Freshman Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska took to the Senate floor to deliver a brutal message to his colleagues in response to yet another budget battle and possible government shutdown (video below).
“The people despise us all,” he said, “because we’re not doing the job we were sent here to do.”
Sasse made the blunt comment during his first Senate speech.
“We need to agree on what problems we are trying to solve before we begin bickering about which programmatic levers might work more or less well,” the Nebraska Republican said.
“But there is something else we need as well. Beyond policy advocating and policy clarifying, we need an overarching narrative. We need to pause to regularly recall the larger American principles that bind us together.”
Sasse called out his colleagues for their lack of debate, criticizing them for choosing to bicker and argue rather than have constructive conversations.
“We do not need fewer conviction politicians around here; we need more of them,” he said.
“We do not need more compromising of principles; we need clearer articulation and understanding of competing principles — so that we can actually make things work better, not merely paper over the vision deficit.”
Watch Sasse's full speech below.