Newsletter

Mar 31 2014

March Newsletter

For too long the federal government has been in the business of picking winners and losers. This pattern of behavior impacts all of us. We’ve watched the president unilaterally delay and rewrite parts of ObamaCare for his political allies. Meanwhile, millions of Americans across the country continue to face the law’s devastating impacts, including skyrocketing health care costs, cancelled plans, and more limited care options.

We also saw this behavior last year with the unfair targeting of conservative organizations by the IRS.

I recently introduced a number of bills to promote fairness in the way the federal government treats citizens. I also sponsored a bill to ensure the president is held accountable for failing to faithfully execute our nation's laws. Nebraskans are tired of the excuses and selective compliance with the law - and so am I. Read more about my legislative efforts below.

IN OTHER NEWS ....

Providing Relief for ALL Under ObamaCare with the FAIR Act
Time and time again, the administration has unilaterally delayed or rewritten parts of ObamaCare for a select few, including big businesses and special interests. I believe ALL Americans deserve a reprieve from this disastrous law – it’s a matter of basic fairness. That's why I introduced the FAIR Act to delay the individual mandate each time the White House issues a delay of the employer mandate.... http://1.usa.gov/1hceyRZ

Preventing Executive Overreach with the ENFORCE Act
In order to rewrite ObamaCare and pursue other areas of the president's agenda, this administration has repeatedly used executive orders to bypass Congress. To address this growing problem, I'm cosponsoring the ENFORCE Act. The bill would allow Congress to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch if the administration fails to "faithfully execute" our nation's laws. This legislation restores checks and balances and ensures the president upholds his duty to abide by the Constitution he swore to protect and defend.... http://1.usa.gov/1jsCm9w

Pushing for Fairness and Accountability at the IRS
I spoke on the Senate floor urging my colleagues to support two bills I introduced to protect taxpayers from IRS abuse. The Stop IRS Overreach Act would prohibit the agency from asking ANY taxpayer ANY question related to his or her religious, political or social beliefs. My other bill would require prompt responses from the IRS to taxpayers who contact the agency. You can watch my speech here.... http://youtu.be/vi_XtjyS3-4

Progress in the Fight to End Military Sexual Assault
I'm very pleased to report this month that the Senate passed the Victims Protection Act, bipartisan legislation I offered with Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) to combat sexual assault in the military. The bill bolsters victims' rights, helps bring more offenders to justice, and further strengthens the reforms passed in the national defense bill in December. While I'm proud of this progress, our work here isn't done. Congress has an important role in oversight as these reforms are implemented. More info on our bill is available here... http://1.usa.gov/1gIbIc5


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT....IN THE NEWS

The North Platte Telegraph editorializes my efforts to reach across the aisle on legislation in the Senate... http://bit.ly/1ly7cQH 

Nebraska Radio Network reports on the Senate's passage of my bill to curb military sexual assault… http://bit.ly/1dHXecT

KHAS-TV highlights the bill I'm cosponsoring to provide relief for thousands of Nebraska households affected by recent propane shortages… bit.ly/1gTWcuX

The Beatrice Daily Sun features my recent column detailing my fairness agenda… bit.ly/1pG5sC2


PHOTOS OF THE MONTH


It was a privilege to greet more than 450 Nebraska Korean War Veterans visiting the memorial in Washington, D.C., this month through the Honor Flight program.


Senator Johanns and I met with FFA and 4-H representatives from Nebraska during National Agriculture Week. It was wonderful to speak with young people engaged in this vibrant industry for our state.


I attended the Nebraska National Guard Employment Fair in Omaha to learn more about their recruitment efforts and discuss job opportunities for our men and women in uniform.


The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is working to reauthorize the highway bill. I recently stressed at a committee hearing the need to provide state and local governments greater flexibility with federal dollars for infrastructure projects.