Congress works toward the August recess with one Nebraska senator predicting trouble again when it returns to Washington.
Sen. Mike Johanns says that despite a couple of breakthroughs, his fellow Republicans remain at odds with Democrats in the Senate.
“But, no doubt about it, there has been a lot of tension,” Johanns tells reporters during a conference call.
Points of tension arise on a number of issues, but seem to spike when talk turns to money.
Johanns, a Republican, is critical of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which he sits as a minority member. Johanns says the committee needs to help the Senate keep spending under control. He contends it has done just the opposite.
The committee has agreed to a spending blueprint which exceeds the spending levels set by the Budget Control Act by $91 billion.
Johanns says the action sets the stage for a clash with the House, which is controlled by Republicans, and possibly another round of sequestration cuts.
September could be a pivotal month, according to Johanns, with the Senate and House still clashing over spending and the national debt once again edging toward the ceiling.
“So, I just think there’s a lot of work to be done here, but stay tuned, I think September is going to be all about financial issues.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]