By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
LINCOLN — U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer on Tuesday addressed head-on “rumors” that she doesn’t work well with her colleagues in the Legislature.
During a speech to a conservative business group in Lincoln, Fischer said she’s heard those rumors and so she offered examples that contradict them. While trying to pass her bill limiting cities’ abilities to enact occupation taxes, Fischer said she worked out a compromise with four Omaha senators on the floor of the Legislature and in the end, they voted for the legislation. She said she worked with Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery to get a bill out of her committee that would open up the Lincoln market to other taxi cab companies. And she cited a time when Omaha Sen. Gwen Howard had laryngitis and so she helped speak on behalf of Howard’s bill.
Fischer has a reputation for being — in the words of one editorial writer – “sharp as barbed wire, tougher than a cedar fence post” — and no pushover in the Legislature.
She’s running against former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey.
She told the Lincoln Independent Business Association that if elected to the U.S. Senate in November, she would work to reduce burdensome regulations and stimulate job growth if elected in November.
Fischer reminded her Lincoln audience that she grew up in Lincoln – although she moved to her husband’s Cherry County ranch about 40 years ago. She also played up her experience as a former school board member, past president of the Nebraska School Boards Association and eight-year state lawmaker.
Fischer said if elected, she would work to create jobs, reform the tax code, cut regulations, support a balanced budget amendment, work for energy independence and vote to repeal Obama’s health care law. In response to questions from the audience, she said she supports auditing the Federal Reserve and would fix Social Security by enacting means testing and increasing the age of elgibility for people under age 40.
She said America needs to focus on growing the economy and slowing government growth, not raising taxes, to fix its budget problems.
After an audience member complimented her for staying positive in her campaign, she said, “I believe it’s very, very important to stay positive. This is a serious election.”
Reported by Deena Winter, [email protected]. Follow Deena on Twitter at @DeenaNEWatchdog.
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