U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as committee assignments were announced for the 113th Congress:
"I am thrilled with the strong Republican membership we have on the Budget Committee and grateful for their support. I look forward to working with my colleagues to tackle our nation's most pressing problem: the rapid accumulation of debt driven by massive government spending. Only by reforming government and controlling spending can we reduce poverty and government dependency, increase wages and job opportunities, and prevent a debt crisis that would devastate the economy.
The Budget Committee is tasked by law with producing a budget each year. Sadly, the majority party has refused to fulfill this legal requirement in our nation's hour of need. Leader Reid thought it was politically wise to conceal his party's fiscal agenda. I hope our new Chairman will bring up a budget as required by law and as Republicans have repeatedly insisted. This should be a prerequisite for any reforms that are tackled this year."
Jeff Sessions, Ranking Member
Patty Murray, Chairman