Chairman's Press

07.14.17

GAO Finds Eligibility Rules for Low-Income Assistance Programs “Complex” and “Burdensome”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the request of Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined eligibility rules for six major federal low-income assistance programs and found these rules to be unduly complex and confusing to applicants and administratively burdensome to federal agencies. In FY 2015, federal funding for these programs was nearly $540 billion. "This GAO study highlights the need for more efficient and effective government," said Chair… Continue Reading


06.26.17

CBO: Senate Health Care Bill Provides Lower Premiums and Saves Billions in Reduced Taxes

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its preliminary analysis of the draft Senate health care proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, stating that the draft bill would lower premiums by 30 percent when compared with current law, while also lowering taxes for hardworking families and providing more than $331 billion in on-budget deficit reduction. In a previous analysis, CBO found that repeal of the Obamacare law would boost the economy by encouraging more… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Enzi Statement on Senate Health Care Proposal

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today made the following statement after Senate Republicans released their discussion draft of legislation to stabilize health insurance markets and bring down health care premiums: "After months of hard work, Senate Republicans are proposing solutions to address the challenges to health care created by Obamacare that are affecting millions of hardworking families," said Chairman Enzi. "Senate Democratic lead… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Budget Committee Approves Vought as Deputy Director of White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee approved the nomination of Russell T. Vought to be Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mr. Vought must also be approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and then can be considered by the full Senate. "The White House Budget Office plays a critical role in managing government-wide functions, such as agency rulemaking, contracting, grants management, financial management, informatio… Continue Reading


06.13.17

Enzi Tells Sec. Mnuchin To Focus on Nation’s Skyrocketing Debt and Underperforming Economy

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that it was critical for his department to focus on addressing America's mammoth national debt and boosting economic growth, during a hearing today on the President's fiscal year 2018 budget request. "The Department of Treasury has responsibility for fostering our nation's economic growth and ensuring fiscal stability across our financial system, and our country… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Enzi Statement on Nominee to be Deputy Director of White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today made the following statement during a hearing on the nomination of Russell T. Vought to be Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "There is a real need to ensure all of the leadership positions at the White House Budget Office are filled because the president's budget is just one step in the process of putting America on a better and more sustainable fiscal path," said C… Continue Reading


06.06.17

House Health Care Bill Text Complies with Senate Reconciliation Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - The health care bill passed by the House of Representatives, H.R. 1628 - the American Health Care Act of 2017, providing for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, complies with the Senate reconciliation process. After the House transmits H.R. 1628 to the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader will have the ability to bring up the legislation under the provisions of reconciliation, which include: a non-debatable motion to proceed that only requires a simple majority vote; no fil… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Enzi: President’s Budget Recognizes Nation’s Challenging Fiscal Situation

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing on the President's fiscal year 2018 budget request, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today said that by submitting a balanced budget request, the President recognizes the challenging financial situation the nation is in. "I appreciate that the President and Director Mulvaney recognize the challenging financial situation the United States is in by attempting to do the first balanced budget submitted by a president in years," sa… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Enzi Statement on President’s FY 18 Budget Request

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today made the following statement on President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget request: "Just like hardworking American families, the government can't continually spend more than it makes. What happens when we run out of financial gimmicks? It is time for Congress and the President to do what every American family has to do, live within our means," said Chairman Enzi. "I commend the President on propos… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Enzi: Make Federal Government More Effective and Efficient for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today focused on running the government for less, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Congress can make the federal government more effective and efficient. Testifying were the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which found a disconnect between the salaries paid to federal workers and those received by private sector counterparts with similar training and experience, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Enzi: Time for Congress to Focus on Policies Boosting America’s Economic Growth

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today said Congress should focus on how Congress can work with the new Administration to foster a stronger US economy. Testifying was former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), who provided insight into which policies have historically led to economic growth upon implementation, as well as which are most politically attainable for Congress. "Our projected economic growth is below average, and we need to continue dis… Continue Reading


05.03.17

Congress Should Focus on Boosting Private Sector Growth in the Economy

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing on economic growth, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today said it is important for Congress and the federal government to focus on policies that promote private sector growth instead of increasing regulations that could hinder the economy. "It is critical for Congress and the federal government to focus on policies that actually promote private sector growth," said Chairman Enzi. "As we enter into a period of historically hi… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Budget Committee Unanimously Approves Reforms to Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee unanimously approved new committee rules, which include budget process reforms that will lead to more orderly, meaningful and transparent consideration of budget resolutions in the committee. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said these efforts represent an important step in fixing the broken budget process and ensuring the budget resolution plays an important role in putting the nation on a more sustainable fiscal p… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Enzi Statement on President’s Budget Blueprint

WASHINGTON D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump's Office of Management and Budget released its budget blueprint. "Our nation currently faces massive budget and spending challenges requiring the attention of this new Administration, and improving the effectiveness of the federal government should be job one," Chairman Enzi. "I look forward to working with Director Mulvaney and the Pre… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Enzi Asks Dept. of Ed. to Audit Student Loan Data

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released a letter this week asking Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to conduct a comprehensive audit of all student loan-related data maintained by the Department of Education. Last fall, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that Chairman Enzi requested found that the prior Administration consistently underestimated the projected cost of income driven student loan repayment (IDR), primarily b… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Senate Approves Mick Mulvaney as Director of White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States Senate today approved Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as the next director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mulvaney received a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2010 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He has been a vigilant budget hawk during his six years in Congress focused on the question of how we ultimately stop the federal government from overspending, while continuing to fund … Continue Reading


02.09.17

Chairman Enzi Welcomes Senator Strange to Budget Committee

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today welcomed Senator Luther Strange (R-AL) to serve on the Senate Budget Committee during the 115th Congress. "I am pleased to welcome Senator Strange to the Senate Budget Committee," said Chairman Enzi. "The committee will play a critical role this year, from the repeal of Obamacare to setting spending limits for our nation. I look forward to his contributions to make government more effective, efficient and… Continue Reading


02.02.17

Senate Budget Committee Votes to Advance Mulvaney as Director of OMB

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee today approved Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Mulvaney's nomination will now move to the full Senate for consideration. "We need an OMB director in place with so many pressing budgetary issues requiring the attention of the new Administration," said Chairman Enzi. "Foremost among these is the staggering $20 trillion debt burden America now shoulders. Congress needs an OMB director we ca… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Enzi: Automatic Spending Programs Threaten to Bankrupt America

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) recent report on the nation's budget and economic outlook, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, shared his concerns about the federal government's automatic spending programs that are growing rapidly, and currently account for almost 70% of the budget. Enzi noted that in less than 20 years, automatic spending will consume all the taxes and revenues the federal government collects. … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Enzi: White House Budget Office Will be Critical To America’s Pressing Fiscal Challenges

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today considering Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he would like to see a director of the president's budget office in place as soon as possible. He noted that the nation has many pressing budgetary issues requiring the attention of the new Administration, foremost among these is the staggering $20 trillion debt burden America now sh… Continue Reading

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