A new Congress has begun, but a Nebraska senator says the old politics hampers its ability to get anything done.
U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse says Washington seems stuck in the same old political disputes and Congress isn’t off to a great start.
“I’ve been here four years and it hasn’t been a serious place and it doesn’t look like it’s changing in January of 2019. Huge parts of this are just getting weirder,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse says Congress isn’t having the debates it needs to have, in part, because of politics. He says there is no longer any off-political year. Sasse points out Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, announced her 2020 presidential ambitions a month after the mid-terms. Warren has already made a campaign stop in Iowa, which holds the first presidential caucuses.
Sasse, a Republican, says crude, even vulgar insults aimed at President Trump don’t help, either. Newly-elected Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan used vulgarity in proclaiming that Congress would impeach Trump.
“There needs to be a deeper divide in America between campaigning and governing,” Sasse says. “And, right now, you have campaigning swallowing almost everything.”
Sasse says once the governmental shutdown is resolved, Congress needs to get serious about resolving its budget disputes, which includes what needs to be done about illegal immigration.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]