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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Nebraska Delegation Urges Prompt Action on Heineman's Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON – Nebraska’s Congressional delegation today wrote to President Obama urging him to take swift action to approve Governor Heineman’s request for a major disaster declaration in Nebraska as a result of widespread storms resulting in significant tornado, wind, hail and flood damage. The Governor requested individual assistance for the counties of Cedar, Cuming, Dixon, Stanton and Wayne and public assistance for the aforementioned counties plus Dakota, Franklin, Furnas, Harlan, Kearney, Phelps and Thurston. The major disaster declaration would allow those affected to be eligible for federal assistance.Additionally, the Governor requested hazard mitigation for the entire state of Nebraska, which would provide funding to protect life and property from future natural disasters. A copy of the letter can be found below: July 15, 2014 President Barack Obama T...

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Fischer Cosponsors Legislation Requiring Notification to States of Unaccompanied Minors

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced this evening she is cosponsoring legislation written by Senator Mike Johanns to require the federal government to notify states when unaccompanied minors are placed with family members or sponsors within states: “As we continue to seek solutions to humanely address the crisis at the southern border, the lack of information coming from the federal government is frustrating state and community leaders in Nebraska and across the country. The legislation I am supporting simply provides governors with access to information – already held by the federal government – so they can work to ensure the health and safety of our communities. I continue to believe the federal government’s focus must be on safely returning these children to their home countries and finally and fully securing the southern border.” The bill is available online Read More

Fischer Introduces The Healthy Families Act to Promote More Family Control Over Health Care

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today introduced The Healthy Families Act, legislation that would enhance government accountability in decisions impacting many families’ health care. Under Obamacare, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is authorized to determine the types of preventive service coverage private insurers must offer without imposing cost-sharing – such as copayments, deductibles, or co-insurance – on patients. These determinations also strongly influence which preventive services Medicare and Medicaid choose to cover. The Healthy Families Act would check the power granted to this federal task force with increased public involvement and a more transparent process. Fischer issued the following statement: “ObamaCare has left thousands of families in Nebraska and across the country with fewer options and less control over their health care. The law has also empowered a federal task force to make decisions over coverage for im...

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Fischer Introduces Legislation to Increase Education Opportunities, Help Working Families

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) announced today she has offered legislation to help middle class families afford rising education costs. The Allocating for Children’s Education (ACE) Act, would increase the annual contribution limit for Coverdell education savings accounts from $2,000 to $5,000 per beneficiary, enabling parents to earn more money for their children’s education. Currently, families can set aside savings in a Coverdell account to pay for expenses like education-related technology, tuition, or tutoring. When funds are withdrawn from the Coverdell account and used for qualified educational expenses, they are entirely tax-free. As a result, families who regularly contribute to Coverdell accounts can save thousands of dollars over the long-term. Senator Fischer released the following statement: “All parents face mounting educational costs, from rising tuition to expenses associated with valuable extrac...

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Fischer Supports Legislation to Help Americans Get Back to Work

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today voted in favor of bipartisan legislation, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, to provide men and women with the skills they need to find good-paying jobs. Fischer cosponsored the legislation and released the following statement: “I’m pleased the Senate came together to pass legislation that will help equip unemployed Americans with necessary training to pursue more job opportunities so they can provide for their families. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act improves the efficiency of job training and workforce development programs by enhancing the role of states, reducing burdensome federal requirements, and cutting waste and duplication. With nearly 10 million Americans still looking for work, these are exactly the type of constructive, bipartisan proposals the ...

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