Oversight

01.03.17

Senate to Begin Debate on Obamacare Repeal Resolution

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today introduced a resolution providing for the repeal of Obamacare, noting that six years after its enactment, Obamacare has clearly failed hardworking Americans. "Americans face skyrocketing premiums and soaring deductibles," said Chairman Enzi. "Insurers are withdrawing from markets across the country, leaving many families with fewer choices and less access to care than they had before - the opposite of wha… Continue Reading


12.19.16

Enzi Statement On Trump Budget Director Nominee U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement today regarding President-elect Donald J. Trump's intention to nominate U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "As our nation faces a staggering $20 trillion in debt, I am pleased to see President-elect Trump nominate a fiscal conservative who will help put our nation on a more responsible budgetary path," said… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Senate Chairman Floats Fix for "Broken Budget Process"

by James Arkin

Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Budget Committee, will release a detailed proposal Wednesday to overhaul the congressional budget process and change the way the federal government is funded for the first time in four decades. The Wyoming lawmaker's proposal, obtained exclusively by RealClearPolitics, would move Congress to a two-year appropriations process to prevent annual deadlines, create mandatory floor time to consider appropriations measures in both chambers, and eliminate the possibility… Continue Reading


12.07.16

Enzi Unveils Reforms to Fix America’s Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today unveiled a summary of legislative reforms to fix America's broken budget process that he plans to focus on next year during the 115th Congress. "Hardworking taxpayers are eager for real change. With a new President taking office on January 20th, Congress has an opportunity - and responsibility - to get to work," said Chairman Enzi. "One of our top priorities should be fixing America's broken budget proce… Continue Reading


11.30.16

GAO: Student Loan Cost Projections Doubled; Flawed Estimates Lack Transparency

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the results of an extensive investigation requested by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on the cost projections of the Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plans administered by the Department of Education. GAO's report shows that the current cost projections for IDR plans are tens of billions higher than original estimates. GAO also found that the Department of Education used flawed data to e… Continue Reading


11.30.16

GAO: Student Loan Cost Projections Doubled; Flawed Estimates Lack Transparency

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released the results of an extensive investigation requested by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on the cost projections of the Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plans administered by the Department of Education. GAO's report shows that the current cost projections for IDR plans are tens of billions higher than original estimates. GAO also found that the Department of Education used flawed data to e… Continue Reading


11.17.16

BUDGET BULLETIN: Regulatory Reform Outlook

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its November 17, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the outlook for Regulatory 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 rising cost to the economy of federal regulation is alarming. Private sector experts now estimate new federal ru… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Regulatory Reform Outlook

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its November 17, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the outlook for Regulatory 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 rising cost to the economy of federal regulation is alarming. Private sector experts now estimate new federal ru… Continue Reading


11.14.16

Budget reform at the top of Enzi's to-do list

by KATHY BROWN

Mike Enzi has been waiting for this day. The U.S. Senator from Gillette returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday to begin his 20th year representing Wyoming. Only this time, the president-elect is Republican and his party - Republican - also enjoys the majority in the U.S. Senate and House. He's ready to begin work on a package of proposals and bills, many focused on budget reform "in a nonpartisan way," and hopes they'll succeed. At the same time, he's warning other lawmakers that… Continue Reading


10.20.16

BUDGET BULLETIN: FY 2017 Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its October 20, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. 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. This Bulletin contains an in-depth look at the FY 2017 appropriations process to date. It details what was accomplished under regular order, how the Appropriations Committee gen… Continue Reading


10.20.16

FY 2017 Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its October 20, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. 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. This Bulletin contains an in-depth look at the FY 2017 appropriations process to date. It details what was accomplished under regular order, how the Appropriations Committee gen… Continue Reading


10.05.16

New GAO Report Shows Feds Spend $1.5 Billion Annually on PR Activities

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the non-partisan government watchdog agency, today released a report, requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), showing that the federal government spends $1.5 billion annually on public relations activities. The report details how federal agencies spend about $1 billion annually on public relations/advertising contracts and the approximately 5,000 federal public relations employees collectively receive n… Continue Reading


10.05.16

New GAO Report Shows Feds Spend $1.5 Billion Annually on PR Activities

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the non-partisan government watchdog agency, today released a report, requested by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), showing that the federal government spends $1.5 billion annually on public relations activities. The report details how federal agencies spend about $1 billion annually on public relations/advertising contracts and the approximately 5,000 federal public relations employees collectively receive nea… Continue Reading


09.29.16

GAO Rules Obamacare Reinsurance Unlawfully Diverting Billions From Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, DC - A group of bicameral Republican health care leaders are pointing to a new legal opinion issued on Obamacare's controversial reinsurance program. The leaders urged the Comptroller General of the United States this spring to publish a legal opinion on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) decision to ignore federal law, and a previous CMS regulation that required taxpayers and the Treasury be paid under the Obamacare reinsurance program. To date, CMS has ignored th… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Enzi takes on bipartisan budget reform in Congress

by Laura Hancock

Threatened federal government shutdowns. Spending bills that exceed limits negotiated by Congress. Concocted emergencies to justify loans. And no way for the public to follow the money. These are all dysfunctions of the current budgeting and spending process in Washington, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi says. And the Republican, who leads the Senate Budget Committee, is working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reform the process. "We have a broken budget process," Wyoming's senior U.… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Senate Budget Chairman Proposes a Cure for Congress' Addiction to Continuing Resolutions

by Charles S. Clark

Congress' frustrating budget stalemates and addiction to end-of-session continuing resolutions could be eliminated under a new set of reform proposals detailed on Monday by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Budget Committee. An accountant who points proudly to firm spending decisions made by the legislature in Wyoming, Enzi has been holding hearings and rolling out budget reform proposals for much of this year. To his earlier calls for biennial budgeting and a new fiscal commission to ta… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Enzi Calls for Bipartisan Budget Process Reform

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi's (R-WY) called for bipartisan solutions to fix America's broken budget process today during a forum focused on budget process reform. Earlier this year, Chairman Enzi proposed implementing new rules to make it easier for Congress to consider and pass its annual budget and appropriations measures, and update federal budget concepts that determine how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estim… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Accounting for Federal Credit Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its September 15, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on Accounting for Federal Credit Programs. 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. During a recent Committee hearing, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Keith Hall noted the agency's long-held view that fair value scoring provides a more comprehen… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Enzi: CBO Must Continue to Provide Objective and Insightful Information to Congress

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today during an oversight hearing of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), said that it was crucial for CBO to provide objective and insightful information to Congress, while also increasing transparency of the agency's analysis and operations. "CBO recently released its latest round of projections this year," said Chairman Enzi. "What this report heralded should not be a surprise to anyone. CBO has continual… Continue Reading


08.11.16

Enzi Gains Support From Outside Congress for Budget Overhaul

by Paul M. Krawzak

A bipartisan group that advocates changes in the budget process expressed support Thursday for several that were suggested by Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released a paper explaining why it backs Enzi's proposals to end the vote-a-rama practice, set aside dedicated time to consider appropriations bills and make the Senate budget resolution and amendments available in advance, among other proposals. Enzi, R-Wyo., released a dozen or so p… Continue Reading

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