Senator Fischer Supports DeVos for Secretary of Education

“I will support Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. While I do not agree with Mrs. DeVos on every issue, I do believe she has the ability and commitment to lead the department. Moreover, I have received assurances from her in writing that the Department of Education will not impose new federal mandates related to vouchers on our schools. Local educators, schools boards, and parents should be the decision makers, not bureaucrats in Washington.


“She has also made a commitment to me in writing that she will work to protect all students, especially those with disabilities. As a longtime champion of public education and the daughter of a public school teacher, I will continue to fight to ensure all Nebraska children have access to a quality education.”

Fischer Statement on Blue Cross Departure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement following reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield will drop out of the ObamaCare marketplace in Nebraska:


“The failures of ObamaCare are self-evident. Nebraska families continue to be hurt by this failed law with higher costs and fewer choices. It simply does not work, and it is collapsing under its own weight.”


Senator Fischer’s Response to the State of the Union Address

Below is U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s response to the State of the Union address:

“Our nation faces many challenges, from escalating dangers abroad to limited economic opportunities here at home. To provide real and lasting solutions, we need a positive vision to unite behind and move forward. By working together, we can deliver meaningful results and a brighter future for the American people.


“Last year, we were able to make progress on many big issues. From enacting a multi-year highway bill and reforming our education system to funding our military and passing policies to help prevent suicide among our veterans, we acted on the will of the American people.


“There is more work to do. Building a stronger Nebraska, giving Americans more opportunities and more certainty, and creating flexible options for working families remain at the forefront of my priorities. 


“I know many families across our state and across our nation are worried. Whether it’s hardworking parents trying to make ends meet or grandparents concerned about the future we will leave our grandchildren, there is no shortage of anxiety. 


“Yet, I believe that our very best days as a nation are ahead. That’s because of my unwavering faith in the fundamental goodness, tenacity, and creativity of the American people. I look forward to pursuing shared solutions worthy of our people in the days and weeks to come.”

Fischer Mourns the Loss of Technical Sergeant Joseph Lemm

“Technical Sergeant Joseph Lemm served many years as a member of the New York Police Department and the Air National Guard. His death is a major loss for Nebraska and our nation. My deepest sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time. This tragic loss is a reminder of the grave dangers our service members face around the world, and we keep them in our prayers this holiday season.”

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer


Fischer Teams-Up with Red Cross for 2015 Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s office is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help Nebraskans send holiday wishes and appreciation to members of the military, their families, and our veterans. This is the third year Senator Fischer’s office has coordinated the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign with the Red Cross. Senator Fischer released the following statement encouraging Nebraskans to participate:


“The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a simple way for Nebraskans to share their holiday cheer, along with their gratitude, to the men and women of our military. I hope the people of Nebraska will join me in sending greetings to the dedicated members of our armed services around the world, their families, and our veterans.”


The Holiday Mail for Heroes program collects cards and messages to send to our military men and women serving both abroad and in our local communities. Nebraskans who wish to participate can make or purchase a card to sign, and mail them to Senator Fischer’s Omaha office. In order to guarantee delivery, cards must be received by December 6, 2015.  They can be dropped off at, or mailed to, the following address:


Office of Senator Deb Fischer

11819 Miracle Hills Drive

Suite 205

Omaha, NE 68145


In addition to your homemade cards, Senator Fischer and the Red Cross have created a card specifically for Nebraskans that can be printed and signed at home. You can download cards through Senator Fischer’s website by clicking here.


To ensure holiday cards can be quickly screened and mailed, the Red Cross asks participants to follow the guidelines listed below:


  • Ensure that all cards are signed.


  • Use generic salutations, such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.


  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.


  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards. The program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.


  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos. These items will be removed during the reviewing process.


  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter, which can aggravate the health issues of ill and injured warriors.


  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place the cards in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope. All envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.



Fischer Statement on Paris Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, released the following statement regarding last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France:


“Last night, the world witnessed unimaginable terror and the very real threat Islamic terrorism poses to free and open societies. I join all Nebraskans in our deep sorrow and solidarity with the people of France as they grieve and persevere through this tragedy.


“As these events in Paris have united the world in grief, so too must the world unite with resolve. Those responsible for planning and coordinating this horrific assault on innocent civilians must be held to account. The messages of hate and radicalism that underpin these attacks demands a global response.


“In the days and weeks ahead, I hope the people of France will take comfort in the prayers and aid of the American people. We are in this together.”

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s Veteran’s Day Statement

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:

 “Our country is safe thanks to the generations of exceptional citizens who have answered the call of duty. Their sacrifices have been borne to ensure our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren can grow and thrive in the land of the free. I hope all Nebraskans will continue our state’s proud commitment of honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, and every day.”

Representative for Senator Deb Fischer Visits Oakland Library

A constituent services representative for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Tiffany Settles, stopped in the Oakland Public Library last week to spend time with local citizens.

Those on-hand discussed many issues with Tiffany, including local and regional subjects. Library Director Rosa Schmidt filled her in on the upcoming expansion of the library. The prospect of a new community center in Oakland was also mentioned along with the addition of the Dollar Store in Oakland.

Patty Plugge, Executive Director of the Burt County Economic Development Corporation discussed housing in rural areas and her concern about the workforce. She also praised libraries and what they offer to their communities. “People who say there isn’t a need for libraries are wrong,” Patty stated. Rosa discussed how the Oakland Library helps those looking for jobs. “We assist them in searching for jobs in the area and helping them to fill out their applications,” she said.

As far as housing in local communities, Patty had some information to share. “In order to make more housing work, the community has to come together,” Patty stated.

Housing for senior citizens has become an issue, with some housing units now allowing people of any age to live in them, thus changing the dynamics of the housing. “Some communities have housing just for senior citizens. When we have seniors and others in the same building, problems arise, but not when it is just seniors,” Patty said.

Tiffany also mentioned a bill that Senator Deb Fischer recently had passed, the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. December 12, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of Boys Town. In honor of this occasion, anniversary coins will be produced to sell 50,000 $5 gold coins, 350,000 $1 silver coins and 300,000 clad half-dollar coins. “The coins will be produced at no cost to taxpayers and available from 2017-2018,” Tiffany stated.

For further information or to share your concerns with Tiffany, email her at

Representative for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Tiffany Settles, from left, Rosa Schmidt, library director and Executive Director for Burt County Economic Development Corporation Patty Plugge visit about local and regional issues at the Oakland Library recently. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Representative for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Tiffany Settles, from left, Rosa Schmidt, library director and Executive Director for Burt County Economic Development Corporation Patty Plugge visit about local and regional issues at the Oakland Library recently. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.


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