Sen. Sessions says Dem plan to split GOP with budget vote will backfire

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday that plans by Senate Democrats to divide Republicans by voting on the House budget plan for fiscal 2012 will backfire, and will instead remind voters that Senate Democrats have yet to develop their own spending proposals for the coming fiscal year.

"Sen. Reid has made a serious miscalculation if he believes bringing the House Republican budget to the Senate will disadvantage Senate Republicans," said Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

"Instead, he will only draw more attention to the fact that House Republicans have presented an honest, principled budget while the Democrat-led Senate has failed to pass a budget in more than 700 days," he added. "Senate Democrats have not even presented a resolution in the Budget Committee this year or shown any intent to do so."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said this week that he would allow a vote on the House budget plan, which spends $6.2 trillion less than President Obama's plan, in order to expose a split among Republicans. In return, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would insist on a vote on the Obama budget to show a division among Democrats.

McConnell pointed out, for example, that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has criticized Obama's proposal for not reducing the deficit enough.

Sessions this week stressed that a vote for Obama's budget would be a vote that "grows our deficits and our taxes" and makes the U.S. less competitive.

"In fact, the White House has so far refused to even put their 'framework' on paper," Sessions added. "This is not the honest budgeting the American people deserve."