Emergency rental aid bill failed, but the fight is not over

On Tuesday, the Nebraska Legislature failed to override the Governor’s veto of LB 1073

First and foremost, we want to thank you for calling, emailing, and sharing your story with your senator. You showed up for your family, friends, and neighbors, and it did not go unnoticed. Because of this support, the Treasury Department is now setting aside $70 million of federal rental assistance aid for Nebraska. While this funding is specifically for Omaha and Lincoln, we will continue to fight for Nebraskans so that everyone has what they need to thrive and stay housed.

Here’s a breakdown of how senators voted, including 29 senators who voted YES to support Nebraskans, one vote short of a veto override. Please send a quick thank you note to your senator if they supported the override vote. Find your senator here.

Senator Aguilar
Senator Blood
Senator Bostar
Senator Brandt
Senator Briese
Senator John Cavanaugh
Senator Machaela Cavanaugh
Senator Day
Senator DeBoer
Senator Dorn
Senator Erdman
Senator Gragert
Senator Matt Hansen
Senator Hilkemann
Senator Hunt

Senator Kolterman
Senator Lathrop
Senator Lindstrom
Senator McCollister
Senator McDonnell
Senator McKinney
Senator Morfeld
Senator Pansing Brooks
Senator Stinner
Senator Vargas
Senator Walz
Senator Wayne
Senator Williams
Senator Wishart

Here’s a breakdown of Senators who voted NO or Present – Not Voting.

Senator Albrecht
Senator Bostelman
Senator Clements
Senator Flood
Senator Geist
Senator Halloran
Senator Ben Hansen
Senator Hilgers
Senator Hughes
Senator Jacobson

Senator Linehan
Senator Lowe
Senator Moser
Senator Murman
Senator Sanders
Senator Slama

Senator Arch – Present – Not Voting
Senator Brewer – Present – Not Voting
Senator Friesen – Present – Not Voting

A special thank you to Senators Justine Wayne and Matt Hansen for their work to ensure that Nebraska’s access to rental assistance funds could be put to a vote by the Legislature.

There are only five days left in the 2022 session, with several Appleseed priorities still up for debate:

  • LB 121, which eliminates the lifetime ban on SNAP for Nebraskans reentering our communities.
  • LB 1173, an important child welfare package, includes an official end of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ ability to privatize Nebraska’s child welfare case management services in the Eastern Service Area.

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