MAYBE SESSIONS CAN DEBATE HIMSELF ON THE BUDGET…. President Obama’s new budget proposal intends to cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) of Alabama was asked on CNN this morning whether he considers that “a good start.” He replied:
“No, it’s not. This is a ten-year budget. It sets the president’s plans and what the country should do for the next 10 years…. $1 trillion reduction is insignificant and does not get us off the right course.”
I assume he meant to say “wrong course,” but misspoke. Fine.
But literally two minutes later, in exact the same interview, Sessions reflected on House Republicans’ proposed cuts.
“[E]ven the $100 billion House proposal in reducing spending will amount to $1 trillion. And that’s a step. I mean, because, you carry it out for ten years and you save $1 trillion in that fashion.”
Remember, Jeff Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, so presumably he has some familiarity with these issues.
I’m not sure why the far-right senator thinks $1 trillion in deficit reduction is unacceptable and insignificant when the White House does it, and acceptable and significant when House Republicans do it, but watching the video of him making the case sure is amusing.