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Sessions Says Senate Democrats Refusal to Address Budget Is Willful and Knowing Defiance of the Law

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

United States Senator Jeff Sessions (R) from Alabama said that Sunday, April 29th, will mark the three year anniversary of the last time the Democrat led Senate has passed any budget.  Sen. Sessions is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Sessions said, “This Sunday marks exactly three years since the last time the Senate’s Democrat majority adopted a budget. For three years, in the midst of fiscal crisis, the party running the Senate refused to even attempt to produce their financial plan in willful and knowing defiance of the law. They have proven themselves unworthy to lead.”

Sen. Sessions said that President Obama (D) needs to “finally exercise managerial discipline and demand that his own party’s Senate leaders produce their plan for the country.”  Sen. Sessions said that Barack Obama and the Senate can not ask the taxpayers pay any new taxes until the national government gets back on a budget.  Sen. Sessions called the government “dysfunctional.”

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for Nevada has said, “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion.” “It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.”

President Obama’s administration has submitted a budget to the Congress and the Republican controlled House of Representatives has passed its own budget.  Sen. Kent Conrad (D) from North Dakota did introduce his own budget proposal to the Senate Budget Committee; but did not allow the budget committee to have the opportunity to make any amendments or vote on any of the three budget proposals. None of the three budget proposals have been even voted on by the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Sessions has said, “Senate Democrats are unable to translate their rhetoric into a plan that they can publicly defend and unite behind. As such, the Senate’s Democrat majority has proven themselves unworthy to lead at this dangerous hour for our Republic.”

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The Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Kent Conrad said, “Many have suggested we will not be able to reach conclusion on a long-term plan until after the election.  It may be that Democrats and Republicans will only be able to come together when the election is behind us and the fiscal train wreck of the pending sequester and expiring tax cuts is staring us in the face later this year.  That may be the only time members on both sides of the aisle will be willing to move off their fixed positions.”

President Obama’s budget proposal, which was rejected unanimously by the House of Representatives, would increase our national debt from $15.7 trillion to $19.7 trilllion over the next four years.  The Office of Management and Budget does not show a balanced budget in any of their projections over the next decade with the President’s budget despite massive tax increases.  The federal government is currently spending $226 billion a year just on interest on the debt.

The likely Republican nominee for President, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said, “I can not fathom the argument that it’s fine to spend more than we earn year after year.  Passing ever increasing debt on to our children is not just bad policy, it is morally wrong.”

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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