Nebraska Politicians Respond To Riot At Capitol

Nebraska Senator Tom Brandt, District 32, had this to say to FJN about the recent violence in our Nation’s Capital, “What happened last Wednesday at the US Capitol was disheartening and abhorrent. I mourn for the police officers killed and injured, the protester shot and killed, and the three others dead. 
“I hope that the rioters who invaded the Capitol are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and it looks like the FBI is on the job. I have heard from many constituents shocked and saddened by these actions which do not represent who we are as Americans. Part of the issue is the heightened partisan climate, and here in our state legislature we know we have to do better in getting along with each other because constant fighting and bickering accomplish nothing.”
Violence broke out last week in Washington, D.C., as lawmakers were scheduled to certify President-Elect Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
One of those objecting was U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith from Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Jefferson County. Smith maintains that some voting practices implemented in some states due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as voting by mail, were unconstitutional. 
Smith issued a statement as the siege at the Capitol was ongoing, “While many protestors are exercising their constitutional right to be heard peacefully, I urge all protestors to do so and to follow the directions of law enforcement.”

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