WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer is headed for the border.
The Nebraska Republican told reporters that she was joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers who would visit the U.S.-Mexico border after the Senate adjourns today for its August recess.
They plan to investigate the crisis of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America pouring across the border.
"It's always important to see a situation firsthand and have a chance to interview people who are on the ground," Fischer said.
Senate Democrats opened debate Wednesday on an emergency measure. It seems clear that Congress will leave for its five-week August recess without addressing the situation, but Fischer said that does not indicate a lack of urgency on the part of lawmakers.
Lawmakers realize that it's a major problem, she said, but a consensus has yet to emerge on how to respond. She said if a consensus appeared in the offing, she would support staying in town to work on legislation.
"But that's not where we are right now," she said.
She added that there will be time to tackle the problem after members have had a chance to learn more about the situation.
"We will have time to address this problem in the future because, as I said earlier, it is only going to continue to grow in the future."