Did a U.S. Senator Block Additional Funding for Whistleblower Protection as Payback?

By: Sunday October 20, 2013 12:30 pm

A few days ago, it was revealed that U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) objected to, and got removed, a provision in the shutdown deal legislation that would have funded the Office of Special Counsel, the nation’s top federal whistelblower defender, at the levels proposed by the White House, $20.6M (a figure which itself has been deemed “conservative” to address whistleblower case backlogs).

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) Will Retire

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 10:35 am

In a surprise move, Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns (R) announced that he will not run again in 2014. Despite having served only one term and being relatively youthful by the geriatric standards of the Senate (age 62), Johanns plans to retire from the chamber. Johanns previously served as Governor and Secretary of Agriculture under George W. Bush.

Senate Likely to Repeal Health Care 1099 Provision Today

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 8:43 am

The Senate has passed this bill a half-dozen times, sometimes attached to other bills, and more recently as a standalone. The pay-for that the Senate uses differs from the House’s. But instead of a House-Senate conference, the Senate, unbelievably, will vote on the House bill today.

Liveblog: Senate Banking Committee on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 2:21 pm

Liveblogging of the Senate Banking Committee hearing on foreclosure fraud continues. Senator Richard Shelby was actually pretty good, but then Sens. Mike Johanns and Bob Bennett went to some length to try to pretend the banksters weren’t doing what they were doing.

Liveblog: Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Foreclosure Fraud

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 12:35 pm

This hearing is the latest example of national policymakers getting involved in the foreclosure fraud issue. The Congressional Oversight Panel warning of the enormous risk from the failures of servicers was the first report of its kind at the federal level to take full measure of the situation, and this is the first Congressional hearing. Senators on the Democratic side like Jeff Merkley and Sherrod Brown are sure to press the bank representatives aggressively on why foreclosure mitigation programs have failed, and why they used false documents to evict people from their homes. The ranking member on the Republican side, Richard Shelby, wants to investigate failures at the major loan servicers.

Inside the 1099 Reporting Requirement, the First Piece of the Health Care Law Under Threat Today

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 8:01 am

Around 11am et, the Senate will begin a complicated series of votes on the small business bill. What’s their deal? They actually have to do with some reporting requirements passed in the Affordable Care Act. As a pay-for in the bill, the ACA mandated 1099 reporting for all businesses on certain transactions over $600. The idea here is that companies routinely don’t report such purchases, and summarily don’t pay taxes on them. So basically, the amendment from Johanns eliminates this requirement, and allows businesses to freely evade taxes again. The Nelson amendment would exempt small businesses with less than 25 workers from the requirement, and raise the threshold on transactions to $5,000.

Small Business Bill: Last Shot at Improving Economy Before Elections

By: Friday August 6, 2010 5:20 pm

The only bill on the horizon that might have a positive economic impact is the small business loan bill. Yesterday, the Senate adjourned for a month, but Reid filed for cloture on the bill, and Senators hope to build support over the recess.

Mike Johanns Approves of Insurance Plans On the Exchange Covering Abortion

By: Sunday November 22, 2009 6:38 am

I had to go back over this clip a couple times on my Tivo, but Mike Johanns does in fact argue for Stupak because it allows women to buy insurance plans on the exchange that provide abortion coverage…

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