Saturday, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions spoke on behalf of his party, delivering the Weekly Republican Address. Sessions has been hurling criticism at the Senate Democrats for months saying they’ve refused to pass a federal budget.
During his address, Sessions didn’t let up.
“The Senate Democrat Majority has decided to adjourn through November having utterly failed to meet its most basic obligations,” Sessions said during his moment on the party spotlight. “For the last three years, in a time of national crisis, Senate Democrats have deliberately violated the legal requirement to produce a budget plan. How can they ask the American people to send them one more dime in new taxes when they won’t even meet their legal duty to write a financial plan and tell how that money will be spent?”
The Alabama senator says, as a majority, the Democrats have twice refused to pass an annual appropriations bill for the first time in the history of the U.S. Senate. He says for the first time in 50 years, the senate has not brought to the floor a national defense authorization bill, to fund the troops.
“All these failures create uncertainty and weaken the economy,” Sessions points out.
He was also highly critical of President Barack Obama, saying he “does not rally the country to action. Instead, he says our debt course is nothing to worry about. He continues to insist that his budget plan will pay down the debt.”
Sessions continued to criticize the president’s budget plan to pay down the debt.
“To pay down the debt requires a surplus,” Sessions pointed out in his address. “Under the President’s 10-year budget, there is never a surplus. The single lowest annual deficit is $543 billion. The annual deficit in the 10th year grows to $652 billion. Despite $1.8 trillion in new taxes, his budget increases our spending and debt every year, adding $11 trillion to the debt overall.”
Sessions says the debt interest alone would exceed defense spending in seven years according to the President’s budget documents given to Congress.
“Americans feel right now like the world has been turned upside down,” Sessions says. “They sacrifice to pay their bills and then watch federal workers throw lavish parties on their dime. They hear warnings of a debt crisis and yet learn that we still borrow nearly $4 billion a day.”
During this political season he beat the drum again for a Republican majority to be restored in the Congress.
The administration counters those claims saying on the White House website. “Since his first day in office, President Obama has focused on laying the foundation for an economy built to last—creating jobs for American workers, cutting taxes for middle class families and small businesses, investing in education, manufacturing and American-made energy, and making sure everyone plays by the same rules, from Main Street to Wall Street.”
“We believe in growing the economy, not the bureaucracy,” Sessions said. “We believe in lifting people onto the employment rolls instead of leaving them on the welfare rolls. And we believe that compassion should not be defined by much money the government spends on poverty but how many people we can help rise out of poverty.”