Sessions slams Obama administration regulations on Senate floor

Sessions’s remarks underscore the stark partisan divide in Congress that has made a deal elusive, as the shutdown stretches into its third week with no clear end in sight. 

Sessions said congressional Democrats are insisting on regulatory policies that would energy costs to rise and employment rates to fall.

“That is not the kind of compassion I think we need,” he said during the floor speech. “I think we need to be asking ourselves, what is really happening that is hurting Americans, and why can't we create a government that is leaner, more productive, that allows growth and prosperity to occur, and not tax, regulate, and borrow our country into debt.”