Chairman's Press

01.24.12

Sessions Responds To State Of The Union Address

WASHINGTON-In response to President Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement tonight: "It was stunning how thoroughly and deliberately the president ignored the ominous threat hanging over this country-our surging $15 trillion debt. I stand ready, eager, and willing to work with the president on a real, honest agenda of government reform, but unfortunately, tonight's speech was more campaign… Continue Reading


01.23.12

Sessions And Ryan Ahead Of Day 1,000: Senate Democrats ‘Abandoned Their Duty’

"Senate Democrats abandoned their official duty to prioritize Americans' hard-earned tax dollars and tackle our nation's most pressing economic challenges-dealing a painful blow to fiscal progress that may be felt for some time." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released the following joint statement today ahead of the 1,000th day since Senate Democrats have last offered a… Continue Reading


01.18.12

Sessions Comments On President’s Rejection Of Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to reports that President Obama has decided to reject the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a plan that has been estimated to immediately result in the creation of 20,000 new jobs: "This is a stunning decision at a time when the need for economic growth and job creation could not be greater. It is a huge lost opportunity to create good-paying jobs fo… Continue Reading


01.09.12

Sessions Raises Questions Regarding White House Staff Changes

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today about the selection of current OMB Director Jack Lew to be the new White House chief of staff, and the resulting vacancy at the Office of Management and Budget: "I wish Jack Lew the best fortune in his new post. However, the president's decision to elevate Mr. Lew to White House Chief of Staff-after Lew and the White House attempted to mislead the country into believi… Continue Reading


01.09.12

Sessions Asks Administration To Make Good On New Promise Of Food Stamp Oversight

"At $89 billion, the annual food stamp budget is… the second-largest of nearly eighty federal welfare programs that cost taxpayers around $900 billion a year… the USDA recently [announced] 'new tactics to combat fraud and enhance SNAP program integrity'… I would therefore ask that the Committee be immediately provided with a thorough explanation of all oversight actions your Department is taking, as well as a list of recommended federal reforms… I would further ask fo… Continue Reading


12.17.11

Sessions To Oppose 11th Hour ‘Omnibus’; Cites Billions In Gimmicks

"House Republicans have worked vigilantly all year to change our debt course, and produced a budget to do exactly that. The great shame is that they never had willing partners in President Obama and his Democrat-led Senate." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today prior to a vote on the 'omnibus' package containing nine appropriations bills for fiscal year 2012: "Once again, we find ourselves racing tow… Continue Reading


12.16.11

Sessions: Keystone Underscores How President Is Harming Middle Class

"[The Keystone Pipeline] is precisely, precisely the kind of thing that this Congress should take action on… because it will create jobs, lots of jobs, create wealth, make us more secure as a nation, and help bring down the cost of energy… yet the president has blocked the pipeline construction for some time, deferring a decision now until after the next election… There's a lot of things that we can do that will not cost this Treasury a dime… It's time, indeed, for a… Continue Reading


12.14.11

Sessions Supports Strong Balanced Budget Amendment

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in support of S.J. Res. 10, the Republican balanced budget proposal, and expressing concern over provisions in the Democrat counter-measure (S.J. Res. 24): "Washington has both a moral and economic responsibility to balance the budget. Morally, we have a duty to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and to protect, for our children, the integrity of the United States Treasury. … Continue Reading


12.13.11

Sessions On Fox: President’s Policies Threaten The Middle Class

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, appeared on FOX News' "America's News HQ" today to discuss how President Obama's policies are hurting hardworking taxpayers, including on the issues of debt, energy, trade, and illegal immigration. Excerpts from the interview follow: On the lack of honest leadership:"I felt this president has a duty to lead selflessly. He needs to tell the American people the truth, [that] the greatest threat to the mid… Continue Reading


12.08.11

Sessions Comments On Social Security Votes, Encourages President To Return To Governing

"With no long-term economic plan of any kind, the president has abandoned governing in favor of campaigning. His only ideas are short-term measures and temporary stimulus checks that make the debt worse… no one can disagree that this country, and our beleaguered middle class, would be better off if the president would lay out a long-term plan for sustained job growth and deficit reduction." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, del… Continue Reading


12.06.11

Responding To President’s Kansas Address, Sessions Asks: Where Will His Policies Leave Us?

"The president talks about fairness. Yet one of the results of his administration has been to widen the inequity between the middle class and the political class… The middle class must pay for the president's failed policies twice-first, they have to pay the bill for profligate federal spending, and then they must pay the price for its economic consequences in the form of lost jobs and mounting debt." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Com… Continue Reading


12.06.11

Sessions Challenges War Savings Gimmick

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding reports that some lawmakers may attempt to use the war savings gimmick to 'pay for' increased spending and borrowing: "There are a series of items that Congress must address before the year ends that, together, could add hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit. These items include the AMT, the pension holiday, an extension of unemployment insurance, and… Continue Reading


11.29.11

The Case For Growth: Sessions Lists Benefits Of Discretionary Cuts

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered an opening statement today at a hearing with former Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici and former OMB and CBO Director Alice Rivlin to discuss the report from their bipartisan debt reduction task force. Sessions argued that immediate reductions in discretionary spending will result in numerous benefits, such as spurring economic growth, easing the deficit burden by hundreds of billions of dol… Continue Reading


11.29.11

Sessions Expresses Concern Over Obama Nominee For Key Budget Post, Lack Of Candor From White House

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement ahead of tomorrow's hearing to consider Heather Higginbottom's nomination to be Deputy Director for the Office of Management and Budget. Over the past 20 years, other appointees for this position have had an average of seven years of budget or finance experience, but Ms. Higginbottom has admitted that she has not had any such formal training or experience. "President O… Continue Reading


11.29.11

Congress Should Cut Its Own Budget To Have Credibility On Spending, Sessions Says

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following comment today after the passage of a non-binding resolution that expressed the "Sense of the Senate" that the Senate should cut 5 percent of its budget, but that will not actually do so. Sessions opposed the measure, urging more significant and meaningful action: "For Congress to have any credibility with the American people when it comes to spending cuts, it ought to lead to tri… Continue Reading


11.29.11

Sessions: Obama Budget Nominee Must Reject Bogus WH Claims

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following statement today at a hearing to consider the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be Deputy Director for the Office of Management and Budget. Unlike previous nominees for this post, Higginbottom lacks formal budget experience or training. Sessions' remarks, as prepared, follow: "I join Chairman Conrad in welcoming you to our committee today, Ms. Higginbottom.… Continue Reading


11.29.11

Sessions Speaks In Support Of Latest Spending Reduction, Stresses Need For Further Action

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke on the Senate floor today in support of a continuing resolution to fund the government over the next three weeks while reducing spending by $6 billion. The measure, which passed by a vote of 87-13, follows a resolution early this month to reduce spending by $4 billion over two weeks. Congress must still agree on a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year. An excerpt… Continue Reading


11.29.11

‘The Most Irresponsible Spending Plan In Our Time’: Sessions Reacts To CBO Score, Renews Call For Honest Budgeting

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, made the following statement today after the release of the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the president's budget, which revealed that the official White House proposal concealed an additional $2.3 trillion in deficits and, within a decade, would quadruple our nation's publicly held debt from what it was at the beginning of the 2008 fiscal year. On the heels of these revelations… Continue Reading


11.29.11

Sessions, Hatch Ask Medicare Trustees To Account For Medicare Double Counting In Next Estimate On Medicare Solvency

Dear Honorable Trustees: We strongly reject the notion that the spending reductions from and the payroll tax increases to the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund enacted in the new health care law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) can both improve the government's ability to pay future Medicare benefits and finance new entitlement spending outside of Medicare. While we recognize your specific charge as a Medicare trustee allows you to assess the financial s… Continue Reading


11.28.11

Don’t Retreat On Spending Cuts: Sessions Argues Momentum Is On Side Of Action

"America's strength is measured not by the size of our government but by the scope of our freedoms. Endless spending, taxing, and borrowing is a certain path to decline." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today explaining that Republicans stand behind a strong, immediate spending reduction to begin restoring confidence in the economy: "Government funding is set to expire next week on April 8th. So we … Continue Reading

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