Nebraska Congressional Delegation Talks Tax Restrictions and Immigration Challenges | Regional government

ASHLAND — Members of Nebraska’s all-Republican congressional delegation on Thursday voiced their opposition to the Biden administration’s tax and spending policies while warning that the lack of immigration controls at the southern border stand in the way of reform of immigration.

As Nebraska’s business community leaders focus on carefully structured immigration reform as a vital tool to address the state’s growing labor shortage, Senator Ben Sasse said told the Chamber of Commerce’s annual federal legislative summit in Ashland that President Joe Biden “has no interest in solving this problem.” problem” of border security.

From left, Senator Ben Sasse, Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Adrian Smith and Rep. Mike Flood attend the annual Federal Legislative Summit at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Thursday.

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It’s essentially a political battle between “law and order conservatives versus immigration reform moderates,” Sasse said.

Newly elected Representative Mike Flood of Norfolk said he would travel to the southern border on Monday to see the problem first hand.

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Stopping the flow of drugs and weapons across the border with Mexico is a national security issue that must be addressed, the 1st District congressman said. Flood represents Lincoln and a strip of eastern Nebraska counties.

Rep. Don Bacon, who represents Omaha’s 2nd Metropolitan District, said he supports “increasing legalized immigration” that would include skilled worker visas.

Rep. Adrian Smith of Gering, whose 3rd District spans western and central Nebraska, said the United States needs to “use more border technology to keep the country safe.”

Senator Deb Fischer was unable to attend this year’s annual event held at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum midway between Lincoln and Omaha due to a death in the family.

Responding to a question in a brief interview leading up to the event, Sasse said the Justice Department needed to be more open in framing and explaining its concerns that led to an FBI search of the Mar-a-Largo estate of former President Donald Trump in Florida and subsequent seizure. of boxes of classified documents that Trump removed from the White House after losing his re-election bid.

It would “boost public confidence,” Sasse said.

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Responding to questions posed by Bryan Slone of Omaha, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, at Thursday’s event, Bacon said “inflation is the No. 1 problem in my district.”

Washington must “reduce reckless spending,” he said, and the nation must strive for “energy independence.”

Flood said President Biden’s announcement that the feds would forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loans, affecting nearly 8 million Americans, essentially means “a transfer of money from the lower middle class to the upper middle class”.

“This policy is disastrous, a very bad idea driven exclusively by politics,” he said.

In a moment of levity, Flood said he told people who asked him what change he found in moving from the nonpartisan Legislative Assembly to the partisan Congress was that “the House is like a fight of bar with politicians”.

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Rep. Mike Flood (right) speaks at the annual federal legislative summit Thursday at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.

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Flood won a special election battle with Democratic candidate Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, another state senator, in late June. They meet again in November for the election of a two-year term to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of former Representative Jeff Fortenberry.

Sasse, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the United States is in a “tech race” with China, and that legislation that attacks “big tech” in the United States benefits China.

“If China moves in Taiwan,” Sasse said, it could threaten the U.S. and global economy.

Sasse hailed former Vice President Mike Pence as “a hero” for his action refusing to interfere with the presidential election vote count after a pro-Trump crowd stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 , in an effort to nullify Biden’s election.

Politics in the United States is “dumb and tribal right now,” Sasse said.

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