Oversight

09.06.12

The $4 Trillion Deceit

The President and his surrogates have continued to insist that his budget, voted down unanimously in the Senate and House this year after failing to garner a single Senate vote last year, contains $4 trillion in deficit reduction.[1] They have asserted that this purported deficit reduction comes from a 2.5-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases.[2] These claims are provably and outrageously false. It is not a matter of nuance, perspective, or context, but sober, objective, and indisputable… Continue Reading


09.04.12

U.S. Debt To Top $16T Today; Sessions Comments On ‘Grim Landmark’

"By failing to outline any serious plan for the financial future of this country, Democrats who run the Senate and the White House have no basis on which to ask to be kept in their majority." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the U.S. gross national debt was set to surpass $16 trillion for the first time in the country's history: "This is a grim landmark for the United States. The gross debt of our … Continue Reading


08.21.12

Clinton, Napolitano Fail To Comply With Welfare Oversight From Senate Committees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, released a statement today as State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano failed to meet the deadline to respond to an oversight letter from the senior Republicans on the Budget, Judiciary, Finance, and Agriculture Committees. In their letter, Ranking Members Sessions, Grassley, Hatch, and Roberts asked the Secretaries to explain why the legal requirement that… Continue Reading


08.10.12

Sessions And Ryan: ‘Unprecedented 1,200 Days’ Since Senate Democrats Passed A Budget

"Not only have [Senate Democrats] failed to adopt a budget but, with America under threat of financial calamity, they have refused to even present a plan for public scrutiny." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released the following joint statement today ahead of the 1,200th day since Senate Democrats have last adopted a budget plan: "Tomorrow marks another disappointing r… Continue Reading


08.07.12

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


08.06.12

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


08.06.12

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


07.31.12

Issue 2: Sequesters & Spending From The Highway Trust Fund


07.30.12

As President Campaigns On ‘Paying Down The Debt,’ White House Buries Mid-Year Budget Plan

"The White House predicts this year's federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion, marking the fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar-plus deficits during President Barack Obama's administration… The White House report [was] released Friday afternoon with the Olympics poised to distract voters for two weeks…" Associated Press, "Administration projects $1.2T 2012 budget deficit," July 28, 2012 "Republicans, however, seized upon the disconnect between Obama's campaign… Continue Reading


07.27.12

Budget Update Confirms: President’s Plan Makes No Alteration To Our Disastrous Debt Course

President Obama today released an update to his fiscal year 2013 budget. Federal law requires the President to update his February budget submission by July 16 each year to account for revised estimates that may be necessary because of changes in the economy and actual spending patterns observed over the intervening months. The update provides Congress the latest information on the nation's fiscal condition as the legislature begins wrapping up its work on spending measures for the new fiscal ye… Continue Reading


07.26.12

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


07.25.12

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


07.25.12

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


07.19.12

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


07.19.12

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


07.18.12

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


07.17.12

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


07.16.12

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


07.16.12

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


07.16.12

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

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