U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson says the state of Nebraska and the national debt will be his focus this year before he retires from the Senate.
The Nebraska Democrat said in his most recent weekly column that he wants "to make every day count" in his final year in office.
Nelson says his Nebraska focus will include keeping U.S. Strategic Command headquarters construction at Offutt Air Force Base on track, as well as providing for military veterans. Nelson says he also wants to safeguard agriculture in the new farm bill and improve the state's highway infrastructure, among other things.
Nelson says his top priority is addressing the country's fiscal condition. He says Congress needs to cut spending, reorder priorities and develop a pathway to reduce the deficit to help create jobs.