Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt talks public

The ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee says President Obama needs to bring the negotiations over increasing the debt ceiling out into the open.  

"We might as well stake it out publicly to see what the disagreements are," Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE (R-Ala.) said Friday in an interview with The Hill. "I believe Majority Leader [Harry] Reid and the president desperately are working not to have to reveal their vision for the future, financially. Their vision will include, from what glimpses we've seen, an advocacy for more taxes and less spending cuts."

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Sessions said Democrats have been avoiding making public the negotiations and laying out precisely what they want in a debt-limit package because "what they're advocating for, I don't think would be popular."

Earlier Friday, Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin meeting with Biden, Schumer in Delaware Progressives' optimism for large reforms dwindles Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (D-N.Y.) said President Obama had already laid out a blueprint of what he wanted to see in a final compromise on raising the debt ceiling.

"You don’t need each detail. It is just an excuse," Schumer said. "I think Speaker [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE ought to sit in a room and negotiate."

Speaking during a call with reporters, Schumer and the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), said some of the provisions Democrats wanted to see in the debt package included an end to oil-and-gas tax breaks as well as changing the depreciation schedule for corporate jets. 

The White House announced Friday that Obama and Vice President Biden would be meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) Monday to discuss deficit reduction plans.

The White House's announcement came shortly after House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) called on Obama to "lead" in the negotiations.