“I believe the president needs to be honest in admitting that the bill’s short-term cost would wipe out, obliterate, the $7 billion in savings next year resulting from the debt-limit deal,” said Sessions.
He went on to demand that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provide members of Congress with a more detailed analysis of the president’s bill, expressing suspicion that the “total costs of the president's bill may be much higher than advertised.”
“How can the president ask Congress to pass his jobs bill immediately when no one even knows how much it costs?” asked Sessions. “[F]orgive me if I want to see the fine print on this legislation.”
The Alabama Republican said he has written a letter to OMB requesting that detailed analysis.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) followed Sessions to the floor and defended the president’s $447 billion plan, remarking that he sees the world much differently than his colleague from across the aisle.