Nebraska has a new United States Senator today as Deb Fischer takes the oath of office.
Fischer, a Republican, says it will be an honor to serve Nebraskans and tackle the huge issues facing the country.
“I will be able to take suggestions that I hear from Nebraskans on what to do to solve these problems; think outside the box, maybe take some of that Nebraska common sense to Washington that we always hear about,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We need to do that.”
Fischer has been to Washington a couple of times since winning election November 6th. She spent three days at the Capitol during Senate orientation, learning about ethics, rules and procedures as well as getting a tour of the Senate chambers.
Fischer says there is a lot of work to do; stating that her top priorities will be to cut federal spending, set priorities, reduce regulations and address the federal tax code.
At the very top is the fiscal issue.
“We continue to overspend as a government and I believe that cannot continue to happen,” Fischer says. “As Nebraskans keep telling me, ‘Cut the spending. Cut the government spending.’”
Fischer says she wants to represent Nebraska with dignity and integrity.
Fischer takes the seat of Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, who decided not to seek a third term. Fischer is one of 12 new Senators to be sworn in today. She is also one of 20 women in the United States Senate.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews Sen. Deb Fischer. [14 min.]
AUDIO: Sen. Deb Fischer takes part in swearing-in ceremonies in Senate chamber. [1:45]