D.C. Deb Fischer Wades Into the Swamp of Washington

Sen. Deb Fischer can’t hide from her record of being completely entrenched in the swamp of Washington. She’s spent the last six years rubbing elbows with corporate lobbyists who’ve contributed $1.5 million to campaign for Senate, following her party bosses who she votes with 98 percent of the time — even when it hurts Nebraskans. All the while, Fischer has enriched herself while in office, watching her net worth grow from $300,000 in 2013 to over $4 million in 2017, and Fischer refuses to tell Nebraskans how she’s gotten so rich while in office.

Today, the Omaha World-Herald highlighted Fischer’s record of being a certified Washington insider, writing:

“Taking an outsider’s tack is popular when an incumbent’s party faces political headwinds. The approach is complicated for Fischer, whose record in the Legislature and Senate shows legislating as a strength, including negotiating and twisting arms behind closed doors. She’s a whip on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s team and one of his trusted confidants. Earlier this year, Fischer’s office confirmed her intention to run for vice chair of the Senate GOP caucus. That race will pit her against Ernst, if Fischer wins re-election against Raybould.”

D.C. Deb Fischer can’t run from her record or distance herself from her party because the voters know the truth: Fischer has spent the last six years aligning herself with power brokers in Washington and allowing them to guide her votes on the Senate floor.

“Senator Fischer has voted along party lines to give massive, permanent tax breaks to the corporations who bankroll her campaign while hiking taxes on the middle class. She voted with her party to cut Medicare by $500 billion. And, she voted with her party to spike health insurance costs for Nebraskans. There is nothing independent about my opponent,” said U.S. candidate Jane Raybould. “Fischer’s record shows she votes like a DC insider, and when it walks and smells like a pig — it probably is.”



    • Fischer Voted For The GOP Tax Bill Along Party Lines. “The Senate voted 51-48 on Wednesday to pass the Republicans’ tax overhaul bill in a party-line vote.” [New York Times, 12/19/17; H.R. 1, Vote 323, 12/20/17]

    • Final GOP Tax Bill Would Cut Corporate Tax From 35 Percent To 21 Percent. “A massive tax cut for corporations: Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, big businesses’ tax rate would fall from 35 percent to just 21 percent, the largest one-time rate cut in U.S. history for the nation’s largest companies. The House and Senate bills originally had the big-business tax rate falling to 20 percent, but Republicans were not able to make the math work to keep the rate that low and start it right away in the new year, so they compromised by moving the rate to 21 percent. It still amounts to roughly a $1 trillion tax cut for businesses over the next decade.” [Washington Post, 12/15/17]

    • In A Decade, About Two Thirds Of Middle-Class Taxpayers Will See Tax Hike. “There may be an even bigger problem for the middle class, however. Budget rules tied Republicans’ hands, limiting their ability to make changes that extend more than 10 years in the future. As a result, most personal tax provisions in the bill expire by 2026. Meanwhile, other tweaks — like a new, less generous way of accounting for inflation — will work against middle-class taxpayers over time. As a result, a decade from now, about two thirds of middle-class taxpayers will actually see a tax hike, albeit a relatively small one of about $150, according to the Tax Policy Center.” [Time, 12/20/17]


    • Fischer Voted For Budget That Would Cut Medicare By Nearly $500 Billion. “The Senate plan would cut Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance, and related health programs by $1.8 trillion; the Trump and House plans would cut these programs by $1.9 trillion and $2.0 trillion, respectively.  The House and Trump plans explicitly endorse the ACA repeal legislation that the House passed in May, which CBO estimates would cause more than 20 million people to lose health coverage and raise premiums, weaken coverage, or both for millions of others. The House and Trump plans also propose additional Medicaid cuts on top of those in the House-passed repeal bill.” [H.Con.Res. 71, Vote #245, 10/19/17;  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 10/17/17]

    • Fischer Voted Against An Amendment To FY18 Budget To Restore $473 Billion In Medicare Cuts. “Senator Nelson, D-FL, offered an amendment to the FY 2018 Budget to restore the $473 billion in Medicare cuts. The measure would be paid for by closing special interest tax loopholes. The amendment failed 47-51. A YES vote is a pro-retiree vote. H.Con.Res. 71, Roll Call No. 222, October 18, 2017.” [Alliance for Retired Americans, Nebraska Congressional Voting Record 115th Congress, 1st Session, accessed 8/26/18; S.Amdt. 1150 to S.Amdt. 1116 to H.Con.Res. 71, Vote 222, 10/18/17]


    • Fischer Voted For The 2017 GOP Tax Bill. “The Senate voted 51-48 on Wednesday to pass the Republicans’ tax overhaul bill in a party-line vote.” [New York Times, 12/19/17; H.R. 1, Vote 323, 12/20/17]

    • Fischer’s Vote Made Drastic Changes To The Affordable Care Act “The final Republican tax-reform bill unveiled Friday repeals ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, leaving the GOP poised to blow a significant hole in the health-care law next week. The change, which takes effect in 2019, removes one of the least popular parts of ObamaCare, but one that many experts warn is necessary to make the law function smoothly.” [The Hill, 12/15/17]

    • Congressional Budget Office Estimated The Changes Made To The Affordable Care Act  By The GOP Tax Bill Would Increase Premiums By 10 Percent And Cause 13 Million More People To Be Uninsured Over The Decade. “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the mandate will increase premiums by 10 percent and cause 13 million more people to be uninsured over a decade, but that markets would remain stable in ‘almost all’ areas of the country.” [The Hill,12/15/17]

    • The Increase In Uncompensated Care Causes Health Care Providers To Raise Prices, Shifting Costs To Individuals With Private Insurance Coverage Including Employer-Sponsored Insurance Plans. “Providers might also raise prices, shifting costs to people with private insurance coverage (including employer coverage). Or, states or the federal government might be forced to step in to cover some of these uncompensated care costs, shifting costs to taxpayers.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 11/17/17]