Sessions to Democrats: Put your budget where your mouth is

Maybe the Democrats are using the “you can’t criticize our plan if we don’t have one” defense.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, yesterday announced that he would be blocking a set of unanimous consent measures this week in protest of the Senate Democrats, who don’t have a budget plan for the 2012 fiscal year.

The Senate plans to hold votes on a package of budgets this week in a set schedule, a parliamentary move that requires unanimous consent. Sessions says he will object to this, forcing a cloture vote on the schedule that will require a supermajority. His planned objection to the unanimous consent, he says, is a protest motion to draw attention to the fact that the Democratic majority in the Senate has failed to pass a budget in over 750 days.

“The planned series of votes are designed by the Majority Leader to fail,” Sessions said in his floor speech. “[They are] designed as a gimmick to distract attention from the unwillingness of Senate Democrats to produce an honest plan.”

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