President Obama and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerAn anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary Trump, House GOP could clash over 'Buy America' MORE (R-Ohio) had been working on an overall deficit-reduction package, but BoehnerJohn BoehnerAn anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB Boehner endorses DeVos for Education secretary Trump, House GOP could clash over 'Buy America' MORE decided to try to pass his “Plan B” as a fallback option when talks with the president made little progress.
The two men were trying to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” which takes effect in January when Bush-era tax rates expire and deep spending cuts are triggered. Boehner walked away from negotiations Thursday night, calling on Obama and Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) to find a deal.
Sessions said he was “uneasy” about the situation since he and other senators haven’t been involved in the process.
“I don’t know what was going on in those meetings,” Sessions said. “So I’m uneasy about this process.”
Sessions recommended that the president stop giving speeches that lack details on how he would cut spending and send over a concrete plan that could be score by CBO by Saturday, that way lawmakers would have time to read it before voting on it next Thursday of Friday. The Senate has been waiting all week for a plan to vote on, but no breakthroughs were made, so lawmakers are recessing until after Christmas.
“The whole U.S. Senate sits while the Speak of House and president meet,” Sessions said. “And we’re expected like to old Communist Duma to just pass a plan without having time to read it.”