Sen. Mike Johanns says President Barack Obama’s decision to issue an executive order on immigration will have a negative impact on the lame-duck session of Congress.
“When we came into session a few weeks ago, there was every hope that we would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, which is the end of September 2015. I have very little hope that will happen now,” Johanns tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Johanns says the president’s decision to by-pass Congress on immigration gives Republicans little incentive to work with Democrats during the remaining weeks of this session.
“Just simply because I think the attitude is well if he’s not going to work with us we’ll just wait till after the first of the year,” Johanns says. “The Senate changes hands. It will be a Republican majority. There will be a majority in the House and so we’ll deal with these issues then. Like I said, I think that’s the drama that he has created.”
Johanns doesn’t see the current session of Congress to finish strong after members return.
“So, I just think we’ll come back, post-Thanksgiving, they’ll be probably a couple of weeks left. We’ll do a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government. We’ll do some nominations and that will wrap up this session of Congress. We’ll swear in new members and off you go again in January,” Johanns says.
One of those new members will be Ben Sasse, a fellow Republican who won Johanns seat earlier this month. Johanns decided to retire from office rather than seek re-election.