As Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner visited congressional leaders Thursday for private meetings, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wanted to know more.
“It seems to me the President’s plan is to talk in general, to meet in secret, and then, under threat of panic, to force through some deal that maintains the status quo: more taxes, more spending, more debt," the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee said in a floor speech.
"That’s why the process needs to be taken out of the shadows. With public debate, people would learn facts that are now obscured."
''The Senate is a great institution, and we ought to be engaged. The engagement of the Senate would allow the American people to know what’s happening. They are entitled to that. I believe we can do better. We must do better.
"All of this secrecy allows the President to position himself as being in favor of a ‘balanced’ plan while the only comprehensive proposal he put on paper, his FY 2013 budget, increases taxes to fuel a further increase in spending…Insofar as I can see, a tax-and-spend policy remains [President Obama’s] goal today. The White House isn’t planning to raise taxes to reduce the deficit, but to grow the government. I don’t believe Congress will accept such a deal if that is what is being discussed”