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Deb Fischer takes U.S. Senate campaign to Hastings
With less than 100 days to go now before the November elections, the race for the Senate continues to heat up and get personal. And those attacks are likely to get nastier as voters in Nebraska could decide who controls Congress.
Both campaigns have ideas on issues, but in some cases they are completely different.
One of the main topics both Bob Kerrey and Deb Fischer agree on is getting the Farm Bill passed. That bill is set to expire in September and Congress has been working on it now for some time.
But both Kerrey and Fischer have different ideas on what goes into that bill.
"We need to get it passed."
Those words are from Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer on the 2012 farm bill.
"Congress needs to step forward and get it passed. Hopefully, the House will pass it and that it can go to conference," said Fischer.
Both Fischer and her opponent, Democrat Bob Kerrey agree passing the farm bill is important, especially after this summer's extreme drought.
Fischer says she likes the bill as it came out of the Senate.
"It does eliminate direct payments, most people in agriculture and most of the organizations agree with that," Fischer said.
Kerrey wants to speed up the process of offering low-interest loans to producers affected by drought and to expand the crop insurance program to include grazing land. And both hope to get it passed soon.
"Hopefully, the House is going to and we're going to get it passed here in the closing days of the Congressional session before the election in November," said Fischer.
While balancing the budget is a top priority for both Fischer and Kerry, so is social security.
Kerrey unveiled his plans Monday morning to preserve social security. Those plans include combining the old-age and survivor insurance and disability insurance trust funds as well as adding state and local employees to the system.
Fischer says we need to honor the commitment of our seniors who have paid into social security for years.
"We need to honor that commitment and make sure that people who have used this savings account, it's not an entitlement, it's a savings account, people who've paid in for years and they should be able to receive the benefits of that," Fischer said.
One subject both candidates agree on is the generosity and support Nebraskans have shown each other during the devastating fires that are affecting residents in North-Central Nebraska.
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