By Erik Wasson - 01/23/13 05:31 PM EST
Sessions rejected an assertion by Committee Chairman Patty MurrayPatty MurrayDems call for better birth control access for female troops US wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Senate Dems unveil new public option push for ObamaCare MORE (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 RyanPaul RyanSunday shows preview: Both sides gear up for debate FULL SPEECH: Obama celebrates African American museum opening Trump slams Obama for ‘shameful’ 9/11 bill veto MORE (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.