Sen. Ben Nelson isn’t sure what to expect when a lame-duck Congress returns to Washington after the November elections.
Nelson, a Democrat, says Congress left a ton of work behind when it left Washington and that work will be waiting when Congress returns.
“Well, it’s having a year’s worth of wash piled up and expecting to get it all done in a couple of days,” Nelson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
That’s too much to be done in a couple of months, according to Nelson, even if Democrats and Republicans can work together.
“I can predict that we will work together, but I can easily predict as well that when we get there, we don’t work together, they’ll kick it down the road into next year,” Nelson says.
Congress failed to decide whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and whether to head-off drastic, automatic budget cuts. The tax cuts end at the end of the year and the budget cuts go into effect at the beginning of next year unless Congress acts.
Congress also left without approving a five-year Farm Bill. It also has talked about, but not done anything on tax reform or on addressing the budget deficit.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:42]