It is important to point out the energy bill because of the emphasis on alternative energy sources – renewables, bio-fuels, ethanol, and soy diesel. Those are critical issues. Now they may seem a little less critical, when gas is going at two dollars per gallon for some people, but the high cost of natural gas, for example, contributes to the high cost of fertilizer. So this is a lingering issue in the state of Nebraska, both for rural and urban communities.

The highway bill is another important one. Highways are important in the state of Nebraska. We are geographically challenged – broad expanses and low population density. You ask the people of Nebraska how important roads are to them and they will tell you, “Very.