By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
Area residents had a rare chance to speak directly to a U.S. Senator Monday when Nebraska’s Sen. Deb Fischer was in Imperial.
While just 25 people took advantage of the opportunity to attend her listening session, those who did were able to hear Sen. Fischer’s take on a lot of issues—clean air and water, veterans’ care, immigration, Medicare/Social Security, the Iran Deal and more.
But, more importantly, many of those attending had the chance to let Sen. Fischer know how they felt about some things.
Attendees were told in Sen. Fischer’s opening words that these listening sessions are important to her, as well, because she learns a lot. She certainly learned here Monday that people in this area are passionate about clean air and water, but also that many do not like the rules and regulations coming down on them from presidential executive orders that are going to hit their pocketbooks hard, especially in Nebraska.
Sen. Fischer said she is among the bill co-sponsors to repeal the Obama Administration’s rules that have been released on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and the Clean Power Plan, and listeners were told both will have big economic effects in Nebraska. She was realistic, however, in saying it will take 60 Senate votes to pass such legislation, which Obama will certainly veto. Then 67 votes will be needed to override those vetoes.
Some frustration was evident among the attendees here Monday about the slow-moving process in Washington D.C. and why more can’t be done. However, Sen. Fischer said the U.S. is a polarized country right now and for anything to move forward, both sides in Congress must work together.
She said she is one who likes to get things done and realizes that you have to build relationships with the other side first to do so. She added, though, while looking for solutions it has to be done without giving up basic principles.
Sen. Fischer did caution people, however, that if this polarization continues, the country is headed in a dangerous direction.
She issued a reminder the United States’ system of government is intended to be a “slow-moving one” and there will be bumps in the road. Hopefully, more representatives in the Senate and House will have Sen. Fischer’s attitude of working together.