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The Results Are In!

Lee Terry
61.5%
Nancy Thompson
35.7%

"I'm so deeply, passionately honored by the vote we got tonight.  Members of the second congressional district, I'm going to work so hard to make Nebraska better in the United States Congress." 

Lee Terry's acceptance speech, Nov. 2, 2004

UPDATED Monday, November 1: Read the latest campaign news!

 

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Breaking News from the Campaign Trail

 

Senator Chuck Hagel

Congressman Tom Osborne

former Congressman John Y. McCollister


 

 

They believe in the work Lee Terry is doing in Congress.

Join these three Nebraska leaders in supporting Lee Terry on November 2nd.

 

 

TERRY: “WELCOME TOM OSBORNE”
Lawmakers are #1 Team for Nebraska


At a morning news conference at his Omaha headquarters, U.S. Rep. Lee Terry today accepted the endorsement of his colleague, U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, and stated:

“As the senior member of the Nebraska House delegation, I have worked closely with Tom Osborne in the past and look forward to doing so the next two years. The Terry/Osborne team has been a winning combination for Nebraska.”

Terry said his campaign will enter the final two weeks of the race by stressing two key issues—his hard work on behalf of the people of Nebraska’s 2nd district, and his continuing support for tax reductions as a means to boost the economy and let people keep more of their own money.

Focusing on the continuing attacks by his opponent on veterans’ funding, Terry stated:

“I have not voted to cut veterans funding. Tom Osborne and I both voted in favor of the very bill that my opponent cites as a $25 billion cut. I resent her attacks on my good friend and colleague, Tom Osborne, and the other members who voted for this important bill,” Terry stated.

Terry pointed to a news release issued jointly by three veterans groups on March 25, 2003, entitled “Veterans Win Budget Battle,” that thanked members like Terry and Osborne who voted in favor of the fiscal 2004 budget resolution that increased veterans funding by $3 billion.

“I’ve been squarely on the side of veterans throughout my career in Congress and this is borne out by the fact that I have been endorsed by the political action committee of the V.F.W. My opponent’s latest attack ad is sad—and shows her campaign is desperate,” Terry said.

“The issues in this race are really very simple,” Terry said. “The fact is, I have a near perfect voting attendance in the U.S. House while my opponent missed nearly one-out-of-every four votes this past session in Lincoln. I have voted to cut taxes in Washington while my opponent raised them by $865 million in Lincoln, and has already stated she would raise taxes again in Congress.”

 

Nancy Thompson’s misleading ad:

Know the Facts

Veterans for Lee

REP. LEE TERRY: AN OUTSTANDING RECORD OF SUPPORT FOR OUR NATION’S VETERANS


Nancy Thompson’s latest attack ad against U.S. Rep. Lee Terry claims he voted to cut veterans health care by $25 billion. Their citation to support this claim is “H. Con. Res. 95”, adopted by the U.S. House on March 21, 2003.


FACT: The legislation cited in Thompson’s ad INCREASED veterans spending


H. Con. Res. 95 was the fiscal 2004 budget resolution. Under the legislation, spending on veterans programs increased—from $57.6 billion to $60.7 billion. That is a 5.4 percent increase, a level well above inflation. Any claim that Lee Terry voted to “cut” veterans programs by voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 95 is flat-out wrong.


FACT: Lee Terry has supported huge INCREASES in veterans programs and health care

Since Lee Terry entered the U.S. House, funding on veterans health care has jumped from $17.9 billion to $28.3 billion—a 58 percent increase in six years. Funding for all veterans programs has likewise increased: from $42.8 billion in fiscal 1998 to $70.8 billion in fiscal 2005—a 65 percent increase.


FACT: Veterans know Lee’s record…and they SUPPORT him


The political action committee of the nation’s largest organization of combat veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Lee Terry for reelection to Congress. In their endorsement letter, Mike Wysong, national chairman of the V.F.W.’s political action committee, stated:

“Congressman Terry has proven to be a strong advocate for veterans and their families. He understands the need to take care of those who have protected and defended our great country, and he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with us in the fight to improve the readiness, modernization, training and sustainability of our armed forces.”


FACT: The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans specifically thanked members who voted in favor of the legislation cited in Thompson’s ad. (News Release, “Veterans Win Budget Battle,” 3/25/2003)

September 24, 2004                                                                          

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

 V.F.W. ENDORSES

CONGRESSMAN TERRY

 

The political action committee of the nation's largest organization of combat veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Lee Terry for reelection to Congress in Nebraska 's second district, his campaign announced today.

 

I have garnered many endorsements in my campaign for reelection to Congress, Terry said, but I hold the support of the V.F.W. above all others. Quite simply, individuals who served our country in uniform are true heroes to me.

 

Mike Wysong, national chairman of the V.F.W.'s political action committee, stated: Congressman Terry has proven to be a strong advocate for veterans and their families. He understands the need to take care of those who have protected and defended our great country, and he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with us in the fight to improve the readiness, modernization, training and sustainability of our armed forces.

 

John Liebsack, legislative chairman of Nebraska 's V.F.W., said: My organization has worked closely with Congressman Terry on many important issues. Lee Terry has been great for veterans, and I'm confident that this sentiment is overwhelmingly shared by my fellow members of the V.F.W.

 

Terry vowed to continue his support for veterans programs, pointing to dramatic increases in federal funding. Spending on veterans' programs, for example, is slated to increase from $61.5 billion to $70.8 billiona 15 percent jump in a single year. Terry also said he would continue to work closely with the Veterans' Medical Center in Omaha to ensure continued federal support for the facility.


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