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Full Speech: No Budget? No Vacation. Sessions Challenges Senate Democrats

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Uploaded on May 25, 2011

Sen. Sessions challenged Senate Democrats for failing to pass a budget in 754 days, and failing to introduce a budget plan at all this year--pointing out that Senate Dems have even blocked the Committee from meeting to work on a budget even though they acknowledge having some form of a plan that they are unwilling to make public.

Sessions announced that he would object to any unanimous consent request to allow the Senate to recess for the Memorial Day break if Senate Democrats continue to shut down the budget process. He also argued that Senate Dems have an obligation as leaders--and in keeping with Congressional statute--to present an alternate vision to the House GOP plan if they wish to continue their attempts to savage it. Later in the week, on Thursday, Sessions sent a letter to Maj. Leader Reid, signed by his Senate Republican colleagues, joining together to urge him not to adjourn the chamber for recess until the statutory budget process was allowed to move forward.

Highlighting the extraordinary cynicism of Majority Leader Reid's effort to bring up for a vote and to defeat GOP Budget while offering no Dem Budget (with Reid saying it would be 'foolish' to do so), Sessions said he looked forward to voting for the House GOP plan (which any member can bring up at any time under Budget Act rules) but would not consent to any unanimous consent deal that supports Reid's planned theater.

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