What can be done to avoid the 'fiscal cliff'?
Sen. Jeff Sessions responds
- Duration 3:39
- Date Nov 23, 2012
Sen. Jeff Sessions responds
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Senator sessions you are the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee -- -- so many fiscal issues to talk about right now.
But there are some hurdles to get through -- -- ask you got some comments that you made about senator Reid talking about how he's making it very difficult.
For things he brought up to be discussed -- vote on you said.
He's actually abuse the power of the majority in the senate to a degree that is never ever been done before how self.
I don't -- -- any doubt about that for example he's consistently control the minority party's ability to have amendments to bill after bill after bill after bill.
And he also has refused.
Have a budget.
For three years and the reason is you when you bring up a budget you're guaranteed the right to have amendments and full debate.
He's refused for three years to bring up a budget to the floor of the senate.
And once again we're now heading into secret negotiations.
With a few leaders meeting in secret they'll bring up a settlement.
Presumably hopefully come to the fiscal cliff.
They cinema for -- -- December 31.
And ask your -- -- story without amendment not any real discussion.
And knowledge by the American people -- what's in it.
So this is so contrary to the great senate.
Understanding where -- Grady issues ever on day unabated it links.
People have unlimited debate and get that you know and really disgust -- great challenges we face financially in this country.
Do you feel like the American people are going to miss out if this isn't debated on the senate floor or committee hearings -- public where people.
Can see firsthand what's going on are you worried even as a Republican that you'll be asked to vote.
Up for something or cast your vote towards something that you didn't personally have any part in negotiating but your parties decided that's the way to go and you better phone line -- Four it absolutely.
See that's what happened in the -- the bailout first bailout bill in 2008.
Then and again our wrist a year ago when the budget control act for this sequester that all came out at the last -- the fifty ninth minute on the Tony third hour and it was not the right way to do business -- just think about that.
So we're saying.
To the American people you don't even get to know what you're -- -- -- -- voting at all.
You don't even see the bill it's not out there in print in language form.
Hassan -- you can hold accountable the people you send to Washington to represent -- I think it's a fundamental.
-- that we're getting into his eyes and dangerous to the heritage of the senate and we need if I'm not continue this.
What are the odds you would put them back for something getting done -- both sides can agree to you before we get to the -- Chad and I think do we have to reach an agreement we have so Roy discs are clear after losing anyway possible and -- playing in ways we can do it.
The truth is we've seen this coming for well over a year.
I mean we did nothing in September we had one little -- we spent all four are a week and then went home nothing in September.
There we had a sportsman bail out last week that and none of the great issues that we knew we were facing were discussed.
In the Senate Budget Committee is now -- -- the finance committee is nominating.
And so we're relegated.
To a group of people meeting in secret plotting.
Toss some sort of scheme that they think is best for America -- really.
Follow the senate needs to be engaged in the American people need to be engaged senator sessions thank you for making time for us this week happy Thanksgiving to you and your family thank you.