26-June — Passed S. 1799, the Victims of Child Abuse Reauthorization Act. Reauthorizes through FY 2018 the Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Act of 1990. It provides funding for the Department of Justice to issue grants, and provide training and technical assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies pursuing of child sex abuse cases.
25-June — Passed H.R. 804, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on a vote of 95-3. Strengthens provisions for equal opportunity and equal pay for male and female Job Corps participants, and exclude from Job Corps felons convicted of such crimes as murder, child abuse or sexual assault.
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24-March — Invoked cloture on package of sanctions and aid in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on a vote of 78-17. Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted for the legislation. Included in the measure was a provision that would shift $63 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s crisis account to its general account, which the Obama administration says would increase the IMF’s ability to assist Ukraine. Some Republicans oppose the IMF provision, and would like it deleted. Or, in return for passage of the Ukraine aid, they want the Obama administration to delay the implementation of new rules that would direct the Internal Revenue Service to crack down on the political activities of tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations.
5-March — Killed the nomination of Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general for the civil rights division. Five Democrats joined the entire Republican contingent to vote down the appointment. Adegbile’s nomination was controversial because he was involved in the defense of a man convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer 33 years ago. Then director of litigation for the NAACP legal fund, Adegible was active in the effort to have the man’s death sentence commuted.
12-Feb — S. 25, the South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act passed on a vote of 95-3. Despite its official title, the purpose of S. 25 is to repeal the 1 percent cut in cost-of-living-adjustment in veteran’s retirement benefits. The cut, which was included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, was canceled for people who joined the military prior to Jan. 1, 2014, on a vote of 95-3. It was supported by Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll call vote 35.
12-Feb — S. 540, to extend the debt ceiling into 2015, passed on a vote of 55-43. No Republicans voted to extend the debt ceiling. Roll call vote 34. Two votes preceded passage of the debt ceiling, one to cut off debate and vote on a House amendment to S. 540. That required at least 60 yes votes. Sen. Johanns voted yes on cutting off debate. Sen. Fischer voted to let the bill die. (Roll call vote 33.) On adoption of the House amendment, both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted no. Roll call vote 34.
12-Feb — Confirmed Catherine Ann Novelli as the United States Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a vote of 97-0. Roll Call Vote 32.
12-Feb — Confirmed Daniel B. Smith as an assistant secretary of state on a vote of 98-0. Roll call vote 31.
12-Feb — Confirmed Tina S. Kaidanow as coordinator for counterterrorism on a vote of 98-0. Roll call vote 30
11-Feb — Confirmed Charles H. Rivkin as an assistant secretary of state on a vote of 96-6. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for his confirmation. Roll call vote 29.
11-Feb — Confirmed Sarah Sewall as an under-secretary of state on a vote o f97-1. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 28.
11-Feb — Confirmed Richard Stengal as an under-secretary of state on a vote of 90-8. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted for confirmation. Roll call vote 27.
6-Feb — S. 1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act to provide extended benefits for three more months. Failed to advance on a 58-40 vote. (Roll call vote 23.) Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted against the $6.4 billion extension, which would have been paid for by changes to federal retirement programs. They also voted against moving forward on the bill without the pay-for. It failed 55-43. (Roll call vote 24.)
6-Feb — Confirmed Max Baucus as ambassador to China on a vote of 96-0, with both Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting yes. Baucus was a sitting U.S. Senator, having represented Montana for 36 years. He had announced his retirement this year from the Senate prior to his nomination by President Obama. Roll call vote 25.
4-Feb. — H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, passed the Senate 68-32, with the support of both Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer. (Roll call vote 21.) H.R. 2642 easily passed the House a week earlier. It now goes to President Obama for his signature.
30-Jan. — S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, passed the Senate 67-32. Sen. Johanns voted for passage; Sen. Fischer voted no. This was a Club for Growth-rated “No” vote. S. 1926 would delay the phase-out of federal subsidies for flood insurance, which help keep homeowner rates low in flood-prone areas. The conservative Club for Growth opposes federal involvement in the private flood insurance market.
16-Jan. — H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, approved 72-26. Sens. Johanns and Fischer voted no. Roll call vote 13. H.R. 3547 is a $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through Sept. 30.
15-Jan. — H.J. Res. 106, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, passed 86-14, with the support of Sens. Johanns and Fischer. Roll call vote 11. It provided a three-day extension of funding to prevent a government shutdown while deliberations continued on the full appropriations bill, H.R. 3547. (Government funding would have otherwise expired at the end of the day.) H.J. Res. 106 was signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 15.
14-Jan. –S. 1845, extending unemployment benefits, died when a motion to close debate and proceed to a vote failed 55-45. (Sixty votes were required for passage.) Sens. Fischer and Johanns voted against extending unemployment benefits. Roll call vote 10.
13-Jan — Confirmed Robert L. Wilkins as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court on a vote of 455-43, with Sens. Johanns and Fischer voting no. (Roll call vote 6.) Wilkins’ nomination was one of those blocked by Republicans prior to the Senate’s adoption of the “nuclear option.” On Jan. 9, Fischer and Johanns voted against cutting off debate so a vote could be taken on Wilkins’ nomination. It passed 55-38 during roll call vote 6.
08-Jan — S. 1845, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act. A motion to invoke cloture succeeded 60-37. Roll call vote 2. Both Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against cutting off debate.
07-Jan — Confirmed Janet Yellen as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a four-year term on a vote of 56-26. Both Nebraska Sens. Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer voted against Yellen. Roll call vote 1.