Aug 06 2015

This Student Debt Relief Program Will Cost Taxpayers at Least $39 Billion

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is opening a review of the cost of the plans following a June 19 request filed by Mike Enzi, the Wyoming Republican who chairs the Senate Budget Committee.

Jul 27 2015

Highway Bill Budget Gimmicks Would Be Barred Under Enzi Move

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi inserted a provision into the highway bill that would attempt to prevent future highway contract spending authority from being used for non-transportation purposes by other committees.

Jan 14 2014

Sen. Jeff Sessions vows to keep fighting against military retirement cuts

"The omnibus spending bill in front of Congress exempts medically retired military personnel and their survivors from the 1 percent cut to yearly Cost of Living Adjustments. It leaves in place, however, the reduction for military retirees younger than 62. Sessions, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the cuts and was the first to point out the effect on disabled veterans, said he ...

Investor's Business Daily

Jun 24 2013

The CBO's Immigration Study And Its False Surplus

“The source of the CBO's projected surplus is that legalized immigrants will pay Social Security taxes over the first 10 years while receiving virtually no benefits… [CBO’s analysis] counts each year's Social Security contributions by immigrants in the positive column without making provisions for future benefits, which will be about twice what the immigrants contributed over the long term… [An...

National Review

May 01 2013

The Coming Welfare Wave

"The Gang of Eight’s immigration bill could make illegal immigrants eligible for state and local welfare benefits almost immediately after it is passed, according to Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), one of the proposal’s leading critics. Further, he contends, some particular categories of amnestied immigrants and their relatives would be eligible for federal benefits long before the 13-year waiti...

Roll Call

Dec 05 2012

Treasury Is Lightning Rod for China, Banks and Debt

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Budget Committee, has clashed with Lew previously in hearings over the president’s budgets and has taken issue with statements made by the administration that the president’s budget would begin to pay down the debt — even though it never has a single year without a large deficit. "That really worried me," Sessions said. "How can we negotiate with someo...

Washington Examiner

Dec 04 2012

Are food stamps a perk for ‘paid government volunteers’?

Two Senate Republicans identified a welfare loophole that allows ‘paid government volunteers’ in AmeriCorps to receive food stamps from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — for which they should not qualify, as a rule — in addition to a stipend from the government.

New York Times

Feb 14 2012

Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Gimmicks in Budget

At the heart of Republican objections is accounting. Mr. Obama boasted of $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years in his proposal. Republican budget writers on Capitol Hill saw a fraction of that, as little as $300 billion... if Congress and the president did nothing but continue current policies, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, sai...

National Review

Oct 05 2011

Not the Right Way to Run a Railroad

Enter the new(ish) ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions, and the Honest Budget Act. The Act is a serious attempt to wade into the budget process to address the fundamental flaws that have allowed Congress to avoid the difficult trade-offs that are the essence of governing in a fiscally constrained environment.