Sen. Sessions: Once again, Senate shouldn’t recess until it addresses the budget

posted at 6:13 pm on June 29, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Before the Memorial Day recess, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, requested the Senate not adjourn until it addressed the lack of a budget — so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cleverly shifted the Senate gears into a series of pro forma sessions.

But the Senate is again scheduled to recess in a week. So, today, while the president exhibited his unparalleled ability to deflect questions, Sessions took once more to the Senate floor to reiterate the importance of Senate action on the budget before a recess.

“In just five weeks, we’re told we’ll reach the firm deadline on our nation’s $14.3 trillion debt, which has doubled in the last few years,” Sessions said. “Then, major reductions occur unless action is taken. The Republican House has set forth their plan, but the Democratic Senate hasn’t done so. [The Senate] hasn’t passed a budget in 791 days … And now the Senate is scheduled to take next week off … Before the Memorial Day recess I presented to the Majority Leader a letter, signed by 46 Republican senators, stating that we should not recess but remain in session to work on a budget plan … I renew the request from our letter.”

Sessions has been beating this drum for a long time — but he’s right to persist. More than 22 million Americans are out of work. A majority of Americans now fear the next generation will be worse off than theirs has been. And in the time that the Democrat-controlled Senate has taken no action on the budget, the debt has grown by $3.2 trillion.

To mark up a budget is one of the Senate’s most basic responsibilities. Wasn’t it Obama himself who said just today that taking a vacation without paying for it is “not how responsible families act“? I assume that means he supports Sen. Sessions call …

Incidentally, some news sources have actually made it sound as though Sessions’ call to remain in session was a response to Obama’s exhortation to Congress to act immediately on the debt ceiling — which he made during his news conference this afternoon. In fact, it was probably the other way around. According to a Republican aide with knowledge of Senate leadership discussions, the president likely knew Sessions might object if Reid asked for unanimous consent to adjourn, which would have put the recess to a vote. After all, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell certainly knew and he met with Reid just this week. Reid probably tipped the president off, too. So Obama had nothing to lose by also demanding concentrated action from Congress.

As a side note, the recess at hand is the Independence Day recess. I can think of few things that smack of dependence more than debt. Certainly, nations have to be able to borrow money — but they should also be able to demonstrate the potential to pay it back or, at the very least, have some kind of plan in place.


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Referring to the Los Angeles Times as a “news source” is the height of hyperbole.

CrazyGene on June 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM

No recess appointments if there is no recess

txmomof6 on June 29, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I am a big proponent of a specific time frame for Congress in which they must do the country’s business but that’s not how it works, they should stay put until they have done their jobs.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Sessions is beating the drum, but the MSM is too busy covering for our young President to hear. We get the message, shoot your television. An old message made new for a new generation.

Angry Dumbo on June 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Fun recess – fundraising fail for Obama.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

The senate is still run by the dems and Reid is the top dog there. What’s that old potty joke about the job not being finished until the paper work is done. Seems to fit this group nicely.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Maybe Obama could show some leadership for a change instead of the same old, same old class warfare theme.

One can only Hope.

Chip on June 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Sessions is beating the drum, but the MSM is too busy covering for our young President to hear the Casey Anthony trial.

Angry Dumbo on June 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Knucklehead on June 29, 2011 at 6:25 PM

The senate is still run by the dems and Reid is the top dog there. What’s that old potty joke about the job not being finished until the paper work is done. Seems to fit this group nicely.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Oddly enough, that is right in line with the comment about the LA Times being a ‘news source’.

Chip on June 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

[The Senate] hasn’t passed a budget in 791 days …

Unbelieveable.

The media is so corrupt, they should be counting the days … just like the Iran hostage situation.

darwin on June 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Certainly, nations have to be able to borrow money — but they should also be able to demonstrate the potential to pay it back or, at the very least, have some kind of plan in place. they won’t stay independent for long.

pedestrian on June 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM

The Republicans could work 24/7 until August 2nd…

… and come up with the best overall plan to fix the economy and save this country.

And Obowma would wipe his a%s with it…

Seven Percent Solution on June 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM

A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every fourth of July! But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier the next morning!

Meh.

Fallon on June 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Fun recess – fundraising fail for Obama.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Yep, that jives with the polls, and news stories about Wall Street abandoning him. No more billion-dollar campaigns for him, even with help from ‘palestine’.

slickwillie2001 on June 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

More disgusting behavior from disgusting democrats.

Disgustocrats!!!

ClanDerson on June 29, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Fun recess – fundraising fail for Obama.

Schadenfreude on June 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Ah, not to worry , there’s that stimulus stash and Big Daddy Soros to fund the Socialist agenda and the zombie and illegals vote.

Don L on June 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

[The Senate] hasn’t passed a budget in 791 days …

People get lost on the relevance of this number. From now on the Republicans should state: the senate hasn’t passed a budget in 2 YEARS, 61 DAYS, X HOURS, XX SECONDS. How much longer should the Democrats be allowed to control the Senate when they won’t do the job they were elected to do.

Drive this message home every day! Every day!! Every day!!!

glennbo on June 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

glenbo – Hell Yes!!!!

Malia and Sharia get their homework done before it’s due!!!!

Roy Rogers on June 29, 2011 at 7:11 PM

but dear leader and the lsm keep telling us its all the gop fault…blame, blame, blame!

cmsinaz on June 29, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Sessions is beating the drum, but the MSM is too busy covering for our young President to hear.

Angry Dumbo on June 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

this

cmsinaz on June 29, 2011 at 7:20 PM

glennbo on June 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

2nd that !!!!

cmsinaz on June 29, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I wonder if Ron Johnson will receive any help stalling or preventing recess?

Sure they can override withholding unanimous consent, but maybe he’ll receive some help.

http://ronjohnsonforsenate.com/home/category/press-room/

roscopico on June 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Is Obumba going to cancel his, yet another, vacation to the Mecca of the rich people that he demonizes?

Will he fly there on a corp jet (aka TAXPAYER 1) and will Moochelle fly there on Southwest?

I actually like it when congress is gone…they aren’t fracking us.

Dingbat63 on June 29, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I expect Obama to be in his office working 24/7 until there is a realistic budget. No vacations for Michelle and the kids, either: WE CANT AFFORD IT…ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE SOMEONE OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE WHO WONT DO HIS JOB!!!

landlines on June 29, 2011 at 7:58 PM

If the fed gubment stop existing tomorrow.
would any one notice?

I think it would be like when gubments say all non essential personnel stay home.

esnap on June 30, 2011 at 3:33 AM