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Contact Information for Nebraska Congressional Delegation

Senator Ben Sasse: (202) 224-4224, D.C.; (402) 476-1400, Lincoln; Twitter @SenSasse; Sasse email contact form

Senator Deb Fischer: (202) 224-6551, D.C.; (402) 441-4600, Lincoln; Twitter @SenatorFischer;  Fischer email contact form

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry CD1: (202) 225-4806, D.C.; (402)438-1598, Lincoln; Twitter @JeffFortenberry;  Fortenberry email contact form

Rep. Don Bacon CD2: (202) 225-4155, D.C.; (402) 938-0300, Omaha; Twitter @RepDonBacon; Bacon email contact form

Rep. Adrian Smith CD3: (202) 225-6435, D.C,; (308) 384-3900, Grand Island; Twitter @RepAdrianSmith;  Smith email contact form

h.r. 2382 USPS FAIRNESS ACT

H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, passed the House on 2/5/20 and was received in the Senate on 2/10/20, where it has languished ever since. For more than a decade, the United States Postal Service has been saddled with the onerous burden of prefunding its retiree health care benefits as mandated by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The mandate requires the USPS to prefund its retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance, paying for retirement health care for individuals who haven’t been born yet, let alone entered the workforce.

H.R. 2382 repeals the requirement that the USPS annually prepay future retirement health benefits. This long standing requirement has been a major cause of the USPS's current financial problems.

The USPS is vital in ensuring that Nebraskans receive medications, checks, and other important documents (such as ballots for the general election) in a timely way. Rural residents are especially dependent on such service.

Action: Contact Senators Fischer and Sasse and urge them to get H.R. 2382 to the appropriate committee. (August 9, 2020)

The League supports this bill based on its Health and Voter Protection positions.

h.r. 4 VOTING RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT ACT

H.R. 4, the Voting Right Enhancement Act, restores and modernizes the original protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The goal of the legislation is to combat the influx of discriminatory voting requirements enacted by states that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly and youth from voting.

The 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated the section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required certain states and local governments to obtain federal approval before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices if the states had a history of voting discrimination against racial, ethnic and language minorities. The court said the formula that determined which jurisdictions fall under federal oversight was out of date and instructed that it was on Congress to come up with a modern day formula that protects voting rights. The Voting Rights Advancement Act accomplishes this by enacting voter protections for states with a record of suppressive voting practices over the last 25 years.

The LWVUS held a Virtual Lobby Day during our 100th anniversary convention on June 25, 2020.
Action: In memory of Congressman John Lewis, we are asking members to contact Senators Sasse and Fischer again to urge them to take up the bill in the Senate. (July 18, 2020)

The League supports this bill based on its Voter Protection position.

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