I was able to make stops in many of the 75 counties I represent in Congress.

As we reconvene, I look forward to working as member of the Ways and Means Committee to consider a second round of tax reform to make individual and small business provisions permanent while improving incentives for families to save and for entrepreneurs to start new businesses. As part of the first round of tax reform, I was proud to keep in place provisions vital to Nebraskans such as the property tax deduction for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.

In order to hear the concerns of Nebraskans and ensure your interests are promoted in the second round of tax reform, I held a series of roundtable discussions this month in Gering, Kearney, and in Grand Island, at the Nebraska State Fair. Each was met with a great turnout and inspired lively discussions on everything from federal tax deductions to how healthcare is treated in the tax code.  

Along the way, I also met with most of the winners of our Excellence in Economic Development awards recognized for helping to strengthen Nebraska communities through innovation, hard work, entrepreneurship, and historic preservation. It is always inspirational to see the great things hard working Nebraskans are able to accomplish.

I very much enjoyed speaking at the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Summit with the rest of the congressional delegation and Governor Ricketts. The summit is a great opportunity to speak with Nebraska's business leaders to learn how we can best advocate for them in Washington.

This fall I look forward to the House further considering one of the bills I’ve introduced recently. The JOBS for Success Act is the first earnest attempt at welfare reform since the 1990s. My bill would reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to ensure its funding reaches truly needy families and empowers them to become self-sufficient.

In sum, August was a productive month and I look forward to more of the same as Congress reconvenes and I return to Washington to represent your interests. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who met with me this summer to share various concerns and provide encouragement.