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H.Con.Res. 32 (115th): Congratulating the State of Nebraska on the 150th anniversary of the admission of that State into the United States.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2017 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. CON. RES. 32


March 1, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Smith of Nebraska, and Mr. Bacon) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Congratulating the State of Nebraska on the 150th anniversary of the admission of that State into the United States.

Whereas the name Nebraska is derived from a Native American Siouan word that means flat water and is inspired by the Platte River;

Whereas early explorers of the Great Plains called the Nebraska region the Great American Desert, mistakenly believing that its vast prairies were incapable of supporting agriculture;

Whereas the Platte River Valley provided an ideal corridor for settlers traveling westward along the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails;

Whereas the Act entitled An Act to secure Homesteads to actual Settlers on the Public Domain, approved May 20, 1862, encouraged enterprising individuals to consider settling in the Nebraska Territory;

Whereas Nebraska was—


the first State admitted to the United States after the conclusion of the Civil War; and


the only State the admittance of which the President vetoed because of disagreement with the fundamental condition imposed by Congress with respect to giving Black men the right to vote;

Whereas, by means of the Act entitled An Act for the Admission of the State of Nebraska into the Union, approved February 9, 1867, Congress overrode the veto of President Andrew Johnson, opening the way for the admission of Nebraska into the United States on March 1, 1867;

Whereas the admission of Nebraska into the United States led to the further settlement of Nebraska and the construction of the transcontinental railroad westward from the Omaha terminus;

Whereas, in 1879, a Federal district court in Nebraska was the site where American Indians were first recognized as persons under the laws of the United States after Standing Bear pleaded, I am a man;

Whereas Nebraska is leading the way for a new innovation frontier where entrepreneurs are engaged in building the economy of the future by establishing and growing great businesses;

Whereas Nebraska is the only State whose residents, desiring greater government accountability, voted to transition the State legislature from a bicameral system to a unicameral system, thereby reducing the size of the legislature by nearly 70 percent;

Whereas Nebraska is the home of such national food sensations as Kool-Aid, the reuben, and Runzas;

Whereas Nebraska leads the United States in—


beef and veal exports;


commercial red meat production;


commercial cattle slaughter;


Great Northern bean production;


popcorn production; and


the number of irrigated acres of cropland;

Whereas Nebraska continues to lead the United States in center-pivot irrigation technology, as Nebraska is home to the 4 largest irrigation companies in the United States;

Whereas, in 1986, Nebraska was the first State in which women were the 2 major party candidates for governor when Kay Orr, a Republican, defeated Helen Boosalis, a Democrat;

Whereas Nebraska has played and continues to play a significant and remarkable role in the civic, economic, educational, and cultural life of the United States;

Whereas Nebraskans have a long history of dedicated service to our country’s military, serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Nebraska National Guard;

Whereas the highest ranking military officer in United States history, second only to General Washington, General of the Armies, John J. Pershing, served as the Commandant of Cadets at the University of Nebraska where he formed the national organization, the Pershing Rifles;

Whereas, from 1946 to 1992, the men and women of Strategic Air Command, headquartered in Nebraska, countered the nuclear threat of the Soviet Union, while holding true to their motto peace is our profession;

Whereas Nebraska is home to the United States Strategic Command, a joint military and civilian team delivering integrated multidomain combat effects that protect America and span the globe;

Whereas, on March 1, 2017, Nebraska marks the 150th anniversary of the admission of that State into the United States; and

Whereas the sesquicentennial celebration of statehood offers a special opportunity for the people of Nebraska to reflect, remember, celebrate, and plan for an even brighter future that embodies the State motto of Nebraska, Equality Before the Law: Now, therefore, be it

That Congress congratulates the State of Nebraska on the 150th anniversary of the admission of that State into the United States.