Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on Friday attacked the $2 trillion package of expanded social benefits and climate change confrontation provisions that passed the House, warning that "Americans are about to have a new form of governance concentrated in D.C."
The legislation cleared the divided House on a 220-213 party line vote.
"Here's the new New Deal," Fortenberry said.
"Tax cuts for the wealthiest in New York and California," the 1st District Republican congressman said.
"Hundreds of billions in new debt.
"Amnesty for illegal immigrants.
"And massively expanded IRS."
Rep. Adrian Smith, Nebraska's 3rd District Republican congressman, said "our nation is in the midst of a workforce crisis, a supply chain crisis and a border crisis.
"Rather than govern and confront these challenges head-on with policies that get Americans back to work, Democrats have pushed through new spending that makes these problems worse," he said, "especially for the individuals who can afford it the least."
The combination of a billion dollars in federal pandemic recovery assistance and a healthy flow of state revenue offers "some significant opportunities," Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said.
That project, with its strong recreation, flood control and economic development aspects, joins opportunities already identified at Lake McConaughy, Lewis and Clark Lake and Niobrara State Park on the committee's list.
Jazari Kual, who became a familiar figure online when he livestreamed last year's protests in Lincoln and Omaha after George Floyd's murder, says he would like to turn a spotlight on the needs of "communities left behind."
The 1st District congressman has written a letter protesting the cancellation of Delta flights from Lincoln to Minneapolis after the airline had received federal COVID-related assistance to help usher it through the pandemic.