Deb Fischer reveals plans for Senate run

By: Ian Hest

One Senate Republican candidate wants to put the clamp down on Washington. State Senator Deb Fischer unveiled her plan to reform Congress Thursday. The main focus of the plan puts a lifetime ban on members of Congress from becoming lobbyists. It would also limit what a Congressman's staff and family can do, and limit all of them from using private information for investment purposes.

“When you're a member of Congress, you understand how it works. You can make a lot of connections. You establish a lot of relationships. And the way Congress is now, there's a lot of power there cause people stay for a long, long time,” Sen. Fischer said.

Fischer has served in the Nebraska State Senate for the past 7 years. Her camp says they will file the necessary paperwork sometime in February and Fischer expects the Republican side of the field to already be set.

Here is Fischer's entire plan:

Support Term Limits


  • Support a constitutional amendment setting term limits for members of Congress. Senator's Fischer's preference would be two six-year terms for United States Senators and three two-year terms for Members of the House.
  • Deb Fischer will pledge to limit herself to two terms in office.

Change Lobbyist Rules


  • Put a lifetime ban on Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists after they leave office.
  • Prevent immediate family of Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists while that particular member holds federal office.
  • Increase the cooling-off period for congressional staff from lobbying Members of Congress for whom they were previously employed to three years and eliminate the salary requirement.
  • Prohibit former committee staff to lobby committee chairs or any member of the committee who was active during their time on staff for three years.
  • Restrict federally registered lobbyists from joining congressional staff or committee staff for three years.

Increase Transparency


  • Congress should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Nebraska and other states are subject to FOIA and Washington should be held to the same standard.
  • The current financial disclosure reports by federal candidates and Members of Congress need to provide additional details.  Currently, the disclosure reports allow for too wide of a range for asset and liability values to accurately determine a member's net worth.
  • Change the rules of the U.S. Senate to require debate on the Senate floor on all major pieces of legislation with two thirds of Senators present for at least 5 hours prior to a vote.  This debate should be subject to public viewing.
  • All bills need to be posted for at least 72 hours for public review before being voted on by Members of Congress.
  • As a U.S. Senator, Deb Fischer will thoroughly review each bill before voting on it.

Require Real Spending Reform

  • Oppose all earmarks until the budget is balanced and then require a 2/3 majority to pass any earmark.
  • Eliminate earmarks that go to private companies.
  • Make it a top priority to pass the “Cut, Cap and Balance Act” in order to balance the budget and reduce spending.
  • Vote to eliminate automatic pay increases for members of Congress.

Tighter Ethics Laws


  • Prohibit Members of Congress and federal employees from trading stocks based on information obtained on the job that is not publicly available.
  • Prohibit Members of Congress, their staffs and federal employees from disclosing nonpublic information for investment purposes. 
  • Prohibit Members of Congress, their staffs and federal employees from purchasing land based on inside information that is not public available.
  • Require Members of Congress to be subject to the same laws and privileges as every citizen of the United States.