Ranking Member Press


Sessions Delivers Closing Remarks On Lew Nomination

"This was the strategy: offer a plan that does nothing to alter our dangerous debt course while pretending the opposite. Then, once you've done that, attack anyone who dares to reduce the size of the bureaucracy. Attack anyone who suggests Washington is too powerful… It is time that we pointed out that the establishment they are shielding from cuts-the big-government apparatus they are defending-is hurting people every day. Their policies, their endless support of the bureaucracy, has cr… Continue Reading


Sessions Opens Debate On Opposition To Jack Lew Nomination

"Normally, and necessarily, the OMB director is the single office that drives efficiency and demands accountability on behalf of the President and the American people. In that aspect of his job, and in this time of surging debt, I rate Mr. Lew's performance as an F… [It] was decided [that] Mr. Lew would go before the American people and Congress and just declare that the budget did put the nation on a sound financial course… To anybody that has the slightest concern for the meani… Continue Reading


Sessions: DHS Letter Confirms Public Charge Immigration Law Not Being Enforced

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement today regarding the long-delayed response from the Department of Homeland Security about the Administration's apparent waiving of federal law with respect to welfare restrictions for immigrants. The response indicated that, in 2012, not a single immigrant was identified by the federal government as being a public charge: "The law that excludes immigrants from entry if they are likely to … Continue Reading


At Budget Hearing, Sessions Presents Moral Case For Welfare Reform

"Since President Johnson's Great Society, the federal government has spent $15 trillion dollars in the war on poverty. Yet the poverty rate has remained largely unchanged… Welfare is now the single largest item in the federal budget. It is larger than Medicare, larger than defense, larger than Social Security… Today, like in 1996, opponents of reform label any attempts to change the way these programs operate as cruel, uncaring, and dangerous. But what is actually cruel and uncarin… Continue Reading


Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At First Budget Hearing Of 2013

"It has been four years since the Democrat-led Senate has produced a budget as the law requires… I am glad that the Senate majority has relented and is going to do a budget this year, else I wonder what our Committee might find itself having to do-whether we would even need the Committee. So we look forward to meeting the Committee deadline of April 1st to publically produce a resolution and then April 15th on the Senate floor… While we talk of cuts and frugality, total spending i… Continue Reading


Sessions: White House Must End Its Violation Of Federal Medicare Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Committee's oversight of Jack Lew's role in the Administration's defiance of Medicare law, as well as other controversies surrounding his nomination: "Jack Lew must never be Treasury Secretary. As director of the Office of Management and Budget, he submitted to Congress two spend-and-debt budget plans which not only received zero votes but which would have… Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On Jack Lew’s Role In Violating Federal Law

"The Secretary of the Treasury is the premier financial post in government and our financial ambassador to the world. How can we place in that post a man who has consistently placed his own partisan interests above the financial well-being of our constituents?" WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after Committee Republicans launched an inquiry into Jack Lew's role in violating the "Medicare trigger" law:… Continue Reading


Committee GOP Launches Inquiry On Jack Lew’s Complicity In Violating Federal Law

"We therefore request the following submissions be sent to Congress so that we may properly consider Mr. Lew's nomination: 1. A detailed legislative proposal responsive to the latest Medicare funding warning to bring the administration into compliance with federal law; 2. All documents, electronic or otherwise, received, reviewed or authored by Mr. Lew regarding responding to Medicare funding warnings during his most recent tenure at the Office of Management and Budget." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Je… Continue Reading


Sessions Confronts Democrat Leaders On Budget Games; Senate ‘Failing Miserably’ To Do Its Job

"Paul Ryan is leading. Speaker Boehner is leading. House Republicans are leading. But Senate Democrats, who control this chamber-who asked for this job-are refusing to allow a budget to move forward. They are refusing to share with the American people the contents of the plan they crafted behind closed doors-a plan they claim exists. "I look forward to the chance to support the House GOP budget… But let's look at the bigger picture this week. The planned series of votes are designed by … Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On Majority Relenting, Promising Senate Budget Mark-Up And Regular Order

"I have repeatedly and emphatically called for an end to the Senate Democrats' brazen legal defiance in this time of national fiscal emergency… To compel Senate action I have introduced legislation, blocked recess, and encouraged the use of the debt ceiling as leverage. Now, with their pay threatened, and long-simmering public anger growing, Senate Democrats have suddenly seen the light. Even just a few days ago, they were not willing to commit to doing a budget." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Je… Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On House Effort To Force Senate To Pass A Budget

"The House must be steadfast. It is unthinkable that Senator Reid and Chairman Murray would put the nation through turmoil because they refuse to do their moral and statutory duty to produce a budget… It will not be easy because the challenge is great-and has become greater each year as a result of inaction by the Senate… but a clear and responsible budget and smart legislation to end our nation's reckless debt path can restore confidence and secure the future for today and for t… Continue Reading


Budget Committee Republicans To Murray: Production Of Budget ‘Prerequisite’ Of Fiscal Reform

"The suggested schedule we offer below would result in regular meetings and a timeline that leads to the completion of a budget resolution in accordance with the statutory requirements… We believe that work on a Senate budget is an essential prerequisite of any fiscal reform that takes place this year." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released a letter today from all Budget Committee Republican members to incoming Chairman Patty … Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On Projected 80 Percent Growth In Welfare Spending

"We must return to the moral principles of the 1996 reform... It is through that prism that we should consider reforms to our welfare programs, ensure resources are targeted to those in genuine need, and help more people transition from dependence to independence." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today concerning the projection, based on Congressional Research Service data, that welfare spending will increa… Continue Reading


Budget Cmte. Ranking Member Announces Opposition To Jack Lew Nomination

"Jack Lew must never be Secretary of the Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies… He is also the architect of two of the worst budgets in American history, both of which received zero votes in the Senate… For me, no mea culpa, no excuse, can erase the errors of Mr. Lew… We need a Secretary of Treasury that the American people, the Congress, and the world will know is up to the… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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

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