Playing nice: Budget talks may start with an extra-friendly tone
October 17th, 2013
07:05 PM ET
9 months ago

Playing nice: Budget talks may start with an extra-friendly tone

Washington (CNN) – Catch your breath. And get ready for another fight. The next fiscal faceoff in Congress is likely to start in just over a week.

That's when the group of nearly 30 lawmakers charged with working out a budget plan for the government plans to hold its first meeting, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, told CNN after he and three other top congressional budget leaders sat down Thursday morning. Sessions is the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

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Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Jeff Sessions • Patty Murray • Paul Ryan
Sessions: Assad would have feared Bush
September 6th, 2013
02:49 PM ET
11 months ago

Sessions: Assad would have feared Bush

(CNN) – Sen. Jeff Sessions – a Republican who has yet to say whether he'll approve President Barack Obama's plan for military strikes in Syria – said at a town hall Friday that the situation in the conflict-torn nation would be far different if George W. Bush was still in the White House.

Speaking to tea party activists outside Montgomery, Sessions said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad would have heeded calls from the former Republican commander-in-chief to not use chemical weapons on his people.
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Filed under: Jeff Sessions • Syria
Sessions takes on Senate immigration gang
May 21st, 2013
05:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Sessions takes on Senate immigration gang

Washington (CNN) - What's wrong with the "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration reform bill?

Jeff Sessions has a lot of answers to that question, but he starts by pointing to a picture of a modest white house built in the early 1930s in Hybart, Alabama.

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Filed under: Immigration • Jeff Sessions
Weekly addresses: Obama takes milder tone, Republicans wary of Democrats' budget
March 9th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Weekly addresses: Obama takes milder tone, Republicans wary of Democrats' budget

(CNN) - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama continued to carry his new approach toward Republicans Saturday, using less partisan language and addressing both parties on how to move the economy forward.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, on the other hand, pulled no punches in the GOP weekly address. The senator warned of what he expects to be a damaging budget proposed by Senate Democrats next week.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Jeff Sessions • President Obama
Litigating Capitol Hill recess in weekly addresses
September 22nd, 2012
06:03 AM ET
2 years ago

Litigating Capitol Hill recess in weekly addresses

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Sen. Jeff Sessions argued over inaction on Capitol Hill in their Saturday weekly addresses, with the Alabama Republican presenting his case as though the audience were a jury.

“As a prosecutor, I learned to trust the wisdom of these everyday citizens. I also learned, more than anything else, jurors want the facts,” Sessions said in the GOP address. “Today, my goal is to present to you the facts as honestly and directly as I can.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Jeff Sessions • President Obama • Senate
Top Senate Budget Republican not ruling out government shutdown
January 24th, 2011
05:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Senate Budget Republican not ruling out government shutdown

Washington (CNN) – Most Republicans demanding to slash federal spending won't entertain the idea of taking a possible standoff with President Obama so far that the government shuts down.

But the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee told CNN Monday he's not ruling out that possibility "if the President just stonewalls – refuses to pass anything that will be responsible."
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Filed under: Budget • Jeff Sessions • President Obama
November 8th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Sessions backs off GOP whip fight

Washington (CNN) – House Republicans avoided a potentially contentious leadership fight Monday when Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, announced his decision not to challenge Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, for the position of majority whip - the third highest ranking position in the House GOP hierarchy.

Sessions will instead seek another term as head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is tasked with heading House GOP campaign efforts.
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Filed under: Congress • GOP • Jeff Sessions
September 17th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Lady Gaga calls on senators 'to do your job'

 Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.
Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress 'to do your job'.


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Pop singer Lady Gaga took to the web Friday, telling Congress "to do your job" - calling specifically on Sens. John McCain, Mitch McConnell, James Inhoffe, and Jeff Sessions to vote on the defense authorization bill, which includes authorization to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' after a Pentagon review. Republicans have been blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 'Don't ask, don't tell', is the law that was created in 1993 and bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the military.

In the almost 8-minute video posted on her website, the artist asks her fans to call their representatives and let their voice be heard: "Our fight is a continuum of the ever present equal rights movement, everyday we fight to abolish laws that harbor hatred and discrimination against all people, laws that infringe on our civil liberties," she says.

The singer, who in recent days has taken to her twitter account engaging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to schedule a vote to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell," asks the senators these questions: "Senators when you are sending our men and women into war, sending our wives, husbands, sons, and daughters into combat, will you honor their service? Will you support repealing this law on Tuesday and pledge to them that no American's life is more valuable than another?"

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July 20th, 2010
10:38 AM ET
June 28th, 2010
01:08 PM ET
4 years ago

Sessions, Leahy deliver opening statements

(CNN) - Elena Kagan lacks judicial experience and has a record of supporting liberal political causes, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday at the confirmation hearing for Kagan's Supreme Court nomination.

"While academia certainly has value, there is no substitute, I think, for being in the harness of the law, handling real cases," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, said in his opening statement.

His Democratic colleague, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Kagan would be an independent Supreme Court justice, and that he advised her to be open in expressing her judicial philosophy at her confirmation hearing.


Filed under: Elena Kagan • Jeff Sessions
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