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Federal Agency Takes Charge of Voluntary Carbon Credit Markets

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A bipartisan bill seeks to address climate change by placing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a leadership role over voluntary carbon credit markets. While proponents tout the benefits of voluntary conservation practices, critics say the approach will result in limited climate action rather than meaningful change. The Growing Climate Solutions Act would “break down barriers fo... Read more »

Nebraska Congressman Co-Sponsoring Carbon Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 26, U.S. Reps. Don Bacon (R-NE) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), members of the House Agriculture Committee, introduced a companion bill to the Growing Climate Solutions Act, H.R. 7393. The Senate bill, S. 3894, was introduced by Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in early June. The bill would standardize the agricultural carbon market, and was referred ... Read more »

Don Bacon says he supported much of the House police reform bill, but it needed fine-tuning

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WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s all-Republican House delegation stood united last week against Democratic legislation aimed at the police misconduct that has sparked nationwide demonstrations. Rep. Don Bacon, who represents the Omaha-based 2nd District, said he agreed with most of the bill, touting the benefits of mandatory police body cameras as an example. He said some fine-tuning could have addressed ... Read more »

Spanberger, Bacon Introduce Growing Climate Solutions Act with Broad Coalition of Support from Farm, Environment, & Industry Organizations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Don Bacon (R-NE-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation to break down barriers for farmers, ranchers, and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets and to reward them for embracing climate-smart practices. https://spanberger.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=3036 Read more »

Declaración del Congresista Don Bacon sobre Decisión de la Suprema Corte acerca de DACA

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Omaha, Neb. – El congresista Don Bacon emitió hoy la siguiente declaración con respecto a la decisión de la Suprema Corte de los Estados Unidos sobre DACA: “Esta decisión muestra una vez más que el Congreso debe lograr un compromiso sobre DACA, al igual que una reforma migratoria con seguridad fronteriza. La mentalidad de ‘mi modo o nada’ nos está fallando en el Congreso. http://www.telemundonebra... Read more »

Black community leaders, pastors gather to declare they're 'for North Omaha'

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Pastor Myron Pierce, wearing a shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” on it, joined other North Omaha pastors Wednesday who called for unity, hope and criminal justice reform. “We want to let you know, there’s a new message in our city, that we are for North Omaha,” Pierce said. “We’re gonna make a change. We’re gonna make a difference.” https://www.omaha.com/news/local/black-community-leaders-pa... Read more »

Omaha's mayor has declared a State of Emergency

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OMAHA, Neb. (FOX 42 KPTM) — After a protest in Omaha on Friday, in support of justice for George Floyd, and another protest on Saturday, Mayor Stothert declared a State of Emergency in Sunday's press conference. https://fox42kptm.com/news/local/omahas-mayor-has-declared-a-state-of-emergency Read more »

Problem Solvers show how Congress can work from home with virtual floor debate

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Two dozen members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus hosted a virtual floor debate on state and local funding Thursday, hoping to illustrate that the House can conduct official proceedings remotely. But the experimental session was not without a few technological hiccups. Caucus members used the Zoom videoconferencing app to connect with one another for the mock debate, telecasting the proce... Read more »

Rep. Bacon introduces bill aimed at propping up city budgets

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It’s a problem for states, cities and counties around the country. The local governments are losing millions of dollars in tax revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act passed by Congress gave states and local governments $150 billion, but that money can only be used for coronavirus relief, not to prop up the budget. https://www.3newsnow.com/news/coronavirus/rep-b... Read more »