Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer wants to be re-elected to the Senate. So, let’s look at her record and examine if she has been representing her constituents or her donors?
Starting at the beginning of her term in 2013, one of Deb’s first votes as a US Senator was on the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which provided FEMA with much needed funding. Deb voted No. Luckily, for those who have been affected by numerous national disasters since, the bill passed without her vote. Deb’s No vote looks to have been a case of establishing herself as being against government spending, and she could have believed that the people of Nebraska wouldn’t appreciate paying for victims in other States.
A couple months later in March of 2013, Deb co-sponsored her first bill: To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This was one of many grandstanding efforts made by Republicans to show their displeasure with Obamacare. It was pointless, as everyone knew the bill would fail, but Deb carried on with it anyway. I wonder why? Ahh, yes: her 3rd largest campaign donor is Aflac.
Then, a month later, in April of 2013, Deb got her first opportunity to express her opinion on a series of gun votes: Concealed Carry Reciprocity – Deb voted Yes; Limiting Firearm Magazine Capacity – Deb voted No; Prohibiting the Sale of Assault Weapons – Deb voted No. I wonder why she voted as she did? Ahh, yes, maybe because Deb was proud of her endorsement from the NRA and wanted to keep them on her side.
Later in 2013 came the first of what would be several votes in her Senate career on defense funding. Deb voted No. So, still against government spending. Showing some consistency, something that can be respected. But, let’s skip ahead to 2014 and her next vote for defense spending. For the 2014 vote, which appropriated funds for, among other things, providing arms to Ukraine and to Syrian rebels, Deb would begin her pattern of voting Yes to every single subsequent vote on giving the Defense industry more taxpayer money. Hmmm, strange. One of her first votes was against giving more money to FEMA. What happened to being against government spending? Ahh, yes, her #2 campaign donor just happens to be a defense contractor: Northrop Grumman.
Let’s fast forward to 2015, when Deb got her first opportunity to vote on an issue that has been on many people’s minds these days: The Internet, the Companies that Provide Access to the Internet, and User Data. In October 2015, an Amendment was put up for vote to Prohibit Liability Immunity for Companies that Violate User Agreements with regards to Privacy. Deb voted No. Interesting, is this something the people of Nebraska support? Shielding companies who violate privacy agreements? Hmmm. Well, it was just one vote. Let’s see what Deb did in subsequent votes on the matter. In 2017, a Joint Resolution came up for a vote, sponsored by only Republicans, to show disapproval for an FCC rule to protect the privacy of broadband and telecom customers. Why would anyone disapprove of protecting customer privacy? Surely, Deb would vote No to that resolution. Oops, she voted Yes. Yes, she disapproved of protecting customer privacy. And then, in 2018, the FCC switched gears and decided to do away with net neutrality, in essence giving the power to telecom companies to choose how people are allowed to access the internet. When a resolution came up for a vote to disapprove of the FCC’s ruling, Deb also switched gears, this time voting No. So, through 3 separate votes, Deb Fischer has made it clear that she is on the side of telecom companies and not telecom customers. I wonder why? Ahhh, here we go: 2 of her top 6 campaign donors are Cox Communications and Comcast. How convenient.
I’m not sure what other conclusion can be drawn from these votes other than that Deb Fischer is the Swamp.
But, let’s do a rundown of some other votes to see if she has any redeeming qualities:
Vote to Disapprove of Restricting Hunting in Alaska Wildlife Refuges? Deb voted Yes. She disapproves of restricting hunting in a wildlife refuge. Uh, it’s a wildlife refuge, Deb. What the hell?
Vote to Establish Standards for Passenger Space on Airplanes? Deb voted No. Do you like being packed into planes like sardines? You can thank Senators like Deb Fischer.
Vote to Disapprove of EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Deb voted Yes. Ahh, she’s a climate change denier, too. Fantastic.
Vote to Allow Americans to Earn Paid Sick Time? Deb voted No. Oh, come on, Deb. Do the people of Nebraska not want to be able to earn paid sick time? Who are you representing?
Vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act? Deb voted No. Amendment to exempt Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Discriminating based on Sexual Identity? Deb voted Yes. So, Deb also is in favor of discrimination against the LGBT community.
Vote to Disapprove of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule regarding Auto Lending and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act? Deb voted No. Oh, gosh, I almost forgot about Deb’s #5 campaign donor: Berkshire Hathaway.
I honestly can’t look at anymore of this. If you want to delve any deeper into the inner workings of Swamp Creature Deb Fischer, below are the sources. It’s not a pleasant read. But, there is some good news: Deb is up for her own vote in November.