The move is in response to higher tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from China.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jane Raybould says this is hurting Nebraska farmers and manufacturers.
She supports a bill by Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona to roll back the increased tariff.
“Certainly, that is something that all the senators in the Midwest – particularly our two, Senator Fischer and Senator Sasse, should be co-sponsoring and signing onto that would nullify these tariffs,” Raybould tells Nebraska Radio Network.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says she has not looked at Flake’s bill.
“A number of bills are introduced every year,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I haven’t had Senator Flake approach me to visit with me about that bill either, so I don’t know how serious he is about pushing it forward.”
Fischer says she continues to stress how importance exports are to Nebraska producers, whenever she speaks with President Trump.
“It’s my job to make sure he understands the importance of these markets to the State of Nebraska,” she explains. “That’s why I continue to visit with him fairly often.”
The two spoke on the phone Thursday morning, according to Fischer, but she says more voices need to be heard.
“Citizens can, obviously, contact the White House,” Fischer says. “Many farmers and ranchers from this state belong to organizations and those organizations are working hard as well.”
Raybould, who is expecting to face Fischer in the General Election, says Nebraska farmers need more than talk.
“These are farmers who actually voted for President Trump. This is not what they anticipated,” she says. “Senator Fischer should be doing her darnedest to really challenge President Trump.”
Raybould says inaction in Congress is part of the reason Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers are hurting from this trade dispute.
“The Senate and the House have the clear authority to challenge President Trump, but what we’re seeing is that they do not have the political will to move forward on this,” Raybould says. “That’s why we need to change who we send to represent us.”
Raybould is vying for the Democratic nomination against Frank Svoboda, Larry Marvin, and Chris Janicek. Fischer faces a GOP Primary challenge from Jack Heidel, Dennis Frank Macek, Jeffrey Lynn Stein, and Todd Watson.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]