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Fischer Again Asks Kerrey Whether Or Not He Supports Welfare Reform

July 24, 2012

FISCHER: “Former Senator Bob Kerrey Voted Against The Welfare Reform Act Of 1996. I Believe It Is Important That Nebraskans Know Where Mr. Kerrey Stands On President Obama’s Decision To End Mandatory Work Requirements, And Whether Or Not He Still Opposes The Welfare Reform Act.”

“At The Very Least, I Hope Mr. Kerrey Will Join Me In Calling On President Obama To Stop Sidestepping Congress And Begin Working With House Leadership In A Bipartisan Fashion To Address The Challenges Facing Our Nation.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 24, 2012 - In response to a letter sent yesterday by Congressional Republicans to Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing concern over the President’s unilateral decision to end mandatory work requirements for welfare, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement:

“Yesterday, 76 members of the House sent HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a letter expressing disappointment that President Obama has once again circumvented Congress by unilaterally waiving mandatory work requirements for welfare.

“President Obama’s move would essentially dismantle the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which is landmark, bipartisan legislation that was supported by President Clinton and both Congressional Democrats and Republicans.

“I have previously stated that any attempt to change existing law, including waiving work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, must be done with the prior approval of Congress.

“I believe the Welfare Reform Act, although not perfect, has been a mostly effective program that has decreased child poverty and created opportunities for millions of Americans.

“Former Senator Bob Kerrey voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. I believe it is important that Nebraskans know where Mr. Kerrey stands on President Obama’s decision to end mandatory work requirements, and whether or not he still opposes the Welfare Reform Act.

“At the very least, I hope Mr. Kerrey will join me in calling on President Obama to stop sidestepping Congress and begin working with House leadership in a bipartisan fashion to address the challenges facing our nation.”

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Deb Fischer Calls For Swift Action In Response To National Drought

July 20, 2012

“Meeting with farmers and ranchers across Nebraska, and being a rancher myself, I understand the plight the agriculture community is going through.”

“Members of both parties in the House need to come together and pass the Farm Bill for the benefit of both American producers and consumers.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 20, 2012 - Today, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement calling for a swift federal response to severe drought conditions across the country:

“Nebraska’s economy has persevered though this recession because of our strong agriculture industry. But now, with 75 percent of Nebraska and over 70 percent of the Midwest in severe drought or worse, extreme heat and deteriorating conditions have the potential to drag down our state and national economy.

“Meeting with farmers and ranchers across Nebraska, and being a rancher myself, I understand the plight the agriculture community is going through.

‘The current drought conditions underscore why Washington needs to take swift action now.

“The Farm Service Agency should immediately allow emergency grazing and haying areas on as much Conservation Reserve Program land as possible.

“The Senate recently passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that cuts spending by billions of dollars while introducing several key reforms that help modernize our nation’s agriculture policy. It’s now time for members of both parties in the House to follow the Senate’s lead and come together for the benefit of both American producers and consumers.”

“Protecting America’s agriculture isn’t a partisan issue – it’s just the right thing to do.

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Is Bob Kerrey Still Against Bipartisan Welfare Reform?

July 19, 2012

FISCHER: “It Is Very Disappointing That The President Is Attempting To Make Changes To TANF, Even Though He Lacks The Constitutional Authority To Do So.”

“I Believe Nebraskans Deserve To Know Whether Or Not Mr. Kerrey Still Stands By His Vote Against Bipartisan Welfare Reform And Where He Stands On The Bills Proposed Today That Would Prevent President Obama From Making Unilateral Changes To The Welfare Reform Act Of 1996.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 19, 2012 - In response to the Obama Administration’s decision to circumvent Congress and make unilateral changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer released the following statement:

“It is very disappointing that the President is attempting to make changes to TANF, even though he lacks the Constitutional authority to do so.

“Any changes to TANF or any other existing laws should be done through Congress. President Obama has already set an unfortunate precedent of refusing to enforce existing laws or changing them without Congressional approval.

“Today, House and Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would block the Obama administration from weakening welfare rules without their approval.

“What President Obama should be doing is opening dialogue with the Republican-led House and working towards bipartisan solutions. I believe Democrats and Republicans could have come to a commonsense consensus to give states more flexibility on TANF waivers.

“My opponent Bob Kerrey voted against the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, the bipartisan landmark bill that was supported by President Clinton and 25 Senate Democrats, and created a very successful program to get Americans back to work.

“I believe Nebraskans deserve to know whether or not Mr. Kerrey still stands by his vote against bipartisan welfare reform and where he stands on the bill proposed today that would prevent President Obama from making unilateral changes to the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.”

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