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Sessions’ Remarks At House Press Conference Unveiling Their FY13 Budget Plan

"House Republicans… have courageously, intelligently, and responsibly laid out a new plan for America's future… [Senate Democrats] have refused to offer a budget for now three straight years now… The Senate's Democratic majority has forfeited their claim to leadership for America. If the voters give Republicans in the Senate the honor of having the majority next year, we will work with the House to pass a congressional budget… It will change the debt course of America… Continue Reading


Sessions Calls Out Schumer, Dem Leaders For Brazen Political Ploys

"Washington Democrats must think themselves very clever… they have shamelessly shifted the conversation from… very real dangers to the phantom controversies that exist only in their imagination. They are desperate to distract from a record that they cannot defend." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the attempts of Democrat leaders in Washington to deflect attention their record … Continue Reading


Sessions Comments On CBO Revelation Of Growing Price Tag For President’s Health Law

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement today following yesterday's updated baseline from the Congressional Budget Office, which revealed that projections of the gross costs associated with President Obama's health law had increased, as did the number of people who would be dropped from their employer-sponsored coverage: "President Obama told the American people his health law would cost around $900 billion over 10 years, but … Continue Reading


As Deadline Nears, Budget Republicans Urge Prompt Scheduling Of Mark-up

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, was joined by every Committee Republican today in releasing a letter to Chairman Kent Conrad. Text of the letter follows: Dear Chairman Conrad: We appreciate your stated commitment to mark up a fiscal year 2013 budget resolution in the Budget Committee. We hope this will not be the third consecutive year that the Senate's Democrat majority fails to offer a budget plan for examination by the American peop… Continue Reading


Ahead Of Budget Mark-Up, Sessions And Johnson Call For Hearing With Sebelius Over New Health Law Revelations

"The Senate Committee on the Budget is required to report a budget resolution for fiscal year 2013 by April 1, 2012… it is critical that we have a comprehensive understanding of how the president's health care law will impact this nation's unsustainable debt course… Secretary Sebelius was [recently] unable to explain either the cause of the increase [in the cost of premium subsidies] or how the new estimate, along with the termination of the fiscally discredited CLASS Act, would a… Continue Reading


Sessions Responds To President’s News Conference: POTUS ‘Oddly Disconnected’ From Suffering Economy, Finances

"Stunningly, in his first press conference of the year, President Obama did not have a word to say about America's extraordinary debt threat, which puts our economy, our security, and our nation at risk… He talks about our economic health, but somehow ignores the fact that he submitted a budget plan only days ago that would grow the nation's total debt another 75 percent, increase spending and taxes, and lead us to certain financial disaster." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), … Continue Reading


Sessions, Ryan: President Defying Law Requiring Action On Medicare

"The president is required by law to respond to the Medicare Trustees' annual warning, and-as a matter of fundamental leadership-is duty-bound to do so. Meanwhile, the Democratic leaders in the Senate refuse to bring a budget plan to the floor for the third straight year. The livelihoods, savings, and futures of millions of hardworking Americans are at stake, but the president and his party's leaders can't even be bothered to fulfill their most basic obligations in a time of crisis." WASHINGTON… Continue Reading


‘Shocking Report’: Sessions Reacts To Identification Of Trillions In Long-Term Waste, Inefficiency

"The Democrats running Washington want higher taxes that will shrink the private sector in order to expand the wasteful public sector." 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 Government Accountability Office detailing over one thousand examples of waste and inefficiency in the federal government. Among other findings, the GAO report points out that only a small fraction of waste i… Continue Reading


Sessions Delivers Remarks At Hearing With Secretary Of Defense, Confronts Common Myths On Defense Spending

"I fear… that these budget hearings may not be a good use of your time. The Senate Democrat leadership is refusing, for the third straight year, to bring a budget plan to floor. Has the Senate Democrat majority forgotten the warning of Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who told us the debt is the greatest threat to our national security? … But the president has submitted a budget plan that will continue the unsustainable course and increase our gross federal… Continue Reading


Sessions Insists That Obama Budget Chief Answer Straightforward Question

"I will ask again as I did at the hearing… does the president propose to increase or decrease spending levels from those agreed to under the Budget Control Act in August? … I was shocked when you-the president's budget chief-strenuously resisted answering this fundamental question. Eventually, you responded that the president's budget did, in fact, contain net spending cuts. This response is not only factually incorrect but represents, in my view, a continuing and deliberate obfusc… Continue Reading


Sessions: Budget Misrepresentations ‘Deal A Severe Blow To President Obama’s Credibility’

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement today following Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's testimony before the Committee: "The Administration continues to persist in the duplicity that this budget cuts spending when it increases spending by $1.5 trillion over the levels in current law. Even giving them credit for reducing war costs-all of which were borrowed-does not change the mathematical fact that spending is going… Continue Reading


Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At Budget Hearing With Treasury Secretary Geithner

"Secretary Geithner… you are a capable and loyal member of the administration. But, more fundamentally, you are a servant of the American people. You have an opportunity today to help us understand both the dangerous unsustainability of our fiscal path, and the depth of change needed to right our course… History will judge our conversation today. Do you believe that the president's budget provides the solution to our fiscal problems? Do you believe that $11.2 trillion in new fede… Continue Reading


Sessions To WH Budget Chief: You Work For The American People, Not The Obama Campaign

"Given the gravity of our fiscal crisis-and Mr. Zeints' obligation to present honest facts to the public-I asked him whether, if he was shown to be wrong, he would resign. I will soon be sending him a letter expressing my concerns from today's hearing and pressing for a straightforward answer to a straightforward question. Mr. Zeints must remember-he works for the American people, not the Obama campaign. And the American people have a right to know the truth." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessio… Continue Reading


Sessions On President’s Budget: ‘One Of Most Spectacular Fiscal Cover-Ups In American History’

"The White House claims they have introduced a plan to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction… But these assertions rely on a calculated series of budget gimmicks. An honest analysis proves that the president's plan achieves only $273 billion in total deficit reduction over ten years… Under this plan, we will accumulate $11 trillion in new gross debt… The vision the president has laid out today leads to a bigger government, a smaller middle class, and a painful debt crisis… Continue Reading


Sessions Delivers Opening Remarks At Bernanke Hearing

"I am glad Chairman Conrad will be marking-up a budget in committee. But the mark-up will be a doomed exercise if your own majority leader decrees that the budget process will be shut down. Majority Leader Reid has effectively declared both a Senate Democrat budget - and the President's budget - dead on arrival." "While we can't predict the day a debt crisis will erupt - or what unknown event might set it off - we do know we are on a collision course…Yet Majority Leader Reid has closed t… Continue Reading


Sessions Responds To Reid’s Breaking Announcement On Democrat Budget Plan

"By refusing to lay out a budget plan for public examination-a fact no one can deny-the Democrat Senate has forfeited the high privilege to lead this chamber." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as Majority Leader Reid announced that, for the third year in a row, he would not bring a budget plan up for public debate and amendment on the Senate floor: "It's been more than 1,000 days since Senate Dem… Continue Reading


Sessions, Snowe Explain Need For Honest Budget Act: ‘Washington Uses A Different Set Of Rules’

"Americans have a right to expect honesty, transparency, and accountability from their elected officials. They have a right to know that a cut is a cut, an increase is an increase, and that a price tag is accurate." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, issued the following joint statement today regarding the Honest Budget Act: … Continue Reading


Sessions On Baseline: Spending To Increase Fifty-Three Percent, Debt By $11.4 Trillion

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the release of the latest CBO Budget and Economic Outlook and the Committee's estimation that our nation's actual debt path would produce $5.7 trillion in debt above the CBO baseline: "An honest analysis tells us that spending is set to increase by 53 percent over the next ten years, producing an estimated $11.4 trillion in new gross debt. This is dangerously … Continue Reading


Sessions On President’s Debt Increase: Policies Growing Gov’t, Shrinking Middle Class

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today ahead of the vote on the resolution of disapproval on President Obama's requested debt limit increase: "The president's request to borrow another $1.2 trillion dollars-all of which will be spent and gone within the next twelve months-brings America closer to what his fiscal commission co-chairs called 'the most predictable economic crisis in its history.' After last … Continue Reading


Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At First Budget Hearing Of 2012

"The president says he wants an 'America built to last.' But we can't do that with borrowed money. Debt is not an asset, spending is not a virtue, and borrowing is not a future." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered an opening statement today at a Committee hearing on the U.S. economic outlook. Sessions' remarks, as prepared, follow: "We are now entering the budget season for Fiscal Year 2013. Producing a budget for public… Continue Reading

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