May 18, 2016
On Capitol Hill, Brad Ashford advocates for bill to help Orozco’s husband
WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., sought Friday to raise the profile of his legislation to speed the naturalization process for spouses, children and parents of first responders killed in the line of duty.
An expedited process already is available for families of those killed during military service.
April 26, 2016
NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION PAC NAMES ASHFORD ‘FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE’
The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation has named Jeff Fortenberry, Brad Ashford, and Adrian Smith a “Friend of Agriculture” by NFBF-PAC, Nebraska Farm BureauFederation’s political action committee.
Fortenberry is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District, Ashford is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, and Smith is a candidate for re-election to represent Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District.
April 24, 2016
Public-private partnership in the works for new Omaha VA care center
WASHINGTON — The pieces are coming together for a new veterans ambulatory care center in Omaha that would be built through a groundbreaking model of public-private partnership.
Rep. Brad Ashford plans to introduce key legislation this week that would clear the way, top Department of Veterans Affairs officials have signed off on the unique approach, and standing ready to lead the fundraising effort are three of the Omaha business community’s heavy hitters: Mike Yanney, Mike McCarthy and Walter Scott Jr.
April 18, 2016
Ashford bill would rename an Omaha post office in honor of Navy SEAL killed in 2011 in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., has introduced legislation to name an Omaha post office in honor of a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
Caleb Nelson, a 26-year-old Omaha native, was on a combat patrol in Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
“We must never forget the ultimate sacrifice Caleb made protecting our country,” Ashford said in a press release.
February 11, 2016
Brad Ashford among those most likely to buck party line, CQ Roll Call finds
WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., is one of the House members most likely to buck his party on contentious votes, according to CQ Roll Call’s annual study.
That publication analyzes votes every year to determine lawmakers’ “party unity” scores based on votes where a majority of Republicans and a majority of Democrats voted differently.
Ashford voted against his party 28.1 percent of the time in 2015, according to the report released this week. Only three House Democrats and two Republicans showed less fealty to their parties.
February 8, 2016
Ashford at home with nonpartisan senators
Rep. Brad Ashford on Monday told his former colleagues in the Nebraska Legislature that the state has embraced “the most wonderful way to govern” with its nonpartisan legislative body.
“We can have firmly held views,” Ashford said. “But we get things done.”
“It does make a difference, this place,” the first-term Democratic congressman said. “That’s also who we are. We are different. We should be proud.”
February 8, 2016
Congressman Brad Ashford kicks off re-election campaign
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Nebraska’s only Democratic congressman wants to return to Washington. Representative Brad Ashford kicked off his re-election campaign Monday night in front of a large crowd.
“We’ve done some things good, we can do a lot of things better, we’ve got to be more optimistic,” said Congressman Brad Ashford.
Ashford said he wants to keep working on issues that he feels are important.
“We need to stop over regulating. Nebraskans don’t need regulation they need innovation and we need to invest in our exceptionalism,” said Ashford.
December 9, 2015
Brad Ashford calls for gun control for people on no-fly list
WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Ashford has lined up with a group of fellow Democrats pushing legislation aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from buying guns.
“I support the Second Amendment,” the Omaha congressman said in a statement to The World-Herald. “But keeping guns and explosives out of the hands of suspected terrorists is not gun control. It’s a common sense, responsible way to strengthen our national security. I will continue to vote in favor of keeping America safe at home while also pushing for the use of force against terrorists in the Middle East.”
October 27, 2015
Brad Ashford calls for end to lawmakers sending taxpayer-funded mailings
WASHINGTON — Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., wants to cut off the mass mailings sent from Capitol Hill lawmakers every year on the taxpayers’ dime.
“We must end special privileges for members of Congress,” Ashford said in a press release Tuesday. “Nebraskans expect elected officials to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. That’s why I will not spend tax dollars for self-promoting mass mailings, which do not help my constituents.”
September 23, 2015
Small banks may be unfairly burdened by regulations, Brad Ashford says
As U.S. banks continue to face new regulations in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., on Monday questioned whether it makes sense for a community bank with $250 million in assets to be subject to the same requirements as an institution 10,000 times bigger, with $2.5 trillion.
Ashford met with Arbor Bank leaders and industry representatives from the Nebraska Bankers Association as part of the American Bankers Association’s Take Your Lawmaker to Work Week, a national campaign designed to familiarize U.S. lawmakers with challenges facing the industry. The campaign runs through Friday