Sen. Sessions Says Obama Speech 'No Substitute for a Budget'

Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011 09:56 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Words aren’t enough for Sen. Jeff Sessions, who says he wants to see a concrete plan on paper when President Barack Obama addresses the nation Thursday night about his plans to end the country’s economic crisis.
“For his address to Congress to be credible he must follow it with a concrete plan, on paper, that begins to reverse the economic damage his policies have caused,” said the Alabama Republican, who lays the blame for the nation’s continuing high jobless numbers directly on the president’s shoulders.
Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, is looking for something a little better than the mid-session budget review the White House submitted to Congress last week.
Not only was it seven weeks past the deadline for submission, Sessions complained, but it contained “no real plan to reduce the deficit.”
“As of now, the only plan he has ever submitted on paper remains his February budget, which would double our nation’s gross debt in ten years,” the senator said.

Sessions added the mid-term review also lacked any indication of what policy changes Obama plans to announce in his speech to the joint session of Congress.
“A speech is no substitute for a budget,” Sessions observed.

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