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 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    May 7, 2013

A fair marketplace for Main Street

Walk down any Main Street, and you’ll see storefronts of small businesses that fuel local economies. From quaint “mom & pop” shops to sleek and trendy boutiques, these businesses often provide a human element that helps define the character of...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    May 2, 2013

Making the decision to serve

As a U.S. Senator, I have the privilege and responsibility of nominating Nebraska students to our nation’s service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy....

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    April 30, 2013

Learn about educational opportunities at academy open house

Nebraska has no shortage of patriotic young people willing to serve their country. Each year, young men and women from the Third District attend our nation’s prestigious Service Academies. These institutions provide a first-rate higher education...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    April 23, 2013

United, we run

On Monday, one week after twin blasts rocked the heart of Boston, more than a thousand well-wishers braved the snow and rain in downtown Lincoln for a memorial run to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack. They weren’t the only...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    April 16, 2013

The President's overdue, underwhelming budget

Long gone are the days when citizens worked the land to pay their share to the crown before being allowed to keep anything for themselves. I think we can all agree it’s a good thing those days are behind us. But even though Tax Day is in the...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    April 9, 2013

Ending the tax on a lifetime of success

Summer after hot, dusty summer, many of our parents and grandparents worked in the fields, raising their crops. Winter after icy winter, they braved frigid corrals, helping to grow their herds. They often worked the same ground for decades—first...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    April 2, 2013

The recipe for 'The Good Life'

One of the best parts of my job is visiting different communities across Nebraska when the Senate breaks as I did last week. I am always greeted with warm welcomes. Our state’s great sense of community is on magnificent display in town after town,...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    March 26, 2013

Budget values mean more than money

Four years. That’s how long it took Senate Democrats to pass a budget resolution. It’s also the amount of time it takes to get a degree in finance, economics or accounting. But after looking at their final product, it appears the Democrats didn...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    March 19, 2013

Restoring responsible health care

Getting in to see your doctor on short notice can be a headache. But imagine being required to schedule an appointment before you can use your own money to buy Aspirin for a headache. Unfortunately, because of the new health care law, this is a...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    March 13, 2013

Celebrating the role of agriculture

Each morning, while the rest of the world is still fast asleep, ag producers across Nebraska are up, checking on their herds or preparing their equipment for a long day in the fields. Careers in farming or ranching offer few days off. Cattle still...

 
 By Mike Johanns    Opinion    March 7, 2013

Priorities are key to spending reductions

Last week, automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts known as sequestration took effect, which will trim $85 billion from federal accounts over the next seven months, and about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. These cuts, originally...

 

Far from finished

These past 30 years have been marked by many blessings for Stephanie and me. Being granted the tremendous privilege to represent a state I love and address issues important to Nebraskans has been one of the greatest honors of my life. As the seasons...

 

Clearing the air at EPA

What do farmers and ranchers, builders and businesspeople have in common? One thing I keep hearing from constituents in these respective industries is that an onslaught of rules and regulations from federal agencies has hampered their abilities to...

 

Believing in America

America has endured times of great challenge and great triumph. At a time when doubt is growing about the prospects of a bright future for America, we must remember that the road to prosperity has never been an easy one. And our success has always...

 

Japan’s beefed up imports a welcome sign for producers

Last week’s decision by Japan to amend a nine-year restriction on certain beef imports is a promising sign for Nebraska beef producers. Beginning this month, the Japanese will be able to import high quality American beef from animals aged 30...

 

Budget neded to get spending back on track

Freight trains carry 1.8 billion tons of cargo on more than 138,000 miles of track across the United States each year. It is amazing when you think about the amount of force railroad lines withstand to keep this massive industry on track. Without...

 

Together, we serve

When a rash of wildfires broke out across Nebraska last year, volunteer firefighters traveled as far as 350 miles to assist. Many of them left their families and businesses for days on end to fight blazes that blackened more than 300 thousand acres a...

 

Sowing the seed for fresh ag policy

Last year’s attempt at a new five-year farm bill to replace the expiring policy was uprooted when the clock ran out.  While I was pleased with the Senate-passed legislation, it never made its way to the President’s desk. The result was a...

 

Resolutions for a New Year

This new year brings to Washington a fresh start. Last week, we welcomed to the 113th Congress many new faces, including my colleague Senator Deb Fischer. I am proud to be joined by such a competent and capable leader who has aptly served Nebraska...

 

2012 in review

This past year has been filled with many important policy debates, legislative accomplishments, and exciting new developments for Nebraska. I want to take a moment to highlight some of these events and reflect upon the year. By far the most pressing...

 

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