Speaking to colleagues on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions had tough words for Democrats on the debt stalemate: "We're going to do everything we can . . . to impose discipline in Washington." And he slammed Harry Reid's plan as a "hoax."
The Republican ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee said that Democrats have "defied the law and sound policy and now we are paying the price" for out-of-control spending, omnibus bills, and continuing resolutions.
Sessions said House Speaker John Boehner's plan adhered to the sound policy of raising the debt ceiling one dollar for every dollar spent.
Boehner's plan "cuts about $1 trillion and raises the debt ceiling by about $1 trillion, and is good until the end of the year," Sessions said, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan "cuts about $1 trillion and raises the debt ceiling about $3 trillion," and holds until "past the 2012 election."
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Sessions emphasized Obama's pressure to secure debt-ceiling increases past the election, which many charge will help him with his re-election bid.
As for the tea party's influence, Sessions lauded the movement: "They sounded the alarm. Before last election, when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress, every conversation was about increasing spending . . . after the 2010 election, and the emergence of the tea party, we finally started to look at Washington’s spending problem."
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