Chairman's Press

01.03.13

Sessions Welcomes New Members To Budget Committee

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as committee assignments were announced for the 113th Congress: "I am thrilled with the strong Republican membership we have on the Budget Committee and grateful for their support. I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle our nation's most pressing problem: the rapid accumulation of debt driven by massive government spending. Only by reforming government a… Continue Reading


01.01.13

Sessions Comments On Voting To Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Prevent Tax Increases

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement tonight about the vote on legislation to prevent the fiscal cliff by avoiding large tax increases as well as making permanent the temporary tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003: "This legislation is necessary to prevent a large and painful tax increase from falling on the vast majority of Americans. Its enactment will end a long period of uncertainty that would weaken or even r… Continue Reading


12.30.12

Sessions Comments On Status Of Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement tonight about the status of negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff: "No deal has been produced and no agreement has yet been reached that Congress could vote on, much less one that could be scored by CBO or scrutinized by the American people. The biggest obstacle we face is that President Obama and Majority Leader Reid continue to insist on new taxes that will be used to f… Continue Reading


12.11.12

Sessions Discusses USDA’s Effort To Expand Food Stamp Enrollment Regardless Of Financial Need

"In some of our first inquiries in examination of their program, we find that they are on a determined effort to expand the number of people who get on welfare-on food stamps-even if they don't want to be on food stamps… Is this the right approach for America? … Can't we look back to the principles of independence and individual responsibility and individual pride that Americans have, and nurture that and use that as a way to help reduce dependence in this country?" WASHINGTON-U.S… Continue Reading


12.07.12

Sessions Comments On New CBO Deficit Report

"President Obama talks a lot about a 'balanced plan' for deficit reduction, but there is one simple question the White House won't answer: how do you plan to balance the budget?" WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about a new report from the Congressional Budget Office that shows that the deficit for just the first two months of FY 2013 has already hit $292 billion-a shocking $57 billion higher than the … Continue Reading


12.04.12

Sessions, Thune Raise Concern Over Abuse Of SNAP Benefits By Paid Government Volunteers

WASHINGTON-Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today sent a letter to Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a government entity responsible for matching volunteers with local community service organizations. The letter outlines Sessions and Thune's concerns that current CNCS policies and promotional materials may encourage t… Continue Reading


12.03.12

Sessions: President’s Secret Cliff ‘Plan’ Has Over $1T In New Spending; Fed Debt Would Rise $9T Overall

"There is a reason why the White House strongly prefers to operate in secrecy... If the White House believes our analysts are mistaken, the Budget Committee is standing by to review any concrete financial plan the President wishes to produce." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about comments made by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner regarding President Obama's fiscal cliff "plan": "Secretary Geithner's … Continue Reading


11.29.12

Sessions: There Is No Obama-Geithner Plan

"Until this fantasy 'plan' from a secret meeting is made public and scored by the Congressional Budget Office it does not exist… It is a distraction that allows the White House to continue to run out the clock so it can have maximal leverage to force through a bad deal in the last minutes before midnight." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today following news reports about an alleged fiscal 'plan' off… Continue Reading


11.29.12

Sessions Delivers Remarks On Folly Of Secret Fiscal Negotiations

"Insofar as I can see, a tax-and-spend policy remains [President Obama's] goal today. The White House isn't planning to raise taxes to reduce the deficit, but to grow the government. I don't believe Congress will accept such a deal if that is what is being discussed… Shouldn't the President of the United States, the only person who represents everybody in the country, lay out his plan, or must that remain a secret too? Will it just be revealed to us on the eve of Christmas or eve of the … Continue Reading


11.27.12

Sessions Comments On Senate Sustaining Point Of Order On Tester Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to uphold a budget point of order he raised against the sportsmen's bill, which violated budget levels agreed to by Congress and the President: "I'm pleased my colleagues agreed that the Senate should abide by the allocations from the Budget Control Act, passed and signed into law just 15 months ago. I supported the good policy goals of the sports… Continue Reading


11.26.12

Sessions Corrects Reid, Durbin: Treasury Borrows Money To Repay Social Security So It Can Pay Recipients

"While Social Security trustees can correctly say that the money they loaned to the Treasury is theirs to draw upon, the Treasury-already in debt and without reserves-cannot deny that it is right now borrowing money from the United States and the world to pay that obligation." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about inaccurate remarks made recently by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL)… Continue Reading


11.19.12

Sessions: DHS Must Remove Welfare Promotions For New Immigrants

"Federal law prohibits the granting of visas to those likely to be welfare reliant, yet DHS actively promotes these benefits to millions of new arrivals every year. DHS knows this, which is perhaps why they refuse to comply with an oversight request on this very issue from the Ranking Members of four Senate Committees… DHS should remove any sections of its website, and any portions of its materials for new arrivals, that promote or encourage welfare reliance." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff… Continue Reading


11.16.12

Sessions Rebukes Secret Fiscal Cliff Talks; Warns Against 11th Hour Deal That Bypasses American People

"Secrecy cements the status quo: more spending, more debt, more runaway government. It is the enemy of accountability, change, and reform… That is why I am calling upon our leaders to guarantee that any plan to avert the fiscal cliff has one full week on the Senate floor with open amendment and debate." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today cautioning that any plan to avert the fiscal cliff that is … Continue Reading


11.15.12

Ranking Member Sessions Congratulates Murray On Chairmanship; Calls For Action On Budget

"I hope to work with Senator Murray to find common ground… The Senate is supposed to be the world's great deliberative body… Enough secret meetings and last-minute backroom deals. The Budget Committee should do its job, as the law requires, in the full, open, and public light of day. I hope Senator Murray will make that commitment." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about the announcement … Continue Reading


11.14.12

Sessions Reacts To President On Fiscal Cliff, Stresses Importance Of Welfare Reform In Fixing Entitlements

"Real entitlement reform requires welfare reform. A modest reduction in growth, along with improved standards and work requirements, can produce substantial savings and ensure resources are targeted to those in need." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to comments by President Obama regarding the upcoming "fiscal cliff": "I was pleased to hear the President's call for budget ideas from bo… Continue Reading


11.13.12

Sessions: Welfare Reform Must Be Part Of Fiscal Reform

"Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that we need a bare minimum of $4 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years… There is the potential to achieve one quarter of [these savings] through welfare reform… Amazingly, welfare-the largest budget item-has been largely exempt from discussions of fiscal reform. A modest reduction in growth, along with improved standards and work requirements, can produce substantial savings." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Mem… Continue Reading


11.02.12

Sessions Comments On Budget Committee Finding On Jobs And Food Stamps Growth

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about new October jobs figures and a Committee analysis that for every one person added to the jobs rolls since the President took office, 75 people were added to the food stamp rolls: "Simply put, the President's policies have not produced jobs. During his time in office, 14.7 million people were added to the food stamp rolls. Over that same time, only 194,000 jobs wer… Continue Reading


10.26.12

Sessions Comments On New GDP Figures, Significance Of White House Projections

"All of [President Obama's] signature policies were implemented-and $5 trillion was added to our debt-and it yielded only one-third of the growth it was supposed to deliver." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about new figures that show annualized GDP growth so far this year at 1.77%: "GDP growth is arguably the most important indicator in assessing the health of the economy. Today's figure of 2.0% bri… Continue Reading


10.23.12

Sessions Analyzes Release Of President’s ‘Plan’: ‘One Of The Greatest Financial Misrepresentations Ever Made’

"This is surely one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people. His budget achieves one-tenth of the pledged deficit reduction and, instead of cutting spending, he surges it dramatically… It is not only a question of leadership but a question of character-and duty. At this point, the greatest obstacle to preventing a debt crisis is a President who won't tell the truth about his budget and our financial dangers, and a Democrat Senate that refuses to even… Continue Reading


10.19.12

Following News About Historic Welfare Surge, Vilsack Misses Oversight Deadline On Food Stamp-Mexico Partnership

"We have learned this week from the Congressional Research Service that the United States now spends more on welfare than any other federal program… [Yet] the Administration continues a vast array of controversial promotions to further expand enrollment, when the focus should be on expanding economic growth and opportunity… Such activities cannot be justified to the American people, which probably explains why the Administration has been unwilling to provide answers." WASHINGTON-U… Continue Reading

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