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Congressman Kind critical of Republicans apparent "civil war"


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) -- Thursday’s scheduled last day in the U.S. House of Representatives before the recess was anything but smooth, as Republican leadership pulled a bill that would have taken action to stop the flow of central American children across the border, and started sending them back to their families.

Democratic Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin’s 3rd District was critical of Republicans, both for the proposed bill and how they are functioning in Congress.  “They are literally at war with one another. They can’t even write their own bill and get a majority of their own members to support it, let alone trying to get cooperation from us Democrats.”

In Kind’s opinion, the Republican bill that was pulled before a vote was a bad bill, and didn’t solve any problems.  “While they are here, we’ve got to take care of them, and they tied themselves up into knots. They came forward with a pretty draconian bill that really wouldn’t fix the problem.”

The La Crosse Democrat believes Congress should stay in session, but doubts the Republicans can accomplish much right now.  “I’m all for staying in and getting some work done, but what isn’t pleasant is watching the civil war taking place within the Republican party where it’s so dysfunctional, that they can’t even vote for their own bills.”

Kind wants House leadership to continue working through August, saying one of the important bills they could pass would be a six-year comprehensive transportation package.  “That’s one of the best things we can do for job creation right now, is give our states and local communities the certainty and planning that they need to repair our fragile infrastructure system. That will create jobs overnight, but instead of doing that, they’re just passing a ten-month extension, kicking the can down the road, and missing an opportunity.”

Kind says some Members of Congress had already started their trips home when they were advised to return for likely votes late Thursday.

(Congressman Ron Kind's interview covering several topics can be heard on our website, here.)