Nov 30 2013

November eNewsletter

As we prepare to gather with family and loved ones, I want to wish all Nebraskans a Happy Thanksgiving. Though our nation faces great challenges, we still have much to be thankful for. Please take a moment to watch the below video and join me in expressing thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in Nebraska and across the country.

A Thanksgiving Message from Senator Fischer

This month, the Senate has been working on important legislative items, including the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and measures to address the failures of the President's health care law. Learn more about these and other efforts I've been working on in this month's e-newsletter.



Working to Curb Sexual Assault in the Military
Recently, the Senate began consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation is passed each year, for the past 51 years, to set spending priorities and policies for our military. One strength of this bill is its inclusion of historic reforms to stop sexual assault in the military, protect victims of these violent crimes, and hold offenders accountable. Read my op-ed in the Omaha World-Herald for specifics about the bipartisan measures I've offered with my colleagues to address this important issue impacting our military readiness...

Nebraskans Speak Out on Obamacare: #YourStory
Since Obamacare's official implementation, thousands of Nebraskans have contacted me with concerns about how the law has dramatically increased their health care costs and destroyed their current plans. This month, I have shared some of these stories to illustrate how Obamacare is hurting Nebraskans. Watch the speech I made on the Senate floor to express the concerns I've been hearing.... ...I've also been sharing these stories through social media. Check them out here... The bottom line is that Obamacare is unworkable and must be scrapped all together. I've cosponsored legislation this month both to delay this law and to ensure Americans can keep the health plans they like, just as they were promised.

Holiday Mail for Heroes
Each year, the American Red Cross collects holiday cards from Americans across the country through its Holiday Mail for Heroes program. These greetings are sent to our brave men and women in uniform at home and abroad, their families, and our nation's veterans. This program is a wonderful way we can show support this holiday season to those whose service and sacrifice ensure we can enjoy the gift of freedom every day. All it takes is signing a card and dropping it in the mail. Learn about how you can participate in this special program....


1011 News:
Neb. US Senators Ask EPA to Hold Listening Session...

Nebraska Radio Network:
Sen. Fischer Defends Committee Approach to Military Sexual Assault Crimes...

KOTA Territory News:
Sen. Fischer Working to Assist Nebraska Vets...

Beatrice Daily Sun:
Fischer Column: Much to Be Thankful For...


Standing Up For Victims:
 I joined Senators McCaskill and Ayotte in introducing a bipartisan amendment that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and boost accountability for offenders.

Veterans Day in Nebraska:
 I was grateful to spend Veterans Day visiting with Nebraska's brave veterans at several stops in eastern Nebraska.

Supporting Our Veterans:
 I joined a roundtable in the Senate Small Business Committee to discuss important programs that can assist our veteran small business entrepreneurs.


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