Sessions Wary Of Supercommittee Budget Games

Saturday, 19 Nov 2011 12:24 PM

By Gary Cohen

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Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is concerned about games that could be played as the Supercommittee rushes to meet its debt cutting deadline, reports The Daily Caller.

sessions supercommittee"It is less than a week until the deadline and no language has been made public, and the American people should be able to make their voice heard before the committee votes. Because the truth is, once that vote happens, there'll be no opportunity to change their product, " says Sessions.

He adds, "What we've seen so far indicates that secret deals, while they remain secret, are promoted to be far better than they are when you begin to see what's really in them. The devil will always be in the details."

Sessions warned this week Americans should be prepared for gimmicks which wouldn't really reduce spending.

He points out the super committee could come up with a cap on defense spending that is less than what the Congressional Budget Office has established as a baseline.

Sessions says that way the panel can say they were making cuts when in reality, since the cuts would be less than the aforementioned baseline, those funds would never have been spent in the first place.

The senator is also quick to remind people the super committee might also propose tax increases which would be balanced by spending reductions down the road.

He adds there is a pattern in Washington in which tax increases are passed but, " a promise of a spending cut in the future very often does not become a reality."

Sessions warns proposed cuts to programs made in the past have been "unrealistic" because the cuts were not accompanied by reforms which were necessary to actually make those cuts.

He uses the term "phony accounting" to describe any claim that cuts are based on an alternative vision.

The deadline for the panel to come up with over $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years is November 23rd.

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