Sen. Sessions: Obama's SOTU Proposals Will Increase Deficit

February 13, 2013 - 5:24 AM


Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, said President Obama is not accurate when he insists that his proposals and "investments" will not add to the federal budget deficit.

“I know it’s not possible, and I think the American people understand that,” Sessions said.

Obama said during his annual speech to a joint session of Congress, “Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat: Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

The president proposed 29 separate programs in the speech. asked Sessions if it was possible that proposals such as increased spending on infrastructure and universal pre-school can be done without adding a dime to the deficit.

“I don’t know what the president meant by that, but what we’ve got to understand is that this president and his team have not restricted themselves to perfect accuracy,” Sessions told after the State of the Union.

“This is consistent time and time again. They exaggerate ideas in ways that can’t be accomplished, but they do it because it sounds good as a speech.”