Fischer, a first-year appropriator, is the ranking member of the Legislative Branch panel. He requested $192.4 million, including $50 million in the Agriculture measure to establish a center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Fischer said now that he’s on the committee, he can look at programs and make informed decisions about what needs to be funded. For Nebraska, he emphasized his requests for water projects in small communities.
“It’s very difficult for a community of 600 or 1,200 people to make the improvements that are needed,” he said. “So this is a great place where we can focus tax dollars to go back into these communities and help them.”
While Britt and Mullin decided to request earmarks, other freshmen Senate Republicans Eric Schmitt of Missouri, JD Vance of Ohio, Ted Budd of North Carolina and Pete Ricketts of Nebraska participated in most of their conference and did not submit the request.
Health, education projects
Senators are primarily looking at the Transportation-HUD bill, which requests a total of $16 billion in 5,347 requests, and the Interior-Environment bill, which requests $11.3 billion in 3,101 requests. However, these numbers are again exaggerated due to duplicates.