Fischer Calls on FCC to Follow Through with Process to Improve Rural Telephone Service

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to follow through with plans to improve telephone service in rural areas. “Nebraskans depend on consistent, reliable telephone service to not only stay connected with friends and family, but also to conduct business and ensure public safety,” Fischer said. “Whether you live in rural areas or urban centers with outdated infrastructure, dependable modern communications is a necessity. Unfortunately, call completion issues persist, impacting Nebraskans across the state. The FCC needs to follow through on its order to address the concerns raised by rural Americans and improve telephone service quality and reliability for all Americans.” In May of 2013, Fischer led a bipartisan Senate resolution urging telephone companies...

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Fischer Supports Continuing Resolution

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted against advancing the continuing resolution – which includes $500 million to train and arm Syrian rebels – but voted in favor of the overall measure: “At a recent Armed Services Committee hearing, I explained my firm belief that Congress owes the American people a full, honest debate on the president’s plan to destroy ISIL. Make no mistake, ISIL is a threat to our allies and a threat to our homeland. The president’s request for funding to arm and train Syrian rebels is simply ‘step one’ in what will likely be, at a minimum, a 3-5 year effort. General Martin Dempsey testified to me that it will take 8-12 months to train the rebels before they are fit for combat. In other words, there is a long road ahead. “I strongly object to Congress heading home to campaign rather than stay...

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Fischer, Heitkamp Lead Majority of Senate in Bipartisan Letter Calling for More Public Comment Time

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today led a bipartisan group of 53 senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to provide a 60-day extension for the public comment period on EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The 53 senators expressed that because the proposal is incredibly complex and broad in scope and would impact electric generation, use, and costs throughout the country, an additional 60 days is needed to provide more time for all stakeholders to fully review it and offer comments. In May, Fischer and Heitkamp led 47 Senators in sending a letter to EPA to request the agency grant at least 120 days for public comment on its new proposal on e...

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Fischer Statement on ISIL, NATO Summit

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, released the following statement regarding ISIL and the NATO summit occurring in Wales: “In the past week, the president’s top cabinet officials and the Vice President have all called for efforts to destroy ISIL. There is no doubt that ISIL is an imminent threat to Western Europe, our allies in the Middle East, and the United States. This is not a ‘manageable’ problem. I expect the president to use his time at the NATO summit to shore up our allies to unite on a clear, consistent strategy to stomp out this scourge.” ...

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August Newsletter

Friends, During the month of August, I had the chance to visit communities and meet with Nebraskans across the state. I held over a dozen listening sessions in Omaha, Lincoln, Schuyler, Columbus, Norfolk, O’Neill, Stuart, Gordon, Rushville, Curtis, Lexington, Cozad, and Ogallala.These forums allowed me to gather input directly from Nebraskans, which enables me to best represent your interests in Washington. Below is a video highlighting some of my visits this month. Click HERE or on the image below to watch the video. Read More

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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