Sasse said he spends his weekends at home in Nebraska and hears from his constituents about how awful Washington, D.C. really is to ordinary Americans. He said:
If I can be brutally honest for a moment: I’m home basically every weekend, and what I hear and what I’m sure most of you hear is some version of this: A pox on both parties and all your houses. We don’t believe politicians are even trying to fix this mess. To the Republicans, to those who claim this new majority is leading the way: Few believe that. To the grandstanders who use this institution as a platform for outside pursuits: Few believe the country’s needs are as important to you as your ambitions. To the Democrats, who did this body harm through nuclear tactics: Few believe bare-knuckled politics are a substitute for principled governing. And does anyone doubt that many on both the right and the left now salivate for more of these radical tactics? The people despise us all. And why is this? Because we’re not doing the job we were sent here to do. The Senate isn’t tackling the great national problems that worry those we work for.
Because of that, Sasse questions whether the U.S. Senate should even continue to exist. He said:
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