July 10, 2012

Nebraska GOP Senate Candidate Deb Fischer Puts Out Bold Plan For Ethics Reform

Nebraska GOP Senate candidate Deb Fischer

Deb Fischer shocked political observers recently when she came from behind and won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Although an endorsement from GOP icon Sarah Palin probably helped, it’s worth noting that Fischer has also been campaigning on a strong proposal to reform the ethics and lobbying laws in Congress.

Here’s a few of the provisions that she has listed:

– “A lifetime ban on Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists after they leave office.”

– “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.”

– “Prohibit Members of Congress and federal employees from trading stocks based on information obtained on the job that is not publicly available.”

She is also pushing for term limits, a ban on earmarks to private companies, and other reform proposals. I asked the campaign of her Democratic opponent, Bob Kerrey, for his reform proposals on June 12th. The campaign did not deliver any proposals at the time of this publishing. Fischer is offering bold proposals that would go a long way in reducing corruption in Congress. One would hope that Kerrey can at least match these.

  • Strawman411

    Granted, Fisher’s proposals sound wonderful. But then so did Obama’s ’08 campaign pledges.

    Sorry, this old man has been burned too many times to not harbor skepticism. How long can anyone live up to promised ideals when faced with the crushing reality that, in Washington, you go along to get along … or you get squashed like a june bug.

  • The reason she is pledging ethics reform might be due to citizen demands. Our message must be clear, strong and persistent – great news.

  • samiinh

    Great proposals that will go nowhere if she were elected. There are too many sitting members of Congress who have too much invested into passing ethics laws like these. Won’t happen.

  • I think it’s easy to be negative and say this will go nowhere (and you all may, sadly, be right), but if more and more people we send to Washington make these same pledges, we might be able to get somewhere. As a progressive, I am happy to see that it’s someone from the other side of the aisle that’s proposing this. If we can just get more reps of both parties to do this, and hold them to their pledges, we can make the government work for us for a change.

  • Hey you skeptics and naysayers, a change in policy and ideology has to start somewhere. If our forefathers gave up and dismissed opposition to the status quo as nonchalantly as you guys, we’d still be a colony of the British Empire. I wish Deb Fisher success in her campaign.

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