Opinion: Congress should not sit on their hands and do the bare minimum until November
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Now that Congress is back from a two-week break, there has been talk that they will not get much done between now and the November midterm elections, except for confirming some of the president's nominations. That is unacceptable.
Republicans don’t want to do anything which would hurt their chances to keep a majorities in both houses of Congress. Democrats don’t want to give Republicans any wins to run on. That is politics and not governing. Here are some items Congress should take up:
On safety, Congress needs to strongly consider “no fly-no buy,” the legislation which prevents those on the no fly or selectee lists from buying a gun. If done right, this policy is a no brainer in making sure that dangerous people are not allowed to buy guns in our country.
On immigration, there is still no deal on DACA. Beyond that, our immigration laws are full of loopholes which allow for illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Congress needs to pass laws to close those loopholes.
Let’s not forget infrastructure. The omnibus bill included over $20 billion to strengthen infrastructure. Congress is choosing to address it piece by piece instead of a big package. That is fine, as long as our bridges, tunnels, road and ports are actually revitalized.
Here is the bottom line: there is so much for Congress to do, including on issues that are life or death. Our elected officials owe it to us, taxpayers who pay their salaries, to not simply sit on their hands and run out the clock until November.