Sen. Deb Fischer says what she hears here in Nebraska during the August recess will help her decide how to vote when Congress returns to Washington next month.
Fischer, a freshman Republican, has spent this month hosting listening session throughout the state. A number of issues await resolution upon the return of Congress, including the debt ceiling, an energy bill and a defense authorization bill as well as health-care and, now, possibly a military role against Syria.
“So there will be any number of issues that are coming up before Congress yet,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It will be, I think, an exciting time. I think it will be a frustrating time.”
Fischer sees some difficult votes ahead.
“These are tough issues and that’s the job,” Fischer says. “So, while I’m here in Nebraska in August traveling the state, I’m looking forward to listening to Nebraskans and their views, their opinions, their suggestions on these really tough issues, because what Nebraskans tell me, that will help me make up my mind and how I can be represent the people of this state.”
The Washington, D.C. publication Roll Call lists Sen. Fischer in the top 10 members of Congress in the number of town hall meetings scheduled during the August recess. Roll Call compiles the list through local news sources and the public schedules released by the offices of members of Congress.
Roll Call ranks Fischer tied for 9th in its latest poll as other members of Congress have scheduled public meetings. Fischer tied for 5th in a poll taken August 15th by the publication.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, tops the list with 26 public listening sessions, far more than anyone else on the list.
Another U.S. Representative from Kentucky came in 2nd with 21. Two tied for 3rd with 14 meetings. Four tied for 5th with 12. Three tied for 9th with 11 meeting, including Sen. Fischer. Fischer is the only Senator to make the top 10. Congressman Adrian Smith of Nebraska also tied for 9th with 11 constituent listening sessions scheduled during the break.