Congressman-Elect Bacon To Serve As Presiding Chair Over Special Orders
MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017 – (Washington, DC) On Wednesday evening, January 4, 2017, Congressman Don Bacon will preside over the House floor during Special Order speeches.
Each Freshman Member will share duties of serving as the Presiding Chair during Special Orders. After legislative business, members will have the opportunity to speak under a process known as Special Orders. Both parties will be allowed one “Leadership Hour” and two half-hour Special Orders each day. In addition, the majority and minority alternate who controls the first hour each day. The speeches will be broadcast via C-SPAN.
Congressman-elect Bacon will take Oath of Office on Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at 1:15PM CST.
Watch Congressman Bacon preside over the House Floor live: http://www.house.gov/content/features/story2
Congressman-Elect Bacon Announces Inauguration Ticket Availability
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – (Omaha, NE) Congressman-elect Don Bacon’s (NE-02) office is offering inaugural tickets for constituents. A web form will allow constituents from the 2nd District of Nebraska to request tickets for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, which will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The request form can be accessed via the following address: http://bit.ly/2hiwrdn.
Requests will be accepted until December 27th, 2016. There is a limit of two tickets per request. Constituents will be notified via email on Thursday, December 29th if they have been selected. Because of the limited allotment provided to each Congressional office, tickets will be distributed using a random drawing.
Individuals who receive tickets must pick them up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 19 at Congressman-Elect Bacon’s Washington D.C. office in room 1516 of the Longworth House Office Building. Constituents are responsible for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, DC, along with any other associated travel expenses.
Bacon on General Mattis Secretary of Defense Nomination: “One of the Best”
Thursday, December 1, 2016 – (Omaha, NE) The following is a statement by Congressman-Elect Don Bacon regarding President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s intention to nominate General James Mattis. General Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general who last served as the 11th commander of United States Central Command from August 11, 2010 to March 22, 2013.
“I applaud the President of the United States’ selection of General Mattis to be our next Secretary of Defense. I have watched General Mattis successfully lead our forces in the Middle East in various capacities and I have the utmost respect for him. He’s not only a brilliant warrior, but he is an incredible intellectual who has the ability to inspire our military servicemen and women to achieve greatness. He’s one of the very best military leaders our country has produced,” said Congressman-elect Bacon.
Bacon Appoints Jen Rae Wang as Deputy Chief of Staff
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – (OMAHA, NE) Today, Congressman-Elect Don Bacon (NE-02) announced Jen Rae Wang as the Deputy Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Wang will lead the Omaha office as the District Director and Communications Director for the Congressman when he takes office on January 3, 2017.
“This is a huge win for Team Bacon,” said the Congressman-Elect. “Anyone who knows Jen Rae knows that we have acquired one of the most talented, top-tier leaders to spearhead my Nebraska operations.”
Wang joins the office with more than a decade of experience at the highest levels of state and federal government, and a proven record of promoting sensible Nebraska policies. Wang served as Governor Dave Heineman’s Communications Director and Spokesperson for 8 years, from 2007 to 2015, At the end of his term, she was the longest serving Communications Director for a sitting U.S. Governor. Prior to leading the Governor’s Communications Office, Wang was a senior advisor to former Congressman Lee Terry for three years. Additionally, Wang has served in a management role as the Communications and Public Affairs Director and Statewide Planning Coordinator for a Nebraska state agency. Most recently, she was the Director of Government Relations for the Platte Institute for Economic Research, a Nebraska-based free market think tank.
“I am looking forward to working for Congressman-Elect Bacon and continuing my efforts serving the people of Nebraska in my home congressional district,” said Wang. “Congressman-Elect Bacon is dedicated to protecting hardworking Nebraskans; invigorating the economy and small business through tax reform and deregulation; and combating a crippling national debt.”
In addition to her public service career, Wang has a background in public relations and journalism, with experience in both print and broadcast media. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in strategic communications and advertising. Wang will be returning to Omaha with her husband, Alan, a U.S. Marine Corps officer, and their 1-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.
Congressman-Elect Bacon on Rep. Price HHS Nomination: “Excellent Choice”
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – (Omaha, NE) The following is a statement by Congressman-Elect Don Bacon regarding President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s intention to nominate Congressman Tom Price. Representative Price is a physician and the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, as Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services.
“A practiced physician, Rep. Tom Price has the skills and experience that will enable him to lead as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He has the clear vision that is needed as we prepare to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Price has worked tirelessly since 2009 to find and implement new healthcare reforms that will provide better access and rates for patients. Congratulations to Rep. Tom Price and his family, he is the best choice for fixing our healthcare system,” said Congressman-elect Bacon.
Congressman Price campaigned for Bacon in Omaha in October 2016.
Don Bacon Names Chief of Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Congressman-Elect Don Bacon has named retired Air Force Captain Mark Dreiling of Papillion as his Chief of Staff. The Congressman-Elect released the following statement:
“I am pleased to announce that Mark Dreiling will be the one leading my congressional office,” said Congressman-Elect Bacon. “From his time as a staffer in the Unicameral to his career in our United States Air Force, Mark has spent his entire life dedicated to the service of our state and nation. He is a leader of character who always puts the needs of others first and I am honored to have him on our team.”
Mark Dreiling served as the Campaign Manager for the Bacon for Congress Campaign since March of 2015. Prior to the campaign, Captain Dreiling served a career in the Air Force as a Space Officer where he worked as a Missile Warning Crew Commander and as a Test Director evaluating new systems under development. He is a graduate of the Advanced Space Operations School Missile Warning and Defense program and has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for his service. Before joining the Air Force, he worked for the late State Senator Pam Brown and State Senator Mark Quandahl in the Nebraska Legislature and for Congressman Lee Terry. Captain Dreiling graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is originally from Papillion.
Don Bacon Releases New Ad Titled “Everybody Loves Bacon – Pt. 2”
Friday, November 4, 2016 – Today, the Don Bacon for Congress campaign released its ninth TV spot for the general election cycle, Everybody Loves Bacon pt.2.
The ad highlights General Don Bacon’s military leadership and his commitment to conservative principles. As a political outsider, Bacon will advocate for fiscal responsibility and fight to protect Social Security and Medicare for Nebraska’s seniors. Unlike Brad Ashford, General Don Bacon will fight for Nebraskans, not Nancy Pelosi’s Washington-knows-best, liberal agenda.
“Nebraskans deserve a representative like Don Bacon that will fight for them and their values—not the liberal agenda of Nancy Pelosi, Brad Ashford and Hillary Clinton,” said Bacon Campaign spokesman Elliott Bottorf. “It is long past time for 2nd District families to have a strong, conservative leader in Congress, and not a follower with his finger in the wind.”
Don Bacon denounces claims in Democrats’ health care fliers, calls one attack ad ‘very vile’
Women’s health care is the focus of the latest salvos in Nebraska’s 2nd District campaign ad war.
Democrats have taken issue with Republican Don Bacon’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood, saying both moves would hurt women’s access to preventive health care.
“Donald Bacon would cut cancer screenings, putting lives at risk,” warns one Nebraska Democratic Party flier.
Bacon bristled at that line of attack and said it hits particularly close to home given his own family’s tragedy.
“I find it a very vile ad,” Bacon said Thursday. “Our family has had serious repercussions and consequences from breast cancer. I lost my sister when she was 39 years old, and I know that screening and earlier treatment could have saved her life.”
His comments came during a press conference with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who were in town to help rally support for Bacon.
They praised Bacon, a retired brigadier general, for his military service and leadership skills. And they pushed back on the health care attacks.
The Nebraska Democrats’ flier says that Planned Parenthood helps more than 5,000 Nebraska women a year receive cancer screenings and that Bacon’s position would “reverse decades of progress on women’s health care.”
Bacon said his position is not about whether to provide health care but rather how. He suggested the same care being provided at Planned Parenthood locations could be delivered through community health care centers that do not also provide abortion services. He also criticized the health care law, saying it is causing insurance premiums to rise.
Prominent Nebraska Republican women also have criticized the anti-Bacon ads and fliers.
They said one flier indicated that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms when in fact it simply provides referrals for mammograms.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said in a statement that the suggestion Bacon doesn’t support cancer screenings is untrue and a “new low” for Democrats.
“Don will be a champion for Nebraska families and will fight for women in Congress,” she said.
Nebraska Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers stood by the suggestion that Bacon’s position would ultimately cut cancer screenings.
“If you gut the Affordable Care Act, isn’t that what happens?” Powers said.
He said that Planned Parenthood provides important services to women and that the health care law, while it has problems, can’t simply be tossed away.
“It should not be scrapped as Don Bacon wants to do, but it needs to be fixed,” Powers said.
Statement on DCCC’s Latest Attack Ad On Women’s Healthcare
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Today, congressional candidate General Don Bacon released the following statement on the DCCC’s latest attack ad that completely lies about his position on women’s healthcare:
“Nancy Pelosi and Brad Ashford’s latest attack ad is as desperate as it is disgusting,” says General Don Bacon. “The importance of preventative care is an issue that my family and I care deeply about. I lost my sister Beth to breast cancer when she was just 39 years old. Not only was she a wonderful sister, but she also introduced Angie and I, and was the maid of honor at our wedding. Her loss was the most heart breaking event in my family’s life, and ten years later I still mourn her passing. Earlier screenings and care could have saved her life and I want to prevent the tragedy that struck our family from happening to others.”
Don Bacon Requests To Meet With Congressman Moulton
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Today, congressional candidate General Don Bacon requested a meeting with Congressman Moulton to discuss veterans’ issues:
“Although Congressman Moulton and I belong to different political parties, I wanted to see if he had time to meet with me about the critical issues facing our veterans,” says Don Bacon. “If elected, I will be the most senior or second most senior military veteran serving in Congress and I will use that experience to be the strongest advocate for these issues. I’ll fight for VA reform, which would include increasing access to care in local communities, holding VA employees accountable, and shortening wait times. Nothing is more important than ensuring our veterans have access to the care they deserve. It’s critical that we put these brave men and women ahead of partisan politics.”