Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Honoring Willa Cather

Each state in our nation has the opportunity to honor two great Americans hailing from their state with statues in the U.S. Capitol. When I was Governor, I had the privilege of signing legislation to change Nebraska’s statues and honor two tremendous Nebraskans: Chief Standing Bear and Willa Cather. This week as U.S. Senator, I […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: The Death Tax Needs to Die

Family-run farms, ranches, and small businesses are the backbone of communities across Nebraska. They fuel our economy, feed our citizens, and provide meaningful opportunity to build generational wealth. Our federal tax code, however, currently punishes these efforts and makes it more difficult for families to pass their operations to the next generation. This needs to […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Backing the Blue

From our southern border to our own backyard, law enforcement are essential to our safety and security. These courageous women and men in blue make the Good Life we enjoy in Nebraska possible. They put their lives on the line to enforce our laws and keep our streets safe. As we celebrate National Police Week […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Time for Compromise on Debt Ceiling

The national debt is a major problem with consequences for every taxpayer. According to one estimate, our debt per U.S. citizen is approaching $95,000, and our national debt per household is around $240,000, adding up to a staggering $31.457 trillion debt overall. At nearly 120% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our debt is larger than […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Supporting Year-Round E15

May 5, 2023 In May we celebrate Renewable Fuels Month and highlight the importance of biofuels. Nebraska farmers and ranchers fuel the world through the production of biofuels like ethanol. Our state is the second largest producer of ethanol, representing 2.3 billion gallons per year. Nebraska’s 24 ethanol plants boost our state’s economy by $5.7 […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column:Relief, Not Regulation

Joe Biden has continued to abuse his executive authority to show Nebraskans – and all Americans – his misplaced priorities. The examples are almost too numerous to count. In this time of high inflation, Americans deserve relief, not regulation. Fighting Biden’s overreach and attacks on who we are can be daunting, but having done so […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Addressing Our Drug Crisis

America currently faces the worst drug crisis in our nation’s history. In 2021, 106,000 Americans died of a drug overdose – nearly 70,000 because of fentanyl. Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18-45. The precursors to fentanyl are produced in China. From there, they are shipped to Mexico where cartels […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Mandate Madness

This week, President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced burdensome new emissions requirements on American-made vehicles. By requiring up to two-thirds of cars and trucks in the U.S. to be electric in just eight years, they are one step closer to their goal of making gas-powered vehicles obsolete. While we all care for our environment, […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Navigable Means Navigable

Last week, I spoke on the Senate floor to fight a blatant power grab by the federal government. The Senate considered a resolution attempting to block the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule from President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This rule would change the definition of navigable waters to include things like roadside […]

Senator Ricketts’ Weekly Column: Nebraska Is What America Is Supposed to Be

This week, I gave my U.S. Senate Maiden Speech – a long-held tradition for freshman senators to highlight their priorities in an inaugural speech on the Senate floor. The first time I entered the U.S. Senate chamber, I got chills. The chamber and the Capitol building represent the values we’ve held for nearly two and […]