Fischer institutes ‘local office hours’
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
A staff representative of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer was in Imperial Tuesday as part of a “local office hours” program the senator has initiated in Nebraska.
Brandi McCaslin of Scottsbluff, Greater Nebraska Director of Constituent Services, was available to take comments and answer questions from the public.
She was at the Mid-Plains Community College Imperial Campus in the morning, and was traveling to Benkelman in the afternoon.
The project is an outreach program, McCaslin said. “I take down the information, write it up and send it to Sen. Fisher” every day, she added.
Also, McCaslin passes along problems a constituent might have with a federal agency, such as veterans or immigration issues.
The office hours, according to Sen. Fischer’s office, “serve as a more convenient opportunity for constituents to meet personally with staff regarding federal casework assistance or other issues at the federal level.”
The three biggest issues constituents have raised recently, McCaslin said, are how polarized Congress is, federal spending and health care.
Saying she can’t speak for Sen. Fischer, McCaslin said the Republican senator is very conservative concerning spending, and is opposed to the Obama health care program and would like it repealed.
McCaslin said Sen. Fischer has worked “across the aisle” with Democrats concerning rural broadband legislation concerning internet access to rural areas.
McCaslin, who has also worked for former Senators Chuck Hagel and Mike Johans, said she enjoys working with constituents. She may be reached at