With the Republicans taking over the Senate for the 114th Congress, it is vitally important that our party puts the right people in charge of the chamber’s committees. All too often, the major committees, especially those dealing with money, are chaired by squishy Establishment types who will never put up a real fight for fiscal conservatism when they should. With the upcoming Congress, we have an opportunity to get things right by having a staunch conservative chair one of them.
Right now, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Jeff SessionsSenate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard84% of Alabama is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. Theoretically, unless he chooses to give up his seat on that committee, you’d think it would follow that he’d become the chair of it when Congress reconvenes this January. However, for reasons mostly insignificant to us but apparently very important to the tradition-bound Senate, fellow Budget Committee member Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming has precedence and seniority over Sessions when it comes to appointing committee chairs. No one will mistake Enzi for a Liberal, but he has not been as outspoken and eloquent about the important fiscal issues of the day as Senator Sessions is. We know that Senator Sessions has a long history of standing up for conservatism, and we can be sure he will represent us well as chair. The National Review lays out Sessions’ track record well in their editorial endorsing him for the spot:
He has a track record of real success, as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and now the Budget Committee. In 2007 and 2013, his relentless opposition — including floor speeches, reports, and other acts of public and private advocacy — played a central role in defeating so-called comprehensive immigration reform. On the Judiciary Committee, he mustered substantial opposition to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, something predecessors had not managed to do in similar circumstances.
He has done an exceptional job on budget issues, explaining complicated fiscal matters to voters and colleagues. In particular, Sessions unremittingly attacked his Democratic counterparts on the Budget Committee for not writing or releasing a budget on their own, as the law required. After more than 1,000 days of lassitude, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Patty MurraySenate Democrat Average<img src="http://www.redstate.com/wp-content/plugins/heritageaction-score-card-member-scores/images/loading.gif" …read more