Oversight

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


05.17.13

Sessions Comments On CBO’s Analysis Of President’s FY14 Budget

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 re-estimate of President Obama's FY 2014 budget submission: "The new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office confirms, once again, that President Obama's financial vision of the country is dangerously unsustainable. According to CBO his plan would add $7.6 trillion to the debt, despite increasing taxes by $972 billion. I… Continue Reading


05.14.13

Sessions Comments On CBO’s Updated Budget Projections

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the May baseline update from the Congressional Budget Office: "CBO's baseline update, while providing some favorable change in deficit estimates, shows that the nation still faces a serious long-term problem. After temporary improvement, deficits begin a relentless rise after 2015. Revenues increase by 46 percent over the following 8 years, but spending surges… Continue Reading


05.14.13

CBO’s Revised Outlook Still Projects Unsustainable Debt Path

The Congressional Budget Office's updated budget outlook projects that, under the baseline rules the agency is required by law to follow, spending will total $46.677 trillion over the next 10 years, revenues will total $40.336 trillion, and the debt will climb to $25.228 trillion by the end of 2023. These figures assume the continuation of the spending cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) and the tax increases that took effect on January 1. Deficits And Debt Deficits over the … Continue Reading


05.06.13

Sessions Comments On New Heritage Foundation Analysis Of Gang Of Eight Plan

"At a time when our nation's major entitlements are already nearing bankruptcy, we cannot afford to add another $6.3 trillion in long-term net costs to already over-burdened state, local, and federal governments… This bill may be good for the special interests who helped write it. But it's bad for workers, bad for taxpayers, and fails to serve the national interest." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement … Continue Reading


05.01.13

America Spent Enough On Federal Welfare Last Year To Send $60,000 To Each Household In Poverty

A congressional report from CRS recently revealed that the United States now spends more on means-tested welfare than any other item in the federal budget-including Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. Including state contributions to the roughly 80 federal poverty programs, the total amount spent in 2011 was approximately $1 trillion. Federal spending alone on these programs was up 32 percent since 2008. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that almost 110 million Americans received som… Continue Reading


04.30.13

Ranking Member Sessions: Gang Of Eight Loopholes Mean Swift Access To Public Aid For Illegal Immigrants

"I hope the Gang's members will propose or support amendments to address the legislation's enormous federal costs and to ensure that illegal immigrants will not become dependent on already-burdened state and local benefit programs." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding a number of identified loopholes in the Gang of Eight bill that will allow illegal immigrants to access public benefits far soon… Continue Reading


04.18.13

How The Gang Of Eight Proposal Would Impact U.S. Taxpayers

On April 10th, Senators Sessions and Grassley, Ranking Members of the Budget and Judiciary Committees, along with former Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts, wrote an as-yet unanswered letter to the Gang of Eight concerning "the long-term costs that will be imposed on taxpayers once millions of illegal immigrants eventually become eligible not only for our nation's major entitlements but approximately 80 different means-tested welfare and low-income assistance programs." The letter… Continue Reading


04.17.13

Ranking Member Sessions Asks CBO To Provide Estimate Of Long-Term Cost Of Immigration Bill

"The legislation would enable millions of illegal immigrants to access federal and state welfare and entitlement programs, with the most significant costs occurring outside the 10-year budget window when they would be eligible for green cards and ultimately citizenship. No lawmaker should vote on this legislation until we have a complete and thorough estimation of the long-term cost." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a letter today … Continue Reading


04.10.13

President Obama’s Budget Achieves Virtually No Deficit Reduction

The President's 2014 budget never reaches balance, but asks taxpayers to send more money to Washington to grow the government. Relative to current law, the President would raise taxes by $1.083 trillion to increase spending by $1.025 trillion (including the President's 2013 proposals). The actual deficit reduction in this budget is only $59 billion, barely making a dent in the gross federal debt, which is expected to grow by $8.2 trillion, from $17.2 trillion at the end of this year to $25.4 tri… Continue Reading


04.10.13

Senate Committees Sound Alarm Over Cost Concerns With Gang Immigration Proposal

"It is essential that we have answers to these questions before any legislation is unveiled so that the public can be informed and provide input… As we discovered through several oversight requests from the Agriculture, Budget, and Judiciary Committees, existing federal immigration law designed to protect taxpayers is not enforced by this administration. One of the biggest challenges facing any reform of our nation's immigration laws is the refusal of this administration to enforce the la… Continue Reading


04.10.13

Sessions: President’s Budget ‘Not Merely Reckless; It Is Unthinkable’

"This proposal goes to extraordinary lengths to shield the federal bureaucracy from any reform, even as millions of Americans are trapped in failed government programs. It grows the government at the expense of the economy. It enriches the bureaucracy at the expense of the people. And it threatens to permanently depress the American economy under a never-ending avalanche of debt." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following sta… Continue Reading


04.10.13

The President’s Plan Takes More to Spend More

Their Budget Never Balances-Ever The House budget balances in ten years, but, like Senate Democrats, the White House says their budget never balances-ever. $8.2 Trillion in New Debt Accounting for the cost of eliminating the sequester and removing the budget gimmicks, net deficit reduction is only $119 billion. Additional deficit increase in FY2013: $61 billion Total U.S. debt in 2023: $25.4 trillion Debt increase per household: $60,980 Interest payments on the debt in 2023: $763 bi… Continue Reading

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