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Weekly Column: Joining the Conversation

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As an elected representative of the United States Senate, my priority is serving the needs of my constituents in Nebraska. A highlight of my job both in the state and in Washington is speaking with fellow Nebraskans about the issues affecting them in their daily lives.

I do my best to speak directly to as many constituents as possible, and it is important to me that I am able to hear from all Nebraskans who have concerns about legislation and issues debated in Washington. Constituent input is critical to the legislative process, and my staff and I are committed to ensuring the concerns of Nebraskans are carefully considered.

There are several ways constituents who wish to ask me a question or make a comment can contact my office. My staff in Washington and Nebraska takes hundreds of calls daily to listen to and log comments and opinions. We also welcome feedback through letters faxed or mailed to one of my offices. Since January 3, 2013, we have sent nearly 9,000 letters to Nebraskans commenting on a wide range of policy issues, from defense and fiscal policy to agriculture and federal regulations.

If you send a letter to my office and do not receive a response right away, I appreciate your patience as my office continues to fine tune our system for replying to correspondence as we transition into permanent office space in the coming months. Please also remember that any mail sent to a congressional office in Washington goes through a security screening process that takes as long as 2-3 weeks before it reaches my staff.

To avoid this delay, questions or concerns can be sent to me electronically. Please visit my website (www.fischer.senate.gov) under the tab labeled "Contact Deb" to find the form to send me an email.

Additionally, because of the large volume of mail that my offices receive every day, I encourage those with time-sensitive requests to call my Washington, D.C. office. For questions regarding time-sensitive casework with a federal agency, calling one of my state offices is the most efficient way to get in touch with the experienced caseworkers and outreach coordinators on my staff who are available to assist Nebraskans.

I also invite constituents to join the conversation online through social media. My Twitter handle (@SenatorFischer) and Facebook page (facebook.com/SenatorDebFischer) serve as instant, interactive platforms for Nebraskans to voice their opinions about issues important to them and stay up to speed on my activity both in the state and in Washington.

I consider it a privilege to represent Nebraskans in the United States Senate and value this communication with constituents as indispensable to my ability to best serve their interests.

As our country continues to face serious challenges, it is essential now more than ever that Americans take an active role in their government at the federal level. I share the belief of Nebraskans that a little common sense in Washington would go a long way in addressing many of the problems that threaten our nation's future, including our unsustainable $16 trillion debt and the out-of-control spending.

My staff and I look forward to hearing questions, comments, and concerns from those who wish to get in touch or stay connected. Please let us know how we can assist you. Contact information for each of my offices can be found below:

Washington, D.C. Office
825B Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6551
Fax: (202) 228-1325

Lincoln Office
440 North 8th Street
Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Phone: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753

Omaha Office
11819 Miracle Hills Drive
Suite 205
Omaha, Nebraska 68154
Phone: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725

Scottsbluff Office
P.O. Box 2264
Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69363
Phone: (308) 636-6344

Thank you for taking part in our democratic process, and I'll visit with you again next week.

Deb Fischer
United States Senator


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