Nebraska GOP politicians make last-minute plug to voters
SCOTTSBLUFF — Nebraska Republican office holders made a stop Monday at Western Nebraska Regional Airport as part of a Get Out the Vote rally with stops across the state.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse isn’t up for re-election for another two years, but joined Team Nebraska to help assure the party’s control of government at both the national and state levels.
“This is a critical election, just like every one of them,” Sasse told the crowd. “Nebraska is the best place in American to raise a family, but you already know that. We’re in the top five in the country when it comes to every metric of economic health. The state is humming because we’re blessed by providence to live on the most productive land in history.”
Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska’s District 1 in Congress, said Nebraska has what America needs.
“This election is really about resistance or results, strife or solutions, conflict or community” he said. “For me and the rest of us, we’re choosing community, results and solutions. That’s what we’re trying to do in Washington.”
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, who’s running for her second term, was also in attendance.
“You don’t always hear about it, but we’re getting things done in the Senate,” she said. “We voted to give our military their first salary increase since 2009. We’re paying for the rebuilding of our military. We’re correcting the decrease in military readiness we’ve been seeing.”
She also pointed out the Senate voted for more local control of education, allowing local educators to decide what’s important in their own school districts.
The Senate passed new Federal Aviation Administration legislation to keep rural airports vibrant and growing.
Fischer also pointed out that Nebraska has the poor distinction of the largest percent increase in death due to drug overdose. She urged continued work to address the opioid crisis in America.
Third District Congressman Adrian Smith said he was grateful to be part of Team Nebraska.
“No matter what committees we’re on, it takes a team to get things done,” he said. “There’s great news of the beginnings of a new trade agreement with Japan. Many places around the world see Nebraska as the best place to do business and find good workers.”
Wrapping up the visit was Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.
“There’s a lot on the line this election cycle,” he said. “It’s so important that all of you show up to vote if you haven’t already.”
Ricketts said the strong economic growth in the country is also being felt in Nebraska. For the last three years in a row, the state has boasted more than a million non-farm jobs for the first time in the state’s history, according to Ricketts.
The state also has the nation’s sixth lowest unemployment rate and the third highest wage growth in the state of any state in the country since 2014.
“For the past two years, we’ve had more economic development projects than North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas combined,” he said. “It shows that companies have faith in our people and are creating job opportunities for our young people. We want to continue to see Nebraska grow.”
The governor echoed what the rest of Team Nebraska has been saying: go the polls, make your voice heard and encourage your friends and family to do the same.