Nebraska has a new United States Senator.
Republican Ben Sasse has taken the oath of office and officially begins his term.
Sasse has several priorities as he begins his six-year term, but understands things take time.
“I think one of the most important things is we need to admit that Washington can’t solve everything in 18 to 24 months,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network. “There’s no magic bullet for the magnitude of the problems we face.”
Sasse says Congress must address an $18 trillion debt and $75 trillion in unfunded obligations.
Sasse also says Washington needs to understand there are limits to what it can do and focus on major issues.
“So that includes talking about how we recover the American dream for every family, every neighborhood, every class and socio-economic group and, right now, we really don’t do that very well,” Sasse says.
Sasse blames both Republicans and Democrats. He says Republicans have been uninterested in the big issues and Democrats merely promote one size fits all solutions.
Sasse hopes Congress will start a conversation on big issues to set the table for the 2016 presidential race.
The mood in Washington, according to Sasse, is good, but must be tempered by the fact that the country just completed mid-term elections and enter the last two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Sasse retains Nebraska’s seat on the Agriculture Committee, officially called the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He will also serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]