Sessions commends Dems for ‘relenting’ on budget

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Senate Democrats announced Wednesday that they will go forward with a full committee process. At the same time, the House is voting on a bill that would withhold member pay if budget resolutions are not passed by April 15.

Sessions rejected an assertion by Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday that Republicans, through debt ceiling crises, have tried to move budget debates out of the committee.

“I was frankly stunned that our new chairman would say that Republicans ‘have time and again pulled budget negotiations out of the Budget Committees,’ when Senate Democrats alone control whether committee meetings occur. They alone decided to cancel them. The House, on the other hand, met its legal obligations,” he said.

Sessions said he looks forward to working with Murray to pass a resolution that balances in 10 years. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has embraced that goal and says he will do it without revenue — something that will require drastic and quick spending cuts.

The balanced budget cannot include gimmicks and must balance including interest payments, Sessions said.

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