Chairman's Press

03.19.15

Senate Budget Committee Approves Balanced Budget to Boost National Defense and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), today approved a plan that would balance the nation's budget in 10 years with no tax hikes, protect our most vulnerable citizens, strengthen the national defense, and boost economic growth and opportunity for hardworking families. The full Senate will consider the committee's balanced budget proposal next week. The Congressional Budget Act mandates a specific timetable for the Congressional budget p… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Enzi Introduces Balanced Budget That Supports Economic Growth and Expands Opportunity for Hardworking Families

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the following statement after he introduced the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2016, which balances the budget in ten years with no tax hikes, protects the nation's most vulnerable citizens, strengthens America's national defense, and improves economic growth and opportunity for hardworking families: "Today we begin the monumental task of confronting our nation's chronic overspendin… Continue Reading


03.16.15

Chairman Enzi to Commence Senate Budget Markup on Wed. March 18

***Media Advisory*** Chairman Enzi to Commence Senate Budget Markup on Wed. March 18 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will commence a markup of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2016 on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:30pm in room SD-608. WHAT: Full Committee Markup on the Concurrent Budget Resolution for FY 2016 WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm EST WHERE: United States Senate Budget Co… Continue Reading


03.11.15

Chairman Enzi Says Balanced Budget Will Help Make Govt. More Effective, Efficient and Accountable

WASHINGTON, DC - During a hearing today on the benefits of a balanced budget, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said a balanced budget will help restore the trust of the American people because it will require Congress to actually set priorities and stick to them while evaluating and prioritizing every program. He said this is something hardworking taxpayers and businesses in America do every day. "Over the past six years, we have learned that wasteful Was… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Budget Chairman Enzi Applauds Ayotte Bill to Eliminate Waste in Govt. Spending

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today applauded legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that would help eliminate waste in federal government spending. Senator Ayotte's bill (S. 236) would save billions of taxpayer dollars by making it easier for Congress to eliminate duplicative and wasteful programs across federal government agencies. "Senator Ayotte's bill will help ensure that hardworking taxpayers are getting the best d… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Chairman Enzi: Tackle America’s Chronic Overspending by Eliminating Duplication in Government Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said during a hearing today that one way Congress could tackle America's chronic overspending problem is by rooting out needless duplicative spending and programs in the federal government. "Americans know that the government overspends too much, taxes too much, borrows too much, regulates too much, and now owes way too much," said Chairman Enzi. "But what the government does too little of is make any cre… Continue Reading


02.27.15

Keith Hall to Succeed Doug Elmendorf as Director of Congressional Budget Office

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, joined today with House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Hall to serve as Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Hall's term would end on January 3, 2019. "Dr. Hall has more than 20 years of distinguished government service, including as Chief Economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor … Continue Reading


02.25.15

Chairman Enzi: America’s Booming Debt Threatens Our National and Economic Security

Click here to watch Chairman Enzi's opening statement. WASHINGTON, DC - During a hearing on the nation's debt today, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, noted that America's current debt is the biggest our country has ever owed and endangers our government and hurts the nation's economic potential. "If we don't stand up to our debt and stop overspending, we'll ruin what so many generations before us have worked to build as well as the hopes of generations to come,"… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Chairman Enzi: Modernize Disability Insurance to avoid program insolvency

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke this morning about the looming insolvency of the Social Security Disability Trust Fund. In his opening statement before the Senate Budget Committee, Enzi highlighted the need to modernize the Disability Insurance program in order to fiscally secure its long-term future for the nation. Below is U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., opening statement as prepared for delivery: The federal government's primary program to a… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Budget chairmen, Portman, call for accounting of spending changes made each Congress

Every year, Congress and the president enact dozens of laws increasing or decreasing spending on various entitlement spending programs. However, there has never been a single document listing the final cost of each new law. To get an honest accounting of these costs, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, GA-06, and Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called on the Congressional Budget Office to begin publishing a scorecard at the beginning of eve… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Chairman Enzi: Confront spending, make tough decisions

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, spoke this morning on how the president's FY2016 budget proposal lacks needed fiscal reforms and only accelerates the nation's plunge towards higher interest payments and more debt. In his opening statement before the Senate Budget Committee, Enzi also highlighted how we need to be working toward a balanced budget, not rehashing old ideas of taxing more and spending more. It's time for a new direction according to the Cha… Continue Reading


02.02.15

President Obama proposes the same failed policies

Today, the White House released President Obama's budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 - a proposal that never balances and includes a $2.4 trillion spending increase, a $2.1 trillion tax increase and adds $8.5 trillion to the national debt. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following joint statement in response: "Our nation is on a fiscal and economic path that is simply unsustainable. Failed policies and sta… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Member Comments and Staff Analysis Of The Congressional Budget Office’s Budget And Economic Outlook, 2015–2025

"Political differences shouldn't prevent us from taking bold, decisive action to address America's dire financial outlook. Republicans and Democrats agree that being $18 trillion in debt today and facing the prospect of spending more than $800 billion a year on interest payments alone does not lend itself to a prosperous future for our country. CBO's numbers only reinforce this notion. The longer we postpone reforms and put off making tough decisions, the deeper the hole we have to climb out of.… Continue Reading


01.26.15

New Budget chair says budget projections show need for urgent course correction

Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Budget Office is expecting our nation's debt to grow by $9 trillion over the next decade. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said this is a problem we can no longer run from, but one we must confront: "‎The past will catch up to us no matter how fast we run from it. The Congressional Budget Office's new figures show our failure to root out wasteful spending and live within our means. This has left us with an endless … Continue Reading


12.17.14

Sessions Comments On Committee Plans For 2015

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding committee plans for next year and his friend Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY): "My good friend Mike and I have been close since we both entered the Senate together 18 years ago. We will long remain good and close friends. We have talked and I am deferring to his seniority so that he can lead the Budget Committee as its Chairman beginning in 2015. Mike graciously defer… Continue Reading


12.05.14

Sessions: Restoring Opportunity For American Workers Highest Priority For New GOP Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the population of Americans not in the labor force increased to more than 92.4 million last month: "While there was some modest improvement in this morning's jobs report headline, millions of Americans felt another month go by out of work and with little hope of finding a job. The report gives the appearance of progress, b… Continue Reading


11.12.14

Sessions Lays Out Financial Agenda For New GOP Majority In Address To Coolidge Foundation Budget Conference

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, delivered the following keynote address today at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation's national budget conference. Sessions emphasized the need to balance the federal budget within 10 years, impose financial discipline on federal agencies, and improve economic conditions for American workers: "I would like to thank all of our distinguished panelists. In particular, I would like to thank the Calvin … Continue Reading


10.03.14

Sessions: 12 Million More Americans Outside Workforce Today Than In 2009

"Three-fourths of Americans say we remain in a recession-and there are sound reasons for such personal beliefs. Declines in wages and the percentage of people actually working have been hammer blows to working families." WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a record high number of Americans are not in the labor force: "The jobs report does not signal that l… Continue Reading


09.30.14

GAO: Obama Admin Has No Legal Authority To Make Risk Corridor Payments Without Congressional Action

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statements today after the Government Accountability Office issued a legal opinion at their request regarding the risk corridor program in Obamacare: "GAO has confirmed beyond dispute that the Department of Health and Human Services has no legal authority to disburse risk corridor payments under Oba… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Sessions Opposes Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the passage of a short-term, stopgap funding bill: "Once again, we were asked to vote for a massive, catch-all bill to fund the entire government without an opportunity to meaningfully review it, and we were blocked by Leader Reid from offering a single amendment. Leader Reid has strong-armed the Senate to shut down debate and rush through legislation at the 1… Continue Reading

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