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Washington, D.C. –  Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., in his opening statement at the first meeting of the Budget Conference Committee for Fiscal Year 2014, made it clear that Americans are tired of the habitual promises Congress makes to fix our annual deficits and growing national debt without any real results. He offered ways to get those results.

"We’ve got to start legislating and stop deal-making. I hope we can at least make a small move in that direction with this conference committee. I’ve got several ideas for how to keep us out of the situation we were just in and make reasonable, but real, progress on our deficits and debt. I have a penny plan, a proposal on biennial budgeting, some relevant amendments for spending bills, theEnd Government Shutdown legislation, forced prioritization for spending cuts and tax reform.”

“We have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We shouldn't raise taxes in order for Washington to spend more.  We cannot spend our way to prosperity. … If done correctly, tax reform will help to generate additional revenue through economic growth to reduce the deficits and pay down the debt. I’m ready to make that happen.

“Our nation’s over-spending has to stop. The latest Congressional Budget Office estimates show that deficits and the nation’s debt are only going to get worse if we don’t take action now. If we don’t make cuts now, all the scenarios down the road are worse than what we’re facing today. A little pain now is better than a lot of pain in the future.”

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