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Senate Proceeding on Jun 13th, 2011 :: 2:07:30 to 2:29:50
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Jeff Sessions

2:07:18 to 2:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: clerk will call the mr. sessions: i ask t quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. president, i had the opportunity this morning to catch cnbc, a program involving -- that had mr. jack welch, former c.e.o. of g.e., on, and i thought he made a

Jeff Sessions

2:07:30 to 2:29:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

2:07:40 to 2:08:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: number of valuable points. he is a very, very -- he's very, very worried about our economy. he believes that we are facing serious troubles and we need to take action to do something about it. but as a corporate leader of

Jeff Sessions

2:08:01 to 2:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: great renown, one of the more respected corporate leaders, i guess, in america at this time, and he evidenced a real frustration at the lack of leadership this administration is showing with regard to our financial crisis. and he said a number of things.

Jeff Sessions

2:08:25 to 2:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one of them was classic leadership, classic thought by a manager, a man who's managed a very large corporation worldwide with many, many, many moving parts, and he said that you have to have a strategy. and we have no strategy. and i think that's correct.

Jeff Sessions

2:08:46 to 2:09:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that's -- i don't believe the american people sense that this country is able to articulate a serious strategy to confront the difficulties with which we are dealing now. and he said, you should basically -- and it's, i guess,

Jeff Sessions

2:09:08 to 2:09:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: c.e.o. language, g language -- he said that everything needs to go through a screen, and in his opinion the screen should be what our strategy is, and our strategy should be in general, as i recall his words, to create an economy that's productive,

Jeff Sessions

2:09:29 to 2:09:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: innovative, and growing -- creating jobs, creating wealth, creating prosperity. and everything ought for judged by that. one of the points he mentioned was drilling for oil and america. so we've got all kinds of government agencies out here,

Jeff Sessions

2:09:51 to 2:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: all kinds of regulations in a permatorium, blocking of the giving of permits, that is substantially reduced -- that has substantially reduced the ability of this nation to produce oil and gas at home, a critical factor if we're going to be competitive and economically prosperous. we need to quit buying so much abroad, sending that wealth

Jeff Sessions

2:10:13 to 2:10:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: abroad, and keep it home. so he just of the things that would never get through because instead of helping this country be more prosperous, create jobs, growth, it does just the opposite. yet in the midst of this massive governmentent entity that we

Jeff Sessions

2:10:35 to 2:10:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: have, we've these contradictory actions going on, and as a result we're muddling along at a very unhealthy rate. and the american people are worried about it. last week completed the sixth consecutive week that the stock market fell. oh, we were told, you know, in january when things were making

Jeff Sessions

2:10:57 to 2:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: some progress that everything was just doing great. we are creating a lot of jobs. we're creating jobs and the market was going along better. but it's not moving very well, and if you read the financial pages, the people who spend their life dealing with the economy and the threats that we

Jeff Sessions

2:11:20 to 2:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: face are uneasy about our future. just read those articles. the round table of worldwide economic experts in barron's over the weekend just came out. it was very troubling to me. many of them have very serious concerns about the future.

Jeff Sessions

2:11:41 to 2:12:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: would we have a double dip? some seem to say "yes." and the president -- the presiding officer on the budget committee, senator coons, knows the numbers we're dealing with and the testimony we've had that indicates that mr. bowles,

Jeff Sessions

2:12:03 to 2:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: former chief of staff to president clinton, and alan simpson in their fiscal commission report said that we are facing the most predictable crisis in our history and that it could cause an economic -- economic difficulties for us soon. mr. bowles said two years, or take.

Jeff Sessions

2:12:28 to 2:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not our grandchildren, but soon. this is why the experts are -- so we've got a problem. i don't believe we have in the white house any call to the kind of action necessary to alter the debt trajectory we are on, which is unsustainable. i don't think the american

Jeff Sessions

2:12:50 to 2:13:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: people fully understand, but they understand enough to punish the congress in this last election. i'm afraid they're going to punish us again because no congress can defend itself from the criticism that you have provided members of -- presided members of congress over a

Jeff Sessions

2:13:12 to 2:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: government that is borrowing 40 cents of every dollar you spend, that spends $3,700,000,000,000 and takes in only $2,200,000,000,000. and we just borrow the rest. and we're on a path that doesn't alter that. the president's budget, the most irresponsible ever submitted,

Jeff Sessions

2:13:36 to 2:13:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: made our debt path worse rather than better. so i'm worried about it. so the majority leader announces that, well, it would be foolish to have a budget. senator reid said it would be foolish to have a budget. at a time when we've never had a

Jeff Sessions

2:13:58 to 2:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: greater fiscal threat to the integrity of our economic system than we have today? let me repeat that. we are never -- we have never been in a position in which the economy could do as much harm to our nation as it can today. we're heading to the wall at

Jeff Sessions

2:14:20 to 2:14:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: warp speed. it is a dangerous circumstance. and we can get off this path. and we've got to do some things that are not very pleasant but not impossible that are being done by mayors and county commissioners and governors all over america, and countries

Jeff Sessions

2:14:42 to 2:15:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: around the world. the british made some very substantial cuts, far more than we've ever -- we're discussing in their overall spending prament. and some people have pushed back. they say you're cutting too much. you know that debate will happen

Jeff Sessions

2:15:04 to 2:15:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: here in we cut spending here. the international monetary fund, no bastion of conservative or economic thought, say no, u.k., no brits. stay the course. don't weaken now. you set a good, tough path for containing spending and reducing spending, and you've got plans that if you stay the course will

Jeff Sessions

2:15:25 to 2:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: be more successful than giving them up. and quitting on some pressure that you might be under today. so how do you get there? how do we get to the point where

Jeff Sessions

2:15:49 to 2:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: we deal with these issues? harvard economist alberto alasina drawing from his and other research on large fiscal adjustments across multiple nations, said this -- quote -- "spending cuts are far more effective than tax increases in

Jeff Sessions

2:16:10 to 2:16:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: stabilizing the debt and avoiding economic downturns. in fact, in several episodes, spending cuts adopted to reduce deficits have been associated with government expansions rather than recessions." close quote. goldman sachs has also done a

Jeff Sessions

2:16:31 to 2:16:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: study that indicates that. and we have empirical evidence of countries that have taken firm steps to get their financial house in order, have found that maybe almost to their surprise, they have had economic growth quicker than many have rejected.

Jeff Sessions

2:16:55 to 2:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the -- so where are we today? apparently we're not going to have any kind of regular budget process in the senate, to my great disappointment. i believe senator conrad, the chairman of the budget committee -- i'm the ranking republican on that committee -- was prepared to have hearings,

Jeff Sessions

2:17:16 to 2:17:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: but the democratic leadership has decided not to. democrats can't call on a budget committee meeting. only the chairman and the leadership can do those types of things. they decided not to. under the budget act, we should have hearings by april 1 of this year, and the law that we have

Jeff Sessions

2:17:37 to 2:17:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mandates the passage and movement of a budget in congress, says it should be passed by april 15. we're not -- now getting close to july 4, and we've had no real public discussion, no national debate as part of a marking up of a budget about the challenges

Jeff Sessions

2:17:58 to 2:18:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: this nation faces. we had, well, first we had the gang of six. and they have been meeting in secret, and i don't know who is advising them. i don't think the average american people in their struggling who maybe have lost their jobs or haven't seen their

Jeff Sessions

2:18:21 to 2:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: pay increased or seen their overtime eliminated, many of those people were in the room. but they are working, they are good people. i have been anxious for a month or so to hear something from them. maybe it would be a good deal. maybe it would be something to get us moving. i don't know. i had my doubts about it and

Jeff Sessions

2:18:43 to 2:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: expressed that, but i expressed my support to see what they could produce. maybe it would be worthwhile. i'm withholding judgment. so now we're not hearing from them, although they apparently have enough even a plan that they met with ten other senators, i understand to, discuss what they're

Jeff Sessions

2:19:05 to 2:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: planning on and let anybody else in on the deal. but now we say don't worry about the gang of six. if that doesn't work, we've got the vice president. president obama has asked him to have meetings with a very small group of senate and house leaders. and they're going to write us a budget. and there are some good people meeting in that.

Jeff Sessions

2:19:27 to 2:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i don't have any doubt about it. weeks have gone by. we had a week recess, and apparently it was over two weeks and they didn't even meet. the president is traveling around the world making speeches, raising money. and this country has not had a

Jeff Sessions

2:19:49 to 2:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: budget in 775 days. this senate has not passed a budget in 775 days. and the budget act requires us to pass a budget. it can't be filibustered. it can be passed with a simple majority. if it's going to be a partisan

Jeff Sessions

2:20:11 to 2:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: effort -- sometimes they are, just purely a partisan vote -- there are 53 democratic senators here who ought to be able to pass a we have passed budgets when republicans had a one-vote majority. sometimes you can get a bipartisan agreement on a budget. that's the best thing. sometimes it's just done with a simple majority.

Jeff Sessions

2:20:34 to 2:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so we had the potential to do that. but, oh, so now weeks are going by, and we're waiting on meetings in the white house. nobody knows what's particularly happening there. it's supposed to be secret. normally a budget is brought up.

Jeff Sessions

2:20:57 to 2:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it's brought before the budget committee. the chairman lays down the chairman posts mark -- chairman's mark. everybody gets to offer complete substitutes, gets to offer their whole budget or amendments or significant amendments to that budget, and they get voted on. and the matter is discussed. and the american people can get a

Jeff Sessions

2:21:19 to 2:21:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and the amendments offered by the other members of the committee. and this is how you do business in a democracy, last i heard. and then we're accountable; right? how much did you think we ought to raise taxes on the 0 american people? how much did you think you're going to cut spending?

Jeff Sessions

2:21:41 to 2:22:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: were you going to dare to make any change in medicare? i'll not vote for you if you make any change in medicare. you've got to do something about these entitlements. you didn't do anything about the medicare entitlements? you're going to let them go broke. those are the kinds of good discussions you would be having. the american people could see

Jeff Sessions

2:22:02 to 2:22:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it, and then it comes to the floor of the senate, and likewise it has an expedited process but a real opportunity to have amendments, even hundreds of amendments to offer to the budget act. and you then have something at least the american people will know what's in it.

Jeff Sessions

2:22:24 to 2:22:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: at least they'll know what their representatives voted for or against. but i think this idea of doing it in some other order, not the regular order, is an unhealthy process, and i hope that we can do better.

Jeff Sessions

2:22:45 to 2:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so i would just conclude, mr. president, by saying it's 775 days. i don't believe we've fulfilled our responsibility. we obviously have not fulfilled our statutory responsibility under the budget act which says we should have a budget by april 15. it also says we should have

Jeff Sessions

2:23:08 to 2:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: commenced hearings april 1. well, it's tough business, you know, standing before the american people and actually, in this crisis we're in, proposing the kind of severe actions that are going to be necessary to put our country on the right path. not the path to decline, not the

Jeff Sessions

2:23:29 to 2:23:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: path to debt crisis, but the path to prosperity. it's going to take some efforts. it's going to be painful in some ways. we're not moving in that direction at all. but what about the house of representatives? they passed they passed a budget that goes ten years and

Jeff Sessions

2:23:50 to 2:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: then even further. and it laid out a plan that historic. it con entitlements which are threatening the viability of those programs. it dealt with economic growth. it dealt with reducing spending which has surged in the last

Jeff Sessions

2:24:12 to 2:24:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: several years. indeed, in the last two cycles we've increased non-defense discretionary spending 25%. people act like you can't -- if you cut spending we're going to sink into the ocean. well, that could be eliminated and we would be no worse off than we were just three years

Jeff Sessions

2:24:33 to 2:24:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: ago. so the house did their duty, and what a democratic leader over here, instead of producing his budget, he calls up the house budget and toepts talk about how horrible -- he wants to talk about how horrible it is and voted on it. it got quite a number of votes

Jeff Sessions

2:24:55 to 2:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for it in the senate, certainly not enough to pass, but it got a lot of votes. so i offered the president's budget, the one he submitted a couple of months ago that i call the most irresponsible budget ever to be presented to this nation. and i stand by that. we are in a systemic crisis.

Jeff Sessions

2:25:18 to 2:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: it's got to be confronted with serious decision-making, and that budget came nowhere close to it. so i offered that. it failed 97-0. not one member of this senate, republican or democrat, voted for that budget.

Jeff Sessions

2:25:40 to 2:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: so i just think this is irresponsible. 775 days gone, we budget last year. we didn't pass a single appropriations bill last year. everything was cobbled together in this monumental c.r. that you heard about, continuing

Jeff Sessions

2:26:01 to 2:26:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: resolution. totally ineffective as a method to govern in this country and to spend money. congress ought to do its 13 appropriations bills promptly every year. first they should have a budget that tells all the committees how much money they've got to spend.

Jeff Sessions

2:26:22 to 2:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: then they should pass their 13 appropriations bills. each one should be brought up subject to amendment and be voted on. so we've been in this very irresponsible circumstance. my request is to our colleagues that are working either in the white house with the vice president and whatever they're

Jeff Sessions

2:26:44 to 2:27:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: doing over there, the gang of six or five or whatever, whatever they're doing. how about getting busy? how about let's seeing some numbers so we can go to work. i don't think it's going to be well received by members of the

Jeff Sessions

2:27:06 to 2:27:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senate to have plopped down in our lap on the eve of some important matter such as the debt ceiling a budget proposal that nobody's had a chance to study, and the american people don't know what's in it. i thought that was one of the things we learned in the last election.

Jeff Sessions

2:27:28 to 2:27:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i thought we learned that the american people want transparency. they want accountability. they want to know what their representatives are doing. and they want to see them in the light of day, not the dark of night, doing their work. i think that's reasonable. that's the way our congress was set up to work. that's what i'd like to see. so i think it's time for these

Jeff Sessions

2:27:50 to 2:28:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: meetings to start getting over with. i think it's time for us to start seeing some numbers. what are they going to do? wait for the last possible day to raise the debt ceiling and then waltz in here with some sort of agreement and we're all supposed to rubber stamp in a state of panic? pro appreciate that.

Jeff Sessions

2:28:11 to 2:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i don't think the american people will -- i don't appreciate that. i don't think the american people will. it's not good government. if they've got a plan, let's see what it is. let's start having some public discussion and vote on it. i think that's the right way to go about our business. i'm very concerned that we've gotten away from the regular order.

Jeff Sessions

2:28:33 to 2:28:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: i believe we've gotten away from the understanding of our august responsibility to pass a budget, to decide openly and publicly how much we think we can spend, how much we're going to tax, how much debt we're going to have. we ought to do that publicly and openly. and i believe that would be

Jeff Sessions

2:28:54 to 2:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: healthy for our republic and help the american people to understand just how deep a hole we are in. it's far deeper than most of us realize. i've looked at the numbers. they are very grim indeed, and we need to get started sooner rather than later. i thank the president and would yield the floor and note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

Jeff Sessions

2:29:21 to 2:29:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: clerk will call the

Jeff Sessions

2:29:47 to 2:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: quorum call:

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