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115th Congress

  • Provided for Our Nation’s Military: In June 2017, Senator Fischer voted in favor of advancing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Fischer helped advance key provisions in the bill to restore military readiness, give our troops the biggest pay raise in eight years, and strengthen missile defense. NDAA was signed into law on December 12, 2017. Click here for more information.

  • Ensuring Readiness of 55th Wing Airframes at Offutt: Senator Fischer included language in NDAA that calls on the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Air Force, to assess the readiness of critical airframes based at Offutt Air Force Base. Previously, she led the Nebraska delegation in a letter to Secretary Wilson in which the members asked for clarification on possible issues with the planes at Offutt. Click here to read a copy of the letter. 
  • Providing for the National Defense: As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Fischer worked on and supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. This legislation expands our country’s defense capabilities across every domain, including improving our nuclear deterrent, missile defense, and space operations. Importantly, the legislation makes significant investments in aircraft headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base and upgrades to facilities at USSTRATCOM.
  • Authored Law that Eases Burdens for Deployed Servicemembers: Led legislation that ensures military servicemembers are not charged cancellation fees for TV and internet services when they deploy or change duty stations. This measure was signed into law in December 2018
  • Provided Support for Gold Star Families: Senator Fischer included language in the FY 2019 NDAA to ease access for surviving spouses and next of kin to military installations to access benefits they are eligible for. The bill was signed into law in August 2018.

114th Congress

  • Strengthened Sanctions on North Korea’s Rogue Regime: Senator Fischer voted in favor of legislation that provides the administration with enhanced tools to weaken North Korea’s regime and its financial resources. The bill, known as the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016, passed the Senate unanimously. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Senator Fischer is conducting congressional oversight to ensure this legislation, and the new measures within it, are fully implemented.

  • Voted Against President Obama’s Iran Deal: Over the course of many months, hundreds of Nebraskans contacted Senator Fischer to express opposition to the president’s nuclear deal with Iran. She shared their concerns and voted against the agreement. Senator Fischer believes President Obama’s deal neither advances nor protects America’s interests.
  • Included Key Priorities for STRATCOM in Annual Defense Bill: In her capacity as chairman of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee, Senator Fischer worked to include language that supports the needs of our warfighters, addresses cyber vulnerabilities, and promotes the next generation of technology to ensure our military’s continued advantage.
  • Advocated Offutt Runway Replacement: Senator Fischer worked with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh to advance the replacement of the runway at Offutt Air Force Base. The U.S. Air Force has announced a final plan to upgrade the runway. The upgrade will take roughly nine months, extending the life of the runway by about 20 years. According to the Air Force plan, design work is scheduled to begin this fall and construction is expected to begin in 2018 at a cost of approximately $55 million.

113th Congress

  • Challenged President Obama’s Plan for Drastic Nuclear Reductions: Senator Fischer expressed serious concerns on the Senate floor in reducing the U.S. nuclear deterrent by more than one third. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-TxVoo23c0&
  • Pushed for Full Scale Sanctions on Iran: On March 5, 2013, Senator Fischer cosponsored S.Res.65 – a resolution introduced by Senator Graham supporting Israel and urging the President to implement the full scale of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
  • Ensured STRATCOM’s enduring mission: Senator Fischer ensured that the FY15 NDAA fully authorizes the fourth and final increment of funding for the construction of the new Command and Control Facility for U.S. Strategic Command. It also authorizes needed funding to support the building’s operations. 

  • Cosponsored the Iran Sanctions Loophole Elimination ActSenator Fischer cosponsored legislation that would require the president to impose sanctions on any foreign bank that assists Iranian institutions and companies in conducting financial transactions.  
  • Introduced legislation to Address Sexual Assault Prevention within the Military: Senator Fischer and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a bipartisan bill, S.992, which would require the Department of Defense to use a “nominative selection process” for filling positions in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) offices. This legislation was adopted in the form of an amendment to the national defense policy bill for FY 2014.
  • Won committee support for robust nuclear deterrence in FY14 NDAA: The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces unanimously accepted three amendments offered by Senator Fischer at its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2014.
  • Fischer #035, ICBM Readiness:  Affirms the Secretary of Defense’s authority to retain missile silos in “warm” status and requires a report assessing the feasibility and advisability of doing so.
  • Fischer #036, B-52 Common Configuration: Reaffirms the current law requiring the Administration report its plans to reduce nuclear force structure in order to comply with the New START treaty prior to implementing any actual reductions.
  • Fischer #037, Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent:  Expresses the Committee’s expectation that the Air Force complete its studies on the follow on ICBM system (known as the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, or GBSD) by the end of 2014. The amendment also requires the Air Force to provide Congress a briefing on its current progress.
  • Fought sexual assault in the military: On March 10, 2014, the Senate unanimously passed the Victims Protection Act (S. 1917), legislation offered by Senators Fischer, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) to combat military sexual assault, bolster victims’ rights, and boost accountability for offenders. The legislation was incorporated into the Senate’s FY 2015 NDAA. In 2013, Fischer introduced two bipartisan amendments to fight military sexual assault by strengthening the rights of victims impacted by crimes and heightening the caliber of appointed sexual assault prevention officers. Both measures were adopted by the Armed Services Committee and included in the final FY 2014 NDAA signed into law.