Motion to override Ricketts’ veto of rental assistance fails in Nebraska Legislature

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In the final days of the Nebraska legislative session, senators were doing everything they could to try one last time to get additional rental assistance to Nebraskans.

Sen. Justin Wayne of Omaha put forth a motion to override Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of LB1073.

On Tuesday, the motion failed by one vote at 29-16.

When Ricketts originally vetoed the bill he said, “We must guard against big government socialism where people are incentivized not to work but are instead encouraged to rely on government handouts well after an emergency is over.”

The idea that Nebraskans no longer need help, isn’t true and that the money is already there and by not using it, it will go to waste

Wayne says the idea that Nebraskans no longer need help is not true and the money would be wasted by not using it.

“Our taxpayers have already paid money into the federal government. This is federal dollars. This is part of their hard-earned income,” Wayne said.

Senators who agree with the Governors veto say we still haven’t spent all the money from the previous federal funds and eventually we will have to pay that back.

“The deficit of the federal government is $1 trillion in the current budget, that’s a trillion dollars,” Sen. Robert Clements said, “It’s not tax dollars, it’s just borrowed money that somebody down the road is going to have to pay for.”

With the override failing, LB1073 is officially dead.

The rest of the money will go to Lincoln and Omaha since the two cities filed independently from the state.

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