The Hill reported that the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee will oppose Jack Lew’s nomination to be Treasury secretary.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has prepared a statement saying “Jack Lew must never be Secretary of Treasury.”He is not saying yet whether he will filibuster the nomination, however, which sources say President Obama will announce Thursday. Sessions expects that the Lew nomination will fail in the Senate, an aide said.
Sessions is still mortified by Lew’s brazen misrepresentation of Obama’s 2012 budget which he farcically claimed did not add to the debt.
“His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies,” according to the Sessions’ statement, which was obtained by The Hill in advance.
The video below, from Feb 2011, shows Lew incorrectly characterizing the deficits under the president’s 2012 budget, much to Senator Sessions’ astonishment.
The comment in question stemmed from Lew’s appearance on CNN the previous Sunday, when he said that “our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where we can look the American people in the eye and say we’re not adding to the debt anymore; we’re spending money that we have each year, and then we can work on bringing down our national debt.”
Sessions noted that the budget that Obama submitted would have added $13 trillion to the debt, never had a deficit less than $600 billion, and spent more than it took in every single year.
After Sessions assaulted him with all the facts and figures, Lew meekly responded, “I just think that if we’re going to have the kind of conversation we need to resolve this, we have to have it in a way that we respect each other, and I respect your position, Senator.” To which Sessions exasperatedly replied, “I can’t respect a position that suggests that this budget reduces the debt! If you take that position, we’re talking beyond each other!”
After Lew offered some other inanity, Sessions cut him off: “Well forgive me, Mr. Chairman, but …I don’t think it’s a matter of opinion, it’s flatly in error and it cannot continue, and I hope that the president and you never repeats that this budget balances at any point in the ten years.”
Needless to say – Lew is the perfect choice for Obama’s Treasury Sec. As Charles Krauthammer said, Obama chose Jack Lew to defend the entitlement state, big government spending and Obamacare. Lew is the man if Obama wants to hold the line on building the entitlement state – AKA Marxist state.
Via Just One Minute, a pic of Lew’s signature which will soon be gracing our currency: