Visiting with the Nebraskans | Nebraska
With the summer coming to an end, I spent my time visiting the Nebraskans and traveling our state. The conversations I have at meetings, community events, roundtables and visits to local businesses are invaluable to me as I work on federal policies to improve the lives of the people of our state.
In Lincoln, I had the opportunity to meet with the Nebraska Association for Home Healthcare and Hospice. This group helps ensure that Nebraskans can receive home care and hospice palliative care services, while remaining independent, safe and comfortable in their homes. Some of the specific topics we touched on during our conversation included how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the labor shortage. We also discussed the importance of the bipartite legislation that I am co-sponsoring, the Expanding Access to Palliative Care Act. This bill would allow patients to seek palliative care earlier and receive more comprehensive support in the management of serious illnesses. As leader of the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus, passing this law is a priority for me.
When I’m on the road in Nebraska, I always enjoy meeting the entrepreneurs and employees who run our businesses and keep our economy strong. As part of the grand opening of the new McDonald’s in Elkhorn, I attended a Women in Business event. It was great to visit the owner, Karin Darmody, and her entire team, who pointed out that this place is the only female owned McDonald’s in the Omaha area. I have also heard of their plans to give back to the community, including hosting “McTeachers” nights and supporting our first responders.
Agriculture is the economic lifeblood of the state of Nebraska. Our farmers and ranchers work hard every day to feed the world and it is important that our federal policies give them the certainty they need to do their jobs. I was able to meet with the president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, Mark McHargue, for a discussion on various issues. Farmers are concerned about the administration’s proposals to remove the increased base. If instituted, this policy change would result in a second death tax that would hurt our family farms and businesses. I also joined the Nebraska Cattlemen for a podcast focused on the Cattle Market Transparency Act, my bipartisan legislation that would help ensure the success of every segment of the livestock market. I updated them on the progress of my HAULS law, a key part of which was passed by the Senate. It provides more flexibility to livestock transporters so that they can move their live product safely and efficiently.
To get their high-quality products to market, our agricultural producers rely on our country’s roads, bridges and other basic infrastructure. This is why I was really happy to visit the Capital Contractor steel fabrication plant where I saw first-hand the steel girder fabrication process for the Lincoln South Beltway. For years I have worked to help secure federal funding for this important infrastructure project, and it was very exciting to see this project become a reality. Once completed, this project will go a long way in improving the flow of interstate traffic.
There are so many issues that impact the daily lives of Nebraskans. It’s so important to me to get feedback directly from people in communities across the state. As always, I return to the Senate with good ideas and renewed energy to meet the challenges you face. Thank you to everyone who took the time to chat with me and share your views.
Deb Fischer is a United States Senator from Nebraska.