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New coalition says it formed to spotlight economy, issues affecting Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

Dec 07, 2023 | 9:09 pm ET
By Cindy Gonzalez
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New coalition says it formed to spotlight economy, issues affecting Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District
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Lina Traslaviña Stover is among speakers at the launch of Nebraskans For Us group, which said it formed to bring attention to economic-related decisions made in Washington, D.C., that affect residents of Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. (Courtesy of Nebraskans For Us)

OMAHA — A new nonprofit group has formed, its leaders said, to spotlight and promote awareness of economic issues and federal legislation affecting residents of Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

Nebraska For Us held its official launch Wednesday night at an Omaha event that drew about 40 people. 

“Nebraskans are struggling, and it’s clear that vital programs many of our working class and middle income neighbors count on are under constant threat,” said director Angie Lauritsen, a former elected official who has worked in various local and statewide issue campaigns.  “From income tax policies and jobs, to Social Security and Medicare, we’re looking to shine a light on key votes in Congress and work together to make sure our leaders are working for people like us.”

Collin Adler Ruane, communications director, said in an interview that the coalition is not affiliated with a political party and does not plan to support or oppose a candidate.

He said that U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., who was brought up in the group’s media release as well as the launch event, is the district’s elected representative and that the coalition believes it is important to share messages and testimonies with him.

The group has not reached out to Bacon, Ruane said, adding that it is in its early stages.

The coalition plans to hold community events in coming months.

Bacon, in response, said: “Nebraskans know I work hard for them and our country. Unfortunately Americans are paying more for food, energy, and services because of the disastrous effects of Pres. Biden’s policies.”

The four-term congressman said he has worked within his Republican Party and also with Democrats. “They know that anyone suggesting otherwise is playing politics,” Bacon said.

The Nebraska For Us coalition said it seeks to reach people across rural and urban parts of Douglas, Sarpy and Saunders Counties to build a better understanding of how decisions in Washington affect their communities.

“As someone who strives to support workers in multiple industries — from meatpacking and construction to restaurants and cleaning — I wholeheartedly stand behinds those seeking to achieve policy outcomes that benefit our working class professionals,” said Heartland Workers Center executive director Lina Traslaviña Stover. She was among the speakers at the launch.