Fischer, Johanns Recommend Judicial Candidate to President

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer today confirmed that they are recommending to President Obama Robert Rossiter, Jr., of Omaha to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Johanns and Fischer selected Rossiter after a nearly year-long search. Traditionally, when submitting judicial nominations, the President gives deference to home state Senators during the selection process. Fischer said, “Throughout Bob Rossiter’s long legal career, he has demonstrated the highest integrity, legal skill, professionalism, and dedication to the rule of law. I have no doubt he has the proper temperament to serve on the federal bench in Nebraska, where he is widely respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. After many years of service to his community and his profession, I am thankful to Bob for his willingness to enter public service.” ...

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Fischer Announces Public Schedule in Nebraska in August

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today announced her public schedule of events open to the media during the Senate’s state work period in August. TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 Constituent Listening Session East Meeting Room, Omaha Public Library – Millard Branch 13214 Westwood Lane, Omaha, NE 68144 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CST WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 Constituent Listening Session Southeast Community College Rooms V-103 & V-104 8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520 7:30 am – 8:30 am CST THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2014 Constituent Listening Session Municipal Building 1103 B Street, Schuyler, NE 68661 12:45pm – 1:15pm CST Read More

Here to Help

By: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer This month, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to travel the state and spend time in several different communities across Nebraska from Omaha and Lincoln to the panhandle. Nebraskans have a great deal on their minds, and I’m grateful to all who have attended my constituent listening sessions to voice their concerns about the issues before us as a nation. Nebraskans are very well informed, and I appreciate their suggestions and specific ideas about ways to improve the lives of their families and neighbors. While these listening sessions give me the chance to hear directly from constituents, I continue to encourage all Nebraskans to contact any one of my offices by phone, mail, or email to share their views and personal stories about challenges resulting from misguided policies at the federal level. These insights and suggestions help guide my decision-making as I seek opportunities to revise current federal policies or offer n...

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A Report from the Border

By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer I recently had the opportunity to travel to Texas with a bipartisan group of senators to assess firsthand the crisis along our southern border. Many Nebraskans have contacted me to express their concerns with the surge of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) arriving at our border. I share their worries and felt it was important for me to gather information directly from those responsible for managing the situation. We first visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station, where we met with Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and Chief Border Patrol Agents. This is the largest and busiest station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, with over 3,200 border patrol agents responsible for 53 percent of all apprehensions nationwide. So far in Fiscal Year 2014, the McAllen Border Patrol has apprehended 225,000 individuals trying to illegally enter our country – that’s 126,000 more than last year. Individual...

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Fischer Statement on Passage of Bill to Fix VA

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement upon voting for legislation to make needed changes to our veterans’ healthcare system: “I’m pleased that Congress was able to pass, in a bipartisan manner, needed legislation to begin fixing our badly broken VA system. In response to shocking reports of VA employees failing to do their jobs while our nation’s heroes waited for care, Congress united to pass needed reforms. One critical change in law allows veterans to receive care from private doctors if they live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility, or if agency doctors cannot see them within 30 days. Importantly, the bill also grants the VA Secretary power to fire employees who fail to perform their duties. I believe this legislation is an important step toward keeping our promises to veterans, who have already given so much for our country.&rdqu...

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Fischer, King Introduce Bipartisan Paid Family Leave Proposal

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced they will introduce today The Strong Families Act, legislation to incentivize employers to voluntarily provide employees with paid parental or medical leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 requires employers of 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which can be used for events like the birth or adoption of children, serious medical issues, or providing care to close family members. The challenge for many working families, particularly hourly workers living paycheck-to-paycheck, is that current law does not involve paid time off. The Strong Families Act would enable working families to have continued access to pay while they are meeting necessary family obligations. The Fischer-King plan would create a tax credit to encourage employers of any size to voluntarily offer paid leave for workers; the legislatio...

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