Ranking Member Press


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Budget Committee to Hold Feb. 3 Hearing on Spending on Unauthorized Programs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold a hearing Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:00am focused on spending on unauthorized and expired programs. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report on these programs, which noted that the federal government is set to spend more than $310 billion on these programs this year. Testifying will be Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Keith Hall, Jessica Tollestrup, Specialist… Continue Reading


Budget Committee to Hold Jan. 26 Hearing on CBO Budget and Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold a hearing Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 10:30am focused on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook for fiscal years 2016 - 2026. Testifying will be CBO Director Keith Hall. The hearing can be streamed here. WHAT: Hearing on CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook for fiscal years 2016 - 2026 WHO: Dr. Keith HallDirectorCongressional Budget Office WHERE: Dirkse… Continue Reading


Red Ink Surges for Nation’s Long-Term Economic Outlook

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a summary of its Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026 that showed that overspending is projected to be $544 billion this year, which is $105 billion more than last year, and would continue to grow over the next 10 years. "After eight years of failed fiscal policies and wasteful and unaccountable spending, America is faced … Continue Reading


Fiscal Times - Why Is the Government Spending $310 Billion on ‘Unauthorized’ Programs?

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/01/18/Why-Government-Spending-310-Billion-Unauthorized-Programs By Martin Matishak January 18, 2016 The federal government is on pace to spend around $310 billion in 2016 on programs that have expired, according to a new analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The 166-page annual report, titled "Unauthorized Appropriations and Expiring Authorizations," looks at all programs and entities funded through the annual appropriations pro… Continue Reading


CBO: Government Will Spend Over $310 Billion on Expired Programs

WASHINGTON D.C. - The federal government will spend more than $310 billion in fiscal year 2016 on programs and activities whose statutory authorization for funding has expired, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released today. The $310 billion has been awarded to a wide array of expired programs and entities originally authorized under 256 separate laws. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said it was time for Congress to take a closer look at these funds. "A… Continue Reading


Retirement calculator glitch gave misleading information

http://bit.ly/1RJJSh7 By Jory Heckman | @jmheckman January 7, 2016 12:43 pm The chairmen of two Senate financial committees claim an agency's online retirement planning calculator misled seniors about how much they could expect to receive in retirement benefits. Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, claim the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau gave prospective retirees … Continue Reading


BUDGET BULLETIN: 2016 Omnibus Spending Bill Epilogue

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its January 11, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the 2016 omnibus spending bill. 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: Use of the Omnibus: Combining Appropriations to Resolve Impasses Recent fiscal years have seen a variety of omnibus per… Continue Reading


Congress Approves Far-Reaching Obamacare Repeal

Measure Will Head to President for First Time WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States Congress, through the budget reconciliation process, passed the most comprehensive and far-reaching repeal of Obamacare to reach the president's desk. The Senate approved the legislation last month, and the House approved today. "Congress has passed the most comprehensive and far-reaching repeal of Obamacare to actually reach the president's desk," said Chairman Enzi. "Most Americans are still opposed to this u… Continue Reading


Lawmakers Want Answers On Consumer Agency’s Faulty Retirement Benefit Planner

http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/05/gop-lawmakers-want-answers-on-consumer-agencys-faulty-retirement-benefit-planner/ JULIEGRACE BRUFKE Republican senators want answers on why a retirement calculator created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is providing flawed results. In a letter written to CFPB director Richard Cordray in December, Senate Committee on the Budget Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Af… Continue Reading


Senators: CFPB Miscalculated With Retirement Tool

http://morningconsult.com/alert/gop-senators-cfpb-miscalculated-with-retirement-tool/ Two Senate GOP committee chairmen criticized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for releasing a retirement benefits calculator that they say is inaccurate and duplicative of a similar Social Security Administration tool. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) wrote to CFPB Director Richard Cordray and said the independent agency's retir… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans blast consumer panel's glitchy retirement calculator

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/banking-financial-institutions/264780-senate-republicans-blast-glitchy-retirement[thehill.com] By Sylvan Lane - 01/05/16 12:02 PM EST Two top Senate Republicans are asking a consumer protection agency why an online retirement planning tool offers incorrect guidance to users. Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairmen of the Senate Budget and Banking committees, asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) why its retirement cal… Continue Reading


Senate Chairmen: Consumer Protection Bureau Retirement Calculator Broken

"Retirement Tool" Duplicates Efforts by Social Security Administration 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, today blasted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for carelessly spending government resources on a duplicative and wasteful retirement calculator that produces flawed results for Americans looking for clear and accurate i… Continue Reading

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