Sessions said Murray’s decision came after the House decided to take up a bill raising the debt ceiling for three months on the condition that Congress members not get paid if they failed to pass a budget by April 15.
Murray denied that her motivation to pass a budget came from the House proposal.
Sessions pointed out that the Senate has gone more than 1,000 days without passing a budget, saying that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Say NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back MORE (D-Nev.) didn’t want to force members of his party to take politically “tough votes.” Sessions said passing a budget through committee and allowing amendments on the floor would include the public in the process rather than passing last-minute private deals to avoid consequences.
“We’ve got to have it be part of the public debate,” Sessions said. “The American people will understand better the challenges we face and senators will better understand the challenges we face.
“We can do it, we can get this country on a sound path. It is not impossible, but anyone who thinks it’s easy is wrong. … Everyone is going to have to swallow a little bit.”