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Sen. Deb Fischer

YORK – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer has been working in Washington D.C. for six years now.

She says things in Washington have become “more polarized” since she was elected to the U.S. Senate as a representative of Nebraska.

“But in saying that, there are still more opportunities to work together and we need to strive for bipartisan efforts to get the work done,” Sen. Fischer said during a recent visit to the News-Times offices.

“We are working on spending bills, this has been bipartisan work,” Sen. Fischer said. “We are doing this together, something the Senate hasn’t done in decades. We need to build trust and we need to work together.”

Sen. Fischer is seeking re-election to a second term . . . but her visits around the state aren’t necessarily just because she’s reaching out for votes. Throughout her time as senator, she has come back to Nebraska each and every weekend, to talk with her constituents, she says . . . to stay connected to the people, the issues, “the reasons I went to Washington in the first place.”

She says she feels good about her support around the state and says she wants to keep working for what Nebraskans care about . . . agriculture, economic development, fiscal responsibility . . .

Fischer said she’s pleased with the administration’s announcement that a trade agreement has been reached with Mexico and she continues to work toward promoting fair trade “as we have to make sure there are open markets for our farmers.”

She says she’s had three face to face meetings with the president, regarding trade and the impact on ag producers.

“We have, Nebraska has, an agricultural economy . . . . and when suffering from low commodity prices and then throwing in the issues of tariffs and other trade barriers, that creates a climate of uncertainty for our producers,” Sen. Fischer said.

Her support from the ag community isn’t the only faction she’s hearing from in her home state, as far as endorsements go.

“I’ve gotten support from business organizations to unions to agricultural entities, and I really appreciate that,” Fischer said. “I enjoy working with all of them, on issues, together.”

So far, the organizations on her endorsement list are many, and diverse, including the National Electrical Contractors Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Right to Life, the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans, the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Professional Firefighters Association, the Nebraska Right to Life, the Susan B Anthony List, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Winning for Women.

She has dozens of small business endorsements and personal endorsements.

The personal endorsements come from Governors Dave Heineman, Kay Orr, Charles Thone and Pete Ricketts. She’s also endorsed by Senator Ben Sasse; Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon and Adrian Smith; Lt. Governor Mike Foley; many state senators; and many municipal and county representatives from around the state.

“I want to continue to work hard, find commonsense solutions and remain committed to the Nebraska way of life,” Sen Fischer said. “I’m hearing from the people what is important to them, and I remain committed to taking those concerns, those areas of importance, back to Washington, to get work done.”

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