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 SessionsOn the Trail: Senate GOP hopefuls tie themselves to Trump Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Clinton calls Trump 'Putin's puppet' amid reports of Russian interference in 2020 election New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff 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 BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible 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 ReidReid pushes back on Sanders suggestion that a Democrat with plurality of delegates should be the nominee Harry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat MORE (R-Ky.) Monday to discuss deficit reduction plans.

The White House's announcement came shortly after House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE (R-Ohio) called on Obama to "lead" in the negotiations.