Oversight

02.25.21

Graham Statement on Parliamentarian’s Ruling on Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Senate Parliamentarian ruling that Democrats' proposal to increase the federal minimum wage is an inappropriate policy change in reconciliation. "Very pleased the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that a minimum wage increase is an inappropriate policy change in reconciliation. This decision reinforces reconciliation cannot be used as a vehicle to pass major legislative change … Continue Reading


02.25.21

Graham: We Have to Find a Way to Raise Minimum Wage Without Losing Jobs, Hurting Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today questioned witnesses on finding a way to raise the federal minimum wage without losing jobs or hurting small businesses. Graham invited Greenville, South Carolina restaurant owner Carl Sobocinski to share his experience with working in and owning several restaurants. Graham also invited Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and Dr. Jacob L. Vigdor, Professor of Public Policy &am… Continue Reading


02.10.21

Graham Questions Biden OMB Director Nominee on Immigration and Minimum Wage Increase

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today questioned Ms. Neera Tanden, President Biden's nominee to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). IMMIGRATION: GRAHAM: "Here's what's happened, thus far in the first three weeks of the [Biden Administration]. We stopped building the wall. We've halted deportations. We canceled [the] Remain in Mexico policy. Withdrew from asylum agreements with [Northern] Triangle nations. We el… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Graham ‘Remain in Mexico’ Amendment to Senate Budget Resolution Defeated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-South Carolina) amendment to the Senate budget resolution calling for strengthening and protecting the 'Remain in Mexico' program was defeated by a vote of 50-50. The 'Remain in Mexico' policy was adopted by former President Trump and has proven to be successful in taking pressure off our southern border. Before 'Remain in Mexico' was adopted, migrants from the Northern Triangle countries - Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador - traveled to the U… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Graham Addresses Budget Resolution Ahead of Vote-A-Rama

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) discussed the Senate Budget Resolution ahead of a series of amendment votes. GRAHAM: "Most small businesses in South Carolina and throughout the country have been struggling to stay open due to lack of travel, due to mandates at the state and local level reducing the ability to have 100 percent occupancy in restaurants. Tourism has really been hurt. The service sector has really been hurt. The food in… Continue Reading


02.03.21

ICYMI: Graham to Democrats on Budget Resolution: “If You’re Looking for Unity, This is a Lousy Way to Get It”

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, incoming Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) reacted to the Democrats' budget resolution on the Senate floor. On Congress and the Administration working together on COVID relief: GRAHAM: "Here's what I want the American people to know. We've done a lot together [already]. And of the $4 trillion we've appropriated, to date we've spent $2.7 trillion." GRAHAM: "Up until now we've been able, as a Congress, with the White House, to pa… Continue Reading


12.17.20

Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Financial Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate this week approved Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Mark Warner's (D-VA) legislation, the CFO Vision Act of 2020, S. 3287, to strengthen federal financial management. The bipartisan bill would update the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990. That law established a financial management leadership structure, provided for long-range planning, and required audited financial statements. Homeland Security and Governmenta… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Enzi Challenges Congress to Come Together to Fix Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, challenged Congress to come together to fix America's broken budget process and address the fiscal challenges facing our nation. During Enzi's time leading the Budget Committee, both have been priorities. Enzi was able to reform the Senate Budget Committee's rules, which led to more orderly, meaningful and transparent consideration of budget resolutions. Chairman Enzi followed that success with leg… Continue Reading


12.10.20

Enzi Challenges Congress to Come Together to Fix Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, challenged Congress to come together to fix America's broken budget process and address the fiscal challenges facing our nation. During Enzi's time leading the Budget Committee, both have been priorities. Enzi was able to reform the Senate Budget Committee's rules, which led to more orderly, meaningful and transparent consideration of budget resolutions. Chairman Enzi followed that success with leg… Continue Reading


10.22.20

New Report Shows Need to Reform Federal Housing Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Budget Committee today released a new majority staff report showing the federal government's current approach to housing assistance is falling short and calling on Congress to take steps to improve this system. Federal housing assistance is scattered across 20 different federal entities that administer 160 housing assistance programs and activities, creating confusion and significant headaches for those seeking assistance. "The federal government's current approac… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Under one roof — Reforming America’s federal housing programs

by Senator Mike Enzi

The economic damage wrought by the pandemic has revealed many things, and one glaring issue is the importance of an effective federal housing assistance system. Unfortunately, as millions of Americans are learning firsthand, we don't have that. The Senate Budget Committee, which I chair, just released what we hope is a meaningful report showing how the federal government's current approach to housing assistance is failing the neediest Americans. Moreover, it demonstrates that if we started from… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Under one roof — Reforming America’s federal housing programs

by Senator Mike Enzi

The economic damage wrought by the pandemic has revealed many things, and one glaring issue is the importance of an effective federal housing assistance system. Unfortunately, as millions of Americans are learning firsthand, we don't have that. The Senate Budget Committee, which I chair, just released what we hope is a meaningful report showing how the federal government's current approach to housing assistance is failing the neediest Americans. Moreover, it demonstrates that if we started from… Continue Reading


09.23.20

Enzi: While Congress Remains Focused on Pandemic, It Must Also Plan to Address Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) recently released updated budget outlook, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) said while Congress remains focused on the pandemic facing the country, it must begin to address the national debt. "CBO's updated budget projections confirmed what we all knew, that the economic disruption caused by COVID-19 and the federal government's response have led to a surge in deficits and debt," said Chairman … Continue Reading


09.17.20

Enzi Budget Process Reform Bill Labeled as “No Brainer” to Pass by Fiscal Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation to reform the budget process sponsored by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and cosponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was included in an annual list of "No Brainer" bills that deserve passage by Congress. The list is compiled by the National Taxpayers Union and is made up of bills that have bipartisan support and provide a commonsense solution to a real problem. The bill, S.2765, the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Ac… Continue Reading


09.16.20

Enzi: Eliminating Duplication and Overlap in Housing Programs Can Help Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a roundtable to examine federal housing assistance programs, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today said the federal government's current approach to housing assistance is falling short and that Congress should initiate a review and take steps to improve this system. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found housing assistance is fragmented across 160 programs and activities, with significant areas of duplication and overlap. "With programs… Continue Reading


08.06.20

New GAO Report Shows Need to Improve Federal Financial Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a new report showing that while the federal government has made progress in federal financial management because of the Chief Financial Officers Act, serious challenges remain in achieving effective fiscal improvements across the government. GAO recommended several actions Congress could take to address these issues. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) sponsored S. 3287 - the CFO Vision Act to address thes… Continue Reading


07.30.20

Senate Confirms Derek Kan as Deputy Director of White House Budget Office

WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States Senate today confirmed Derek Kan as the deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Senate earlier this month confirmed Russell Vought to be Director of OMB. "Mr. Kan has the necessary experience for this key position at OMB, and I am glad he is willing to serve in this important role," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY). Mr. Kan currently serves as the Executive Associate Director of the White House's Bu… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Financial Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Mark Warner's legislation (D-VA) to strengthen federal financial management. The bill would update the Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990, which created a new foundation for federal financial management. The law established a financial management leadership structure, provided for long-range planning, and required audited financia… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Enzi Calls on Congress to Spend Responsibly on Next Pandemic Bill

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a speech on the Senate floor today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called on Congress to be mindful of the nation's unsustainable fiscal debt and deficit as lawmakers tackle a new bill to address the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. "I recognize the unprecedented crisis presented by COVID-19 and I supported the necessary response," said Chairman Enzi. "When this crisis abates, and it will, the federal government cannot afford to return to t… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Committee Approves Derek Kan as Deputy Director of White House Budget Office

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