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Immigration policies must be built on family unity

Separating children from their parents seeking asylum is inhumane and un-American.

Nebraskans agree that strong, united families are the foundation of successful communities. And for generations, our immigration laws reflected those values.

But now, drastic new policies are threatening families who are seeking safety in the U.S. from danger. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has openly discussed the Administration’s plan to tear apart families at the U.S.-Mexico border and house children in warehouses away from their parents.

This is an echo to some of the most shameful times in American history and completely disregards Nebraska’s values and basic human decency.

Tell our U.S. Senators and your Congressmen our immigration policies must be built on humanity and the sanctity of united families. They must reject these cruel plans to rip children away from their parents.

Every Nebraskan should be able to afford Health Insurance

Every Nebraskan must have affordable health coverage for themselves and their families.

 But about 90,000 of our hard-working friends and neighbors can’t afford insurance because Nebraska has not expanded Medicaid.

That’s why we’ve joined the Insure The Good Life campaign to let Nebraskans vote for a healthier future this fall. Insure The Good Life will be working to collect the 85,000 petition signatures required to put Medicaid expansion on the November ballot.  

We are long overdue to expand Medicaid and use this effective tool to make sure all hard-working people can get access to quality health coverage. It’s time for the people of Nebraska to be able to vote on expanding Medicaid.

Click here to join Insure The Good Life and learn how you can help our friends and neighbors get the health care everyone needs.

Oppose SNAP restrictions in 2018 Farm Bill

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “SNAP,” is our country’s most-important food security program. SNAP helps 1 in 11 Nebraskans – mostly families with children – afford a basic diet. It’s a proven success at keeping thousands of families out of poverty while putting money straight into local economies.

But the House Ag Committee recently proposed new cuts and restrictions to SNAP in the draft Farm Bill (H.R. 2), which could take food off the table for many of the Nebraskans who need help the most – families looking for work, children, seniors, and primary caregivers.

Please call your House member today. Tell them to “Vote NO on the Farm Bill because it forces more of our neighbors to go hungry.”

Everyone should have a safe workplace

Over the past decades, significant and convincing data has piled up to show that working in the meatpacking and poultry processing industries continue to be some of the most dangerous jobs in the country.

The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule to make it even more dangerous – both for workers in pork slaughter plants and the food that makes it to your plate. The plan to remove federal food safety inspectors and increase the already dangerously high line speeds in pork plants would be a disaster for all involved.

Tell our members of Congress to pass a law to protect food and worker safety by rejecting this increase in line speed. Our lawmakers must pass protections that prevent the hard-working men and women who prepare our food from suffering permanent, crippling injuries on the job.