A Nebraska Congressman says Congress has much work to do and needs more time to do it.
Congressman Brad Ashford, a Democrat, says the current schedule with eight weeks of vacation and only 111 working days isn’t enough to tackle the big issues before Congress.
“We need to address taxes. We need to have an authorization for use of force to clearly define what our mission is in Syria and Iraq and in the Middle East generally,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Congress ended 2015 by ending gridlock. It passed a budget bill to avoid a federal government shutdown and fund government activities through the end of the fiscal year in September. Congress also approved extending a number of popular tax breaks.
Ashford voted for both.
The spending bill totaled $1.15 trillion. Congress approved three temporary spending resolutions until it finalized the final fiscal bill 316-113.
The tax bill extended popular tax breaks such as the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit, and credits for charitable giving. Some business tax breaks were extended as well, breaks for research and development, small business investment, and renewable energy. The tax bill passed 318-109.
Ashford says more work is needed to provide Middle Class families with tax relief and provide a more competitive tax environment for businesses.
Ashford says he’s not really concerned about the number of days scheduled.
“We’re hung up on the days. We should have some goals,” according to Ashford. “We can go home once we pass an authorization for use of force. We can go home once we pass changes in the tax code which help working families.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]