A Nebraska Congressman holds out hope the tumultuous elections lead to a reset in Washington.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry describes the post-election mood in Washington in two words: curiosity and urgency.
Fortenberry says Washington now can seize the opportunity to reassess politics.
“Again, we’re living in a time where you’ve seen executive orders and regulatory mandates come out that really push the limits of executive power,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We need to devolve that back to the legislative branch. I’m hopeful that President Trump respects that.”
Fortenberry, a Republican, complains that Democratic President Barack Obama, frustrated in dealing with a Republican Congress, too often attempted to bypass the normal legislative process by issuing executive orders or urging his federal departments and agencies to change law through policy. He perceives a growing relationship between the new Congress and Trump, fostered primarily by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has close ties to many in Congress.
Washington misread the electorate, according to Fortenberry, because too many in the federal government failed to understand the depth of anguish and the demand for change among so many Americans. He says that led to the shock of a Trump victory as well as Republican wins throughout the country that kept Congress in the party’s hands.
Though the election results might have caught Washington off-guard, the post-election reaction encourages Fortenberry. The Congressman sees as a good sign the conciliatory victory speech by Trump, the magnanimous concession speech by Hillary Clinton, and the post-election reaction of President Obama.
“What an extraordinary week that America had that so many people around the world can’t even imagine,” Fortenberry says. “And I thought this was a reaffirmation of the best of our ideals. And now we look forward to President Trump.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]