Skip to comments.Sessions Wants to See Change Coming Out of White House
Posted on 03/17/2011 6:34:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama told Townhall he wants to see change out of the White House as the next step in what the government funds and cuts financially this year and next. Sessions said the president is doing nothing positive for sound financial management and the pressure is building on everybody as Congress faces expiring funding and record deficits.
Ive just been stunned how in denial theyve been about our financial situation, Sessions said of the White House, pointing out the president is opposing entitlement reform (not addressed in his 2012 budget) while proposing significant investments. Sessions listed some numbers from his office on the presidents budget: a 11 percent increase in education spending, a 9.5 percent increase in energy department, and a 62 percent increase in transportation funding. Hes gone after several administration officials in committee hearings over the subject.
Sessions doesnt see the presidents numbers passing in the Senate; however, he also said that if the president doesnt change his approach, its unlikely that significant reform will pass this year, because Democrats wont approve Republican numbers, either.
I think that hes got loyalty in the Senate. The Democratic senators -- they wouldnt like to break ranks with him, and, too, he has the ultimate veto power also, Sessions said.
Right now, Sessions expects that a 3-week continuing resolution (CR), accompanied with a $6 billion spending reduction, is the short-term future (this CR passed the House earlier this week). He said that would keep the government on track for a $61 billion reduction by September 30 (the end of fiscal year 2011).
And despite Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio announcing they would not support another short-term CR like the one the House just passed, Sessions said he is inclined to support this one because the bill will keep them on that reduction timeline.
Id rather do that [pass this CR] then to get into some split-the-baby difference, so instead of $61 billion, you get $30 billion reduction. He said hes willing to work with Democrats on what needs to be reduced, but he wants the end number to remain the same.
He does see one clear disadvantage, however, to the short-term plan.
It doesnt bother me too much except there is a need for us to create more stability in our economy, and this is one area of instability, Sessions said. Apart from this concern -- that a short-term CR doesnt give markets the certainty needed to plan their financial future -- Sessions says its quick expiration date keeps the issue in front of the American people.
Hes also not worried, for the same reason, about having the CR discussion run up against the debate of the 2012 budget. The short term CR passed by the House this week expires April 8, the same month the GOP is expected to release their budget proposal for 2012.
In fact, Sessions sees three financial battlefronts ahead on Capitol Hill: the discussion over how to finish fiscal year 2011, whether to raise the debt limit ceiling, and the 2012 budget.
This should mean that we can maintain a very aggressive national discussion about our financial situation for some weeks to come, Sessions said.
Sessions is in denial if he doesn’t realize that zer0 is doing this on purpose.
He needs to change his approach and start making much stronger and more specific demands on this White House and get some support behind him before he does.
I suppose coming to grips with the fact that a President and much of the Congress would purposely crater the economy and bankrupt the country is hard to do, everything points to that. If they would consider his background and take note of who his friends and acquaintances are it is not far fetched at all.
All you have to do is read his books (regardless of who wrote them.) But I doubt if any of them actually did.
Sen. Sessions has never been a loudmouth blowhard. He states his ideas, feelings and opinions as any good Federal Judge would, very carefully! Sen. Sessions is one of the good guys!
The only financial situation Obama is concerned about is his freezer money being found.
Sen. Sessions is wonderful. Alabama is so lucky, two Republican senators. And we in MA are stuck with John Nancy Boy, gigilo Kerry and Scott Brown who half the time thinks he should side with dems to appeal to independents. Scott Brown needs to understand it’s time to side with this country, not against it.
What do you expect from a guy who does a photo layout in Cosmopolitan magazine? Get real.
I used to spend a lot of time in MA. I was amazed by all those intelligent and very nice people and how they seemed to be brain dead when it came to politics. The blue collar workers, other than the union folks, seemed to get it right. The wealthy seemed lost in “nice land” and were perfectly willing to vote for every giveaway program that came along. Of course they had most of their money safely sheltered in trusts, foundations, and other tax havens.