U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb) says she is giving input to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
Fischer says she has talked several times with the Vice President-elect Mike Pence and incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus.
One conversation involved transportation issues and department secretary nominee Elaine Chao.
“Talked about, not just roads that my proposal is, but also talked about the Safe Pipes Act that I’ve worked on with Sen. Cory Booker and Merchant Marine safety,” Fischer said on LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “There are a number of programs dealing with infrastructure that I’ve worked on and I hope to continue to.”
Fischer serves on the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
As for the transition process overall, Fischer says it has been very transparent.
“It’s pretty well-publicized who he’s meeting with, somewhat what the topic is on. None of us should know what a president-elect or president is specifically saying to people when he meets with them,” Fischer said, citing the need for confidentiality with the presidency.
Fischer says she hopes Trump will be able to put his financial affairs in order before he is sworn into office.
She says as long as he remains open about it, things should workout.
There will be times, Fischer says, when she does not agree with the administration’s proposals, especially if those are not good for Nebraska.
“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to have some good opportunities where we’re going to get some things done,” she said. “Sometimes we won’t be able to work together, but that’s a fact of life when you’re dealing with the executive branch. There’s going to be some tension there between Congress and the executive branch. That’s how it should be. That’s how our founders have planned it.”