Chairman's Press

02.07.14

Sessions: Time To Begin National Conversation About Moving People Off Welfare And Into The Workforce

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the state of U.S. labor markets: "Today's jobs report provides further evidence of the damage done to labor markets by the slow economic recovery. One of the most troubling factors is the sheer number of people who are completely outside the labor force. Indeed, testimony presented this week in the Budget Committee revealed that the number of people actively l… Continue Reading


02.05.14

Senate Budget Committee Analysis Of CBO Baseline Outlook

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement today as the Committee released a staff analysis of the new Congressional Budget Office baseline outlook. The analysis follows Sessions' comments: "CBO's stunning report shows that our fiscal outlook is markedly worse than in its previous estimate, with deficits up by $1 trillion (to $7.3 trillion) over the 2014-2023 period. Gross federal debt will climb past $27 trillion in 10 years. Ma… Continue Reading


02.04.14

Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At First Budget Hearing Of The Year

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks today at the Budget Committee hearing on the economic outlook for 2014: "The recovery from the 2009 recession seemed to be solid at first, but it has not come close to meeting the projections of the Administration (OMB), the Federal Reserve, CBO, and others. For example, every year when OMB and others have made their two-year GDP projections, they have missed. Not … Continue Reading


02.04.14

Ranking Member Sessions Comments On New CBO Baseline Projections

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the new 10-year baseline from the Congressional Budget Office: "This morning, the Budget Committee held a hearing with the ostensible purpose of reassuring us that all is well, that the economy is getting stronger, and that there is no urgent need to change our debt course. But all is not well. New baseline estimates from the Congressional Budget Office reve… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Ranking Member Sessions Comments On State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement this evening regarding President Obama's State of the Union address: "President Obama says he is concerned about low wages and chronic unemployment for American workers. Yet his signature second-term legislative item is an immigration bill that would immediately and permanently double the flow of new immigrant workers competing against unemployed Americans-reducing wages, inc… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Sessions: We Owe Vets ‘Swift, Diligent Action’ To Fix Pension Cuts

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding testimony from a senior Department of Defense official regarding recent cuts to veterans' pension payments: "I was pleased to see Christine Fox, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Defense, agree with the need to fix the veterans' pension cuts contained in the recent budget deal. These cuts could amount to a more than 60 percent reduction in COLA adju… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Sessions: SOTU Message Undermined By President’s Wage-Depressing Policies

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks on the Senate floor regarding President Obama's expected call for the House to pass an immigration bill that would dramatically increase the number of low-skilled workers brought into the country: "President Obama is preparing to deliver a State of the Union Address in which he will address the continued financial collapse of the American middle class, much of which… Continue Reading


01.17.14

Sessions Details Reid’s Subversion Of Senate’s Historic Role

"The Senate is where the great issues of our time are supposed to be examined, reviewed, and discussed before the whole nation. Yet, in the last few years, we have witnessed the dramatic erosion of Senators' rights and the dismantling of the open legislative process… All of us, both parties, have a responsibility to stop and reverse these trends. It's in the national interest. It's the right thing to do… All of us owe our constituents an open, deliberative process where the great … Continue Reading


01.14.14

Sessions: More Work Needed To Fix Pensions For Veterans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the military pension provision in the omnibus: "I was pleased that the House-Senate package includes a provision restoring the pensions for disabled veterans, after we called attention to the fact that wounded warriors would be impacted by the budget deal. However, the deal fails to restore pension payments for millions of active duty and retired military pers… Continue Reading


01.10.14

Sessions Delivers Address On Poverty And Unemployment In America

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following prepared remarks on the Senate floor yesterday addressing the issue of persistent, long-term unemployment: Today, President Obama delivered remarks on the growing problem of poverty and chronic unemployment that has occurred during the five years of his presidency. Just this week, his Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, said that 'the rich keep getting richer, the poor keep getting … Continue Reading


01.10.14

Ranking Member Sessions On Jobs Report: Nearly 5 People Left Workforce For Each 1 Job Added

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the December jobs report: "Today's jobs report underscores a deeper problem facing our economy: a large and growing block of people who are chronically jobless and completely outside the workforce. In December, the economy added only 74,000 jobs - not nearly enough to keep up with population growth -and 347,000 left the workforce. That means for every one job added, near… Continue Reading


01.09.14

Ranking Member Sessions Responds To Obama’s Speech On ‘Promise Zones’

"It represents an admission that five years of tax, spend, borrow, and regulate have produced economic misery for countless Americans." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama's address on chronic unemployment: "The President today announced five 'promise zones' scattered throughout the entirety of the nation for the millions of chronically unemployed Americans. It represents … Continue Reading


12.18.13

Ranking Member Sessions Comments On Passage Of Ryan-Murray Spending Package

"Majority Leader Reid rushed through this closed-door deal without a single amendment." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement tonight after the Senate voted 64-36 to adopt the Ryan-Murray spending package: "I appreciate the earnest work that went into crafting this proposal and the sincere policy disagreements on both sides. Had amendments been allowed in the Senate, we could have fixed the problematic features … Continue Reading


12.17.13

Sessions Comments On Reid Majority Blocking Amendments To Budget Deal

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement tonight after the Senate voted 46-54 not to table Reid's amendments that 'filled the tree' in order to allow actual amendments to the Ryan-Murray budget deal: "Today, Reid and his majority quashed the ability of any Senator to offeramendments to the spending deal that emerged from the House. They voted to undermine their own ability as Senators to offer amendments and do legi… Continue Reading


12.17.13

As Senate Cuts Off Debate On Spending Deal, Sessions Discovers Military Retiree Provision Worse Than First Thought

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding a provision in the so-called Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that cuts the pensions of disabled military veterans to fuel much larger spending increases elsewhere: "It has been asserted that the controversial change to military retirees' pensions affects those who are 'working-age' and 'still in their working years,' with the clear suggestion being that these in… Continue Reading


12.16.13

Sessions: Point Of Order Loss Would Be A Blow To Minority Rights

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding a provision in the Ryan-Murray spending package that would remove a key protection against future tax-and-spend legislation: "As we near a Senate vote on the spending package that emerged from the House, I remain deeply concerned about a provision in the legislation that undermines the right of Senators to enforce spending limits and block tax increases by rai… Continue Reading


12.12.13

Sessions Confirms Spending Deal Would Strip A Key Protection For Senate Minority Rights

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the provision in the Budget Control Act replacement package that removes a crucial budget point of order in the Senate: "My office has received multiple inquiries as to the effect of the Ryan/Murray deal on Senators' rights to oppose new spending. I regret to say that this bill clearly and unequivocally undermines the ability of the Senate to maintain agreed-u… Continue Reading


12.11.13

Sessions, Senate’s Top GOP Budget Member, Opposes Spending Deal

"A series of concerns, on balance, cause me to be unable to support the legislation produced by Chairman Ryan and Chairman Murray, including: While I favor reorganizing elements of the Budget Control Act to smooth the impact, I do not favor increasing total discretionary spending above what was agreed to over the 10-year BCA period (exchanged for the already-exhausted $2.1 trillion debt increase in 2011). I specifically do not favor using trust fund savings to increase discretionary spending… Continue Reading


11.19.13

Sessions Asks Obamaphone Fund Managers For Info On Program Costs, Expenses

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, today released a letter that he sent to the acting chief executive officer of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which is the organization responsible for managing the Universal Service Fund used to pay for programs such as Obamaphones. An identical letter was also sent to the chairman of USAC's board, Dr. Brian Talbott. The full text of Sessions' letter is below, and a PDF version may be… Continue Reading


11.18.13

Sessions Questions Taxpayer Handouts To Unprofitable Solar Company

"The financial pressures related to a private company's survival should not cause the federal government to modify its policies or place additional taxpayer money at risk… There is concern that SolarCity might become the next Solyndra-a company propped on the back of the taxpayers." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released a letter he sent today to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew regarding tax credits provided to SolarCity, a solar en… Continue Reading

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