Dear Friend,

The year is certainly off to a busy start. As the Senate begins work on a number of important issues, I'd like to share a few updates.

Earlier this month, I received my committee assignments. For the 115th Congress, I will continue serving on the Armed Services Committee; the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Environment and Public Works Committee. I have also picked up seats on the Senate Rules Committee and the Special Committee on Aging.

Through these committees, I am well-positioned to advance the priorities that matter most to Nebraska families. From equipping our military to investing in infrastructure to alleviating regulations that hinder economic growth, there are many opportunities to pave the way for a brighter future.

I have also been selected by my colleagues to chair two very influential subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which has oversight over STRATCOM. Click here and here to read more about these chairmanships.

Finally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has once again asked me to serve on his leadership team. This position allows me to convey Nebraskans' concerns directly to the Senate Republican leadership at weekly meetings. With this seat at the table, I can ensure your voice is heard at the Senate's highest levels.

Please continue reading for more updates from this month.

Stopping WOTUS in Its Tracks

I recently joined Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa in introducing a resolution that expresses the need to vacate the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States" or WOTUS rule. This rule would hurt all Nebraskans: families, communities, ag producers, and businesses. We all want clean air and clean water, but the federal overreach we saw with the WOTUS rule was completely unprecedented. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to explore the rule's dubious legality. Our resolution signifies our intent to quickly get to work to stop WOTUS in its tracks.

James Mattis: The Leader Our Nation Needs

The Senate has confirmed Marine General James Mattis for the position of Secretary of Defense. Experienced and honest, General Mattis is exactly the type of leader our nation needs right now, given the many dangers we face around the world. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to working with General Mattis to provide our military with the resources they need to keep American families safe. Read more in my recent opinion piece that was published with the Independent Journal Review.

The Tools are in Place to Repeal ObamaCare

Click here or on the image above to watch Senator Fischer deliver the Weekly GOP Address

This month, the Senate voted to put the tools in place to repeal ObamaCare. My focus moving forward is delivering the compassionate, hassle-free, personalized health care Nebraska families need and deserve. As we work toward this goal, I will seek a stable transition period to protect families while Congress replaces this law in the right way and for the right reasons.

Fischer Bills Pass Commerce Committee Markup

I was happy to see three of my bills win approval by the Senate Commerce Committee this month: Kari's Law, The Spoofing Prevention Act, and the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act. Each makes simple, but necessary, updates to our telecommunications laws. With these commonsense, bipartisan solutions, Congress can protect Nebraska families, prevent fraud, and spur innovation. Read more about these bills here.

Photos of the Month

I enjoyed welcoming Nebraskans to Washington for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Click here to view more photos.

It's always fun sharing behind-the-scene photos on my Instagram account. Here's one I took from the Inauguration platform.

I was pleased to meet with Defense Secretary James Mattis the week before his confirmation hearing. We had a candid conversation about maintaining America's position as a world leader.

I was happy to welcome Nebraskans participating in the annual March for Life on January 27, 2017. I commend them for taking part in this important event and standing up for life.

Lieutenant General Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard and a great Nebraskan, recently stopped by my office.

Thanks to the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission for coming in to talk about our state's number-one economic engine: agriculture. #FeedTheWorld

Meet the newest member of Team Fischer, Fred! #FunWithFred

To stay up to date, make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@SenatorFischer)!