Chairman's Press

07.17.19

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push White House Budget Office to Publish Comprehensive List of Federal Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators, led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make a list of all federal programs publicly available on a central government-wide website in order to identify and eliminate program waste and duplication. In addition to Senators Enzi and Lankford, the group included Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Enzi Warns Surging Federal Debt Puts Nation at Risk of Fiscal Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a speech today on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called attention to the federal government's unsustainable fiscal outlook and noted that a Congressional Budget Office report released this week on the long-term budget outlook projected that our surging federal debt is putting the nation at risk of a "fiscal crisis." "The federal government is swimming in a sea of red ink that threatens to drown… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Enzi: Securing Nation’s Fiscal Future Begins by Fixing the Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on securing the nation's fiscal future, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that he hoped the committee would produce bipartisan proposals to fix America's broken budget and spending process. Testifying was Gene L. Dodaro, the Comptroller General for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), who discussed what fiscal rules other countries have utilized to manage their debt and deficits, as well as other steps Congres… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Enzi Statement on CBO’s 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook: "CBO's latest projections make it clear that Washington has a spending problem. Our autopilot spending continues to grow almost entirely unchecked. Fifty years ago, such spending comprised 36 percent of total spending. Today, that figure is approaching 70 percent, and according to CBO's estimate, will to… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Chairman Enzi: States Could Have Lessons on Fixing America’s Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today continued the committee's work on fixing America's broken budget and spending process, with a focus on how different state budget processes work, and whether some state practices could be successfully applied to the federal level. Enzi noted that the way Wyoming budgets and spends could provide important lessons for Congress on fiscal responsibility. "An important lesson to be learned from the states i… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Enzi Works to Ensure HUBZone Program is Improving Economic Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, this week is pushing the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program is fulfilling its mission and improving economic opportunities in distressed communities across the country. A recent news article showed that the HUBZone program funds are going to some of the nation's wealthiest areas, instead of being targeted to the country's neediest c… Continue Reading


05.15.19

Phillip Swagel to Succeed Keith Hall as Director of the Congressional Budget Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, joined today with House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip L. Swagel to serve as Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Swagel will serve his term from June 3, 2019, until January 3, 2023. "Dr. Swagel's strong academic and government experience, as well as his knowledge and expertise in economic forecasting, will serve him well as he leads … Continue Reading


05.14.19

Chairman Enzi Kicks Off Budget and Spending Process Reform Hearings Focused on Bipartisan Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today began a new series of hearings focused on finding bipartisan solutions to fix America's broken budget and spending process. The first hearing included two former Senate Budget Committee chairmen, Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Kent Conrad (D-ND), to share their perspectives. "Every day, American families and small businesses make tough decisions regarding how to balance their budgets," said Chairman Enzi… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Enzi: Social Security and Medicare Programs Remain on Unsustainable Fiscal Path

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, this week expressed concern during a speech on the Senate floor that the Social Security and Medicare programs remain on an unsustainable fiscal path. Enzi noted that the Social Security trustees now estimate that the program's combined trust funds will be insolvent by 2035. Additionally, the Medicare trustees now estimate that program's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2026. "We are facing … Continue Reading


04.09.19

Chairman Enzi: Congress Must Carefully Consider Defense Priorities Along with Nation’s Fiscal Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the Department of Defense fiscal year 2020 budget request, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that Congress must carefully consider national defense investments and priorities within the context of America's fiscal challenges. "There is no greater duty than defending our nation from the threats it faces around the world," said Chairman Enzi. "However, we must also acknowledge that one of the gravest threats to o… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Chairman Enzi: Congress Must Improve the Way it Budgets for Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a speech today on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that Congress must work to improve the way it budgets for inevitable natural disasters and emergencies. He said this would allow the country to respond to natural disasters more efficiently, while also reducing the burden on American taxpayers. "Congress should be open to any idea that could help our country better plan for the annual costs o… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Senate Budget Committee Approves Plan to Cut Deficits by Half a Trillion Dollars

WASHINGTON D.C. -The Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), today approved the FY 2020 Budget Resolution, which would reduce deficits by more than half a trillion dollars over five years and put America on a more sustainable fiscal path. Enzi noted the budget blueprint will help begin to reduce overspending and set real, achievable deficit reduction targets, while supporting reforms to mandatory spending programs. "The budget does not solve all of our fiscal challenges,… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Chairman Enzi: Senate Budget Resolution is First Step to Strengthen America’s Future

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today said Congress must begin the difficult task of addressing America's ballooning debt and deficits. The committee began consideration of the FY 2020 Budget Resolution, focused on reducing the deficit over the next five years. "This budget represents an important first step toward addressing our country's fiscal challenges and provides a path for us to begin working together to achieve real deficit reductio… Continue Reading


03.27.19

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Support for the FY 2020 Budget Resolution

ELECTED OFFICIALS: House Budget Committee Ranking Member Steve Womack (R-AR): "I commend Chairman Enzi for introducing a realistic and achievable budget, and for his intention to advance this resolution in the coming weeks. As lawmakers sitting on the budget committees in the House and Senate, we all have a responsibility to lead federal spending decisions that fund the priorities of the American people while also addressing our nation's fiscal challenges." POLICY ORGANIZATIONS Taxpayers for … Continue Reading


03.22.19

Enzi Unveils 5-Year Deficit Reduction Plan

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Resolution, which would reduce deficits by more than half a trillion dollars over five years. "Strengthening America's future for our children and grandchildren begins by putting our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path and reducing our nation's deficit spending, which is approaching $1 trillion per year," said Chairman Enzi. "This budget is a responsible first st… Continue Reading


03.15.19

BUDGET ROUNDUP: BUDGET RESOLUTION BASICS

KEY TAKEAWAYS A budget resolution is a governing blueprint that provides an annual plan for the federal government's finances. The Congressional Budget Act (CBA) requires budget resolutions to cover the upcoming fiscal year and at least the following four fiscal years. Budget resolutions provide a mechanism for Congress to review the spending and revenue policies it has previously enacted and develop and enforce fiscal targets. Recognizing Congress's power of the purse, budget resolutions … Continue Reading


03.13.19

Chairman Enzi: We Must Put Our Nation on a More Sustainable Fiscal Path

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today on the President's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that Congress and the President must work together to put our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path. "It is no secret the federal government spends more than it takes in and will soon produce annual deficits exceeding $1 trillion," said Chairman Enzi. "Make no mistake, both sides share in the blame of rising deficits and debt, … Continue Reading


03.11.19

Chairman Enzi's Statement On President’s FY 2020 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today after the President's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal was released: "The President's annual budget proposal is the first step in the federal budget process and will allow us to consider how his priorities align with the priorities of Congress," said Chairman Enzi. "I look forward to working with my colleagues and the President to curb federal overspending and help bring ou… Continue Reading


03.01.19

BUDGET ROUNDUP: Review of Almost $1 Trillion in Cap-Adjusted Spending

KEY TAKEAWAYS: Cap adjustments have allowed Congress to increase spending beyond the levels set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011. These cap adjustments have resulted in almost $1 trillion in additional spending. The BCA contains several cap adjustments to increase spending for specified purposes, including emergencies, disasters, program integrity, and overseas contingency operations (OCO), without breaching the law's spending limits. The largest cap adjustments are the OCO and emer… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Enzi: Congress Has Spent Almost $1 Trillion Above Budget Caps Since 2011

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on cap-adjusted spending under the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) noted that cap adjustments have allowed Congress to spend almost $1 trillion beyond the levels set forth in the law. Enzi said these cap adjustments have created an additional path to increase spending. "While a primary objective of the Budget Control Act was deficit reduction, the law also allows for several cap adjustments to increase spend… Continue Reading

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