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Senator Deb Fischer’s Plan to Reduce Energy Costs

By Aaron  

Senator Deb Fischer’s Plan to Reduce Energy Costs

Our Country Must Reduce Its Reliance On Foreign Oil

Washington has failed to reduce America’s dependency on oil from overseas.  Our country’s reliance on foreign oil emboldens undemocratic regimes, creates national security risks and costs U.S. jobs.  Moreover, the costs of transporting energy from overseas are passed onto consumers.

We are blessed to have an abundance of natural resources in this country; and if managed correctly, we can become energy independent, while preserving our country’s landscape for our children.

Our energy policy needs to be market-based with energy producers participating in the market freely, without excessive and burdensome regulations.  Energy independence is a matter of national security and as a U.S. Senator, a top priority will be by setting a legislative agenda to reduce our need for foreign oil.

My priorities include eliminating excessive government regulations, supporting more domestic production of oil, promoting nuclear and coal power, and encouraging private-sector exploration of alternative energy.

1.  Reduce Burdensome Regulations

One of the biggest challenges facing energy policy in the U.S. is overregulation and overreach by federal agencies, especially by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   The liberal bureaucrats are out of touch with Americans and seek to make excessive protection of the environment a priority over the welfare of U.S. citizens, as illustrated by their attempt to limit farm dust.  I oppose such a regulation.  The only way to stop our reliance on foreign oil is to remove the bureaucratic obstacles and crippling regulations that prevent energy independence and job creation.

  • The EPA must be reformed and possibly eliminated.  Congress needs to use the mechanisms at its disposal to reduce the size and scope of the agency.  As a U.S. Senator, I will limit funding, eliminate excessive bureaucracy and block any EPA appointment where the candidate has a record of implementing onerous regulations.
  • I support making the EPA’s current greenhouse gas regulations less restrictive, allowing businesses the flexibility to respond to market forces without stifling competition.
  • As a U.S. Senator, I would make it a priority to enact a system that requires Congressional approval of any regulation with a significant economic impact.  Congress needs to exercise its oversight authority of these out of control agencies.
  • I strongly oppose a Cap and Trade policy in any form, unlike Bob Kerrey.  Cap and trade would be devastating to small businesses and families.  Estimates show that cap and trade would raise energy prices by 30%, increase taxes by over $1 trillion, and eliminate thousands of American jobs.

2.  Encourage More Domestic Oil Production

The Obama Administration’s frequent denial of offshore drilling permits is having a tremendous negative impact on our economy—just look at our rising gas prices.  At the beginning of President Obama’s term, gas prices were $1.85, today the average is $3.70.  Building refineries increases our domestic production capacity and as a U.S. Senator I would work to eliminate burdensome regulations and provide an environment to encourage the building of new refineries in the U.S.

  • I support off-shore and domestic drilling in order to increase our domestic production and lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
  • I also support drilling in ANWR, which would be another step towards energy independence. Only 8% of ANWR would be considered for exploration, approximately 1.5 million acres.  According to a U.S. Geological Survey, drilling in ANWR could yield 16 billion barrels of oil, which is close to 30 years of oil imports from Saudi Arabia.  Opening ANWR is predicted to bring in $2.5 billion of net federal revenue over the next decade through leasing fees if Congress allows drilling to begin, according to the CBO.
  • Federal lands should also be opened for oil shale development.  Oil shale in the U.S. could produce up to three times the oil as Saudi Arabia and create thousands of American jobs.
  • After leaders in the Nebraska Legislature worked with TransCanada to find a reasonable route for the Keystone XL Pipeline, President Obama and Congress are continuing to play politics as usual with this issue.  Construction of the pipeline has now been delayed until after the 2012 elections.  I support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to lower gas prices and create thousands of American jobs.

3.  Expand Nuclear and Coal Power

For our nation to meet rising energy needs, expanding nuclear and coal power at home should be part of our long-term energy plan.

  • I support the promotion of nuclear power and clean coal technology, which will lower energy costs, make the U.S. energy independent and create jobs.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, America currently possesses 27.5% of the world’s coal.  We must expand coal power plants, whether it is our current coal-fired plants or newer clean coal technology.
  • Nuclear energy accounts for less then 20% of the electricity produced in the U.S.  I support reducing onerous, excessive regulations, making it easier to obtain permits to build nuclear power plants. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not approve the creation of a nuclear power plant from 1978 to February 2012—this is completely unacceptable.

4.  Further the Development of Alternative Energy

Alternative energy must also be a player in our country’s energy policy.  I support efforts to explore new sources of energy from wind to solar power, including the use of ethanol, which is important to the economy in Nebraska.  We need to advance those technologies so they can be competitive with fossil fuels without placing undue regulations on businesses.

  • I believe the private sector should lead the development of alternative energy.
  • I support encouraging our universities, colleges and research institutions to study energy conservation and alternative energy solutions.
  • The federal government needs to let market forces drive the development of alternative energy.  The government should not be able to pick winners and loses in the race for alternative energy production.  Innovators should be free to create, and hopefully, we will have safe, cost-effective alternatives to oil in the near future.

 

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Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey’s Entry into U.S. Senate Race

By Aaron  

Deb Fischer Statement on Bob Kerrey’s Entry into U.S. Senate Race

“I welcome Bob Kerrey to the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Kerrey’s candidacy will certainly provide voters with a stark contrast between my conservative positions on issues and his liberal views,” Senator Deb Fischer said. “His statements in support of government-run health care, cap and trade, tax increases and partial-birth abortion are just a few of the issues where I believe it’s evident how out of touch Mr. Kerrey is with Nebraskans.”

“I’m glad that Nebraskans will have a real choice in this campaign. I’m a lifelong Nebraskan, wife, mother, small business owner, rancher and conservative, while Mr. Kerrey has become even more liberal during his years living in New York City, removed from the core values of Nebraskans,” Fischer said.

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Senator Deb Fischer Receives Support from National Cattlemen’s PAC

By Aaron  

Lincoln, NE – Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced today that the campaign received important financial support from the National Cattlemen Beef Association Political Action Committee (NCBA-PAC).

NCBA-PAC is the largest national trade organization representing cattle owners.  NCBA-PAC raises funds from voluntary contributions from NCBA members to support political candidates who support the U.S. beef cattle industry.

To be given financial support from NCBA-PAC, a candidate must receive a majority of votes by board members from their state.  In December, the board of Nebraska Cattlemen voted unanimously to give Senator Fischer’s campaign a $2,500 contribution.  She is the only candidate in the race to receive support from NCBA-PAC.

“I’m very honored by the support of NCBA-PAC.  Throughout my campaign, I have traveled over 30,000 miles and received tremendous support from Nebraska’s agriculture community,” Senator Deb Fischer said.  “As a rancher and small-business owner, I will take my life experience to the U.S. Senate and be a strong voice for agriculture - the backbone of Nebraska’s economy.  One of the reasons my campaign will succeed is because of the tremendous support we have from the farmers and ranchers of Nebraska.”

Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of Nebraska Cattlemen, also commented on NCBA-PAC’s support of Senator’s Fischer.

“We are incredibly pleased that one of our longtime members, Senator Deb Fischer, is running for U.S. Senate.  She has been a strong advocate for Nebraska agriculture in the Nebraska Unicameral,” Kelsey said.  “I know many members across our state are very excited about her candidacy and she will make an outstanding U.S. Senator for the State of Nebraska.”

Senator Fischer is a lifelong Nebraskan who co-owns a family ranching business near Valentine.  Over the last seven years, Fischer has served the 43rd district in the Nebraska Legislature.   Known as an experienced and effective legislator, she currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board.

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Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate Announces Student Ambassador Program

By Aaron  

Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate Announces Student Ambassador Program

 January 24, 2012 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced the campaign’s Student Ambassador Program, a unique opportunity for students in Nebraska.

The Student Ambassador Program is designed for high school and college students who want to gain political campaign experience.  The program is structured to give flexibility to students who have limited time and busy schedules.

To apply for a student ambassadorship, students will go through a series of interviews.  If accepted into the program, student ambassadors will assist the campaign with basic office tasks, voter contact, research and a variety of campaign activities.   When the program ends, student ambassadors will have obtained comprehensive experience on a political campaign and have a valuable asset on his or her resume.

Students interested in applying for the Student Ambassador Program should call (402) 742-0084 or email info@DebFischer2012.com.

“Young people are the future of Nebraska and our campaign’s Student Ambassador Program will give them an inside look at an exciting campaign for U.S. Senate,” Senator Deb Fischer said.   “I look forward to working with students all across Nebraska.  By working together, we can help bring conservative leadership to the United States Senate.”

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Senator Deb Fischer Announces Policy Proposal to Reform Congress, Washington D.C

By Aaron  

Senator Deb Fischer Announces Policy Proposal to Reform Congress, Washington D.C.

Lincoln, NE – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, released a policy proposal to reform how Congress functions.

“As I travel around the state listening to Nebraskans, they are telling me they think Washington D.C. is broken and I couldn’t agree more,” Senator Fischer said.  “Too many members of Congress from both parties put their personal interests first and don’t function in the citizens’ best interest.”

“We need to reform our federal government, reform Congress and reform how Washington functions.  To achieve those goals, I’m putting a plan before Nebraskans as a blueprint for my actions and goals as their next U.S. Senator,” said Fischer.

Senator Fischer’s plan includes supporting term limits, strengthening lobbyist rules, increasing transparency, requiring real spending reform and tighter ethics rules.  Listed below are more specific details on her legislative priorities to reform Washington, D.C.

 
Support Term Limits

  • Support a constitutional amendment setting term limits for members of Congress. Senator’s Fischer’s preference would be two six-year terms for United States Senators and three two-year terms for Members of the House.
  • Deb Fischer will pledge to limit herself to two terms in office.

Change Lobbyist Rules

  • Put a lifetime ban on Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists after they leave office.
  • Prevent immediate family of Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists while that particular member holds federal office.
  • Increase the cooling-off period for congressional staff from lobbying Members of Congress for whom they were previously employed to three years and eliminate the salary requirement.
  • Prohibit former committee staff to lobby committee chairs or any member of the committee who was active during their time on staff for three years.
  • Restrict federally registered lobbyists from joining congressional staff or committee staff for three years.

Increase Transparency

  • Congress should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Nebraska and other states are subject to FOIA and Washington should be held to the same standard.
  • The current financial disclosure reports by federal candidates and Members of Congress need to provide additional details.  Currently, the disclosure reports allow for too wide of a range for asset and liability values to accurately determine a member’s net worth.
  • Change the rules of the U.S. Senate to require debate on the Senate floor on all major pieces of legislation with two thirds of Senators present for at least 5 hours prior to a vote.  This debate should be subject to public viewing.
  • All bills need to be posted for at least 72 hours for public review before being voted on by Members of Congress.
  • As a U.S. Senator, Deb Fischer will thoroughly review each bill before voting on it.

 

Require Real Spending Reform

  • Oppose all earmarks until the budget is balanced and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.
  • Eliminate earmarks that go to private companies.
  • Make it a top priority to pass the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act” in order to balance the budget and reduce spending.
  • Vote to eliminate automatic pay increases for members of Congress.

Tighter Ethics Laws

  • Prohibit Members of Congress and federal employees from trading stocks based on information obtained on the job that is not publicly available.
  • Prohibit Members of Congress, their staffs and federal employees from disclosing nonpublic information for investment purposes.
  • Prohibit Members of Congress, their staffs and federal employees from purchasing land based on inside information that is not public available.
  • Require Members of Congress to be subject to the same laws and privileges as every citizen of the United States.

Senator Fischer is a lifelong Nebraskan who co-owns a family ranching business near Valentine. Over the last seven years, Fischer has served the 43rd District in the Nebraska Legislature.  Governor Kay Orr, Congressman John Y. McCollister, Senator Tom Hansen and Mr. Todd Schroeder serve as her statewide campaign co-chairs.

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North Platte Bulletin: Deb Fischer seeks to limit occupation taxes

By Aaron  

“State Sen. Deb Fischer introduced a bill Wednesday — LB745 — to control what she says is the ever-expanding use of city occupation taxes.

‘This bill is a necessary step to provide reasonable boundaries,’ she said.

The bill will require a city to put any new occupation tax to a vote of the people. The ballot proposal would state a specific purpose for the tax revenue along with a sunset date for the tax.”

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Omaha World-Herald: Sen.: Occupation tax needs vote

By Aaron  

“Citizens sometimes complain about the ‘hidden’ occupation taxes on restaurant and hotel bills, and a Valentine state senator plans to address that in 2012.

Sen. Deb Fischer said she will introduce legislation Wednesday — the first day of the 2012 session — to require a public vote before a city can impose an occupation tax.

Such a vote is already required when a city imposes a local sales tax, but occupation taxes on things like restaurant, bar and hotel bills can now be enacted without voter approval.

‘Elected officials ought to be more forthright with their constituents,’ Fischer said”

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Nemaha County Herald - Deb Fischer: Government Spending Is Major Issue in 2012 U.S. Senate Election

By Aaron  

“State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine, Republican U.S. Senate candidate, visited Auburn Monday, Dec. 19, as part of a campaign visit to Southeast Nebraska.

Government spending is the main issue in the 2012 U.S. Senate election, Fischer said in an interview in the Nemaha County Herald office late that morning.

‘We have to get that under control. The $15 trillion debt, that’s the biggest concern. It’s just amazing,’ said Fischer.
Job creation is how the economy of the United States can be turned around, she said.

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Deb Fischer Unveils Jobs Plan, Begins Tour of Nebraska Small Businesses

By Aaron  

Deb Fischer Unveils Jobs Plan, Begins Tour of Nebraska Small Businesses           

McCook, NE – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, unveiled her jobs plan and announced a tour of Nebraska small businesses.

“The leadership of the career politicians in Washington is failing our country.  The national unemployment rate is still over 8 percent, which is completely unacceptable,” Senator Fischer said. “To create jobs, we need long-term solutions that will remove obstacles for entrepreneurs and unleash the power of innovation.  Unfortunately, Washington politicians have failed to grow the economy and they ignore the needs of small businesses.  From day one in the U.S. Senate, I will make reviving job growth and small businesses a top priority.”

Deb Fischer is kicking off her jobs plan by discussing it today with residents in McCook, the hometown of Senator Ben Nelson.

“Senator Ben Nelson likes to talk about his roots in McCook, but his voting record demonstrates that he is ignoring Nebraska commonsense in favor of the liberal policies of the Obama Administration,” Senator Fischer said. “Ben Nelson continues to embrace Obama’s philosophy of higher taxes, excessive regulation and government-run health care, which will discourage economic growth and job creation.  To get our country back on track, I have released a jobs plan that will allow our country to compete and win in the 21st century economy.  I look forward to discussing this plan at small businesses across our great state.”

Throughout this week and next week, Senator Fischer will tour small businesses throughout Nebraska and discuss her jobs plan.

To read the full version of Senator Fischer’s jobs plan, click here.

 

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SEN. DEB FISCHER ANNOUNCES U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN TEAM

By Aaron  

SEN. DEB FISCHER ANNOUNCES U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN TEAM

October 20, 2011 – Today, Senator Deb Fischer, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced some key members of her campaign team.

Rob Autry, Public Opinion Strategies - Pollster

Rob Autry is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies (POS), a nationally renowned Republican polling firm.  POS has 20 U.S. Senators, 5 governors, and 70 Members of Congress as clients.  POS has a history of success in Nebraska, including polling for Gov. Dave Heineman, Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Chuck Hagel, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Adrian Smith and Rep. Lee Terry.

At Public Opinion Strategies, Rob has managed nearly 3,000 quantitative and qualitative research projects for various Republican candidates, Republican Party organizations, ballot initiatives, trade associations and Fortune 500 companies.

Doug McAuliffe, Doug McAuliffe Strategic + Creative - Media Strategist

Doug McAullife is principal, strategist and ad maker for Doug McAuliffe Strategic + Creative.  His commercials have won numerous awards and his creative expertise makes him one of the most sought after political media consultants in the country.  Doug has helped win 27 U.S. Senate races, 9 gubernatorial races, 15 Congressional campaigns, a Presidential nomination, and a Presidential re-election.

Doug has a successful record of accomplishment in Nebraska, serving as media strategist for Sen. Mike Johanns’ successful U.S. Senate campaign and Sen. Chuck Hagel’s upset wins over Don Stenberg and Ben Nelson.

Aaron Trost, Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate - Campaign Manager

Aaron Trost will serve as campaign manager for Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate.  Over the last nine years, Aaron has worked on numerous Republican campaigns as a staff member and political consultant.  He recently worked as a Senior Associate for the Singularis Group, a political advertising firm.  Aaron’s experience also includes managing and consulting on Sen. Jerry Moran’s successful U.S. Senate campaign and serving as a Regional Political Director for McCain-Palin 2008.

Brandon Winfrey, Winfrey and Company - PAC and National Fundraising

Brandon Winfrey will handle the campaign’s PAC and national fundraising.  Since 1994, Brandon has played an instrumental role in directing the fundraising efforts of candidates around the country.  His client list includes Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Thad Cochran, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and Rep. Adrian Smith.

“I’m very excited to announce the team of experienced professionals who will assist my efforts to run a winning U.S. Senate campaign,” Senator Fischer stated.  “My campaign team, coupled with our grassroots efforts across the state, will help present my vision for common-sense, conservative leadership to the voters of Nebraska.”

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