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Fischer Campaign Announces Veterans For Fischer Coalition

September 4, 2012

FISCHER: “I am honored to have the support of veterans from across Nebraska. In the Senate, I will be committed to making sure Washington does all it can to ensure the brave men and women who served our country have access to good jobs and good healthcare when they return home.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 4, 2012 - The Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate campaign today announced the Veterans For Fischer Coalition.

“I am honored to have the support of veterans from across Nebraska,” said U.S. Senator candidate Deb Fischer. “In the Senate, I will be committed to making sure Washington does all it can to ensure the brave men and women who served our country have access to good jobs and good healthcare when they return home.”

Fischer comes from a family with a strong military background. Fischer’s father served as a captain in the U.S. Army, and was a World War II veteran. Fischer’s brother served in the Air Force for 12 years and currently serves in the National Guard. And Fischer has a nephew who has served in the U.S. Army and is an Iraq War veteran, and another nephew who has served in the U.S. Navy.

Displaying her commitment to the sacrifice of our veterans, today Fischer also released her top priorities for America’s veterans, which includes improving access to healthcare and other services, continuing the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, and cutting bureaucratic red tape to help disabled veterans receive their full benefits.

The Veterans For Fischer coalition will be led by an advisory board of seven veterans.

Steve Adams
Nebraska Air National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Roma Amundson
Nebraska Army National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Robert Athan
United States Air Force
155th Air Refueling Wing Group Commander (Ret.)

Ted Hempel
United States Marine Corps
Major (Ret.)

Roger Lempke
Nebraska Air National Guard
Lieutenant General (Ret.)

State Senator Scott Price
United States Air Force
Master Sergeant (Ret.)

Randolph “Randy” Scott
Nebraska Air National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

“Deb Fischer will be a United States Senator who veterans can always count on. She is committed to ensuring the federal government honors its commitments to our troops and veterans and provides them with the absolute best resources to help them transition back to civilian life after they have served our country.”
State Senator Scott Price
United States Air Force
Master Sergeant (Ret.)

“State Sen. Deb Fischer understands the tremendous challenges we face abroad, but she is also prepared to tackle our nation’s most serious domestic threat: the national debt. Sen. Fischer understands that we need to begin living within our means to make sure we maintain a strong military that is able to keep our country safe.”
Roma Amundson
Nebraska Army National Guard
Brigadier General (Ret.)

Deb Fischer’s Priorities for Veterans

I believe national security is the number one priority of the federal government. Along with providing the resources necessary to maintain a strong national defense, we also need to take care of those who volunteer to serve and sacrifice for this great country. Veterans hold a special place of honor and should be afforded benefits that reflect the value of their service.

There are close to 23 million veterans living today. Of those, over 1.2 million are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Their courage and dedication have kept America safe since the tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001. These brave men and women deserve to come home and have an efficient system in place to provide them with the medical care they need, services to help them gain employment and their earned benefits guaranteed.

As a U.S. Senator, I will work to make sure our veterans receive the treatment they deserve by working to create a system that delivers their benefits in an efficient and timely manner. Here are my priorities:

1. Improve access to healthcare and other services by providing the resources necessary to complete the implementation of the Integrated Electronic Health Record system. In order to increase efficiency in the delivery of care to veterans, medical records from the Department of Defense should be compatible when switching to the Veterans Administration. We also need to streamline the process for building new facilities. The last new VA hospital was built and activated 18 years ago. Lastly, we need to improve treatment for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and other traumatic brain injuries.

2. Reduce the backlog of VA claims while making the process more accessible for veterans to track where their claims are in the system. According to the Federal Times, there is backlog of 866,928 compensation and pension claims at VA regional offices. In 2001, the average time to complete a claim was 181 days; it is now 257 days. This is completely unacceptable. The system must be made more efficient for claims to be processed in a timely manner.

3. Continue the Work Opportunity Tax Credits that provide incentives for employers to hire veterans. There are currently over 1 million veterans who cannot find work. These tax incentives help provide needed job opportunities for veterans as they return to civilian life, and also help grow our economy.

4. Eliminate the restrictions that currently prevent many disabled retirees from concurrently receiving their full military retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation. Veterans should not have their disability compensation deducted from their retirement pay. That retirement pay is earned through years of service to their country and if an individual should suffer from a service-connected disability, they should not have to choose between retirement pay and disability compensation.

5. Audit the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. We need to cut wasteful spending, bring efficiency to the delivery of services to veterans and reduce fraud. This proposal has earned support from across the political spectrum, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

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Kerrey Flip-Flops On Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

August 22, 2012

Kerrey In March: Supports The Individual Mandate

Kerrey In August: Opposes The Individual Mandate

LINCOLN, Nebraska, August 22, 2012 - Add another flip-flop to the list.

Bob Kerrey now claims he is against the individual mandate even though earlier in the race he told the Omaha World-Herald he favored it.

What Bob Kerrey Told The Omaha World-Herald In March 2012:

“Kerrey also has no comprehensive plan, although he opposes the repeal of the health care law and supports its individual mandate. He said the reality is that people without insurance can go to an emergency room knowing their costs will be covered by others. Those people should be required to pay for their care via mandated insurance coverage, Kerrey said.” (Robynn Tysver, “Senate Hopefuls Would Repeal Health Law,” Omaha World-Herald, 3/31/12)

What Bob Kerrey Says Now:

“He said he is against the individual mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.” (Harold Reutter, “Kerrey makes campaign stop in Aurora,” Grand Island Independent, 8/17/12)

In fact, Kerrey even said at one point that Obamacare didn’t go far enough. In 2010, Kerrey said his biggest problem with Obamacare was that it did not have a public option.

“First, Kerrey explained what he considered to be flawed in the Senate bill: There should have been “a universal public option… a national system, the feds are responsible for it.” Kerrey added that if he were responsible for writing the bill, all private insurance companies would be eliminated.” (Carol Felsenthal, Bob Kerrey Stands Behind Cornhusker Ben Nelson on Health Care Reform, Huffington Post, 1/11/10)

“Bob Kerrey knows he can’t win on his liberal record or his out-of-touch positions on the issues, so he has resorted to flip-flopping and launching outrageous negative attacks to try to change the conversation. That kind of campaigning might work in New York City, but we kindly remind Mr. Kerrey that it doesn’t work here in Nebraska,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin.

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Bob Kerrey Takes Back “Welfare Rancher” Smear

August 15, 2012

“Bob Kerrey knows that Nebraskans are overwhelmingly rejecting his blatantly false and offensive attacks on Deb Fischer and her family. Now that Bob Kerrey’s smear campaign has backfired, he can’t backtrack fast enough.”

KERREY TODAY: We asked Democrat Bob Kerrey if he believes Fischer is a Welfare Rancher. ‘I think that’s a little bit of stretch…”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, August 15, 2012 - Today, Bob Kerrey said that attacking Deb Fischer as a “welfare rancher” was a “bit of a stretch.”

“We asked Democrat Bob Kerrey if he believes Fischer is a Welfare Rancher.
‘I think that’s a little bit of stretch, I would say, but I’m not a Carpetbagger either,’ Kerrey responds.”
(Brent Martin, “Senate campaign smear: Welfare Rancher vs. Carpetbagger,” Nebraska Radio Network, 8/15/12)

Kerrey also offered Fischer a truce:

“I’m certainly willing to say to her, ‘If you’re willing to say I’m not a carpetbagger, I’m willing to say you’re not a Welfare Rancher,’ Kerrey says.” (Brent Martin, “Senate campaign smear: Welfare Rancher vs. Carpetbagger,” Nebraska Radio Network, 8/15/12)

Kerrey’s comments are astonishing considering the fact that he and his staffers have been constantly attacking Fischer as a “welfare rancher” for the last several months.

In fact, it was Kerrey himself who coined the term “welfare rancher” at the Nebraska Democratic Party Convention on June 23, 2012:

“Democrat Bob Kerrey ratcheted up his criticism of Republican Deb Fischer on Saturday, accusing her of being a ‘welfare rancher’ who dislikes big government except when it’s subsidizing her own family and its ranching operation.” (Robynn Tysver, “Kerrey slams Fischer over grazing fee ‘welfare’” Omaha World-Herald, 6/24/12)

“Bob Kerrey knows that Nebraskans are overwhelmingly rejecting his blatantly false and offensive attacks on Deb Fischer and her family,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Now that Bob Kerrey’s smear campaign has backfired, he can’t backtrack fast enough.”

VIDEO: BOB KERREY CALLS DEB FISCHER A WELFARE RANCHER:

A LOOK BACK AT BOB KERREY’S “WELFARE RANCHER” ATTACKS

BOB KERREY:
“She’s a welfare rancher!” (Bob Kerrey, Speech at Nebraska Democratic Party Convention, 6/23/12)

BOB KERREY:
“It’s a sweetheart deal afforded to only 136 ranchers in Nebraska.” (Bob Kerrey, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Grazing Fees”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“The state and federal lease comparisons show in even starker terms how Fischer is milking the taxpayers. Her sweetheart welfare deal is indefensible.” (Paul Johnson, Press Release, “NEWLY RELEASED RECORDS SHOW: Fischer Milks Taxpayers on Federal Leases while paying close to Market Rates on Her State Leases”)

KERREY RELEASE:
“Fischer Points Finger at Husband’s Family to Explain $3 Million Welfare Deal.” (Kerrey Campaign Press Release, “Fischer Points Finger at Husband’s Family to Explain $3 Million Welfare Deal”)

KERREY RELEASE:
“Fischer has attempted to explain the $3 million she has received in welfare by saying she pays maintenance costs on the land.” (Kerrey Campaign Press Release, “Fischer Fibs Again; Grazing Fee Formula Does NOT Factor in Market Rates”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“She thinks her welfare program should be exempt from cuts…” (Paul Johnson, Campaign Email To Supporters, 7/14/12)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“The owners of Sunny Slope [Deb Fischer and her family] are millionaires. (We imagine the subsidy helped with that.) Guess we should have looked up the definition for ‘corporate welfare.’ Either way, the label fits.” (Paul Johnson, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy”)

KERREY CAMPAIGN MANAGER:
“Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy.” (Paul Johnson, Kerrey Campaign Website, “Welfare Rancher Hypocrisy”)

Kerrey Campaign’s “Welfare Rancher” Petition:

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