Although the Republican establishment gets it's fair share of tongue-lashing from Senator Sessions, the Immigration and the National Interest Subcommittee chairman explains that Democrats are equally to blame, with them refusing to move forward with appropriations bills unless Republicans kowtow to their demands about any number of issues. This, it would seem, is the latest such attempt to twist the arms of Congressional Republicans. Breitbart explains:
“Sessions continued by noting that Congress is in this position in the first place because Democrats are blocking the appropriations process—but then Republican leadership going along with them by negotiating everything in the forthcoming omnibus spending bill in ‘secret.'
‘It’s happening because the Democrats refuse to move the appropriations bills—13—we got one through,' Sessions told Bannon.
‘That leaves the vast majority of the federal government unfunded. It’s now in one piece of legislation. It’s being—Democrats complain about this or that and Republicans complain about this or that. And a group is meeting in secret agreeing to what will go in and what won’t go in. It’ll hit the floor of the House soon and then the Senate. If you don’t vote for it, you shut the government down and you’re a bad guy. And that’s the way it’s been year after year after year.
No wonder the American people are not happy. It’s not going to do anything to even control in any way the power of the president to bring in unlimited numbers of refugees and in effect require the taxpayers of America to pay for it. It’s going to be a huge cost over time. This ought to be, as you suggest, transparent. It ought to be voted on with experts on both sides discussing the pros and cons and then we vote. I don’t like this—it’s not the way this country ought to be operated.'”