Chairman's Press

01.26.15

New Budget chair says budget projections show need for urgent course correction

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Budget Office is expecting our nation's debt to grow by $9 trillion over the next decade. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said this is a problem we can no longer run from, but one we must confront: "‎The past will catch up to us no matter how fast we run from it. The Congressional Budget Office's new figures show our failure to root out wasteful spending and live within our means. This has left us with an endless … Continue Reading


12.17.14

Sessions Comments On Committee Plans For 2015

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding committee plans for next year and his friend Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): "My good friend Mike and I have been close since we both entered the Senate together 18 years ago. We will long remain good and close friends. We have talked and I am deferring to his seniority so that he can lead the Budget Committee as its Chairman beginning in 2015. Mike graciously defer… Continue Reading


12.05.14

Sessions: Restoring Opportunity For American Workers Highest Priority For New GOP Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the population of Americans not in the labor force increased to more than 92.4 million last month: "While there was some modest improvement in this morning's jobs report headline, millions of Americans felt another month go by out of work and with little hope of finding a job. The report gives the appearance of progress, b… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Sessions Lays Out Financial Agenda For New GOP Majority In Address To Coolidge Foundation Budget Conference

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following keynote address today at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation's national budget conference. Sessions emphasized the need to balance the federal budget within 10 years, impose financial discipline on federal agencies, and improve economic conditions for American workers: "I would like to thank all of our distinguished panelists. In particular, I would like to thank the Calvin … Continue Reading


10.03.14

Sessions: 12 Million More Americans Outside Workforce Today Than In 2009

"Three-fourths of Americans say we remain in a recession-and there are sound reasons for such personal beliefs. Declines in wages and the percentage of people actually working have been hammer blows to working families." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a record high number of Americans are not in the labor force: "The jobs report does not signal that l… Continue Reading


09.30.14

GAO: Obama Admin Has No Legal Authority To Make Risk Corridor Payments Without Congressional Action

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statements today after the Government Accountability Office issued a legal opinion at their request regarding the risk corridor program in Obamacare: "GAO has confirmed beyond dispute that the Department of Health and Human Services has no legal authority to disburse risk corridor payments under Oba… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Sessions Opposes Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of a short-term, stopgap funding bill: "Once again, we were asked to vote for a massive, catch-all bill to fund the entire government without an opportunity to meaningfully review it, and we were blocked by Leader Reid from offering a single amendment. Leader Reid has strong-armed the Senate to shut down debate and rush through legislation at the 1… Continue Reading


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

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