Dear Friend,

As September comes to an end, I'm proud to reflect on a productive month in the Senate. We passed a major water infrastructure bill that will bring relief to our local communities. The bill includes a bipartisan provision, for which I fought, that alleviates on-farm fuel storage restrictions on Nebraska agriculture producers. Just last week, the Senate confirmed General John Hyten to serve as the next commander of STRATCOM in Omaha. I was also pleased to see Congress pass a bill I introduced with Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii that will provide veterans with the same access to sick leave as their counterparts at other federal agencies. Read below for more about these and other accomplishments for the month of September.

An important reminder: there are two approaching deadlines for Nebraska students. If you or someone you know is interested in attending one of our nation's military service academies, applications are due October 1, 2016. Click here for more information.  

Additionally, the deadline for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is coming soon. This is a wonderful opportunity for Nebraska students to learn firsthand about the public policymaking process. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2016. Click here to learn more. I encourage anyone interested to take advantage of these opportunities. 

Continue reading below for more information and the latest news from my office.


Remembering 9/11


On September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the worst of human nature on a clear and crisp morning. By the end of that day, we also saw the best of our nation: selfless sacrifice and true heroism. America was united like never before. Click here to watch my tribute to the victims of 9/11.


A New Commander for STRATCOM

This month, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed General John Hyten to be the next head of U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I met with General Hyten in my office as part of the confirmation process. I also had the opportunity to question General Hyten at his nomination hearing and learn more about his commitment to our nation's strategic forces. I look forward to working with him to keep America safe.

A Victory for Nebraska Ag Producers

The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) passed the Senate earlier this month by a vote of 95 to 3. This legislation will provide communities in Nebraska with increased flexibility as they work to protect our state's precious water resources. During the legislative process, I worked closely with my colleagues on the EPW Committee to eliminate unnecessary burdens facing our state's agriculture producers who use on-farm fuel storage. I was firm on providing exemptions to limit harmful federal regulations on our farmers and ranchers who feed a hungry world. I was pleased to see this language included in the final bill. 

Paid Sick Leave for FAA Veterans

Veterans working at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have struggled to find the time and needed flexibility to receive medical treatment for their combat-related injuries. Nearly 15,000 veterans are employed by the FAA, but this agency is not subject to the same personnel policies that veterans enjoy at other federal agencies. Any changes to the FAA's policy requires Congressional action. To fix this problem and provide veteran FAA employees with the benefits they earned, I joined Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii to introduce the FAA Veterans Transition Improvement Act. Our bill provides these veterans with the same access to sick leave as their counterparts at other federal agencies. The bill passed the Senate and the House. It is now headed to the president's desk. 

Photos of the Month


With the Nebraska congressional delegation and our rock star interns at the Nebraska Breakfast. Thank you for helping us better serve the people of Nebraska.

I had a wonderful time in Kearney and North Platte discussing new Nebraska infrastructure with Governor Ricketts and former Governor Kay Orr. #BuildNebraska

Visiting with Nebraska's Principal of the Year, Jay Dostal, from Kearney High School.

Thanks to the folks from the Nebraska Farm Bureau 2016 Leadership Academy for stopping by my Senate office this month. #FeedtheWorld

This month, I joined Rep. Adrian Smith in welcoming veterans from Dawson County to the U.S. Capitol. The veterans are participating in a Hero Flight to Washington, D.C. It was my honor to thank them for their brave service to our country.