HSUS and Keystone Pipeline Divide US Senate Race

The candidates for the U.S. Senate differ on some key issues effecting Nebraska. The candidates for the U.S. Senate differ on whether on where the state's crop and livestock producers should work with the animal rights group the Humane Society of the United States.

Republican and two term state senator Deb Fischer says she has worked group while working in the legislature. She calls HSUS is the biggest threat to agriculture not just here in Nebraska, but all across the nation. She says the purpose of HSUS is to eliminate livestock and we can not have that happen. Further says this group (HSUS) has a very dangerous agenda and we have to take that seriously.

Earlier this week the Nebraska Farmers Union announced their endorcement of US Senate Candidate Bob Kerrey, so he favors working with the HSUS. Kerrey says he worries about some of their proposals, but they are not as extreme as PETA, that is openly hostile is using cattle and hogs and the use of the protein source. He thinks the Humane Socieites' position in this case is wrong, but he think you can work with them. He says if you don't (work with them) you will be in trouble.

The US Senate Candidates also differ on whether the new route for the Keystone XL pipeline is acceptable. Kerrey says he is not convinced the new route still does not jeopardize the Ogallala aquifer. While Fischer says she has worked in the legislature to change the initial route and provide guidelines to protect the Ogallala aquifer and believes the new route does that.

They share different different views on the federal estate tax. Fischer would like to see total exemption of the federal death tax, while Kerrey would like to see the exemption level maintained at $5 million dollars per person. and that value should be adjusted each year for inflation.

On other topics, both candidates share similar views that crop insurance is an important part of the Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard should not be due to this years drought and that research is important part to the future of the state and country in feeding a growing population.

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