A Nebraska Congressman is pleased a Republican will reside in the White House, but adds Congress must assert its independence.
“What we’ve seen over the last few years is the rubber-stamping by House and Senate Democrats of what President Obama wanted,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “You know, President Obama threatened to go around Congress if we didn’t pass what he wanted us to pass. He made good on that threat.”
Smith says the election results surprised him a bit, but he did believe Donald Trump was being underestimated by too many people. He says Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate had a big impact on his upset victory on Election Day.
It will take a while for the Trump Administration to get operational, according to Smith, who adds the new administration will need input on how to conduct business in Washington.
Smith does say he will be disappointed if Congress doesn’t play its role in dealing with President-elect Trump.
“It’s our job regardless of who is president to stand up to the executive branch when they reach too far,” Smith says.
Smith says President Obama went too far in using executive orders and Congress needs to take back its power and responsibility from the executive branch.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]