Aug 31 2023

August Newsletter


Dear Friend,  

Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling across our great state to hear directly from Nebraskans about the issues they are facing and discuss how I’m fighting for our state every day in the U.S. Senate. 

Read more below for a recap of our visits:

I enjoyed participating in a business roundtable led by female leaders from Omaha! It was inspiring to hear these women speak about the challenges they overcame to grow their businesses. I look forward to working with them to make resources and capital more accessible for small businesses across the state.

I’m grateful to have received the National Guard Association’s 2022 Charles Dick Medal of Merit for our efforts to rebuild Camp Ashland and other Guard facilities after the 2019 floods. In the Senate, I’ll continue working with the NE National Guard, the 55th Wing, and STRATCOM leadership to advance our national security.

It was great to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Behavioral Health & Wellness Center developed by the Mental Health Innovation Foundation and Children’s Hospital here in Omaha. When completed, this important facility will provide essential care to young people struggling with their mental health. 

It was great to attend another annual Federal Legislative Summit hosted by the Lincoln Chamber and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce. This event is always an important opportunity to share about our efforts to work for Nebraskans in Washington.

I had a great discussion with local stakeholders in Falls City about the importance of housing access, technical education, and infrastructure. As your Senator, I’m committed to strengthening our rural communities.

It’s always great to chat with local papers around our state about how I’m fighting for Nebraskans. I had a nice conversation with the Falls City Journal about my work to support our police, push back against Chinese aggression, and craft a Farm Bill that supports our producers.

Every day, workers at the Fast Global Solutions facility in Auburn are producing top-of-the-line equipment that keeps our packages moving and our supply chains running. It was great to tour their facility and see this work firsthand.

I sat down with the Nemaha County Herald to talk about my visits across the state and about how I’m working to support Nebraska families.

I stopped in Nebraska City for a roundtable with community leaders. We had a productive discussion about the need to address workforce shortages and implement creative solutions to keep talent in Nebraska.

What a beautiful place for an interview! I talked with the Nebraska City News-Press about my travels in the state and our progress on this year’s Farm Bill.

Our critical access hospitals are a lifeline for communities across Nebraska, including in Crete. In the Senate, I’ll continue pushing for policies that support these hospitals, many of which are located in rural areas.

Nebraska’s renewable fuel producers work every day to fuel the nation. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with workers at the Marathon Petroleum Facility in Beatrice, and I’ll continue to advocate for year-round E15.

In the Senate, I’m proud to serve on the Armed Services, Agriculture, Commerce, and Appropriations Committees. I spoke with KWBE about my work on these committees and how I’m fighting to support working families across our state. 

One of my first stops in Central Nebraska was a visit with Mark McHargue to look at some of the work his company is doing to support Central City. We discussed workforce challenges and the importance of more mental health resources for producers.

I always appreciate chatting with local papers like the Central City Republican Nonpareil. I stopped by the Merrick County Fair to talk about my work on the upcoming Farm Bill where I am advocating for priorities like crop insurance and precision agriculture.

I visited St. Paul to speak about the city’s economic development efforts, as well as ways to address rental needs in the area and increase access to affordable childcare. We also discussed ways we can help producers in this year’s Farm Bill.

I stopped by the Phonograph-Herald in St. Paul to talk about my visits across the state and ways I’m fighting for Nebraskans. We spoke about the need for a strong Farm Bill, my legislation to support our police officers, and the importance of expanding rural broadband.

I enjoyed touring the Valley County Hospital to see their impressive facility firsthand and learn more about the important work they are doing to care for patients.

I took a tour of the impressive AKRS Equipment store in Ord. We talked about the workforce challenges facing business owners and the need to expand broadband from the last mile to the last acre.

As I traveled in Central Nebraska, I heard from Nebraskans about the real issues facing our state and our country. I spoke with folks from NTV and the Grand Island Independent about these important discussions and how I’m fighting for Nebraskans every day.

It’s critical that our veterans receive the quality care they have earned. I visited the VA Medical Center in Grand Island to see the important work staff there are doing and talk about ways to improve care for those who have already given so much.

I enjoyed going on a bus tour of McCook with city and economic development officials. It was great to hear about new projects coming to the area, including an industrial park, swimming pool, and sports complex.

I stopped by Minden this month to tour Kearney County Health Services. The hospital specializes in family-centered care for our rural communities. I appreciate the work Kearney Country Health Services is doing to provide necessary medical services to areas where healthcare is less accessible.

One of my stops this work period was the Tri-Valley Health System in Cambridge. I enjoyed touring the facility and learning about the many medical services the health system provides, including rehabilitation and senior care programs.

After visiting the Tri-Valley Health System, we stopped by Mark’s Pharmacy and spoke with owner Mark McCurdy and his wife, Sheryl. It was great to hear from them, and we discussed the way pharmacists provide easy access to quality care in rural areas like Cambridge. I’m thankful for all they do!

I met with the staff at Chadron Hospital to discuss the challenges that critical access hospitals face and the important services they provide to rural communities.

Dave’s Pharmacy is one of many great small businesses in Hemingford serving the local community. We stopped by to hear about its work to provide seniors with more convenient access to their prescriptions and telehealth services.

No trip to Hemingford is complete without a visit to Treasured Grounds, a great local coffee stop with lots of cold drinks and sweet treats!

Internet access is critical to the future of our state. I visited Mobius Communications to hear about the company’s broadband projects and discuss ways to improve federal grants. We also discussed my LAST ACRE Act, which focuses on boosting producers’ access to connectivity.

Western Nebraska Community College’s impressive Powerline Construction program is helping many young Nebraskans gain hands-on experience in an important career field. It was great to tour the facilities and learn more about the program.

I had a productive roundtable discussion with ag producers in Western Nebraska about the upcoming Farm Bill. We talked about key priorities like preserving crop insurance, streamlining disaster relief, and expanding access to precision ag technologies.

Adams Industries is a leading transportation and logistics company doing exciting work in the Sidney area. It was great to hear about the new projects they have coming online and how they will benefit the state of Nebraska.

Gering High School is providing the next generation of Nebraskans with the skills they need to thrive through its workforce training programs and dual-credit opportunities. During August, I had the opportunity to tour the school and see its impressive pilot training center and STEM lab. Afterward, I met with some exceptional young students who are passionate about the future and active in their community. They will make Nebraska proud.

I stopped by the Sidney Sun Telegraph to share an update on my work in the Senate and recap my travels through the area. The paper is one of the oldest in the region, tracing its founding back to the late 1800s. I appreciate the important services small-town newspapers like the Sun Telegraph provide to the community.

As one leg of our nuclear triad, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) play a critical role in maintaining a strong deterrent against our adversaries. During August, I toured one of the Air Force’s Nebraska-based Missile Alert Facilities and Launch Control Center. It’s critical that Congress follows through and continues to support the Sentinel program, which will modernize our country’s 60-year-old ICBM systems and enhance our national security.

Across our state, Nebraskans are giving back to their communities and building a better future for all. I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this important work firsthand during the August recess. When I return to Washington this month, I’ll keep Nebraskans’ needs in mind, and I’ll continue working to support our state as a member of the U.S. Senate.


Deb Fischer
U.S. Senator for Nebraska

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