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Rep. Bacon says he will support bipartisan infrastructure bill

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A $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. Senate will receive support from at least one Nebraska congressman when it is brought to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Don Bacon said Thursday he intends to vote for the bill, providing it remains separate from a $3.5 trillion proposal being discussed by Democrats. That could put Bacon, who represents the Omaha-ce...

Marine Recalled as Hero Who Died While Helping Others

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An Omaha Marine killed last month in Afghanistan was remembered at his funeral last Friday as a hero who died while trying to help others. [...] Among those attending Page’s funeral were Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Nebraska Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Nebraska U.S. Reps. Don Bacon and Jeff Fortenberry and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. Read the full ...

Drones are redefining the modern battlefield — we must act swiftly to counter the UAS threat

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Recent events in Afghanistan remind us that today’s global security landscape presents a vast matrix of complex challenges for the Department of Defense (DoD). One of the most concerning tactical developments is the rapid evolution in the use of militarized Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — or drones — by near-peer adversaries and non-state actors. Armed, low-cost drones are now a feature of 21st ce...

House renews law allowing VA to build hospitals with private aid

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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to extend for five more years the 2016 law that permitted a public-private partnership to build the Omaha VA Medical Center’s new $86 million ambulatory care clinic, according to a press release from Nebraska Republicaep. Don Bacon. The House rolled the extension of the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed (CHIP-IN) for Ve...

Marine Cpl. Daegan Page recalled as hero who died while helping others

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Marine killed last month in Afghanistan was remembered at his funeral Friday as a hero who died while trying to help others. The Rev. Suzanne Howe recalled Bible scripture in describing the actions of Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, who was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26 in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport. The blast also killed at least 169 Afghans and came as p...

Ricketts, Farm Bureau critical of tax proposal that could hurt future farm families

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The average age of Nebraska farmers is nearly 57 years old. In many cases, those older farmers are making succession plans that would pass the family farm, ranch or small business onto the next generation of their family. With million of Nebraska farm and ranch acres and small businesses at stake, some Nebraskans are concerned whether new tax proposals by the Biden administration could make it co...

Nebraskans react after Democrats drop controversial tax proposal

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Heeding concerns from rural America, Democrats have dropped a controversial tax proposal. It comes as farmers gather at the Husker Harvest Days, raising concerns about President Joe Biden's agenda. It appears Congress has killed a proposal that would’ve increased taxes on farm ground transitioning from one generation to the next. Read the full story here.

Bipartisan bill from Fitzpatrick, Bacon ensures kinship care kids receive free school meals

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U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) recently unveiled a bipartisan bill that would expand free school meals programs for some 400,000 children living in kinship care, meaning they reside with their grandparents or in other arrangements. “Food insecurity poses a serious risk to a child’s health and development and the opioid epidemic has only exacerbated the issue,” Rep. Fitzpa...

High ranking Air Force official speaks up over mismanaged withdraw from Afghanistan

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The first female command chief of the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth had strong words for President Joe Biden on Friday. “He’s our commander in chief, but I would dare say he is undeserving of the title,” Jodi Stauber said Friday. [...] Nebraska U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, U.S. Air Force veteran, referred to the at-times chaotic and deadly withdrawal as “self-inflicted” and “a colossal disaster.” “People a...