U.S. Senator Ben Sasse says trade and health care were the two big topics as he toured Western Sugar this morning to learn more about the sugar industry.
Sasse says the overriding public desire is for Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. But Sasse told KNEB News with only 52 Republicans in the Senate when you need 60 votes to get anything done “unsatisfactory modification rather than what I want, full repeal and replacement, is the most likely outcome.”
Sasse says the Senate will be debating their own bill separate from the one passed by the House. He says constituents need to have “realistic expectations” concerning what can be produced by both Houses and then pieced together by a House-Senate conference committee.
Sasse also said he is hearing a lot of concern from producers and agribusiness about the Trump administration’s protectionist views on trade.
Sasse says he has heard the entire ag community tell him they need trade agreements with Mexico, Canada, and our overseas partners in order to succeed.
Sasse said, “All across the state you are hearing the same message, whether it is corn, sugar, cattle or bean producers … everybody just has anxiety that we are not shouting out the big, broad message that trade is good for Nebraska. It is good for our consumers, good for our our families and good for our producers.”
Sasse says he is communicating publicly and privately with the Trump Administration to educate and urge them to move forward quickly with trade agreements, especially with Japan.