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The U.S. Representative for Nebraska's 1st congressional district, serving since 2005.
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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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