Jeff Fortenberry

Jeff Fortenberry

NEBRASKA's 1st DISTRICT

Fort Report: The Spirit of Justice

2017/05/22

In front of a congressional building in Washington, there are two statues. One is entitled Majesty of Law, the other Spirit of Justice. Majesty of Law is a Moses-like figure, with a sword in one hand pointed downward and a book in the other emblazoned with the United States Seal. The sword and the book represent the idea that the law has power and wisdom, requiring a healthy respect for the rules necessary for an orderly society.

Facing the statue is Spirit of Justice, a woman holding an oil lamp with a flame. Within her touch is a naked child. The woman and the lamp symbolize vigilance and protection, and the child represents human vulnerability. The fullness of the law, built on the nurturing, protective ideal of justice, stands guard.

These statues often get overlooked as lobbyists scurry in and out, members of Congress race in and out, and school groups rush in and out. Few ever look up. When we lose our sense of wonder about a common narrative as a people, when we forget the purpose of the law, when Washington lurches—“day trading in policy”—not thinking about the long-term dynamics for stability and wellbeing, it fosters the conditions in which our country becomes increasingly anxious. Busyness cannot replace authentic business.

Add into this tumult an incessant, rancorous media, which stokes and exploits the drama for maximum profit. Naturally, this does not excuse the harsh, often vindictive, partisanship besetting our current political environment, which gives the media plenty of fodder to drive their ratings ever higher. Nevertheless, as the corporate media manipulate emotion, we become diverted from a long and more hopeful view of our country’s unique trajectory.

Amidst all this, good things still happen. In the same building where a secret meeting was held with a top leader at the Justice Department about the special investigation into Russia, right nearby school children learned about our nation, innocently following parents and chaperones throughout the cavernous halls. While the President of Colombia updated us on the latest peace process to end years of a guerrilla war, the walls of the Capitol were being prepared to hang the artwork of Zoë Sjuts from Nebraska. As a congressional art contest winner, Zoe depicted her father fishing, in a Nebraska shirt, with a big old bass in his hand and as big a smile on his face. As Congress continues to debate the proper way forward on healthcare, children at Faith Lutheran in Blair wrote to me about their concern for people around the world.

I once asked a professor to give me the philosophical arguments for the immortality of the soul. He kindly invited me to his forthcoming lecture series. I politely declined given other demands of my schedule. He responded: "You asked me a question about immortality, but you do not have the time?" I ended up going to the lecture.

Governance is hard work. It must apply reason and logic to the hard questions of the day. It must avoid short-sightedness and fight off the temptation for small petty political victories. It must have a gentle side, welcoming the children and families who depend upon protective care. And, finally, it must be reflective, upholding honored tradition for the sake of stability across generations.

If we look up and ponder Majesty of Law and Spirit of Justice, perhaps we can go beyond the immediate drama and trauma to find what is creative, wise, and true—if we have the time.

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Fortenberry Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel Mueller

2017/05/18

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice's appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

"I believe this is an important development by the Justice Department to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. In addition, Former FBI Director James Comey should come to Congress, testify, and share the contents of pertinent memos. This is a first step to cut through the various competing interpretations. All of this movement should enhance one goal: restoring trust." 

Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

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Omaha World Herald: Students Honored with Awards at Congressional Award Ceremony

2017/05/18

After putting in 60 or more hours of work, eight Bellevue students were honored May 9 at the annual Congressional Award ceremony at the Bellevue Public Schools Welcome Center.

The award recognizes people age 14 to 24 through six levels of awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals.

The event, presented by Offutt Air Force Base 55th Force Support Squadron and BPS, featured Congressmen Don Bacon and Jeff Fortenberry as speakers.

Bacon said students should be proud of the awards.

“When President (Jimmy) Carter did this in 1979, I was a senior in high school,” Bacon said in his speech. “I wouldn’t have won a gold medal, or a silver medal, or a bronze medal. I would have been in like the asphalt medal (category). I liked dirt bikes. That’s about what I majored in.”

The audience laughed.

Fortenberry encouraged the students to continue to use their gifts to grow and benefit the community.

He echoed Bacon’s congratulations.

“I’m personally proud of you,” Fortenberry said in his speech. “Nebraska is proud of you; America is proud of you.”

Bellevue West sophomores Annika Sjostedt and Kelli Smith received Bronze Certificates. Bellevue West junior Jonathon Copley and senior Celeste Kenworthy received Bronze and Silver Certificates. Bellevue West junior Amanda Kost and Gretna High School freshman Mary Matya received Silver and Gold Certificates.

Mother of Divine Grace home school freshman Mary Aumen, Bellevue West juniors Melissa Irish and Lauren Jurek, and Louisville Public Schools junior Lia Senser received Bronze Medals. Lincoln Southwest High School junior Allison Dail received Bronze and Silver Medals.

Bellevue West senior Terese Navarra, Bellevue West junior Luis Sanchez-Romo and Mother of Divine Grace senior John Paul Terneus received Gold Medals. Terneus also received the Offutt Youth of the Year Award.

Gold medals require at least 400 hours of volunteer public service, 200 of personal development, 200 of physical fitness and four overnight expeditions/explorations.

Navarra offered some advice to those working toward this award.

“Just remember, it all starts with a dream and a goal,” Navarra said. “It can only happen if you go out and give it a try.”

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Western Journalism: Republican Congressman Harassed With Vulgar Protest Sign At His Home

2017/05/16

Angry protestors decided to pay a visit to the home of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., Thursday, leaving a vulgar sign that he would later tweet and condemn.

Fortenberry’s 11-year-old daughter first discovered the sign, prompting the family to report the incident to local authorities.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse tweeted support for Fortenberry, criticizing the people who placed the sign as “not being serious about either country or basic neighborliness.”

Even some of Fortenberry’s critics took to social media and said the protesters crossed a line.

“I don’t agree with the way you voted, period. But you have a private life and children deserve to feel safe in their home, no matter WHAT. I am sorry that someone did this,” wrote Jessica Hall.

“I disagree with you on much, but 100% agree that a sign like this at your home is terrible,” said Heather Rhea.

This is first time a protest sign has been placed at the Fortenberry home.

The group responsible for the sign, The Betsy Riot, tweeted a message earlier Thursday about helping “enhance” Fortenberry’s home curb with the sign..

The group describes themselves as a “neosuffragists and punk patriots” who are defending the country from “Trump culture and gun culture.”

Their website, heavily populated with profanities, is almost entirely dedicated to undoing President Donald Trump’s agenda and getting rid of the “dutiful fascists who serve him.”

“The Betsy Riot members typically do not say anything when they show up at a protest but often display pointed and sometimes vulgar messages on their signs,” the Omaha World Herald reported.

They have previously appeared at National Rifle Association meetings, waving signs that call the group the “murder lobby.”

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Nebraska Radio Network: Ponca Tribe is Given Deed to Trail Honoring Chief Standing Bear

2017/05/16

A section of biking and hiking trail from Beatrice to Barneston is now owned by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska.

A deed ceremony last week capped a Remembrance Walk tribal members took across the state.

Tribal chairman Larry Wright Junior says it was inspiring to be with fellow members every day on the walk that stretched from Niobrara to Barneston.

“To see their faces just ready to go every day, from our eldest to our youngest,” Wright says. “The oldest, the age was 73 and the youngest age was five.”

The near-20-mile trail will be known as the Chief Standing Bear Trail in honor of the Ponca chief whose people were banished from their homeland.

Judi Gaiashkibos, director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, says the history of the Ponca and other tribes is very important to tell in this 150th year of Nebraska Statehood.

“Many of our stories weren’t told,” Gaiashkibos says. “We were the hidden figures of Nebraska’s history. As we celebrate this year, the 150th celebration of Nebraska, it is only right that the First People should be honored and really be at the forefront.”

Gaiashkibos credited Congressman Jeff Fortenberry for promoting the idea of a Chief Standing Bear Trail. Tribe members hope to one day obtain a National Historic designation for the trail.

Randy Teboe, Cultural Affairs director for the Ponca Tribe, says it’s important to pass down the history of the tribe’s banishment and the role of Chief Standing Bear in gaining respect for Native Americans.

Teboe says taking tribe ownership of the trail section becomes a lasting reminder of Ponca history.

“When people come on this trail and ride this trail, they’re going to think about the Ponca Tribe and maybe talk about the Ponca Tribe,” Teboe says. “That little bit of awareness helps light that fire or plant that seed for a flower to grow in somebody’s head. It also brings awareness to non-Natives about the culture and the history.”

The tribe is assuming ownership of the trail section from the Nebraska Trails Foundation.

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The Grand Island Independent: With Native Song and Dance, Ponca Tribe Celebrates as it takes Ownership of Chief Standing Bear Trail

2017/05/16

BARNESTON, Nebraska — For so long, this sliver of land has pierced the hearts of the Ponca people.

It is their trail of tears, a path trudged 140 years ago by more than 700 people at the end of bayonets belonging to a government the Poncas had never resisted. Soldiers forced men, women and children to relocate from their homeland along the Niobrara River to Indian Territory in Oklahoma, some 500 miles away.

“That’s where our people suffered and died,” said Larry Wright Jr., chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. “And every step that they took south was a step further from home — for many, a place they would never see again.”

Yet on Thursday, with a drum circle and traditional dancers, victory songs and prayers of thanksgiving, this sliver of land lifted the hearts of everyone who stood upon it. A symbol not just of sorrow, but of survival, the nearly 20-mile stretch of recreational trail now formally belongs to the Ponca people.

The Nebraska Trails Foundation signed over the deed of the trail land to the tribe, which renamed the corridor the Chief Standing Bear Trail after the famed Ponca leader who won a landmark civil rights case for Indian people.

The deed-signing ceremony took place in Barneston, where the public recreational trail will feature a campground and a kiosk that encapsulates the story of Standing Bear and the Ponca Trail of Tears.

“As long as we tell the stories of our ancestors, the Ponca will live forever,” Wright said.

Ross Greathouse, an officer with the trails foundation, said the group bought the former Union Pacific Railroad right of way in 2002. He helped raise $850,000 to deck 16 bridges and resurface the trail in limestone so it can be used by bicyclists, runners and hikers.

“I don’t know how many acres of land we’ve taken from the Ponca,” he said. “Today, we’re giving them 232 acres back.”

The Ponca trail segment between Beatrice and Barneston is one leg of a roughly 75-mile trail that runs from Lincoln to Marysville, Kansas. The trail will be maintained by the Homestead Conservation Trails Association in consultation with the Poncas.

The deed-signing also concluded a walk to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Ponca’s removal from Nebraska. More than 100 people, many of them Native American, left Niobrara in late April and walked 285 miles to Barneston.

Spending the past two weeks “walking in the footsteps of our ancestors was very powerful, very emotional,” said Randy Teboe, director of cultural affairs for the Nebraska Ponca Tribe.

The 1877 journey by the Ponca was plagued by cold spring rains, blistering heat, thunderstorms and a tornado. Disease claimed the lives of several tribal members, including two young girls, who are buried in cemeteries in Neligh and Milford.

Standing Bear lost his daughter, Prairie Flower, along the way. In Oklahoma his son, Bear Shield, fell ill and, nearing death, asked his father to bury his bones in the land of his ancestors.

Fulfilling his son’s wish, Standing Bear and 28 members of the tribe were arrested in Nebraska. Standing Bear challenged his apprehension and return to Oklahoma, winning a federal court decision in Omaha that for the first time recognized Indians as persons under the law.

Some Poncas returned to Nebraska. Others remained in Indian Territory.

Several members of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, including a drum group called Yellow Hammer and a group of female dancers called the Scalp Society, participated in Thursday’s ceremony.

“It was not our choice. We were forced (to leave) yet we live,” said Casey Camp-Horinek, a member of the Oklahoma tribe.

In the area where the recreational trail now exists, the Poncas had to camp for two days in 1877 while they built a wooden bridge to cross a flooded creek. Members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, who lived on a reservation north of the Kansas border, brought food and ponies to the weary people, Teboe said. So the Poncas invited the Otoe-Missouria to Nebraska for the ceremony, and the tribe sent a strong contingent from its present-day reservation in Oklahoma.

Rodney Sherman, a 24-year-old Ponca from Omaha who participated in the final three days of the walk, said he now feels a much stronger connection to that aspect of his heritage. The wind and sun burned his face and nearly 50 miles of running and walking left his legs heavy and sore.

“I kept in mind that my ancestors were facing much harsher conditions than I was,” he said.

Also attending the ceremony was Reyn Archer, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., who co-sponsored legislation to study the designation of a national historic trail in honor of Standing Bear.

Archer said the legislation has passed in the House but hasn’t gained traction in the Senate, apparently over concerns that it would involve taking private land. No advocates for the designation, however, have argued that land should or needs to be condemned for a historic trail.

Regardless, trail enthusiasts, history buffs and Native American leaders found a way to preserve a piece of the Nebraska trail, where it will forever exist as a place where anyone can walk in the footsteps of the Poncas.

“The history of this trail is the history of America,” said Sandra Washington, a board member with the trails foundation. “It is both grandiose and heartbreaking.”

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Fort Report: Graduation

2017/05/15

In his book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World, retired Admiral William McRaven walks through 10 Life Lessons that he learned during his Navy SEAL training. The book flowed from a commencement address he gave at the University of Texas, Austin, where he now serves as chancellor. During this happy time of graduation ceremonies, if you want to hear a practical message of good cheer that stares right at the reality of life's issues, this is worth a little time, especially if you are young and beginning your adult journey.

In Lesson Number One, Admiral McRaven says, "Make Your Bed." A simple task to begin the day, making your bed gives you a first sense of accomplishment. It sets the right conditions for other achievements. It is an easy first step that begins a series of orderly steps throughout the day.

Rising through the ranks to lead the United States Special Operations Command, Admiral McRaven started his military career making his bed at 5:00 a.m. each morning. His Navy SEAL trainers, all of whom were Vietnam War veterans, inspected the bed. The sheets and blanket had to be tucked so tightly that a quarter would bounce off. The extra blanket had to be perfectly folded at the feet and the pillow precisely centered under the headboard. As the Admiral explains, at first he didn't get the point, but he came to understand—even after a grueling, discouraging day, when you come home at night, at least you can see that your bed is made.

The Admiral's speech draws from multiple other experiences during training, one of which is the sugar cookie. If you didn't pass dress inspection, you were forced to enter the surf, roll in the sand, and remain that way all day long from head to toe. The lesson: no matter how hard you try to get it right and as unfair as it seems, some days you are going to be a sugar cookie.

The graduation address came about after a conversation the Admiral had with his wife. After a first draft, something didn't seem right. He had spent multiple days at the task, used a lot of intellectual rigor, but he couldn't close the circle. Finally, his wife wisely intervened and advised him to move beyond lofty constructs and write something that he knew about. So, he did. Herein lies the power of the Admiral's words. They are drawn from his own experience, learned at a peak formative age, and applied to life's multiple and unknown challenges.

In Lesson 10, the Admiral concludes by saying, if you want to change the world, "Don't Ring the Bell." In the center of SEAL training exercises stands a bell. If you can't take it anymore, you can get up and ring the bell. After months of grinding training, ceaseless calisthenics, and sleepless nights, one of the final aspects of training is the mud flats endurance. The remaining SEALs are immersed up to their necks in frigid mud, the biting wind howling about them throughout the dark night. The temptation to get out, to be freed from the ordeal, to return to a warm bed, to never have to live with cold wet sand, to be liberated from the psychological darkness for good—it's all within your grasp, if you just ring the bell.

At this point of near brokenness, one SEAL broke through the sound of chattering teeth and began to sing. The trainers demanded silence, but then another SEAL joined in, and another. The team all began to sing. Suddenly, it wasn't quite as cold, and the dawn seemed a bit nearer, and the desire to ring the bell a little less tempting.

Due to one person's leadership, the rest had hope. On entering the world upon graduation or at any other part of your life, don’t quit, don’t give in, turn to others. If you want to change the world, don't ring the bell.

 

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Fortenberry Statement on Aetna Leaving Nebraska

2017/05/11

(Lincoln, NE) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today made the following statement on Aetna leaving the Nebraska insurance exchange:

“I am deeply concerned about Aetna leaving the Nebraska insurance exchange. This means that people who purchase their own insurance only have one insurer to cover them and fewer plans to choose from. The healthcare exchange is broken and needs repair.”

The state's two largest insurers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska and UnitedHealthcare, both dropped out in 2016.

Fortenberry serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

 

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Fort Report: Health Reform: Chapter Two

2017/05/08

As I prepared to vote Thursday, I asked a Nebraskan visiting my office what he thought about the new health care bill. He said, “It’s a start."

I agree. The bill is a “start” to creating a health care system that all Americans deserve. My goal in health care repair remains the same: ensuring lower costs, promoting better health, and protecting vulnerable persons.

In Nebraska, health care costs rose over the past year 33% in the individual market, and up to 50% on the health care exchange, and our state may soon be left with only one insurance provider. Twenty-eight million Americans currently have no insurance. For many others, insurance with massive deductibles means accessing benefits is difficult.

While this new bill is complex and has created anxiety, saying no to change would lock us into a system with significant and worsening problems. This is fundamentally unfair to Nebraskans. Moreover, with insurance exchanges in trouble, and roughly 1200 United States counties with only one health insurance provider, it is unfair to all Americans.

I realize that the possibility of change causes understandable concern for persons who prefer the current system. At the same time, others are facing an awful choice: do I pay for increasingly unaffordable insurance, or pay for my other basic needs?

Every bill has its pluses and minuses. For example, I believe we ought to hold harmless anyone currently receiving subsidies so there is protection against any adverse economic effect. Important protections are in the House bill. However, offering this assurance will give more confidence while our current system transitions. I expect the Senate to work on this important provision.

During the legislative process, new monies were added to help meet the needs of the disabled and the low-income elderly. A very critical amendment created a new, innovative federal re-insurance model for those with preexisting conditions, so they will pay a similar price to those who are healthy. Finally, states will receive significant funds to stabilize insurance premiums and coverage and hopefully innovate for better health outcomes.

One of the accusations that will be launched against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and one of the things I urged during the deliberations was for a CBO-like (Congressional Budget Office) analysis before Thursday's vote. While that was not forthcoming, one available study suggests that a 60-year-old who buys their own insurance would see as much as a 45% decrease in their health insurance bill.

The House bill now goes to the United States Senate, where it will be debated and likely changed, and then back to the House again. Contrary to some sources, as a member of Congress, I would be subject to this legislation should it become law. In a separate bill—passed before the AHCA went for a vote—members of Congress voted to subject themselves to the same rules. I was a co-sponsor of that bill, which was unanimously approved.

I want to thank everyone who has contacted my offices. Healthcare is a very personal matter that directly affects life, family, and well-being. On Thursday, I had one choice: yes or no. From my perspective, doing nothing would have been irresponsible and an abdication of my duty to you. My choice was yes—with a steadfast commitment to continuing the work of lowering costs, providing better health delivery, and protecting those who are suffering.

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The National Interest: Why America Should Keep Supporting the IAEA

2017/05/05

As ambassadors who have represented the United States at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), we know how it contributes to U.S. national security. We therefore applaud Representatives Jeff Fortenberry, Bill Foster and Pete Visclosky for cosponsoring H.Res. 260: “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) nuclear security role.”

U.S. leaders from both sides of the aisle have consistently supported global efforts to prevent terrorists from stealing, transporting or using nuclear materials to wreak destruction and panic. Much of this work is accomplished through direct cooperation among the United States and other countries who wish to secure nuclear materials, improve nuclear detection, beef up nuclear forensics, or eliminate nuclear materials they no longer use. But this cannot and should not be something the United States does alone.

Such tools as international standards for nuclear security, regional cooperation and peer reviews of security practices are all critical to countering nuclear terrorism, and if the IAEA didn’t already exist to support these efforts, we would have to invent it. The IAEA conveys legitimacy, convenes experts from around the world and coordinates other groups working on nuclear security. The IAEA can pool contributions from myriad donors in the Nuclear Security Fund and use these resources to improve member states’ ability to secure, detect and eliminate nuclear materials.

This is why the Nuclear Security Summits were designed to enhance, empower, elevate and energize the IAEA’s nuclear security work and why its central role was highlighted in the Communiqués of all four Summits. The IAEA Action Plan, agreed by consensus at the final Summit just a year ago, provides a blueprint for future action by member states, acting through the agency’s governing bodies and individually, to advance the agency’s nuclear security efforts. Some modest steps to implement this Action Plan were visible in the IAEA’s 2016 Nuclear Security Resolution and at its Nuclear Security Ministerial Conference held in December, but more needs to be done, and H.Res. 260 is right to call for more action.

For the United States to play its role in this implementation, Congress needs to provide adequate resources in the budgets of the State Department, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Department to fully fund our IAEA contributions. We can vastly leverage our modest national contribution through this international consortium.

This investment in enhancing our protection against nuclear threats is just one example of how the foreign-affairs budget supports our own national security. International cooperation—whether building alliances to combat the drug trade, increasing global capacity to prevent pandemics from crossing our borders, or promoting the rule of law and transparency abroad to facilitate the export of U.S. goods and services—directly benefits us at home. The 1 percent of the U.S. federal budget that is devoted to the State Department yields huge returns on this investment on Americans’ security and prosperity, and must be preserved.

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Jeff Fortenberry was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 to serve Nebraska’s First Congressional District. His work in Congress is rooted in the belief that the strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and communities. Jeff is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which appropriates United States government expenditures. He serves on three subcommittees with importance for Nebraska: Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

Jeff previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he placed particular focus on human rights concerns, Middle Eastern affairs, and nuclear weapons non-proliferation. He also represented Nebraska on the Agriculture Committee, where his work on two Farm Bills advanced opportunities for young and beginning farmers and promoted agricultural entrepreneurship.

Prior to serving in Congress, Jeff worked as a publishing industry executive in Lincoln, where he also served on the Lincoln City Council from 1997-2001. Jeff also has significant personal experience in small business, and early in his career he worked as a policy analyst for the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and two master’s degrees, one in public policy. He and his wife Celeste live in Lincoln and have five daughters.


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Don Bacon

NEBRASKA's 2nd DISTRICT

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NEBRASKA's 3rd DISTRICT

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