Congressman Jeff Fortenberry believes Americans sent a message to Congress last Tuesday: get to work.
Fortenberry takes away a simple message from the elections last Tuesday.
“People want Washington to change. People want things to get done,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I don’t read into it a particular wave one way or the other, they just want new people in there who are committed to try to achieve constructive policy for the benefit of all America.”
Fortenberry easily won re-election, garnering 122,350 votes, or nearly 69% of the total to Democrat Dennis Crawford’s 55,000 votes, or 31%.
Fortenberry says he has a two-fold job: help make sound law and provide constituent services.
A Republican, Fortenberry says Congress will function again under his party’s control. Fortenberry criticizes the Democrats who ran the United States Senate, claiming they bottled up legislation, refusing to consider measures approved in the U.S. House.
He says Congress needs to move legislation and place it on the desk of President Barack Obama.
It’s up to Obama, according to Fortenberry, to sign or veto legislation or to seek compromise with Congress on issues.
In other words, Washington needs to work again.
“But right now it is stuck, it is paralyzed, it’s in stasis,” according to Fortenberry. “The American people have soundly rejected that.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]