LINCOLN - In the legislature yesterday Republicans blocked efforts to raise the minimum wage for hard working Nebraskans. LB 943 would have raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 over the next 3 years. The last vote on the minimum wage was in 2007. Republicans also refused to increase the minimum wage paid to those who work for tips, that wage is $2.13 and has not been increased for 23 years.
"The war on hard working families by the Republican Governor and Republican Legislators should serve as a wakeup call to voters as we go into the November statewide election" said Dan Marvin, Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. "First they deny expanded health care coverage for 54,000 Nebraskans and now they fail to advance an increase in the minimum wage, while at the same time Republicans campaign to reduce taxes on
"Voters this fall will have a clear choice on the direction of the state, do we move forward together or continue the failed 'trickle-down' policies that are leaving 10's of thousands of Nebraskans further and further behind" said Vince Powers, Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
LINCOLN--In the State Legislature yesterday, only eight out of the 49 Senators voted against the final budget bill (LB 905). This bill provided for: 25 million dollars in ongoing property tax relief, 10 million dollars in job training, 3.7 million in early childhood education, and 5 million dollars to help the developmentally disabled.
While a large majority of Senators supported property tax relief and expanding jobs and opportunities for Nebraskans, Senators Bloomfield, Brasch, Garrett, Hansen, Janssen, Kintner, McCoy and Pirsch showed how out of touch they are with Nebraskans.
"It is important for Nebraskans to see how out of touch and extreme these eight senators are, six of these eight are on the ballot in May, their votes against jobs and property tax relief are issues that voters need to be aware of" said Dan Marvin executive director of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
The six Senators on the May ballot are: Beau McCoy for Governor, Charlie Janssen for Auditor, Pete Pirsch for Attorney General, Lydia Brasch in LD 16, Tommy L. Garrett for LD 3 and Bill Kintner in LD 2.
Lincoln-At the Republican Senate debate last night, all four Republican Senate candidates supported the elimination of the minimum wage.
With a clear majority of Nebraskan's supporting an increase in the minimum wage, last night's debate showed how extreme and out of touch the leading Republican Senate candidates are with Nebraskans. All four echoed Shane Osborn when talking about the minimum wage saying "I think we should eliminate it."
Earlier at a State Legislative hearing, waitress Sonia Bentley talked about the minimum wage saying "We're not complaining about the hard work, but when a person works two full-time jobs and can still not even manage to get by, there's an injustice being committed."
Speaking about the debate, Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Vince Powers, said "the four Republican candidates have proven, with their extreme views on the minimum wage, that they are out of touch with Nebraskans"
LINCOLN– At his campaign kick-off event yesterday, Dennis Crawford - Nebraska Candidate for the House of Representatives, CD 1 - announced a major improvement to the Affordable Care Act. Crawford has labeled the plan "Medicare Plus".
"Medicare Plus", would allow a consumer to select Medicare to be his/her health insurance carrier in the insurance exchanges. Therefore, Medicare would compete with the likes of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Conventry in the exchanges. The "Medicare Plus" plan would create a needed dose of competition in the heavily concentrated Nebraska insurance market.
"My plan, "Medicare Plus", would keep healthcare costs affordable for working families in Nebraska by providing more options and creating additional market competition," stated Crawford.
According to the American Medical Association, Nebraska has the 8th least competitive market for health insurance in the county. The "Medicare Plus" plan provides an additional option in the exchanges. This plan would give consumers more choices and force the private health insurance companies to provide better service and lower premiums.
For more information or comment contact Dennis Crawford- 402-890-2527, or firstname.lastname@example.org
LINCOLN - Today State Sen. Annette Dubas announced her withdrawal from the Nebraska Governor's race.
"The Nebraska Democratic Party is disappointed to hear Senator Annette Dubas will no longer be a candidate in the 2014 race for governor," said Vince Powers, Nebraska Democratic Party State Chair. "However, we respect and support Senator Dubas' decision to focus on her family and work in the Legislature. Dubas was a dynamic candidate who inspired many Nebraskans across the state. The NDP is proud of the leadership Senator Dubas showed during her campaign and continues to show in the state legislature. Thanks to the energy and issues brought forth by Sen. Dubas, the Nebraska Democratic Party is stronger and more enthusiastic than ever to continue our work to elect Democrats in 2014."
LINCOLN – On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut food stamp funding by about $40 billion over the next 10 years. The vote was 217-210, with only 15 GOP representatives voting against the cuts. Among those voting in favor of the cuts was Rep. Lee Terry and Rep. Adrian Smith.
In Nebraska there are more than 180,000 people, including children of low-income working parents, that rely on this funding to put food on their table. Nationwide the cuts will cause 3.8 million people to lose this important benefit.
“Reps. Terry and Smith have once again sided with the far-right wing of their party, rather than standing with the people of Nebraska,” said Jim Rogers, Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party. “This vote shows a blatant disregard for Nebraskans that utilize these benefits. It is time Rep. Terry and Smith be held accountable for their votes.”
LINCOLN -- This week Democrats on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce released new reports showing how the Affordable Care Act is already benefitting Americans. While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted for the 38th time to repeal or dismantle the Affordable Care Act yesterday, President Obama explained in remarks earlier today - and these reports show - how middle class families are benefiting. Millions are receiving rebate checks from their insurance companies, children are benefitting from being able to stay on their parents’ insurance plan until they are 26, seniors are saving hundreds of dollars per person on prescription drug costs, and individuals are now benefiting from free preventive care services.
Nebraska Democratic Party State Chair Vince Powers released the following statement on the Affordable Care Act and House Republicans’ attempts to repeal it:
“During a week in which the Republican-controlled House voted for the 38th time to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, they can’t hide from the fact that millions of Americans are already benefiting from the law. Instead of working with President Obama and Democrats to make sure this historic health insurance reform provides better benefits and lowers costs, Republicans chose yet again to turn back the clock on middle class families.
“Make no mistake, Republicans’ real goal is to return to the days of letting seniors pay more for prescription drugs, forcing kids off of their parents insurance plans before they turn 26, and denying people coverage because of a pre-existing condition. It’s time Republicans stop playing partisan games and start working on legislation that will actually help working Americans. They need to stop standing with insurance companies and start standing with Nebraskans.”
You can read the House Energy & Commerce Democratic reports here.
LINCOLN – The Nebraska Democratic Party released the following statement in support of President Obama’s plan to combat climate change:
“As Nebraskans, we know we are stewards of the earth and have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged. We applaud President Obama’s plan announced today that takes an all-of-the-above approach to begin to slow the effects of climate change.
“We know that no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, which is why we need a comprehensive approach to meet this challenge head-on. The President’s plan will cut carbon pollution in America, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and will help us lead international efforts to address global climate change. It will do so in a way that helps develop homegrown energy, protect our children’s health, and foster innovation among America’s entrepreneurs.
“Nebraskans know that this is one of the major challenges of our time and that now is the time to act. Under the President’s leadership, we have increased the efficiency of our cars and household appliances. The President’s plan will build on those successes to help Nebraska families cut energy waste and lower their gas and utility bills. In Nebraska, we look forward to working with the President to meet the challenge of climate change in a way that advances our economy, our environment and public health. We applaud the President for speaking out on this important issue, and recommit ourselves to advancing efforts to slow down climate change for the sake of our planet and future generations.”
On 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act, Congressman Terry Remains Stuck in Extreme, Anti-Woman Ideology
On 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act, Congressman Terry Remains Stuck in Extreme, Anti-Woman Ideology
Today the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act – landmark legislation that served as a first step toward guaranteeing American women equal pay for equal work. But Congressman Lee Terry and House Republicans continue to stand in the way of fundamental progress by blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Women still make only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, and the Paycheck Fairness Act would make much-needed progress toward erasing that disparity by closing loopholes and imposing effective, strict penalties on employers who discriminate based on gender. Congressman Terry and his House Republicans refuse to even vote on this legislation.
“It is just as wrong today as it was in 1963 for women to earn less than men for the same work, but instead of working to solve the problem, Congressman Terry is stuck in an extreme ideology that will block any progress,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Terry and his House Republican leaders must stop obstructing the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would put more money in the pockets of middle class families. The women of Nebraska deserve a representative who will stand up for their equality in the workplace, not one like Congressman Terry who stands in the way because of extreme ideology and an anti-woman agenda.”
Congressman Terry voted against considering the Paycheck Fairness Act. [H Res 198, Vote #132, 5/07/13]
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Gubernatorial Candidate Conspicuously Missing
LINCOLN—On Tuesday the Nebraska Legislature showed its independence from the Executive branch by overriding approximately half of the Governor’s line-item vetoes. But there was one State Senator that chose not to take part in the process; Charlie Janssen. Senator Janssen was present for the morning proceedings but did not return after lunch for the important veto override votes. This on top of his vote against $230 million in property tax relief for Nebraska families. Does the state of Nebraska really want a Governor who won’t tackle the big issues?
These are the issues Senator Janssen did not want to take a stand on:
- funding for the University of Nebraska Nursing School in Lincoln
- funding for the Omaha Area Learning Community
- funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- funding for Public Advocacy Legal Aid and Services Fund
- funding for the Dept. of Roads public transit aid
- funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates and salary increases for county court employees
- funding for the Homeless Shelter Assistance Fund
- funding for the Nebraska History Museum renovations
- funding for Postsecondary Coordinating Commission data analyst position
- funding for Capitol improvements
- funding for Dental Services Aid
- funding for the Dept. of Health and Human Services dental health director