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McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --Senators looked to the Veterans Affairs nominee, Robert McDonald, for answers as talks for a compromise to fix the troubled department have stalled.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate committee sends Castro nomination to final vote

Senate committee sends Castro nomination to final vote

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) --A Senate committee approved the nomination of Julian Castro to be the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, sending his nomination to a final vote.
Gabrielle Levy
Tea party favorite wins big in Nebraska

Tea party favorite wins big in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., May 14 (UPI) --Ben Sasse won the Nebraska Republican primary for U.S. Senate Tuesday, making him the runaway favorite to win the general election in the deeply red state.
Matt Bradwell
Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

Treasury secretary: Debt limit rise will promote economic growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday's Senate vote to raise the federal debt limit will promote growth and help "provide certainty and stability."
At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

At year's end: Washington starts, end 2013 working on budget matters

From the get-go, 2013 was turbulent in Washington. Crises rolled over the nation's capital like thunderheads after President Obama took his second oath of office on a crisp January day.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Proposed food aid plan getting an overhaul

WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. lawmakers say the White House's proposed overhaul of the $1.4 billion food aid program will need to be scaled back significantly.
Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans includes a lunch with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.
White House declines GOP demand on Hagel

White House declines GOP demand on Hagel

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The White House Thursday rejected a demand by 15 U.S. senators to withdraw the nomination former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
Nebraska U.S. Sen. Johanns won't run again

Nebraska U.S. Sen. Johanns won't run again

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., said Monday he won't seek re-election in 2014, leaving the Senate after just one term.

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Congress: Still talking, still no deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Congressional budget dickering went on into the night in Washington Sunday while the nation lurched ever closer to the so-called fiscal cliff.
Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

Third GOP senator: Raise top earners' taxes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a proposal by Democrats to expand a payroll tax holiday and pay for it with a higher taxes on millionaires.

Riders could trouble spending bills

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Controversial policy language being attached to spending bills in the U.S. Congress could be trouble for the appropriations bills' passage, aides said.

Ethanol subsidy survives Senate vote

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday voted not to kill $6 billion in ethanol subsidies as part of the tax reform debate.

Senators: Obama must take on entitlements

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of 60 U.S. senators asked President Barack Obama to begin serious deficit reduction Friday by considering changes in entitlement programs.
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Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns speaks to those gathered at the 2005 World Pork Congress Conference on April 28, 2005 in Washington. Johanns discussed the changes in world trade and thanked the Congress for meeting in DC...(UPI Photo/Micheal Kleinfeld)
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Michael Owen "Mike" Johanns (born June 18, 1950) is an American Republican politician who has been the junior United States Senator from Nebraska since 2009. Previously he was the 38th Governor of Nebraska from 1999 to 2005 and was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005 to 2007, becoming the fourth Nebraskan to hold the position. On November 4, 2008, Johanns was elected to the United States Senate for the state of Nebraska, becoming one of only two new Republican senators (with Jim Risch of Idaho) heading into the 111th United States Congress. In 2002 Johanns served as a Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association.

Johanns was born in Osage, Iowa, and grew up living and working on his family's farm. After graduating from high school, Johanns went on to study at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He earned a law degree from Creighton University. After his graduation, Johanns began practicing law in O'Neill and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Johanns served on the Lancaster County Board from 1983 to 1987 as a Democrat. In 1988 he was elected to the Lincoln City Council where he served from 1989 to 1991. He was elected as Mayor of Lincoln in 1991 and 1995.

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