By Erik Wasson - 01/31/11 08:56 PM EST
Obama in the State of the Union called for a five-year freeze in spending at current levels, rather than cuts to those levels.
Sesssions ripped statements by White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who on Sunday said that spending cuts must be accompanied by new investments.
The Republican also said that any vote to raise the debt ceiling must be accompanied by a bipartisan deal cutting outlays.
“Clip back on the credit card a little bit,” he said.
He also pushed back against what he said were Democratic efforts to paint Republican proposals as “heartless.”
“If we go back to 2008, 2006 levels of spending, is the country going to collapse?" he said. "Give me a break!"