WASHINGTON -- Sen. Deb Fischer said Wednesday that she's taking aim at federal overregulation, saying it burdens business owners.
"I believe it stifles economic growth," the Nebraska Republican said during her weekly conference call with reporters.
As a new member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, she said she'll be pushing back against what she said were misguided agency efforts such as the regulation of farm dust.
Nebraska politicians and many others previously raised concerns that now-abandoned Environmental Protection Agency proposals were directed at the regulation of farm dust, although EPA officials said that never was their intent.
Fischer also has signed onto legislation that would require federal regulations be crafted in a transparent way that takes into account a cost-benefit analysis, is based on science and considers alternatives to regulation.
During her call with reporters, Fischer also was asked about the resignation of Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy after a World-Herald investigation revealed allegations of infidelity.
"I am surprised by it," Fischer said. "I'm terribly disappointed, as I know all Nebraskans must be. Hopefully we can put it behind us and move forward now. I think it was handled appropriately and I just feel terribly sorry for Rick's family. It's a horrible thing to go through."
Sheehy was seen as the front-runner to replace Gov. Dave Heineman, and his resignation means the race now is wide open.
Fischer declined to offer any specific names of potential candidates, simply saying that she believes Nebraska Republicans have plenty of good options.