BigNews.Biz - Mar 07,2017 - Fischer Celebrates Nebraska’s 150th Birthday
Senator Fischer’s floor speech on the Nebraska’s 150th Birthday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood. Fischer also called up a Senate resolution, which she introduced with her Nebraska colleague U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), honoring this important milestone in Nebraska’s history. The resolution was unanimously passed by the full Senate. Click here to read the text of the resolution.
Additionally, Senator Fischer released a “Nebraska 150th Birthday” video highlighting the state’s beauty, innovation, history, and traditions. Click here to view the full video.
Below is the full transcript of today’s Senate floor speech honoring Nebraska’s 150th birthday:
I rise to recognize a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.
On this day, 150 years ago, the territory of Nebraska became the 37th state to enter the union.
Let me tell you the story of Nebraska.
In a deep and powerful way, it is the story of America.
America grew up in Nebraska.
We were the first state admitted after the Civil War;
But our admission was first vetoed by President Andrew Johnson.
It was the only time in American history this has happened.
President Johnson disagreed with a “fundamental condition” of Nebraska statehood: that black men be allowed to vote.
Fortunately, Congress overrode his veto.
On March 1, 1867, Nebraska became a state.
I said before that Nebraska statehood was a pivotal moment for our country.
Nebraska gave America a chance to be better.
By bringing Nebraska into the union, our country turned away from slavery forever.
We turned towards the truth about humankind:
That everyone is precious in heaven’s eyes.
By making Nebraska a state, America reached for a future more closely aligned with that truth.
Since that new birth of freedom, our nation has taken many more steps.
Some bold strides.
But always, we seek to be more fully the country we were made to be.
At a crucial moment, Nebraska strengthened our commitment to do that.
Nebraska renewed America’s identity.
As a state, Nebraska had not only hard, but also humble beginnings.
They called it “the Great American Desert.”
In the early 1800s, the famous military officer and explorer, Zebulon Pike, shrugged us off, saying simply:
“Not a stick of timber.”
A few years later, geologist Edwin James and Major Stephen Long gave us this review:
The land was “uninhabitable by a people depending upon agriculture.”
Today, wagon ruts can still be seen at Windglass Hill on the Oregon-California Trail, where settlers passed through looking for "greener" pastures.
Last year, Nebraska was ranked number-one in the nation in beef exports.
The state ranks number-one in both number of mother cows and cattle on feed.
We are “The Beef State.”
We are Cornhuskers.
With both corn and cattle, we produce high-quality protein products that are sought by consumers around the globe.
We are number-one in the nation in Great Northern bean production, popcorn production, and