WASHINGTON, March 18--Appearing on FOX News' "America's News HQ" today, Sen. Sessions discussed the nearing legal deadline for Senate Democrats to produce a budget (the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the Senate Budget Committee to complete action on a resolution by April 1, and requires passage by the full Senate by April 15). Despite this unambiguous statutory requirement, the Budget Committee has taken no action to even begin work on a budget. In fact, it has now been 1,054 days--nearly three years--since Senate Democrats have produced a budget at all.
This stands in sharp contrast to the record of House Republicans, which passed a budget last year and which is set to introduce this year's budget next week.
Rather than confront the nation's debt threat, Senate Democrats have resorted to political tactics on unrelated matters, as well as attacks on the House Republican budget even in the absence of a plan of their own.
Sessions also addressed new cost projections for the president's health law, which the Congressional Budget Office last week found will cost nearly twice what the president originally promised, or nearly three times the promised amount once the law is fully implemented.
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, joins FOX News' "Your World w/ Neil Cavuto" to discuss the Democrats' failed proposal to increase taxes on domestic energy production to produce more Solyndra-type energy projects.
Democrats like to talk about job creation as their number-one priority, but their actions tell a different story. Instead of supporting the JOBS Act, legislation to help small businesses which recently passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, Senate Democrats have chosen to waste time on a series of political votes on judicial nominations. Meanwhile, President Obama spent the day of the House vote on the JOBS Act lobbying against the Keystone pipeline and the 20000 jobs it would create. If Senate Democrats really cared about jobs, they would immediately bring the JOBS Act to the Senate floor and get it to the president as soon as possible.
President Obama may have inherited a tough economic situation, but again and again, he's made it worse. Obama's record so far includes an unemployment rate that has exceeded 8 percent for 37 straight months, a $15.5 trillion debt (a 46 percent increase in just three years), and gas prices that have more than doubled since he took office. If the president were serious about improving our economy and alleviating the burden on the American people, he would work with Republicans to cut spending, encourage private-sector job creation, and put in place a real all-of-the-above energy policy that would lower gas prices by developing domestic energy resources.