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Sessions: No Debt Ceiling Increase Without Budget From Senate

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 04:13 PM

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Unless the Senate passes a budget, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions does not believe there should be any increase in the debt ceiling because the American people have no idea how Congress plans to spend the new money it borrows.

Sessions also said he believes the lack of a new budget is a “political tactic” to hide all the spending that President Barack Obama and the Democrats had planned from the first days of the administration in 2009, reported the Washington Examiner.

"I think it should be a firm principle that we should not raise the debt ceiling until we have a plan on how the new borrowed money will be spent," said Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. "If the government wants to borrow money so it can spend more, than the government ought to tell the Congress and the American people how they will spend it."

Speaker of the House John Boehner recently said that the House may base debt ceiling negotiations on whether or not the Senate has passed a budget, according to the Wall Street Journal.

While details of the requirement have not been substantively discussed, Sessions speculated that a deadline for a budget to pass could be set, with failure to do so resulting in the debt ceiling being lowered or a supermajority required for future ceiling increases.

Sessions said that past Republican leaders have ignored the importance of the issue, and that forcing Democrats to lay out their spending plans is essential for getting the federal budget under control.

"It's not a failure of leadership," Sessions said. "This is part of the president's political tactics. There's no doubt in my mind that the White House and the Senate leadership calculated that the lumps they would take for not producing a budget were preferable to actually exposing their financial plan for the future."

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