Chairman's Press

04.27.16

Enzi: Put America on a Better Path

WASHINGTON D.C. - During the Senate Budget Committee's fourth hearing on the broken budget process, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today said that fixing the budget will help put the nation on a better path by providing more predictability, transparency, and accountability to spending by the federal government. "Both parties agree that our budget process is broken, and now is the time to fix it," said Chairman Enzi. "Instead of the current budget, which is designed to fail both Congress and the pu… Continue Reading


04.22.16

Budget Committee to Hold April 27 Hearing on Fixing the Budget Process: Better Budgets, Better Results

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold the fourth in a series of hearings Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:30am on how to fix America's broken budget process. The hearing will focus on how better budgets will produce better results. Testifying will be Barry Anderson, Former Acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), James Capretta, Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and Stan Collende… Continue Reading


04.20.16

Enzi: Fixing Broken Budget Process Can Help Address Runaway Spending and Debt

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today focused on fixing the broken budget process and restoring stability to government operations, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said that improving the broken budget process could help America succeed in addressing runaway spending and our explosive national debt. "America's current budget process is designed to fail. It is time to focus on creating a transparent, accountable, and predictable process that actually fits the problem," said … Continue Reading


04.18.16

Enzi Files Topline Numbers to Establish FY 17 Senate Budget Framework

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today filed the topline spending numbers agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2015 last fall, which allows the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee to enforce the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and points of order. This language also allows the Senate Appropriations Committee to begin its work on annual spending bills immediately. "Congressional passage of the spending deal last year made top-li… Continue Reading


04.13.16

Enzi: It’s Time For a Better Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - During the Senate Budget Committee's second in a series of hearings focused on America's broken budget process, Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today said congressional budgets are no longer governing documents and are increasingly ignored, leaving the country without a long-term plan. He said it's time for a better budget process that allocates taxpayer resources effectively and efficiently. "It's long past time for a serious, constructive conversation about how we fix our broken … Continue Reading


04.13.16

GAO Report on Duplication Highlights Effect of Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report highlighting program duplication that has arisen because of America's broken budget process. "The duplication highlighted in GAO's new report is because of America's broken budget process, and contributes to the nation's spiraling levels of overspending," said Chairman Enzi. "A better budget process wil… Continue Reading


04.07.16

Budget Committee to Hold April 13 Hearing on Fixing Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold the second in a series of hearings Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:30am focused on fixing the broken budget process. Wednesday's hearing will highlight the benefits of outcome-based budgeting and how it could improve congressional budget decisions. The current input-based process encourages Congress to ask how much more it can spend on a program. Changing this process to an outcome-based approach would… Continue Reading


04.06.16

Enzi: Federal Financial Mismanagement Contributes to Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today focused on the unreliability of federal financial data, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that the federal government's financial mismanagement contributes to the broken budget process. "The Congressional budget process is fundamentally broken, which has contributed to spiraling levels of overspending and debt," said Chairman Enzi. "But it's important to understand that the broken budget process is just one part of … Continue Reading


04.01.16

Budget Committee to Hold April 6 Hearing on GAO Audit of Unreliable Federal Financial Data

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 10:30am focused on the unreliability of federal financial data based on audits done by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), annually prepares the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Government, for Congress and the Administration to use i… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Retirement calculator suffered from coding error; senators press for more answers

http://federalnewsradio.com/retirement/2016/03/retirement-calculator-suffered-coding-error-senators-press-answers/ By Jory Heckman | @jmheckmanMarch 9, 2016 12:13 pm The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau told the chairmen of two Senate financial committees it fixed an "isolated coding error" in its retirement planning calculator, but those senators said many questions remain unanswered. In a letter to Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), CFPB Director Richard C… Continue Reading


03.09.16

Consumer Bureau Response to Broken Retirement Tool Inadequate and Unresponsive

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, called a response from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) "inadequate and unresponsive" after the agency acknowledged problems with its online Social Security retirement calculator, but failed to fully address the problems or adequately fix them. The Chairmen note the agency's retirement cal… Continue Reading


03.08.16

CBO Revenue Baselines and Tax Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its March 8, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Revenue Baselines and Tax Reform. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) annually produces a baseline estimate of federal … Continue Reading


03.07.16

Senate Budget Committee Postpones Action on FY 17 Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, announced today that the committee will postpone possible action on the FY 2017 budget resolution this month, but that discussions will continue on a path forward for the fiscal blueprint. "The Senate Budget Committee will continue to discuss the budget as well as improvements to the budget process that would increase fiscal honesty, stability in government operations and the ability to help govern our nation,"… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Enzi Asks GAO to Investigate Spending by Feds on Public Relations Activities

WASHINGTON D.C. - GAO will initiate a study to identify and quantify the total amount of federal resources dedicated to agency public relations activities, in response to a formal request from Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Enzi cited the increasing pressures on limited federal resources combined with the need for fiscal oversight on spending by the federal government on public relations activities. Enzi issued this GAO request four months after sending a simi… Continue Reading


02.17.16

Federal Agencies to Receive Audit Into Their PR Spending

http://www.govexec.com/oversight/2016/02/federal-agencies-receive-audit-their-pr-spending/126005/ By Eric Katz The Government Accountability Office is launching an investigation to shed a light on a sector of federal agency spending long kept in the shadows: advertising. GAO's announcement came after some powerful lawmakers have pressed agencies for more disclosure into their spending on public relations and advertising. A 2014 Congressional Research Service report found agencies spent $893 m… Continue Reading


02.11.16

Jim Neill Joins Budget Committee as Director of Coalitions and Outreach

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today announced the appointment of Jim Neill as Coalitions and Outreach Director. The position, focused on grassroots and business trade associations, will increase the dialogue and exchange of ideas between the Committee and organizations focused on the federal budget process and debt reduction. "I am pleased to welcome Jim to the staff of the Senate Budget Committee," said Chairman Enzi."Jim's skills and experience will help … Continue Reading


02.09.16

President’s Final Budget Doubles Down on More Spending and Debt

WASHINGTON D.C. - Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee today issued the following statements after President Obama released his final budget, which joins his previous fiscal blueprints in pushing for more taxes, more spending, more deficits and more debt for the nation. "The President's final budget continues his focus on new spending proposals instead of confronting our country's massive overspending and skyrocketing $19 trillion in debt," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mi… Continue Reading


02.04.16

Joint Announcement from Senate and House Budget Committees on OMB Hearing

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) today announced that both committees will not hold a hearing hosting the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to review the president's FY 2017 Budget. "It appears the President's final budget will continue to focus on new spending proposals instead of confronting our government's massive overspending and debt," said Chairman Enzi. "It is clear that this Presiden… Continue Reading


02.03.16

Spending on Expired Govt. Programs Exposes Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today focused on spending on unauthorized programs, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that the issue exposes a fundamental breakdown in America's budget process that could have significant consequences for not only government, but also the nation. "An essential premise of good government is that Congress should authorize programs and activities before it funds them," said Chairman Enzi. "If we relinquish our responsibilit… Continue Reading


02.03.16

Politico - Meet your unauthorized federal government

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/02/government-agencies-programs-unauthorized-000036-000037#ixzz3z7dndI7W By DANNY VINIK The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have not been reauthorized by Congress since 2009. The State Department hasn't been reauthorized since 2003. For the Federal Trade Commission and National Weather Service, it's 1998 and 1993, respectively. The Federal Election Commission has … Continue Reading

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