Area residents gave a warm welcome Thursday afternoon to U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, who spoke during a town hall meeting in Neligh.
The "listening session" was held at the Neligh Mill State Historic Site. The first-year senator explained his political views to residents and answered questions concerning the EPA, Planned Parenthood, Obamacare and much more.
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The Republican senator resides with his wife and three children in Fremont, Nebraska and commutes weekly to Washington D.C. for Congress. He does this because he believes his children should be raised in Nebraska where there are cornfields.
"If you don't grow up detasseling corn, I don't know how you get character," Sasse said.
He is a strong pro-life supporter and made his opinions known about removing federal funding for Planned Parenthood. He calls the organization an "abortion industry that's trafficking little baby parts."
"You almost can't find anyone, anywhere who agrees that. Yes, the government should be subsidizing this industry," Sasse said.
He is also not a believer in Obamacare. Instead, Sasse said he thinks the government should only be responsible for a few things, including national security, and the state and county governments should cover the rest.
Sasse said, "Washington ought to do a small number of the most important things."
He also spoke about his concern of Iran becoming a nuclear state and against how the Federal Government has been handling foreign affairs in the Middle East.