A Nebraska United States Senator says Congress has much to do and undo when it convenes with new members in the New Year.
Sen. Deb Fischer claims success on a number of fronts for the Republican-led Senate. She points to approval of a highway bill, an education measure, a bill to address the growing opioid crisis in the country, as well as the reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration as key legislation approved during the last couple of years.
Fischer expects the Senate, as well as Congress in general, to be even more productive next year. Republicans held on to their majorities in both chambers of Congress as the Republican nominee for president won the White House, giving the party firm control of Washington.
Part of that productivity will be tackling new issues; part will be addressing old issues.
Fischer says she wants to see Congress reduce the regulations enacted during the tenure of President Barack Obama.
“I hear about that every weekend, every time I am back in the state from stories all across the state on these harmful regulations,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters.
Nebraska businesses, in a recent survey by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, report frustration with growing federal regulations, especially those issued under the Affordable Care Act. Nebraska agricultural interests have been in pitched battles with the Environmental Protection Agency with the EPA’s attempt to expand the Clean Water Act under the Waters of the United States rule drawing the most heat from farm groups.
President Obama, stymied by Congress, resorted often to executive orders to enact administration proposals.
Fischer complains about the cool relationship Obama had with Congress. Fischer says she looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, who she believes will have a better working relationship with Congress than Obama did.
“I’m hopeful that we’re going to be able to tackle a lot of this and, again as I said, be able to work with an administration in making people’s lives better.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]