Senator Johanns e-Update
Senate rules prohibited me from sending out these updates for several weeks leading up to the election, so I wanted to provide a brief summary of what’s happened since my last e-Update.
I’d like to start by welcoming Senator-elect Deb Fischer to the U.S. Senate. I look forward to working with her to address the issues facing Nebraska and our country.
Last month, ground was broken on a new headquarters for the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) at Offutt Air Force Base. This new state-of-the-art facility will ensure that Nebraska and STRATCOM remain on the forefront of securing our nation.
I was also pleased by the announcement of a new . The newly formed University-Affiliated Research Center is a tremendous opportunity for NU, STRATCOM and Nebraska. Working in tandem, the University and the unified command will address the most pressing global strategic security needs. Researchers right here in Nebraska at the University’s four campuses will help develop the next generation of tools and techniques to make the world a safer place.
Honoring Nebraska veterans and their families is one of my top priorities. I was pleased when the Department of Veterans Affairs recently said it is moving forward with plans to create . The proposed location, just west of Papillion, will be equipped to accommodate the 112,000 area veterans who now reside as far as 200 miles from the nearest national cemeteries in Leavenworth, Kan., or Fort McPherson National Cemetery south of Maxwell, Neb.
This fall my office helped to arrange and host informational meetings to assist seniors seeking information about Medicare during the open enrollment period, which is going on now until December 7, 2012.
I have also been keeping up with things back in Washington. This includes working to get answers for Americans on the Benghazi terror attack. Four brave Americans died in this attack, and now we must get a clear accounting of the situation so we help ensure that it does not happen again. Last week, I sent a to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting a full and detailed timeline of the terrorist attack, including information on what members of the Administration knew and when.
Before the end of this year, Congress must deal with many important issues. One of these issues is to get our fiscal house in order. This will take cooperation from all sides. Unless Congress and the Administration act before the end of the year, Americans will be hit with the largest tax increase in our nation’s history. We must come together to make sure our country and millions of American families do not suffer because of partisanship and our government’s inability to act. I will also continue to push to get a farm bill across the finish line that will give our farmers and ranchers the certainty they deserve. The Senate passed its version in June. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. I plan to do just that when I get back to Washington.
I also want to thank everyone who participated in my Facebook photo contest. I was so impressed with all of the photographs. They not only show a wealth of talent, but they celebrate the rich history, heritage and beauty of Nebraska. More than 300 photographs were submitted. Submissions are being featured each week on my Facebook page and more photos can be viewed .
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