Chairman News


Who watches the ‘watchdog?’


Enshrined in our Constitution is one of Congress' most important responsibilities-the power of the purse. This requires lawmakers in Washington to review each and every dollar spent to ensure that the federal government is accountable to the American people. The most common way for Congress to exercise this power is through the annual appropriations process, in which lawmakers allocate money to agencies and programs. Unfortunately, there is one federal agency that operates with little or no publ… Continue Reading


The Biggest Bank You’ve Never Heard Of

by Senator Mike Enzi

Imagine a financial institution that loans out a trillion dollars to students and families across America, but regularly ignores government regulations and uses questionable accounting practices. On top of that, this institution is actually being run by the federal government. What you have isn't just a terrible idea, it's the largest "bank" in America that the public has never heard of, and it's inside the U.S. Department of Education. While this bank has no shareholders, its stakeholders incl… Continue Reading


How to Break Through America's Budget Gridlock

by By Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Last year could have been a big one for Congress, because it was able to pass its first joint balanced 10-year budget resolution since 2001 - a budget blueprint that would have put the nation's finances on a sustainable fiscal path. Unfortunately, within a month it was ignored. The truth is America's budget process is broken, and this dysfunction is preventing Congress from tackling the pressing fiscal challenges facing our country. The current budget process is designed only to spend, which fa… Continue Reading


Wanted: A Budget That Matters

by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)

Probably the worst kept secret in Washington is that America's budget process is broken. As chairman of the committee tasked with putting together a budget every year, I should know. Last year was a big one for our committee, because after years without a budget, the Senate last year was able to pass its first joint balanced budget since 2001. Unfortunately, just six months later it was ignored, and as a result our deficit and debt rose significantly. America's broken budget process no longer f… Continue Reading


U.S. News: The Budget's Broken. It's Time to Fix It

by Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY)

The recent spending and debt deal clearly illustrates that the federal budget process is in serious need of reform. America's current budget challenges are directly related to this breakdown and fixing it can put the country on a more responsible spending path going forward. If there was any doubt that the federal budget process is broken, consider this: Congress has passed budget resolutions in less than half of the last 15 fiscal years, and prior to this year's balanced budget resolution, the… Continue Reading


Getting serious about balancing the budget

by Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY)

This week, Congress approved its first balanced 10-year budget since 2001, which represented an important step toward putting our country on not just another course, but a better course. This balanced budget represents a "lean in" moment for a Congress under new management, to confront rapidly growing deficits borne from our government's habitual overspending, which plagues America and its taxpayers. Make no mistake, America faces difficult odds as we work to steer our ship of state to more sus… Continue Reading

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