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 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

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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