Americans shook up Washington during the elections across the country and one Nebraska Congressman says voters expressed frustration with Washington at the ballot box.
Congressman Adrian Smith sees the election as not necessarily an endorsement of the Republican Party, but a desire by voters that Washington pursue a different direction.
That different direction just might be a return to regular order.
Smith complains that the House approved hundreds of pieces of legislation only to see them die in the Senate. Some of the legislation in the Republican-controlled House carried a very partisan message and had no chance in the Senate, controlled by Democrats. Yet, Smith is quick to add that even legislation with bipartisan support languished once it moved across the Capitol to the Senate.
Whether Washington will function again under the new Congress, now firmly in Republican control, remains to be seen.
Smith says President Barack Obama might have increased the difficulty when he by-passed Congress and the normal legislative process to sign an executive order exempting up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation.
“This amnesty from the president by executive order I think really undermines this process,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith says he has concerns about whether the president violated the Constitution with his unilateral action. It certainly hasn’t been given a warm reception by Republicans, angered that shortly after an election seen as a referendum on the president’s policies Obama defied Congress on immigration policy.
With Republicans gaining seats in the House and taking control of the Senate, Smith hopes President Obama doesn’t dismiss Republican ideas.
“He has been very dismissive of the issues of concern to Republicans over the last six years.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]