Monthly Archives: July 2012

Senators look into complaints about rules of engagement

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., paid tribute last week on the Senate floor to Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan, a 21-year-old Marine laid to rest recently in York, Neb., after he was killed in action in Afghanistan. “Lance Cpl. Hunter Hogan, forever … Continue reading

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Washington food fight

A statement posted earlier this week on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s web site encouraged employees to avoid meat on Mondays. Those are fightin’ words in cattle country – and in some offices on Capitol Hill. Farm state lawmakers were … Continue reading

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Fraud allegations not holding up StratCom HQ

Alleged bid rigging and other fraud at the Omaha district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not contributed to delays in the awarding of contracts for construction of the new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters, Corps officials told The World-Herald. … Continue reading

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RNC speaker Lee Terry?

Could Lee Terry have a speaking role at next month’s Republican National Convention? The Omaha Republican seemed to hint at that possibility Monday following a Capitol Hill press conference to unveil his latest legislation related to the Keystone XL pipeline. … Continue reading

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Farm politics make strange bedfellows

Stop the presses: Deb Fischer and Ben Nelson agree on something. Both issued statements Friday afternoon calling on the House of Representatives to pass a new farm bill, in part to bring relief to Nebraska farmers who are suffering from … Continue reading

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Johanns: I’d run Senate differently

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been wasting time this week on the Senate floor with votes that are more about political messaging than solving the nation’s looming problems. Reid strongly criticized … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill after hours

When Congress is around, the hill keeps buzzing into the evening. Wednesday night featured a typical array of social events, including the Nebraska Society’s annual Congressional Reception. Nebraska’s three House members and both senators showed up for the function in … Continue reading

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Hagel backs DISCLOSE Act

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel finds himself once again at odds with his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill. Hagel has a joint op-ed piece with former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., in the New York Times endorsing the DISCLOSE Act that … Continue reading

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Farm bill vs. farm bill

Nebraska and Iowa senators had mixed reviews of the farm bill produced this week by the House Agriculture Committee. Still, all said it’s important to keep the process moving and urged Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring the measure to … Continue reading

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Keeping the streak alive

The Senate this week heralded Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for casting her 5,000th consecutive vote. In fact, Collins hasn’t missed a vote since joining the Senate in 1997. An impressive accomplishment, no doubt, but hers is still only the second … Continue reading

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