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Pelosi vetoes Banks, Jordan for Jan. 6 select committee

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned the GOP on Wednesday by vetoing two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's choices for a select panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, a move all but guaranteed to spark a Republican boycott of the probe. Pelosi rejected Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), who was tapped to serve as ranking member, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both of whom voted to challenge certifica...

Bacon sponsors bipartisan bill authorizing $10M to develop sibling foster care programs

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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) on July 9 unveiled bipartisan legislation that would end what he calls the preventable problem of separating groups of siblings who are in foster care. “Keeping siblings together in the foster care system significantly increases their chance of having positive life outcomes,” Rep. Bacon said. “As a foster to adoptive parent of a sibling group, I believe this bill will go...

Kiddush Hashem In Congress!

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Sometimes wonderful, illuminating flashes of light can come from the most unlikely of places. The US Congress is often a place of such strife, such acrimony and enmity but, for a small chunk of time last week, it was a place of tremendous kiddush Hashem and achdus! Who would have believed that the millions of people watching C-Span would hear words of the deepest praise and value for limud haTorah...

Rav Dovid Hofstedter // A candid conversation with the founder of Dirshu and Acheinu

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On Isru Chag, May 19, Rav Dovid Hofstedter called me from the United States Capitol and asked me to participate via telephone in a meeting he was having with Donald John Bacon, the representative for Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district. He had previously invited me to fly with him to Washington, DC, to meet a dozen or so congressmembers, but I was unable to make it. When I got on the phone, Cong...

Nebraska Congressman stands up for the Jewish community

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A Republican rep. from Nebraska recently made a plea in Congress for Washington to do more to stand up for American Jews in the face of mounting anti-Semitic incidents. Addressing his fellow politicians on the alarming rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the US in recent months, Don Bacon (NE-R) called the situation “very concerning.” He noted that with incidents not happening in isolation but as ...

Kiddush Hashem in Congress!

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Who would have believed that the millions of people watching C-Span would hear words of the deepest praise and value for limud haTorah, from the podium in Congress?! That is exactly what happened last week when Congressman Don Bacon, a representative of the 2nd District of Nebraska, made an unprecedented speech. Certainly, there has never been a time when the walls of Congress heard such praise fo...

Nebraska reps seek to name Benson post office for Black Omaha WWII hero

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An African American sailor from Omaha hailed as a hero during World War II for swimming through shark-infested waters to rescue his wounded shipmates could get a local post office named in his honor. Nebraska Reps. Don Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith have co-sponsored a bill — H.R. 4168 — to rename Omaha’s Benson-area post office in honor of Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Jackson French,...

New effort seeks to honor Omaha WWII hero

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A U.S. House resolution introduced by all three Nebraska congressmen seeks to honor Charles Jackson French by naming the Benson post office for the man who rescued 15 injured shipmates during World War II. French, a First Class Petty Officer, swam for nearly eight hours through shark-infested waters off Guadalcanal towing a life raft to save the sailors from a sinking ship. As KETV NewsWatch 7 has...

Bacon leads effort to investigate role of Antifa in riots

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U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) led his Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in introducing legislation that would investigate the involvement of Antifa during the riots and looting that took place nationwide in 2020. Rep. Bacon was joined by U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Nancy Mace (R-SC) in introducing the bill, H.R. 4117, which would create a National Co...

Republican Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Study Antifa Involvement in Riots

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Rep. Don Bacon, along with Reps. Rodney Davis, Tony Gonzalez, David Joyce, Nancy Mace, Maria Elvira Salazar and Van Taylor, introduced a bill Thursday to investigate Antifa’s involvement in the explosive riots that took the nation by storm in 2020. Specifically, the legislation would establish the National Commission on Domestic Terrorist Attacks on the United States, an independent bipartisan com...