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A first step toward budget process reform


The problems with budgeting in the United States are so well-established that one might say the dysfunction has become a feature, not a bug. Legislators do not budget according to any rules - at least not since the mid-1990s. The way the current process is supposed to work - budget, then authorize then appropriate - was established in the 1974 Budget Act, legislation that arose out of a standoff between President Nixon and Congress over the former's overuse of impoundment power to withhold fund… Continue Reading


Editorial misleads on tax cuts, federal budget woes

by Sen. Mike Enzi

A recent editorial ("Our View: Deficit would be zero if not for tax cuts," Aug. 11) criticizing tax relief for American families and job creators makes a number of misleading assertions and glosses over uncomfortable facts that we as a nation must confront. Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal course, but this situation did not arise overnight or as result of the 2017 tax reform, which reduced the taxes for workers in every income bracket on average. In fact, last week the nonpartisan Con… Continue Reading


Pursuing Budget Process Reform

by Gordon Gray

Eakinomics: Pursuing Budget Process ReformGuest authored by Gordon Gray, Director of Fiscal Policy at AAF When President Trump signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 into law on August 2nd, Congress officially cleared the decks of much of its must-do legislating for the next 2 years. Given the dim prospects of serious policymaking during a presidential campaign, perhaps this 2-year agreement is just a practical necessity. But not all policymakers are resigned to meaningless "messaging." Sena… Continue Reading


Senator Enzi Restarts the Discussion on Budget Reform

by Demian Brady

The problems with the current budget process are legion. The timetables established in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 are rarely met, resulting in government shutdowns, omnibus budget bills, and, with the exception of a handful of years, annual deficit spending. The abomination known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 is the latest illustration of how bad the budgeting process is in Congress. One of its many serious flaws is that it eliminated the remaining two years of caps on discret… Continue Reading


Congress Should Move Forward on Budget Process Reform

by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Last week, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) released a series of discussion drafts with proposals to reform the federal budget process. The following is a statement from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. So far, this year has featured the longest government shutdown in history and a massive unpaid-for spending increase but no budget resolution passed by either chamber. If it wasn't clear before, it should be now - the federal budget p… Continue Reading


Senator Enzi “Troubled” by Delays and Cost Overruns of NASA Programs

by Andrew Parsonson

The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Mike Enzi has expressed concern that several NASA programs have suffered severe delays and cost overruns. In open letter to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine dated July 30, the Senator from Wyoming expressed concern that cost overruns and delays of NASA programs "could jeopardize futures missions." The senator cited a May 2019 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that detailed the statuses of agency's current portfolio of 2… Continue Reading


Senator criticizes cost and schedule issues with NASA programs

by Jeff Foust

Updated 12:30 p.m. Eastern Aug. 4 with response from Bridenstine. WASHINGTON - The chairman of a key Senate committee said he's "troubled" by cost and schedule growth on major NASA programs and is asking the agency for more information on their status. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Aug. 1 he sent a two-page letter to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine July 30 expressing his concern about cost and schedule performance on a number of major programs, citin… Continue Reading


Senate Budget Chair Unveils Plan to Overhaul Congress’s Broken Budget Process

by Yuval Rosenberg

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), who is retiring after his term ends in 2020, this week unveiled a set of proposals to reform the congressional budget process - among them, remaking the committee he now leads into a Fiscal Control Committee that would include the heads of the appropriations and finance committees as nonvoting members if they are not already voting members. "We can all agree that the current budget and spending system has broken down," Enzi said. "I am hopeful … Continue Reading


Senate budget chair takes NASA to task on SLS, Webb setbacks


BUDGET CHAIR: SLS, WEBB TELESCOPE 'RISK VITAL NASA MISSIONS.' Sen. Mike Enzi, the Wyoming Republican who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, told NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine this week he is "troubled" by cost overruns and delays on several major NASA programs that "put at risk vital NASA missions and taxpayer dollars." The two main culprits, of course: Boeing's Space Launch System rocket, which is nearly two years behind schedule, and the Northrop Grumman-managed James Webb Space Telescop… Continue Reading


Senate Budget Chair Proposes Major Changes To Budget Process

by Alec Larson

The plan includes, among other things, increasing the debt ceiling every two years. On Tuesday, outgoing Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi released a list of proposals he says will overhaul the budget process. Enzi's plan involves, among other things, making changes to the Senate Budget Committee itself. It would rename it the "Fiscal Control Committee" and would add the chairmen and ranking members of the appropriations and finance committees. Another major point of Enzi's plan… Continue Reading


Enzi shares plans for revamping budget process

by Paul Krawzak

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi unveiled a sweeping proposal Tuesday to overhaul the budget process at what could be an opportune time. With the 2011-era discretionary spending caps set to expire in fiscal 2021 and annual deficits soon projected to top $1 trillion a year, Congress could be more open than usual to ways to revamp the budget process. Enzi, R-Wyo., has written four draft bills aimed at tightening fiscal controls, strengthening budget enforcement, commissioning additional s… Continue Reading


Senators Provide Breakthrough in Long Fight For Taxpayer Transparency


It has been 50 years since we put a man on the moon. But the federal government still can't provide a comprehensive list of the programs that it runs. A bipartisan group of Senators is trying to change that. In a week full of newsy updates on debt limit and budget cap negotiations - this may actually be the biggest development. Senators Enzi (R-WY) and Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking for a progress update on the federal program invent… Continue Reading


Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office

by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget to publish a full list of all federal programs publicly available on the web to make it easier to identify program waste and duplication. In a letter sent to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, the group says providing a comprehensive list of federal programs on an easily accessible government website "is critical to helping Cong… Continue Reading


Enzi: Fiscal Storm needs to be Fixed now, not later

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing Tuesday on securing the nation's fiscal future, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he hoped the committee would produce bipartisan proposals to fix America's broken budget and spending process. The Comptroller General for the Government Accountability Office Gene L. Dodaro testified, discussing what fiscal rules other countries have utilized to manage their debt and deficits, as well as other steps Congress can take t… Continue Reading


Enzi wants economic opportunity zones to target areas in need

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Mike Enzi wants the Small Business Administration to ensure the Historically Underutilized Business Zones program is fulfilling its mission and improving economic opportunities in distressed communities across the country. In a news release, Enzi said reports showed the HUBZone program funds are going to some of the nation's wealthiest areas, instead of being targeted to the country's neediest communities, as the program was intended. Enzi said he was troubled to re… Continue Reading


The Bipartisan Push to Budget Long-Term for Natural Disasters

by Zach C. Cohen and Brian Dabbs

The Senate is coming around to an inevitable conclusion: Emergencies are increasingly common, and Congress should budget better for them. As multibillion-dollar disaster-relief legislation languishes in the upper chamber over aid to Puerto Rico, Senate budgeters and appropriators looking to tackle the deficit and the worst effects of climate change are embracing the idea of regular budgeting for natural disasters rather than resorting to supplemental appropriations. Senate Budget Chairman Mich… Continue Reading


Judd Gregg: In praise of Mike Enzi

by Judd Gregg

The federal deficit in February set a record. It was $234 billion. Up until 2008, annual deficits -- those covering twelve months - rarely reached the level of the deficit the federal government just ran for the month of February. The deficit for the first five months of this fiscal year is at $544 billion, and we are not even half way through the year. Most of this deficit was driven by an increase in spending, which is up nine percent over last year's spending at the same time. Last year, … Continue Reading


Senate panel approves GOP budget plan


WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel Thursday approved a GOP budget plan that would curb federal benefit programs by $551 billion over the next five years and reject President Donald Trump's plan to use budget tricks to pad the Pentagon budget. The Budget Committee approved the nonbinding measure by a party-line vote. The budget plan probably won't head to the floor for vote by the full Senate, however, and won't have much bearing on Capitol Hill efforts later this year to reverse automatic spendi… Continue Reading


Senate Budget Committee votes to advance 2020 budget plan

by David Sherfinski

The Senate Budget Committee on Thursday voted to advance a 2020 budget plan that aims to eat into government spending over a five-year period and hold annual federal deficits under $1 trillion - a level they're projected to surpass for most of the next decade. Chairman Mike Enzi said the plan is focused on "modest, achievable steps" that will put the country on a stronger financial footing. "This budget will not solve all our problems, but I hope it marks the start of an honest, bipartisan con… Continue Reading


Sen. Mike Enzi: Senate Budget Is a First Step to Strengthen America’s Future

by Sen. Mike Enzi

This week the Senate Budget Committee will consider a budget plan that will reduce deficits by half a trillion dollars over the next five years. The budget does not presume to solve all of our fiscal challenges. We've seen past plans with that aspiration, all of which have been ignored within weeks. This time we are calling for Congress to try a different approach. Working together, let's start the process of taking incremental, reasonable steps to rein in deficits and debt and provide the found… Continue Reading

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