Enzi: President and Congress Must Work Together to Curb Rising Debt

WASHINGTON D.C. – During a hearing today on the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Americans deserve a serious budget that addresses the nation’s fiscal priorities while curbing the national debt.

“One of my greatest concerns is our country’s national debt – a figure that now eclipses $20 trillion,” said Chairman Enzi.  “I believe to really secure our economy, particularly for future generations, we must tackle this growing problem. While lowering taxes is proving to bolster our economy, I also believe we must closely examine the spending priorities and habits of the federal government.”

Enzi noted that over the last several years, Congress has reduced the “budget process” to a confusing, illogical, wasteful maze of legislation, and ad hoc governing.  He said instead of funding the federal government week-by-week or month-by-month, Congress must address the structural deficiencies of our budget process – returning to a system that actually works. As Chairman, he has devoted much of the committee’s work on bipartisan ideas to fix America’s broken budget process. 

“The American people are counting on us to work together to fix the nation’s fiscal mess,” Chairman Enzi said.  “We must start now because one thing is clear—ignoring the tough problems today will not make them disappear, and the longer they persist, the more difficult they will be to address. It’s a tough road ahead, but I am hopeful we can find success together.”  

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