Chairman's Press

09.09.14

Sessions Sounds Alarm Over HHS Policy Allowing Welfare Cash To Be Withdrawn In Marijuana Stores

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding a response he recently received from the Department of Health and Human Services to his oversight letter on welfare payments being withdrawn at marijuana dispensaries: "The federal government current spends roughly $750 billion each year on means-tested welfare programs across 80 different accounts. This money is administered by a vast, sprawling bureaucracy w… Continue Reading


09.05.14

Sessions: Under Obama, 13 Million More Adults But 7 Million Fewer Workers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the August jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Today's jobs report came in far below expectations. Twice as many people left the labor force last month as found jobs, and there are now 92.3 million people outside the workforce entirely. The number of workers in the labor force has fallen by more than 7 million since President Obama took office, e… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Sessions: 4 In 10 American Adults Not Working

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after the release of the July jobs report: "Our economy continues to perform at an unacceptable level: 4 in 10 U.S. adults are either unemployed or not in the workforce at all. Unemployment for Americans without a high school diploma stands at 9.6 percent. Youth unemployment is 20.2 percent. For African-American youth, is it 34.9 percent. Median household income is $2,0… Continue Reading


07.10.14

Sessions Details Case Against OMB Nominee Shaun Donovan

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks on the Senate floor today ahead of the vote on HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the nomination of Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I voted against Mr. Donovan in the Budget Committee, and would like to take this opportunity to share with my c… Continue Reading


07.01.14

Sessions Asks Why Medicare Agency Can’t Prevent Fraud, Recover Known Improper Payments

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a letter today to the Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the payment of improper claims in the Medicare fee for service program. The text of Sessions' letter follows: "Dear Administrator Tavenner: The Medicare Integrity Program ("MIP") at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") is charged with detecting and preventing improper Medicare payments. On… Continue Reading


06.25.14

Sessions On GDP Revision: ‘A Tragic Collision With Reality’

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the final GDP estimates for the first quarter of 2014: "Growth last year was 1.9%-less than half of the White House predicted in 2009. And in 2012, the White House predicted growth this year would be 4.0%. But with a first quarter GDP contraction of -2.9% (a dramatic downward revision from initial estimates of positive 0.1% growth), the economy would need to a… Continue Reading


06.24.14

Ranking Member Sessions Opposes Donovan Nomination To Head OMB

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after voting in committee against the nomination of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget: "During this time of growing financial danger, the Office of Management and Budget should be led by one of the most disciplined and skilled financial managers in the country. Instead, in Mr. Donovan, we have an inexperienced nom… Continue Reading


06.19.14

HHS Ignores Rule Of Law To Transfer Billions Of Dollars To Insurers Through PPACA Risk Corridor Program

WASHINGTON-The Department of Health and Human Services this week responded to a recent letter from Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) regarding the department's legal authority to issue payments under the President's health care law's risk corridor program. Now, HHS argues that the risk corridor program would be considered a user fee in order to justify its authority to make payments under the program, bu… Continue Reading


06.18.14

Sessions Testifies Before House Oversight Committee On HHS’ Lack Of Legal Authority To Make Obamacare Risk Corridor Payments

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks today in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: "Chairman Jordan, Ranking Member Cartwright, and members of the Committee: thank you for inviting me here today to discuss a specific concern that our Budget Committee staff has identified with the risk corridor program in the President's health law. But the issue is much broader than … Continue Reading


06.12.14

Sessions Warns That HHS Risk Corridor Payments Under Obamacare Would Be Illegal

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the letter he and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) sent to new Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell: "It is plain that under current law, the Obama Administration does not have the ability to divert money from programs that Congress has funded to one that it has not. Congress alone was given the power of the purse-th… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Sessions Opening Statement At Hearing On The Nomination Of President’s Budget Director

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks today regarding the nomination of Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget: "Secretary Donovan, thank you for joining us here today. You will get a fair hearing, and I will carefully consider your record and your testimony here today in reaching my decision about whether to support your confirmation. The Director of the Office of Managem… Continue Reading


06.11.14

Sessions, Upton Press HHS For Answers On ‘Unlawful’ Risk Corridor Payments

In letter to Secretary Burwell: "Under current law, payments made under the risk corridor program would constitute an unlawful transfer of potentially billions of taxpayer dollars…" WASHINGTON-Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today released a letter to newly-installed Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding the legal ability of HHS to issue payments to health insurance prov… Continue Reading


06.06.14

Sessions: 7 Million People Have Left The Workforce Since The President Took Office

"There are still 3.2 million fewer full-time employed persons than there were in 2007. Since President Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce entirely. One out of every six men aged 25-54 is not working." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the May jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Today's jobs numbers are only enough to tread even with popula… Continue Reading


06.06.14

Sessions: Burwell’s OMB Record Demonstrates She Should Not Be Placed In Charge Of Obamacare

"Ms. Burwell does not have the background one associates with a position of this magnitude. Nor does she possess the specific experience and skills critically needed today. The OMB office she now holds has 500 employees. HHS has 72,000… [Additionally,] her time as Director of the Office of Management and Budget was controversial. The budget plan she submitted to Congress plainly violated the spending caps we passed into law. Yet… to my dismay she went to enormous lengths during her… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Ranking Member Sessions Comments On The Nomination Of New OMB Director

"The Office of Management and Budget should be one of the least political departments of government. But the President has made it into one of the most political… What we need in this position is someone who will demonstrate political independence and finally tell the American people the bitter truth about how badly their finances are being handled." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Pr… Continue Reading


05.13.14

Sessions Delivers Opening Statement On Economic Challenges Facing American Women

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks today at a hearing on the weak state of the American economy and the challenges facing women and families: "Chairman Murray, thank you for holding this important hearing today. There is no question that the state of our economy remains poor, and that millions of American families are barely scraping by: Workforce participation rate for women is now at its lowest … Continue Reading


05.08.14

Sessions Comments On Yellen Testimony Before The Budget Committee

"Not only did the Fed not avert the 2007 crisis, but its policies helped to foster it. And while the big firms were bailed out and the big spenders in Washington quickly frittered away a trillion dollars of borrowed stimulus, the American worker soldiered on in a weak economy. We can't pump our way to prosperity..." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's te… Continue Reading


05.08.14

Sessions Delivers Opening Remarks At Hearing With Fed Chair Janet Yellen

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks today at a hearing discussing the state of the economy with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: "Thank you, Chairman Yellen, for appearing before our committee today. I look forward to our discussion. Like the foundation of a home, America's economy must be built on something real, something solid, and something firmly planted. Neither federal stimulus in the form … Continue Reading


05.06.14

Sessions: Murray Filed Budget Numbers To Spend $19 Billion More This Year

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the deemed budget allocations that Chairman Patty Murray was required to file in the Congressional Record as a condition of the Ryan-Murray spending deal: "I'm disappointed that Senate Democrats have chosen to make yet another end-run around the Murray-Ryan spending limits in an effort to spend $19 billion more this year than we agreed to. While House Budget C… Continue Reading


05.06.14

Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At Hearing On President’s Education Budget

"Congress and the President agreed to certain spending limits, but now you are simply proposing to spend well above that… This is not acceptable. If you and the Administration want to spend more money on education, you must make it a priority, reducing spending somewhere else… More federal money is not a substitute for the support of a family or community, for the value of a role model or mentor, or the quality of a great teacher. More money cannot make a student do his homework o… Continue Reading

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