(WASHINGTON) — In his weekly address, President Obama laid into Congress for leaving Washington for a six-week recess without taking action on his job creation proposals. But Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., hit back at the president’s criticism in his party’s address, saying that the Democratic-led Senate is to blame for the adjournment without passing a federal budget.
“For the president to say his plan will pay down the debt is one of the greatest financial misrepresentations ever made to the American people,” says Sessions, the Senate Budget Committee’s ranking Republican.
“Adding to the chaos, the Senate Democrat Majority has decided to adjourn through November having utterly failed to meet its most basic obligations. For the last three years, in a time of national crisis, Senate Democrats have deliberately violated the legal requirement to produce a budget plan.”
Failing to pass an annual appropriations bill — “not once, but twice” — and no discussion on the national defense authorization bill or a plan to prevent tax hikes and steep defense cuts are all failures, Sessions says, that “create uncertainty and weaken the economy. But, he adds, if Republicans can get control of the Senate next year, this won’t happen.
“If given the chance, Republicans will get this government under control. A Republican Senate will pass a budget. Failure is not an option,” he says.
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