WASHINGTON — Nebraskans are tough.
That was one of the points Sen. Deb Fischer made Monday during her first speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
“We are tested by droughts, by fires and floods and a changing global economy,” the Nebraska Republican said of her home state. “We've even endured nine-win football seasons. We are a strong-willed people — you have to be to survive a winter on the Great Plains — and we adapt, we innovate and we grow.”
There are floor speeches every day when the Senate is in session, but a senator's “maiden speech” traditionally merits a little special attention.
While senators often find themselves speaking to an empty chamber, Fischer was joined by several of her Republican colleagues Monday afternoon: Sens. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., also showed up to listen. She noted after Fischer's speech that she is Fischer's mentor, and she celebrated the addition of a female rancher to the Senate's ranks.
Fischer used her speech to brag about Nebraska and its people. She also reiterated her support for conservative principles of lower taxes, fiscal restraint and limited government regulation.
“The expansion of government and the subsequent erosion of freedom are not always obvious at first,” she said. “Freedom can be chipped away at slowly, but steadily, through new legal requirements such as 'employer mandates' in the health care law, or misguided attempts to regulate farm dust or the size of our soft drinks.”
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