Fischer: We Must Invest in our Greatest Deterrent

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, today released the following statement regarding Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s plan to make significant investments in the nation’s nuclear weapons programs. Hagel’s announcement followed a recent Department of Defense report highlighting the need to make significant improvements to our nuclear weapons program. “Secretary Hagel’s announcement today confirms the need to modernize and invest in our entire nuclear enterprise – something I have often discussed,” Fischer said. “Our nuclear deterrent is the ultimate safeguard for our national security; Secretary Hagel described it as the highest priority mission in the Department of Defense. However, as the Department&rsquo...

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Fischer E-Label Act Passes Congress

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed Senator Deb Fischer’s (R-Neb.) proposal to modernize outdated federal labeling requirements for electronics manufacturers. The bipartisan Enhance Labeling, Accessing, and Branding of Electronic Licenses (E-Label) Act, which unanimously passed the Senate on September 18, 2014, is now awaiting President Obama’s signature before becoming law. “I’m pleased that both the Senate and the House has passed this commonsense legislation to provide relief for job creators, increase options for consumers and bring outdated regulations into the 21st century,” Fischer said. “This bill increases options and lowers costs for manufacturers while also making required regulatory information more easily accessible to consumers. “I look forward to the President signing the E-LABEL Act into law and I am confident the FCC’s Office o...

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Our True Heroes

Throughout our nation’s capital are towering reminders of our freedom and how it was secured. Memorials throughout Washington, D.C., stand as tributes to battles fought and won and men and women lost. They help us to reflect on the true cost of our independence and the ongoing effort to ensure our security today. But granite memorials and bronze statues can never tell the full story. You don’t have to visit the National Mall to fully appreciate the work of our men and women in uniform. The best reminders of the enduring effort to defend our freedom are all around us. They go to our churches, work alongside us, and serve in our communities. They are our veterans. These men and women have volunteered to commit a portion of their life to a cause far greater than self. They willingly signed up to risk life and limb, often for people they’ve never even met before. Their mission to protect and defend our American way of life has taken them t...

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Senator Fischer Releases New Tech Agenda

Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) unveils a new vision for technology policy that empowers innovators and promotes economic growth at a critical time. Our nation’s innovators currently face outdated policies and regulations that stifle creativity on everything from health care to telecom. That needs to change.

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Fischer Sends Letter to CDC Questioning Strategy on Ebola

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) sent a letter today to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expressing her concern that the CDC’s efforts so far have not been sufficiently proactive in addressing instances of Ebola in the United States. Despite the excellent care provided to patients at medical facilities like the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the CDC and federal partners have failed to adequately anticipate next steps and confusion persists regarding proper protocols, screening, and the treatment of Ebola patients. Fischer wrote, “The federal government must be vigilant in evaluating all options to help identify, better manage, and actively fight the spread of Ebola. We need to be better prepared. We need better coordination and leadership that ends the current pattern of being one step behind this...

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Fischer, King Survey U.S. Nuclear Weapons Facilities in New Mexico

U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Angus King (I-Maine), members of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which has oversight of the country’s nuclear weapons enterprise, toured the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.

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