United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer says Congress needs to be reformed.
Fischer, a Republican, says Congress faces a number of ethical problems, the first being that it doesn’t put the interest of citizens first.
“We shouldn’t have people in Congress who are looking for ways to further their own career, which is why I would like to stop that revolving door to lobbyists,” Fischer, a state senator, tells reporters during a news conference at her Lincoln campaign headquarters. “I believe we need to look at the insider trading that’s happening. Regular citizens would be put in jail if they engaged in that kind of activity.”
The proposal being pushed by Fischer would ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists. Family members wouldn’t be able to serve as lobbyists while their relative holds office in Washington. Congressional staffers would also face lobbying restrictions.
Members of Congress, under Fischer’s proposal, would be prohibited from inside trading and subject Congressional members to stock trading laws.
Fischer proposes Congressional term limits. She supports limiting United States Senators to two terms and members of the United States House to three. Fischer says she will serve only two terms in the Senate if elected.
The proposal would subject Congress to the Freedom of Information Act and other disclosure laws. It also would eliminate budget earmarks and end automatic pay raises for members of Congress.
Fischer acknowledges an announcement by Democrat Bob Kerry, the former U.S. Senator and governor, to enter the United States Senate race would shake things up.
But Fischer, a state senator running for US Senate, doubts Kerry can win the race.
“Any time you have contested races there’s interest, but when I travel the state I really haven’t heard people mention Bob Kerrey,” according to Fischer. “I like Bob Kerrey, he’s a nice man, but he’s been gone for well over a decade now and people in Nebraska really don’t know him anymore and I have not heard the interest there for him.”
Fischer adds that she believes the Republican field for US Senate is set. She doesn’t expect other Republicans to enter. That field includes Attorney General Jon Bruning, State Treasurer Don Stenberg and businessman Pat Flynn. Some Republicans have suggested Gov. Dave Heineman should reconsider and enter the race.