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Thune-Sessions Sequestration Transparency Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON-A bill authored by U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, that would require transparency from the Obama Administration on its plan for implementing nearly $1 trillion in required sequestration cuts was signed into law by the President today, August 7, 2012. The Sequestration Transparency Act (H.R.5872), the counterpart bill to the legislation originally introduced by Senat… Continue Reading


Sessions: Senate In Recess As It Approaches 1,200th Day Since Passing A Budget As Law Requires

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today ahead of the 1,200th day since the Senate Democrat majority last offered a budget plan to the American people: "The Senate has adjourned for recess as we're approaching 1,200 days since this Democrat majority has passed a budget. We're adding $4 billion a day to the national debt. We're facing a fourth straight deficit in excess of $1 trillion. Despite repeated w… Continue Reading


Ranking Members On Budget, Finance, Judiciary, And Ag Write DHS And State Depts Over Welfare Rules For Immigrants

"Congress intended that immigrants who come to the United States should not become dependent on our expanding welfare system… the INA specifically states: 'An alien who… is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.' … We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge… Indeed, under your [agencie… Continue Reading


Sessions: USDA Reply Acknowledges Ongoing Program With Mexico To Expand Welfare, Fails To Include Requested Docs

"The reply makes no attempt to justify the program itself or the idea that we should partner with a foreign government to persuade immigrants and foreign nationals to become dependent on U.S. government support. Not only is this unwise as a matter of policy, but it is unaffordable during a time of $16 trillion debt… Heightening my concern is the fact that USDA has failed to provide almost all of the information requested in the oversight letter…" WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Session… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Thune-Sessions Sequestration Transparency Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Senate this evening passed by unanimous consent H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act, which the House of Representatives passed last week by a vote of 414-2. This bill was originally introduced by Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The legislation would require the O… Continue Reading


Sessions: Repealing Costly Health Law ‘Essential Step To Restore Fiscal Sustainability’

"Once the accounting tricks are removed-such as the delayed implementation of the major spending provisions-we know the law will cost more than two and half trillion dollars over its first full 10-year window." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about the Congressional Budget Office's new cost estimates for the President's health care law: "CBO has now told us that total spending on only the coverage … Continue Reading


Sessions Urges USDA To Swiftly Produce Requested Docs On Mexico SNAP Partnership

"In this time of fiscal crisis, and at a moment when the Obama Administration is scaling back the work requirements that were a centerpiece of welfare reform, the nation needs to review all of the nearly 80 welfare programs now administered by the federal government. We must build on the sound principles of the 1996 reform-not abandon them." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about the need for USDA to … Continue Reading


Sessions Asks USDA To Furnish Docs, Info On SNAP Recruitment Campaign With Mexico

"My Budget Committee staff recently asked USDA's Food and Nutrition Service to furnish materials relating to this partnership and the expenditure of taxpayer dollars, such as SNAP literature that is being distributed through Mexican consular offices. Despite these requests, that material has not been provided… It is a sound principle of immigration policy that those who come to America be able to take care of themselves financially. This 'partnership' and related consulate activity … Continue Reading


Thune, Sessions Praise Bipartisan House Passage Of Sequestration Transparency Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised the House of Representatives' passage of the Sequestration Transparency Act (H.R.5872) in a nearly unanimous bipartisan vote of 414 to 2. The Sequestration Transparency Act would require the Obama Administration to provide taxpayers and Congress with its plan for implementing the required sequestration cuts for defe… Continue Reading


Sessions To Push Vote On Majority’s Stealth $14 Billion Increase In FY13 Spending Limits

"Chairman Conrad, to his credit, does not dispute… [that] the outlay total he filed is $14 billion higher… He simply asserts that it is within his discretion to unilaterally set a higher total… Remember, outlays are the spending figure which directly registers on the debt. $14 billion in higher outlays in 2013 means $14 billion more added to the debt in 2013. It's just that simple… This is a matter that ought to be considered by the full Senate and so I plan to purs… Continue Reading


CBO Issues Sessions-Requested Report On Dramatic Surge In Americans Receiving Disability Insurance

"It is clear there is a great need to distinguish between proper and improper disability claims, and to better incentivize and find acceptable work for those who are able… The administration of this program must be improved to avoid sinking our country deeper into debt, to ensure the program remains viable for those with disabilities, and to protect Social Security itself." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following stat… Continue Reading


Sessions Reproaches Admin For Withholding Legally Mandated Budget Update

"This makes a more significant statement than the President's recent speeches and interviews professing his vigilant stewardship of the nation. Combined with $5 trillion in debt accrued since 2009, and the refusal of his Senate Majority to produce a budget for three years in the midst of crisis, it reveals a troubling detachment from the financial future of our Republic." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement … Continue Reading


Sessions, Grassley Heighten Criticism Of Ninth Circuit’s Lavish Retreat

"While there can be value in judicial conferences, that value is substantially eroded when judges and employees are distracted with extracurricular activities unrelated to the matters of the court. There is no indication that attendees are required to attend even one official event while on the Island… In our initial letter, we requested specific documents pertaining to the total cost of the Conference but were given vague excuses instead… Perhaps not tracking spending is the reaso… Continue Reading


As USDA Nixes Controversial Food Stamp Ads, Sessions Demands Top-Down Review Of Program's Administration

"I have concluded these ads are only the symptom of a wider culture in USDA, apparent throughout their enrollment literature, which seeks maximum registration as the ultimate goal, regardless of need… The evidence is mounting that USDA [is] pushing, even intimidating, people who do not wish to receive assistance, including non-citizen immigrants, into enrolling for benefits they claim they do not need or wish to receive." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading


Sessions: President Set To Ignore Law By Not Providing Congress With Budget Update

"President Obama indicated recently that the biggest mistake of his first term was not spending more time delivering his message. Respectfully, I think a much bigger mistake was adding $5 trillion to the debt and then producing a budget plan this year that would add another $11 trillion to the debt through 2022. Making matters worse, the law requires the President to submit a budget update to Congress-known as the Mid-Session Review-before July 16th. It appears the deadline will be breached&hell… Continue Reading


Sessions Calls USDA’s Food Stamp Tactics Into Question

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today in response to the continued emergence of reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has undertaken an aggressive outreach campaign to swell the food stamp rolls even when an individual does not need or wish to receive financial assistance: "It has become increasingly clear that, in recent years, the mission of the food stamp program has been converted from targete… Continue Reading


Sessions: Health Law ‘Financially Devastating To Our Republic’; Must Be Repealed

"The health care law is utterly unaffordable-[adding] $17 trillion in unfunded long-term obligations… It is unthinkable our nation would add this new, colossal debt burden at a time when we are already borrowing forty cents out of every dollar we spend. This 2,700-page health law… will be financially devastating to our Republic… If it is not repealed, it will cause Americans' personal health costs-and our nation's debt-to rise disastrously. It will massively expand the power… Continue Reading


Following Farm Bill’s Senate Passage, Sessions Reiterates Need For Welfare Reform

"Under this proposal, food stamp spending will average $77 billion each year for the next ten years. The average in the seven years prior to the recession was $28 billion. Is it the official view of the White House, and the Senate majority, that our economy will experience no improvement for a decade? … "Those supporting these record increases voted down an amendment that would have simply ensured food stamps are provided only to those who meet the program's existing eligibility requirem… Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On Senate Majority’s Rejection Of Modest Reforms To $800 Billion Food Stamp Budget

"Those administering the program seem determined to place the largest number of people possible on welfare support. Is not a better goal to see how many Americans we can help achieve financial independence?" WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement today following votes on two of his food stamp reform amendments: "It is disappointing that the Senate majority rejected modest attempts to reform the single largest growing major … Continue Reading


Sessions, Thune Urge Conrad To Schedule Mark-Up Of Sequestration Transparency Act

"Having information about how the sequester would be implemented, and the specific items of spending that would be reduced, is critical to Congress in evaluating the impact of the sequester. Congress has tried repeatedly to obtain this information from the Office on Management and Budget, and it has not been provided. As a result, this legislation is needed for Congress to do its job with full information." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee… Continue Reading

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