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ENG: Jeffrey Lane "Jeff" Fortenberry, born December 27, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Lincoln and includes most of the eastern third of the state outside the immediate Omaha area. Early life, education and career Fortenberry was a U.S. Senate Subcommittee staffer working on a special project examining the decline of agriculture land values in the 1980s and its impact on local government revenues. He has previously worked as an economist, in local economic development, and as a publishing executive for Sandhills Publishing. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University, a masters degree in theology from Franciscan University of ...
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Fortenberry's New GI Bill Promises Veteran Entrepreneurship


On October 13, with little fanfare, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) introduced the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition (VET) Act of 2011, a landmark new GI Bill that would allow veterans to use their already budgeted educational benefits earned under existing GI Bills, to start up new small businesses. The VET Act (H.R. 3167) is a GI Bill aimed at addressing the unacceptably high veteran unemployment rate, as well as to help quickly re-build a new generation of veteran-owned small business enterprises across America as the backbone of new job creation. This GI Bill was written as a ...


Fortenberry says it's time for political risk


Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry said Thursday it is time to make hard decisions and take a political risk. Andthat, he said, iswhat impelled him to sign a bipartisan letter urging the congressional debt reduction committee toinclude consideration ofall optionsfor increasing revenue as it tackles huge budget deficits and a flat economy. Fortenberry was one of 40 House Republicans who departed from party orthodoxy Wednesday and joined 60 House Democrats in signing the letter. The GOP political message has been to tackle debt reduction through spending cuts only, although some Republicans have ...


Fortenberry steps in right direction


Compliments to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry for signing the bipartisan letter urging the congressional supercommittee to consider all options in its struggle to reduce the national debt. The letter signed by 40 House Republicans and 60 Democrats is encouraging evidence there are some members of Congress willing to break with party orthodoxy to work for a practical solution. As letters go, the three-paragraph letter is remarkably short of specifics, although it did say that "a target of some $4 trillion in deficit reduction is necessary to stabilize our debt as a share of the economy." But the ...


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Reminder: Deadline for Military Academy Nominations Coming Soon
Washington, D.C. – Young people at least 17 years old have an opportunity each year to apply for service in one of the U.S. Military Service Academies. Applications for nomination to an academy are sought through the offices of congressional representatives. The deadline for submitting an application to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry this year is October 15, 2013. The application period began earlier this year in May. Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to an academy: 17 years old but not have passed the 23rd birthday; U.S. citizen; unmarried; reside within the congressional district of the Congressional Member seeking nomination from; and meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the Academy. Interested applicants with further questions regarding the nomination process should contact Congressman Fortenberry's office at 402-438-1598. ###
Omaha World-Herald Letter to the Editor: I'll push for back pay, not take my pay
In Congress, symbolic gestures often distract from the real issues at hand. The real issue is that the government needs to get back to work. There are a number of people who are hurting from the government shutdown, and there is a fairness argument to be made. So I have decided to have my own pay withheld until this is resolved. I have co-sponsored legislation that would give back pay to furloughed civilian employees, including those at Offutt Air Force Base and the U.S. Strategic Command. They will have a great deal of catching up to do when they return, and it is important to provide certainty to the men and women who serve our country. Meanwhile, I will keep working toward constructive solutions to solve this problem. We need the right type of policy, tax and spending reforms that are necessary to renew our nation. Jeff Fortenberry, Lincoln 1st District congressman, R-Neb. Click here (http://www.omaha.com/article/20131008/NEWS08/131008966/1681#the-public-pulse-october-8) to
Fortenberry to Vote Yes to Reopen Government
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry made the following statement regarding an expected vote tonight in the U.S. House of Representatives to reopen the government. "We have to get the government back to work and pay our bills," Fortenberry said. "The paralysis of recent weeks has severely damaged the institution of Congress and the Presidency, frustrated the country, and further weakened economic stability." "The House of Representatives tried in earnest to negotiate with the President on the underlying problems of the health care bill and the drivers of the debt. I did not favor shutting down the government, but the country also deserved a better response from the President as our leader. Nothing about the last few weeks has been optimal. "Now it's time to govern responsibly, reopen the doors, and keep pushing for constructive solutions. It's been said that we are one major budget deal away from restoring America's strength. We should keep this vision alive in the comi
Fort Report: Ending the Government Shutdown
Outside the United States Capitol, a ring of heavily armed police officers guards the institution. Not too many years back, you could simply walk into the Capitol. But times have changed. As I left the House of Representatives this week, a group of officers was casually bickering about something. I lightheartedly entered into their conversation and asked, "What's the matter?" One of the officers looked at me and said: "I don't care if you are a Republican or a Democrat, I need my paycheck." He's right. We have to get the government back to work. Millions of Americans are now affected directly or indirectly. The paralysis has severely damaged the institution, frustrated the country, and further weakened economic stability. Here is the first problem: the government owes $17 trillion in debt. It's a staggering figure. If we were to pay it off, every man, woman and child in America would owe $53,000. To make matters worse, with the current policies in place and no future change, the ef



 
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