Senator Jeff Sessions about President Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Treasury: “Jack Lew must never be Secretary of Treasury”

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NOTE BELOW – from FNC’s Kara Rowland about Senator Jeff Sessions statements about the nomination of Jack Lew for Secretary of Treasury:

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Below you will find excerpts of a statement on Jack Lew from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – his office is planning to release the statement in full once Lew’s nomination is official but we have permission to use these excerpts NOW. I’d suggest sourcing as something like “according to excerpts of a statement by Sen. Jeff Sessions made in anticipation of the nomination obtained by Fox.” Though I realize that’s wordy.

 

Sessions is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

 

“Jack Lew must never be Secretary of Treasury. His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies…

 

“Lew, as the President’s budget director, appeared before Congress and continued to insist that President Obama’s budget—which Lew had crafted—would not add to the debt of the United States. His original statement, to a national television audience, was as follows:

 

‘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.’ …

 

“To ‘look the American people in the eye’ and make such a statement remains the most direct and important false assertion during my entire time in Washington…

 

“It’s time for a Secretary of Treasury to look the American people in the eye and lay out an economic plan for America that will end our debt path that has endangered our future and which will find support among the American people and the world’s financial community. Far from being a positive force towards this essential good, Mr. Lew has given priority to the political interests of the President, in whose White House inner circle he has now served for several years…

 

“At this time of unprecedented slow growth, high unemployment, and huge deficits, we need a Secretary of Treasury that the American people, the Congress, and the world will know is up to the task of getting America on the path to prosperity not the path to decline. Jack Lew is not that man.”

 

 

Kara Rowland

Capitol Hill producer, Fox News

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