Sessions: Obama’s policies cause ‘middle-class distress’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blamed President Obama’s policies for high unemployment and a shrinking middle class.

“The truth is that the policy formula favored by President Obama — more regulation, hostility to American energy, anti-growth taxation, surging debt, bigger government, more federal interference, government-run healthcare and mindless immigration policies — are the cause, not the cure, for growing middle class distress,” Sessions said Wednesday.

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Sessions’s comments came after Obama gave a speech on the decline in economic conditions for U.S. workers.

Sessions has been critical of the Senate-passed bipartisan immigration reform, saying it would harm U.S. workers and only helps major corporations find cheaper labor.

“It is shocking for the president to give a speech about income disparity and falling wages while pushing an immigration plan that will hammer American workers and widen the disparity,” Sessions said. “The president says people are worried ‘the system is rigged,’ and yet, it is the president who has teamed up with a small cadre of CEOs to double the flow of immigrant workers, when these exact same companies are laying off American workers in droves.”

The Senate immigration reform bill, which had the support of 14 Republicans, would increase the number of worker visas and provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, once the U.S. borders are more secure.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has refused to allow the House to consider the legislation.

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