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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. The Administration has admitted the goal of their policy is to tear apart families at the U.S.-Mexico border and house children in warehouses away from their parents. In effect, taking children hostage to discourage parents from seeking a safe home for them.

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

You did it! You helped the Insure The Good Life campaign collect more than 135,000 signatures to let Nebraskans vote this fall on expanding Medicaid, which would help about 90,000 of our hard-working friends and neighbors finally get the health coverage they need.

But we’re not done yet. We need to make sure Nebraskans go to the polls on November 6 and vote to expand Medicaid. So make sure you and your friends are registered to vote! Here is a voter registration form in English and en Español. You also can register at your county’s election commission.  

We are long overdue to expand Medicaid and make sure all hard-working people can get access to quality health coverage. 

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.

The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate each have passed versions of the Farm Bill. The Senate version largely protects SNAP, but the House version contains new restrictions which would take food off the table for many of the Nebraskans who need help the most – families looking for work, children, seniors, and primary caregivers.

The two versions will be merged in conference committee for a final version that will be voted on by both chambers.

Please call your Representative and our U.S. Senators. Tell them to oppose any restrictions to SNAP that would leave Nebraska families unable to get the food they need.

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.