Sessions will raise budget point of order against Reid's UI proposal

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday said he would raise a budget point of order against the Senate Democratic proposal to pay for an 11-month extension of emergency unemployment aid by also extending the sequester cuts.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Sessions said the proposal from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appears to violate budget rules by offsetting the cost of the extension with spending cuts that would take place more than 10 years from now.

"It violates the Senate pay-as-you-go requirement, it increases the deficit by more than $10 billion inside the 10-year budget window without offsets to pay for the cost," he said.

"The amendment isn't paid for inside the budget window as the Budget Act requires. Instead, it tries to count savings 11 years out. That's not allowed under the Budget Act."

He noted that when he calls up a budget point of order, it will take 60 votes to waive that point of order. That could pose a hurdle for the Senate, as many Republicans are currently griping that Reid is not allowing any GOP amendments to be considered.

"Will 60 of us agree that the best way forward is to turn our backs on the Murray-Ryan spending deal that Congress passed just four weeks ago?" he asked.

"Or will enough of us agree that the best way forward to help the unemployed [is to] pay for that assistance with other savings in the federal budget, so we don't have to blow a hole in our budget agreement?"

Reid said earlier today that the Senate could start holding procedural votes on his amendment to S. 1845 later tonight. But he also said those votes may have to be delayed until Tuesday to give the parties more time to talk about the amendment process.

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