Mar 27 2016

Focused on Solutions

 Dear Friend,

Throughout this month, the Senate continued to pass several bills that address the many challenges we face as a nation. For example, we approved bipartisan legislation to confront the epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse, which is devastating families in Nebraska and across the country.

I was also proud to see my bipartisan pipeline safety bill unanimously pass the Senate. This legislation, which is now under consideration in the House of Representatives, would help improve America’s extensive pipeline network. For example, the bill would address and help prevent accidents like the natural gas explosion in Omaha’s Old Market this past January. Congress must continue to provide for the security of our families, consumers, workers, and businesses across our nation. I was honored to work with my colleagues to shepherd this important legislation through the Senate.

Keep reading for more news from my office.

Happy Birthday Nebraska


On March 1st, the state of Nebraska celebrated its 149th birthday. Check out my special video below, where I celebrate “The Good Life” with members of the Nebraska congressional delegation and friends back home: 


Honoring Lieutenant Jacob Fritz of Verdon

This year, I launched a new initiative to honor the memories of fallen Nebraskans who died while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. In March, I had the privilege to tell the story of Lieutenant Jacob Fritz of Verdon on the Senate Floor. Click here or on the image below to watch my floor speech honoring this brave Nebraska hero.


Fighting Terrorism

Recently, we witnessed another terrorist attack, as ISIL claimed responsibility for the devastating bombings in Belgium. I join all Nebraskans in offering my condolences and solidarity to the people of Brussels. The attacks reinforce the fact that we live in a dangerous world and must unite to swiftly defeat these terrorists. Those who planned and coordinated the attacks, as well as anyone who provided assistance, must be brought swiftly to justice.

Healing Our Nation

The United States is facing a severe opioid and heroin epidemic. American families are losing sons, daughters, parents, and friends to overdoses and ruined lives. Nebraska is not immune to this tragic trend, as the rates of arrests and overdoses have increased over the past several years. This month, the Senate came together to address this crisis and passed theComprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The bill would provide grants to states and communities in order to bolster drug abuse education and develop prevention strategies at the local level. CARA would also provide law enforcement with better training and resources, such as the overdose reversal drug naloxone, to help fight this crisis and save lives. 

Securing the Safety of America’s Pipeline Network

Also this month, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to help ensure the safety of America’s pipeline network. Last November, I introduced bipartisan legislation, known as theSAFE PIPES Actwith a group of my colleagues, including Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.). The safety and security of our extensive pipeline network must remain a top priority. With the SAFE PIPES Act, America’s pipelines would be enhanced through stronger congressional oversight and necessary improvements to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. 

Photos of the Month

It was such a pleasure to meet with Omaha native Airman First Class Evan Hadnot during an Easter visit to Japan's Yokota Air Base.

I enjoyed meeting with my Omaha and Lincoln Student Advisory Councils this month. These outstanding students have a bright futures ahead of them.

It was fitting to have the Nebraska Soybean Association stop by my office to celebrate National Agriculture Day (March 15).

Thumbs up! This month, I visited with members of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. These enthusiastic Nebraska educators love their students 
and schools.

I had the privilege of welcoming Nebraska's United States Senate Youth Program delegates to Capitol Hill. This year’s delegates were Sean Lynch of Omaha and Paige Wergin of Aurora.Click here to learn more about Paige, Sean, and the USSYP program. #‎FutureLeaders

Honored to greet members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) during their trip to the Senate. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice.

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