Chairman News

07.17.18

Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending

by NIV ELIS

The chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees have weighed in on a debate on how to fund a veterans program that has thrown a wrench into the 2019 appropriations process. Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations committees abruptly canceled a conference committee meeting to sort out differences over a package of three spending bills because of disagreements on veterans funding. Their question is whether to fund an expensive veterans program, the VA Mission Act, under existing bu… Continue Reading


06.27.18

House Speaker Paul Ryan endorses Enzi's two-year timeframe for federal spending bills

by David Sherfinski

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday threw his support behind a plan to move to a two-year budget for the federal government, saying it would give Congress more time to get its work done and perhaps end the cycle of shutdown showdowns. But other lawmakers said it will take more than tinkering with the calendar to fix the budget and spending process, which all sides say is broken after three government shutdowns in the last five years. Some of those lawmakers said it was time to disband Congr… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate chairman urges move to two-year budgetary process

by NIV ELIS

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is throwing his support behind a two-year budget and appropriations process, an option actively being considered by a joint select committee examining the budget process. "I have long believed that moving to biennial appropriations would allow for greater transparency and congressional oversight of executive branch program spending and management," Enzi wrote in a letter to the co-chairs of the joint select committee, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.… Continue Reading


05.24.18

Senate Budget Chairman Knocks STEM Spending Overlap

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Wednesday voiced strong criticism of the Federal government's spending to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in the United States, saying that some of the Federal investment is duplicative and inefficient. The chairman's comments came during a committee hearing to discuss the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) annual Duplication Report. The latest Duplication Report, released in Apr… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Clean up the books or risk funding cuts, budget chair warns Pentagon

by BRYAN BENDER and SARAH FERRIS

If the Pentagon can't do a better job of managing its finances Congress may have to consider withholding some of the additional funds the military is slated to receive under a new budget deal, the Republican chairman of the Senate Budget Committee warned Wednesday. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming was responding to a recent report in POLITICO about an initial audit of the Pentagon's massive logistics arm that concluded it could not account for hundreds of millions of dollars. "Taxpayers must ha… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Budget chairman pushes Mattis on Pentagon audit

by REBECCA KHEEL

The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee is pushing the Pentagon for more details on the costs and timeline of its first departmentwide audit. "To provide for our common defense in the new era of strategic competition heralded in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, we must fundamentally reform the Department of Defense," Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis released publicly Wednesday. "As we do so, taxpayers must have trust and confidence that their ha… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Senate panel advances budget, a key step for tax reform

by NIV ELIS

The Senate Budget Committee on Thursday advanced a budget resolution that would help pave the way for Republicans to pass a tax reform bill without Democratic support.The resolution passed 12-11 along strict party lines and is expected to be taken up on the Senate floor in two weeks. The Senate is not in session next week. Though the budget ostensibly lays out spending plans for the fiscal year, the budget document's central purpose, as reflected by the committee's debate, was to open the recon… Continue Reading


10.05.17

Senate Budget Committee advances 2018 budget plan

by David Sherfinski

The Senate Budget Committee advanced its 2018 fiscal blueprint on Thursday, moving forward on Republican plans to fast-track a tax reform package hours after the full House passed its own 2018 spending outline. The approximately $1 trillion spending plan for 2018 that advances to the Senate floor projects a $641 billion deficit for the current fiscal year, but anticipates that a combination of trillions of dollars in spending cuts and economic growth will produce a surplus in 10 years. But mor… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Unhealthy acts (Unauthorized Programs)

by Cal Thomas

Is there anyone who can point to the "Affordable Care Act" (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the misnamed law claimed they would. Many people who like their doctors are not being allowed to keep their doctors. In a Facebook post last week, Obama himself didn't even bother to defend Obamacare. Instead, he criticized a proposed … Continue Reading


05.10.17

Enzi Charging Ahead With Budget That Balances in 10 Years

by Paul M. Krawzak

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi said Wednesday he is trying to write a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that balances in 10 years and he does not have to wait until a GOP health care bill is passed to mark up the budget in committee. "We're working on getting it ready now and we'll do it as soon as we can," Enzi told reporters when asked when the committee would vote on a budget. The Wyoming Republican said it was necessary "to cut trillions of dollars in order to balance in 10 years, and … Continue Reading


04.06.17

Senate Budget Panel Adopts Bipartisan Changes in Rules

by Jennifer Shutt

The Senate Budget Committee through polling of its members has unanimously agreed to change how it takes up the annual budget resolution, Republican committee leaders have told CQ. Members have agreed to release the resolution text to committee members five days before any markup. They also have decided to set deadlines specifying that first-degree amendments must be filed two days in advance of a markup and second-degree and side-by-side amendments must be sent to the committee a day before th… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Senate Chairman Floats Fix for "Broken Budget Process"

by James Arkin

Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Budget Committee, will release a detailed proposal Wednesday to overhaul the congressional budget process and change the way the federal government is funded for the first time in four decades. The Wyoming lawmaker's proposal, obtained exclusively by RealClearPolitics, would move Congress to a two-year appropriations process to prevent annual deadlines, create mandatory floor time to consider appropriations measures in both chambers, and eliminate the possibility… Continue Reading


11.14.16

Budget reform at the top of Enzi's to-do list

by KATHY BROWN

Mike Enzi has been waiting for this day. The U.S. Senator from Gillette returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday to begin his 20th year representing Wyoming. Only this time, the president-elect is Republican and his party - Republican - also enjoys the majority in the U.S. Senate and House. He's ready to begin work on a package of proposals and bills, many focused on budget reform "in a nonpartisan way," and hopes they'll succeed. At the same time, he's warning other lawmakers that… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Enzi takes on bipartisan budget reform in Congress

by Laura Hancock

Threatened federal government shutdowns. Spending bills that exceed limits negotiated by Congress. Concocted emergencies to justify loans. And no way for the public to follow the money. These are all dysfunctions of the current budgeting and spending process in Washington, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi says. And the Republican, who leads the Senate Budget Committee, is working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reform the process. "We have a broken budget process," Wyoming's senior U.… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Senate Budget Chairman Proposes a Cure for Congress' Addiction to Continuing Resolutions

by Charles S. Clark

Congress' frustrating budget stalemates and addiction to end-of-session continuing resolutions could be eliminated under a new set of reform proposals detailed on Monday by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Budget Committee. An accountant who points proudly to firm spending decisions made by the legislature in Wyoming, Enzi has been holding hearings and rolling out budget reform proposals for much of this year. To his earlier calls for biennial budgeting and a new fiscal commission to ta… Continue Reading


08.11.16

Enzi Gains Support From Outside Congress for Budget Overhaul

by Paul M. Krawzak

A bipartisan group that advocates changes in the budget process expressed support Thursday for several that were suggested by Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released a paper explaining why it backs Enzi's proposals to end the vote-a-rama practice, set aside dedicated time to consider appropriations bills and make the Senate budget resolution and amendments available in advance, among other proposals. Enzi, R-Wyo., released a dozen or so p… Continue Reading


07.17.16

Return to supercommittee mulled in Senate

by Joseph Lawler

Although overshadowed by the presidential campaign, a serious move is underway in Congress to try to end the dysfunction around the budget process and set up new fiscal commissions to reduce the debt. The effort, led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi and bipartisan interlocutors, is not an attempt to reach a grand bargain or solve any of the fiscal problems that face the country. Instead, the senators are discussing overhauling the way Congress sets budgets and appropriates funds t… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Budget reforms would end Senate vote-a-rama

by JOSEPH LAWLER (@JOSEPHLAWLER)

The former accountant has only a small window of opportunity, however. He said in May that any reforms would need to be enacted before the November elections, so that neither party would know whose majority or White House would be affected by the reforms. Congress has scheduled only five more weeks of work before voters head to the polls, thanks to lengthy summer breaks for both chambers. Stay abreast of the latest developments from nation's capital and beyond with curated News Alerts … Continue Reading


07.13.16

Senate Budget Overhaul Ideas from Enzi

by Jennifer Shutt and Paul M. Krawzak

Eliminating the vote-a-rama, making it tougher to waive budget points of order and creating enforceable, long-term fiscal targets are among ideas for overhauling the budget process that Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi will unveil Wednesday, according to a document obtained by CQ. Moreover, the Wyoming Republican is saying these concepts have gained some level of bipartisan support on the committee. An aide said Enzi still wants to mark up budget process overhaul legislation before the en… Continue Reading


07.13.16

Budget chairman proposes bipartisan overhaul of congressional budget process

by Tom Howell Jr.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi on Wednesday will propose the first bipartisan overhaul of Congress' budget process in four decades, saying lawmakers should outline two years of spending at a time and then stick to their plans. The Wyoming Republican hopes to put an end to the last-minute deadline showdowns that have plagued Capitol Hill over the last six years by forcing the Senate to debate spending bills soon after the annual budget is finished. "Instead of a functioning appropri… Continue Reading

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