Nebraska Farmers Union PAC Endorses Rep. Brad Ashford

October 24, 2016

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Nebraska Farmers Union PAC Endorses Rep. Brad Ashford

Omaha – Today, the Nebraska Farmers Union PAC announced their endorsement of Congressman Brad Ashford in his reelection campaign.

“Nebraska’s agriculture industry is the third largest in the nation based on cash receipts, and it is one of the largest sectors of the our state economy,” said John Hansen, NEBFARMPAC Secretary. “Our organization needs and appreciates the fact that Brad Ashford is our state’s only member on the House Agriculture Committee. Our state is well served by Brad Ashford, who has both an open door and an open mind as he serves Nebraska and agriculture. We need to keep Brad on the House Ag Committee, especially since work has already begun on the next Farm Bill.”

“I am honored to have the support of the Nebraska Farmers Union PAC and our agriculture community,” said Rep. Ashford. “I have enjoyed the positive relationship I have with the Nebraska Farmers Union, and I look forward to continue working with our ag community and my colleagues in Congress to pass meaningful legislation for our farmers.

Congressman Brad Ashford serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and hosts an annual summit on urban agriculture that connects farmers, nonprofits, and small business owners to discuss access to healthy produce in our communities.

NEBFARMPAC is the political action committee of the Nebraska Farmers Union, which is a non-partisan, not-for-profit general farm organization founded in 1913 with a mission to protect and enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.  NeFU is the respected voice of family farm and ranch agriculture with more than 4,000 family memberships.

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Social Security Advocacy Group Endorses Brad Ashford

October 18, 2016

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016    

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Social Security Advocacy Group Endorses Brad Ashford

Omaha – Today, Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), announced the Committee’s endorsement of Congressman Brad Ashford in his reelection campaign.

“Don Bacon’s supporters claim he has the courage to tackle Social Security. Unfortunately that courage is the wrong approach and would lead to cuts in benefits.” said Max Richtman. “Having the courage to do the wrong thing is not laudable in our opinion, having the courage to do the right thing is worthy of our endorsement. Brad has taken the right approach on Social Security to bring in more revenue and extend the life of the program.”

“Protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare benefits for Nebraskans is a top priority of mine in Washington,” said Rep. Ashford. “I am proud to work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to keep the promises we made to our seniors, veterans, and hardworking men and women across the country.”

The Social Security Administration announced today that the cost-of-living adjustment for 2017 is three tenths of one percent, which is an average of four dollars for beneficiaries. Congressman Ashford cosponsored the Social Security 2100 Act which develops a more accurate COLA calculator, improves benefits for beneficiaries, gives a tax break to 10 million Social Security recipients, and protects low-income workers.

NCPSSM is the second largest senior advocacy group in the country and is dedicated to advocating on behalf of seniors and hardworking Americans to protect earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare.

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Brad Ashford Endorsed by National Association of Home Builders

October 14, 2016

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Omaha – Today, the Ashford Campaign announced the endorsement of the National Association of Home Builders, a federation of more than 700 state and local associations representing more than 140,000 members.

“It is an honor to have the support of an organization dedicated to making housing a national priority,” said Rep. Ashford. “I am committed to working across the aisle to move our country forward on projects that can benefit our communities.”

“As housing goes, so goes the economy,” said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady in a release. “This election could determine if the housing and economic recovery stays on track or veers off course. The incumbents and candidates from both political parties that NAHB will be endorsing have all exhibited a commitment to advance policies that will promote homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans.”

For the first time in the NAHB’s 74-year history, the organization is endorsing candidates across the country. Of the 77 endorsements for the House of Representatives, only eight are Democrats.

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ICYMI: Leading Defense Organization Endorses Brad Ashford

October 13, 2016

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Thursday, October  13th, 2016

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ICYMI: Leading Defense Organization Endorses Brad Ashford

Omaha – Last week, 4DPAC, an organization focused on Democracy, Diplomacy, Development and Defense, endorsed Rep. Brad Ashford in his reelection campaign for the 2nd Congressional District.

“In only one term in Congress, Brad Ashford has established himself as a leader for Nebraska and for U.S. national security,” said 4DPAC President Jim Arkedis in a statement. “As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Ashford has been a champion for Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base and programs to bring private sector technological expertise into the Pentagon.”

Rep. Ashford works with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with our military leaders to ensure that our troops have the tools and resources they need to complete their long-term missions around the world.

“It is an honor to have the support of organizations like 4DPAC who work tirelessly to promote American interests around the world,” said Rep. Ashford. “I am committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle and with our President to strengthen our national security by engaging our international partners.”

4D PAC supports candidates who stand for a globally engaged America that plays an active role in shaping world affairs to create a freer, more prosperous, and safer world in concert with the United States’ founding values and backed by the world’s strongest military.

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Ashford Calls for Funding Bill to Avoid Shutdown

September 27, 2016

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ASHFORD CALLS FOR FUNDING BILL TO AVOID SHUTDOWN

WILL GIVE UP SALARY IF CONGRESS FAILS TO ACT

Omaha, NE – Today, Rep. Brad Ashford renewed his commitment to passing a bipartisan funding bill that will keep the government open, or he would give up his Congressional salary.

“Hard-working Nebraskans know that if they don’t do their job, they will not get paid. Congress should be held to that same standard,” said Congressman Ashford. “Members of Congress continually shirk their responsibilities to the American people and still accept their costly special privileges and salaries. That must stop.”

If Congress fails to pass a spending bill before Friday, government agencies will shutdown and millions of Americans will see a disruption in crucial services. The last government shutdown in 2013 cost our economy an estimated $24 billion, according to Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services.

“Washington must be held accountable for its inaction, and that starts with our elected officials. The American people deserve better,” said Ashford. “Both parties need to come together and put partisanship aside to pass a spending bill for the benefit of our country.”

Congressman Ashford introduced the “Congressional Accountability Now (CAN) Act” in September to reduce Congressional salaries by 10 percent, eliminate Congressional pensions, and ban the use of tax dollars on special privileges such as first-class flights and promotional mass mailings. Ashford has donated 10 percent of his government salary to fund the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional Scholarship.

Rep. Ashford introduced H.R. 1032 the No Homeland Security, No Pay Act. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 187 the No Budget, No Pay Act and H.R. 2023 Hold Congress Accountable Act.

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Ashford Receives Problem Solver Seal of Approval

September 22, 2016

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Ashford Receives Problem Solver Seal of Approval

Group headed by Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Lieberman

Today, No Labels awarded it’s Problem Solver Seal of Approval to Congressman Brad Ashford for his commitment to bipartisan legislating in Congress.

“When this divisive election ends, Americans need our leaders to really lead,” said No Labels co-chair Jon Huntsman. “We’ll need leaders who can rise above the partisanship and focus on problem solving. Congressman Ashford has taken an important step in that direction by accepting this Seal.”

The Seal of Approval is given to candidates who will work with their colleagues across the aisle to:

    • Secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years
    • Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
    • Balance the federal budget by 2030
    • Make America energy secure by 2024

“The No Labels Problem Solver Seal of Approval is a candidate’s commitment to voters in his district that he will enter the 115th Congress ready to reach across the aisle and get to work for the American people.,” said No Labels co-chair Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT). “The uglier this election gets, the more important it is to have leaders who understand there is a time to campaign and a time to govern. In earning this Seal, Congressman Ashford is signaling they are ready to tackle the tough issues, no matter who is in the White House.”

“The American people deserve a Congress that works for them. We need leaders who are willing to put party aside and put our country first,” said Rep. Ashford. “I am fighting to hold Washington accountable, and it is an honor to receive the Seal of Approval for my work.”

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NEW POLL RESULTS — Ashford Enjoys Overwhelming Job Approval, Double-Digit Lead in NE 02

September 20, 2016

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NEW POLL RESULTS — Ashford Enjoys Overwhelming Job Approval, Double-Digit Lead in NE 02

Voters widely approve of the job Brad Ashford is doing representing them, and this incumbent strength helps boost Ashford to a wide lead over Republican challenger Don Bacon in his race for re-election in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Voters from all parties believe Ashford is delivering for them as Congressman, and he has particularly strong backing from the Independent voters who typically decide elections in this battleground district.

Key findings from Global Strategy Group’s recent poll of 402 likely November 2016 voters districtwide are as follows:

 

KEY SURVEY FINDINGS:

  • Ashford has a double-digit lead. Ashford holds a ten-point advantage over Bacon (50% Ashford/40% Bacon). With just 10% of voters undecided in the race, Bacon has little room to close the gap before Election Day. Among Independent voters, Ashford is winning by a greater than two-to-one margin (57% Ashford/27% Bacon).
  • Voters approve of Ashford’s job as Congressman. Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) approve of the job Ashford is doing in office. In a time of historic dissatisfaction with Congress, Ashford clearly bucks the trend with under one in five (19%) disapproving of his job performance.
  • Ashford’s high job approval extends across partisan lines. In addition to positive job approval ratings from eight in ten Democrats (81% approve/3% disapprove) and nearly seven in ten Independents (69% approve/15% disapprove), Republican voters are 16 points more likely to approve than disapprove of Ashford’s job in office (50% approve/34% disapprove).

Ashford’s broad appeal enables him to transcend voters’ partisan ties, as he leads in his race for re-election by ten points despite a neck-and-neck race for President in the district.

 

ABOUT THIS POLL

Global Strategy Group conducted a survey on September 14-18, 2016 with 402 likely 2016 General Election voters in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. The results have a margin of error of +/- 4.9%, and care has been taken to ensure the geographic and demographic divisions of the expected electorate are properly represented based on past voter turnout statistics.

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Ashford Asks to Meet with Speaker Ryan

August 18, 2016

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Dear Speaker Ryan,

I understand you will be in Omaha this morning – welcome! I want to see if you have a few minutes to meet in person to discuss critical issues facing my community.

My top priority in Congress has been working to make sure our veterans get the care they have earned. We are making great progress towards a new medical facility with a public-private partnership. Our community is extraordinarily generous and is ready to step up to partner with the federal government to get this done. The Ashford-Fischer bill has strong bipartisan support and I hope you will sign-on.

I would like to encourage you, again, to call Congress back to Washington to address serious threats facing our nation. We must not let up in the fight against ISIS; we must destroy them. Congress should demonstrate it’s commitment to destroying ISIS by passing an authorization for use of force right away. We must also fund live-saving research in the fight against Zika. If you are interested, I am happy to set up meetings with you and world-renowned infectious disease researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

We don’t have time to waste on these important issues for the Second District and for our country. We must put the security of our families and well-being of our veterans ahead of partisanship and political fundraising.

Please call me at (402) 315-1013 if you are willing to meet during your visit to Nebraska.

Thank you!

Brad

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ICYMI: ASHFORD COMMITTED TO CUTTING WASTE

August 16, 2016

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 ICYMI: ASHFORD COMMITTED TO CUTTING WASTE THAT DOES NOT BENEFIT THE 2ND DISTRICT

OMAHA – During his campaign for Congress in 2014, Congressman Brad Ashford announced that he would fight against costly Congressional perks that do not benefit the 2nd District.

Staying true to that commitment, a recent report shows that Congressman Ashford has spent the least on mass mailings than members in any other competitive district. While spending the least on these promotional mass mailings, Congressman Ashford also refuses to use 2nd District tax dollars to fund first-class flights.

This comes on the heels of Ashford’s work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment that would require Congress to work together with the president to pass a budget — something they have done in years. Ashford also supports the “No Budget, No Pay” Act to withhold Congressional paychecks if they are unable to pass a budget.

“Nebraskans know that if they do not do the job they were hired to, they would not continue to receive their paycheck,” said Ashford’s Campaign Manager, Sam Barrett. “Brad has taken his Nebraska values to Washington and is working to bring bipartisan fiscal responsibility to Congress.”

Ashford is a co-sponsor of legislation (HR 688) which reduces the salaries of members of Congress by 10 percent, and he donated 10 percent of his salary for the Nebraska 2nd District Congressional Scholarship.

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Brad Ashford Calls on Donald Bacon to Denounce Attacks on Gold Star Families

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August 2, 2016

 

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Monday, August 1st, 2016

 

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Brad Ashford Calls on Donald Bacon to Denounce Attacks on Gold Star Families

 

The families of the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms deserve our unending support. Their sorrow is our sorrow.

Yesterday, Republican leaders like Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell strongly denounced Donald Trump’s shameful comments about the family of fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan. In response to the GOP presidential nominee’s hateful rhetoric, Donald Bacon refused to condemn Donald Trump and in doing so showed his unwillingness to stand up to his own party when they say and do reprehensible things.

Donald Bacon proved yesterday that he is on the extreme fringe of his own party. A fringe that places party politics ahead of those that serve, our vets, and families of those in uniform.

This goes far beyond politics and comes down to common decency and respect for those that sacrificed so much for us. Brad has shown that he is than more willing to challenge his party when they are wrong, and now he is calling on his opponent to do the same.

 

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