July 10, 2013

A Taste of the Good Life

By McKenzie Steger

Cattle picThis morning I got to do one of my favorite things. I got to have breakfast with fellow Huskers from “the Good Life”. It is called the Nebraska Congressional Breakfast and it takes place every Wednesday morning while Congress is in session. It is the oldest tradition of its kind on Capital Hill  and it was my third time attending.  This tradition involves all of the Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation members informally meeting with individuals from Nebraska visiting D.C. They gather to discuss current legislation and the latest happenings on the hill. This one-of-a-kind gathering began back in 1943 by U.S. Senator Hugh Butler originally only involving Nebraska delegates. Guests were invited over time and as more and more were in attendance, it became the standard to invite all Nebraskans visiting the capital.

This morning approximately 30 individuals were in attendance. Some were here representing educational issues, some were here for a soybean growers meeting, others were on vacation, and one boy had won a healthy food contest and got to meet the First Lady. The Senators and Representatives shared their thoughts on many topics. To begin Congressman Smith discussed the failing of the farm bill as well as legislation and issues regarding the postal service. Senator Johanns shared his concerns regarding the upcoming “nuclear option” which gives more power to the party in control of the Senate and could forever change this country. Senator Fischer discussed the opportunity she had to share the 4th of July with troops in Afghanistan and the current environment in the middle east. Congressman Terry talked about the need to improve U.S. energy independence. Finally Congressman Fortenberry shared visuals regarding the debt crisis in this country. It was very enlightening to hear each individual’s thoughts and refreshing to see our representative democracy in action. It is always refreshing to be surrounded by fellow Nebraskans and I hope that this tradition continues for years to come.