WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after being appointed as the lead Republican for the Senate minority on the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee:
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Budget Conference Committee. I believe the members of the Committee will seek to act in the nation’s long-term interest, and I hope we can find some common ground. Our nation’s spending and debt has surged beyond control. In the last five years, Washington spent more than $15 trillion and added more than $6 trillion to the debt. Never has so great a sum been spent for so little in return. The result? Wages are lower than they were in 1999 and fewer people are working today than were in 2007. The idea that we can tax, borrow, and spend our way to prosperity is simply false.
It will not be easy to reverse these deep and damaging trends, as Republicans and Democrats have serious philosophical disagreements over the proper role of government. But good faith efforts can surely make improvements, and perhaps even make very significant improvements in the long-term financial situation of our country. That should be our goal.”