Flood Speaks at Legislative Summit: Nebraska Lawmakers Talk Trade and Economy at Nebraska House Event |

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Each year, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce hosts its Federal Legislative Summit, where attendees hear from federal officials from the state of Nebraska about trade, economics, and issues within these spaces.

On August 25, Mike Flood joined the foray in his first term as Representative, alongside Senator Ben Sasse, Congressman Don Bacon and Congressman Adrian Smith. Senator Deb Fischer was unable to attend due to a death in the family.

“In a convention filled with so many differing opinions, I really appreciate being able to sit on stage and hear my colleagues answer those direct questions, because we don’t necessarily have time during the day or at convention to have some of these discussions,” Flood says.

Retired NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson of Ashland was the keynote speaker for the event.

His speech related to his experiences as a Nebraska astronaut, an Ashland native, and president and CEO of the summit venue, the Strategic Air Command Museum.

“Look around,” Anderson said, referring to planes around the meeting space. “Embassy Suites doesn’t have that, Cornhusker Hotel doesn’t have that. Come back anytime. We’re here.”

After telling stories about his launch and landing from the International Space Station and what it means to be Nebraska’s only astronaut, Anderson closed his speech with a statement about returning to his hometown to lead the museum.

“I’m proud of where I come from and who I am. I’m proud of my family and how they’ve grown and changed. Now, May 5, 2022, we’ve come home, we’ve come home to home to lead a place I believe in,” Anderson said.

After the event, Anderson added that what makes Nebraska special is the ability of its people to come together and support each other.

“I believe Nebraskans have an incredible work ethic, I believe they have incredible hearts and I believe they care about others and are willing to give up their shirts for doing the right thing,” Anderson said.

Topics at hand for Nebraska lawmakers centered on business and the economy in Nebraska, through a series of panel questions and a short “flash ride” of lighter issues such as their fairground foods. preferred state.

The first question was about the views of legislators on immigration; whether this should change, how it works now, etc. Here, Flood revealed that he would be traveling to the US-Mexico border on August 29 to see the state of security there.

Flood primarily said he was concerned about drugs and guns crossing the immigration border. Part of his visit to the border will include investigating the technology needed for optimal security there.

“China sends fentanyl to Mexico,” Flood said. “Fentanyl is crossing our southern border and forcing first responders to respond to scenes where we have overdoses every day in rural and urban communities in the Congressional District.”

Flood noted that the immigration system has made minor progress on visa applications over the past year, but he wants to see it improve.

“There’s a lot of rigidity, we need a system that works,” Flood said. “One of the things I’m going to focus on is legally dealing with applications that go through the process.”

Flood also expressed opposition to some of the economic decisions made by the current administration, including the recent decision on student loans and some of the proposed banking and tax regulations.

“I think our current banking system left to its own devices is very good at discerning the risks, opportunities and security needed to keep our banking system strong and we should let the market and the bankers do that by listening to a regulation reasonable,” Flood said. .

Regarding his experiences in the United States House of Representatives, Flood said he was excited to represent his district and the state.

“The breadth and depth of the federal government is enormous, there’s foreign policy, there’s the armed services, there’s national security and having the opportunity to represent Nebraska’s first congressional district on those matters and these questions has been an incredible privilege,” Flood said.

Flood added that while being in the U.S. House of Representatives is different from being unicameral, her experience at the state level made for a smooth transition.

“Using my 10 years in the Nebraska legislature really helps me do that (representing the first congressional district), but only the issues are different and it’s new and exciting and fun to learn about new issues,” said said Flood.

The environment, Flood said, can be heated at times because it’s an open discussion in a bicameral system, but that’s one of the things he likes about it.

“What I love about the House of Representatives is that it’s like a bar fight of politicians. I love the ruckus that comes out of it,” Flood said. “I didn’t think I would, but I’m enjoying this part because it’s a chance to express myself.”

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