Congress left Washington with much left undone.
“It’s going to be a crazy November and December.”
So says Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, who says politics got in the way of work when Congress returned from the August recess.
The only legislation approved by Congress during September was a spending bill to keep the federal government running through early next year when the next Congress will deal with the budget.
Work not tackled this September includes whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, due to expire December 31st and whether to head off more than $100 billion in spending cuts that will hit domestic programs and the military. The automatic budget cuts are scheduled, because a special committee failed to reach agreement on cutting the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion. The Senate approved a farm bill as did the House Agriculture Committee, but the full House never debated the bill. The current Farm Bill expires at the end of the month.
Smith says Congress bickered a lot, but worked little.
“It’s sprinkling in politics where it shouldn’t be, because we need to get this done. We need to allow the process to work,” Smith says.
The work will be waiting for a lame-duck Congress when it returns after the November elections.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]