President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) had been working on an overall deficit-reduction package, but Boehner 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 Reid (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.”