Oversight

09.17.13

Sessions Comments On New CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook

"The report demolishes any argument that the decline in the size of our deficits provides any basis for the country to relax. Annual deficits and debt are certain to rise relentlessly and without end unless we take action… Reforms to [America's trillion-dollar welfare budget is] necessary to ensure not only that taxpayer dollars are being wisely spent, but that we are fulfilling our moral obligation to help more Americans become financially independent." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessio… Continue Reading


09.17.13

Long-Term Budget Outlook Shows Urgent Need For Spending Restraint

The Congressional Budget Office's updated Long-Term Budget Outlook projects a relentless rise in federal debt held by the public after a shallow decline for the next few years. Debt held by the public (which ignores debt borrowed from and owed by the government to trust funds such as Social Security) will increase from 73 percent of GDP today to 100 percent in 25 years, and 245 percent of GDP at the end of the 75 years covered in the report. According to CBO, debt at these levels would reduce na… Continue Reading


09.13.13

Sessions: Zients The Wrong Man For The Job—And For The Country

"The President has appointed a loyalist whose main contribution to the economic debate has been to mislead the public about the effects of the President's budget plans. What we desperately need is economic leadership that is willing to look the American people in the eye and tell them the truth about the disastrous conditions facing working Americans... I would respectfully urge the President to reconsider this appointment and to search the nation for someone with the caliber and stature necess… Continue Reading


09.06.13

Sessions Comments On August Jobs Report

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding this morning's Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the economy added just 169,000 jobs during the month of August: "Today's alarming jobs report should give policymakers in Washington pause. Several of the most worrisome trends in our economy are not only persisting, but getting worse. Labor force participation continues to fall, and is now at its lowest le… Continue Reading


08.15.13

Sessions Presses FCC Over Loopholes And Abuse In ‘Obamaphone’ Program

"The failure to check applicants' eligibility might be one of the reasons the Lifeline program has more than doubled in recent years-from $822 million in 2008 to over $2 billion in the latest annual report… [A recent] news article suggests serious flaws in this program. These public concerns must be addressed." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a letter today to Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clybur… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Sessions Comments On July Jobs Report

"We need to refocus our economic policy in Washington to deal with the economic realities of our time. Instead, Washington continues to centralize power-helping the well-connected while punishing the average citizen." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the new employment figures for the month of July: "This morning's jobs number of 162,000 demonstrates that we still aren't adding enough jobs t… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Immigration Policy As Corporate Welfare: Sessions Hits White House For Immigration Report That Shills For CEOs

"In its report today the White House embraced [a historic surge in immigration] as its central economic argument: what our economy needs most is a large increase in the number of low-skill workers. Perhaps we can finally have this debate out in the open-and dispense once and for all with the idea that the CEOs bankrolling the immigration push are concerned with anything other than reducing the cost of labor. It's not about 'reform'-it's about profit… Immigration reform has become synonym… Continue Reading


07.23.13

Sessions Delivers Opening Statement At Hearing On Defense Spending And Sequestration

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following opening statement today at a hearing on the impact of sequestration on the nation's defense: "Thank you, Chairman Murray. I join you in welcoming our distinguished panel to discuss the impact of sequestration on national security. In August of 2011, Congress and the Administration came to an agreement that $2.1 trillion needed to be cut from our projected growth in spending, and I … Continue Reading


07.10.13

Senate And House Committee Republican Leaders Seek CBO Cost Estimate Of Obamacare Train Wreck

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined with Republican committee leaders in asking the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze the budgetary effects of delaying Obamacare's employer mandate and reporting requirements. Last week, the Obama Administration decided to ignore specific requirements in the health care law as mandated by Congress, conceding their signature legislative achievement is unworkable. This action will alter previo… Continue Reading


07.08.13

Sessions Comments On OMB Mid-Session Budget Review

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after the administration provided the annual budget update known as the Mid-Session Review: "Today's updated budget report from the White House confirms that the president's budget plan leaves us on an unsustainable fiscal path: despite a $1.1 trillion tax hike, the president's budget grows the total federal debt by $8.7 trillion over the next ten years. Spending increa… Continue Reading


06.24.13

Sessions Writes Colleagues Ahead Of Tonight’s Vote On How 1,200-Page Substitute Will Reduce Wages

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following letter sent today to his Senate colleagues in both parties discussing how the doubling of guest workers and large increase in low-skill future immigration will adversely impact wages, particularly for lower-income Americans: "Dear Colleague, Wages for working Americans have been falling since 1999. 21 million of our citizens who want work are unable to find full-time employment. Nea… Continue Reading


06.21.13

SBC Analysis Of CBO Immigration Report: Senate Bill Increases On-Budget Deficit, Increases Unemployment, Depresses Wages

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released two documents analyzing the budgetary and economic effects of the immigration legislation currently before the Senate (S. 744). The fiscal cost estimate demonstrates conclusively that the legislation as reported from the Judiciary Committee will increase the costs of welfare benefits provided to newly legalized residents by more than the income taxes and fees that they will pay, resulting in added deficit spending over the next 10 years. … Continue Reading


06.19.13

Sessions: CBO Immigration Report Shows On-Budget Deficits Going Up, Not Down

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today correcting an erroneous characterization of the Congressional Budget Office score of S.744, the Gang of Eight immigration bill: "The CBO report unequivocally finds that even over the first 10 years of the bill (a period when many welfare benefits are denied to RPIs), the 'on-budget' deficit will increase by $14.2 billion. The report then shows that the deficits in the … Continue Reading


06.18.13

Ranking Member Sessions Comments On CBO Score Of Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Congressional Budget Office's new estimate of the deficit impact of S. 744, the Gang of Eight immigration bill: "The bill's drafters relied on the same scoring gimmicks used by the Obamacare drafters to conceal its true cost from taxpayers and to manipulate the CBO score. There is a reason why eligibility for the most expensive federal benefits was delayed… Continue Reading


06.11.13

Issue 2: Sequestration And Appropriations


06.10.13

Sessions Calls For Welfare Reform Ahead Of Senate Vote On Food Stamp Legislation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Senate farm bill, of which 80 percent goes to the food stamp program: "A shocking 80 percent of the farm bill's spending now goes to food stamps. This has been the fastest growing major federal program in recent years. It has expanded fourfold since just 2001, and even as the economy slowly improves, enrollment is projected to remain permanently elevated a… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Ranking Member Sessions Welcomes New Staff Director

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today welcoming the Committee's new minority staff director: "We are all sad to see Marcus Peacock leave the Budget Committee and wish him the best of luck in his next adventure. Marcus joined up with us from my first day as Ranking Member, and he has been a source of wise counsel and leadership ever since. His keen judgment proved indispensable during the many high-stakes bu… Continue Reading


06.03.13

S. 744 And The Welfare State

It is a long-held principle of immigration that those seeking admittance to a new country must be able to financially support themselves and their families. This is not only sound fiscal policy, but sound social policy that promotes the civic virtue of economic empowerment. In the United States, this principle was codified in Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that "an alien who… is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible." Oversight fro… Continue Reading


05.22.13

Sessions Delivers Opening Remarks At Committee Hearing On Economic Growth

"In my view, the key to stronger economic growth starts with removing burdens we impose on work, savings, and investment." 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 supporting broad-based economic growth and fiscal responsibility through tax reform. His remarks, as prepared, follow: "Chairman Murray, thank you for holding this hearing today. We all agree that public policies need to s… Continue Reading


05.17.13

CBO Confirms Obama 2014 Budget Does Not Change Dangerous Debt Course

The Congressional Budget Office's Analysis of the President's 2014 Budget shows that the policies proposed by President Obama would increase taxes by $972 billion and spending by $954 billion, yielding deficits and debt that are little changed from the levels expected under current law. As a result, the President's budget never reaches balance. Over the next 10 years, CBO estimates deficits in President's budget total $5.195 trillion, an average of $520 billion per year, significantly above the … Continue Reading

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