News from the Campaign

Senator Deb Fischer Receives Support from National Cattlemen’s PAC

January 30, 2012

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

January 24, 2012

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

January 19, 2012

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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