Sen. Sessions will block Lew as Treasury Secretary

Washington Times:
The top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee will lead a charge to try to block White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew’s prospective nomination to become Treasury secretary.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said Mr. Lew blatantly misled Congress about administration plans to reduce the national debt and “must never be secretary of Treasury.”

Two years ago, while serving as Mr. Obama’s budget director, Mr. Lew told Congress that the president’s budget, which he had crafted, would not add to the national debt.

“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,” Mr. Lew said in 2011.

To Mr. Sessions, the claim is so “outrageous and false” that it alone should disqualify Mr. Lew from the key Cabinet post.

If Lew made those statements he was clearly either grossly misinformed are was deliberately trying to mislead Sen. Sessions and Congress.  I can understand why the Alabama Senator would not hold him in high regard.   It should be a critical issue for those who are concerned about the debt crisis which this administration is doing its best to ignore.  In that regard Lew is part of the problem.  He was also teh author of the sequestor idea which Obama claims came from Congress.  Either Obama is misinformed or he too is trying to mislead.  It is time for some honesty from this White House.


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