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U.S. lawmakers come to Lincoln as Congress goes into recess

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By: Bill Schammert

Four of Nebraska's five U.S. lawmakers made their way to the State Capitol on Monday as part of a Humanities Nebraska Forum.

Congressmen Lee Terry, Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith and Senator Mike Johanns all answered questions from high school students on everything form abortion to gun control to the current budget.

The Senate passed a $3.7 Trillion budget for the first time in four years on Friday night, but it did not receive the approval of Sen. Johanns.

"The majority budget is just a terrible piece of policy," the senator said.

The budget is not binding and simply serves as a blueprint for 2014.

"It's a budget the country doesn't need, doesn't want and would be devastating for our economic future." Sen. Johanns said.

The other hot topic as Congress takes its two-week break, gun control.

Last week, the democratic senate agreed to remove the assault weapons ban from the proposed legislation.  A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 91-percent of Americans favoring more extensive background checks.

"These ideas shouldn't be controversial, they're common sense," President Obama said Monday in his weekly address.

But Sen. Johanns disagrees.

"People have the right to bear arms, to me it's that straight forward.  We should not be taking away or picking at that right," the senator said.

Congress is slated to go back to work on April 6th.

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