Oversight

06.23.15

Reconciliation and the 2016 Budget Process

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its June 23rd issue of the Budget Bulletin focused on the reconciliation process, which could soon be used for the first time in more than five years. 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: Reconciliation is a fast-track procedure designed … Continue Reading


06.23.15

Enzi: True Regulatory Reform Can Help All Americans Grow and Prosper

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today, during a joint hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on regulatory reform, said Congress has a responsibility to help make it easier for hardworking Americans to grow their businesses or advance in their jobs, instead of worrying about inefficient and ineffective regulations. "The burden of government regulation continues to grow for each and every American," said Chairman Enzi. "If … Continue Reading


06.23.15

BUDGET BULLETIN: Reconciliation and the 2016 Budget Process

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its June 23rd issue of the Budget Bulletin focused on the reconciliation process, which could soon be used for the first time in more than five years. 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: Reconciliation is a fast-track procedure designed… Continue Reading


06.19.15

CBO: Repealing President’s Health Care Law Will Increase Economic Growth

WASHINGTON D.C. - The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today found that repealing the President's health care law would boost the nation's economy by increasing labor supply and grow the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to a notable degree. In a response to a request by the Senate Budget Committee and Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) on the effect the President's health law has on the economy, CBO determined that repealing the law will increase economic growth. "CBO has determined … Continue Reading


06.19.15

Enzi Asks GAO For Cost Estimates on Dept. of Education's Income-Driven Repayment Plans

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, in a letter today to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), asked the agency to help determine the true cost of the Department of Education's income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, which now comprise 28 percent of the Direct Loan balance in repayment. The Chairman said he was concerned because "the ultimate cost of IDR remains uncertain." Chairman Enzi's full letter… Continue Reading


06.17.15

Enzi: Rapidly Growing Debt Threatens America’s Economic Future

WASHINGTON D.C. - During a hearing today on a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) focused on the fiscal challenges facing the country, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that the nation's long-term fiscal outlook was threatened by America's growing debt. "It is clear from CBO's analysis that rapidly growing public sector debt threatens America's economic future," said Chairman Enzi. "Congress must take action now to boost our economic growth, r… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Budget Committee to Hold June 17 Hearing on CBO’s Long Term Fiscal Outlook for Nation

WASHINGTON D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will hold a hearing Wednesday, June 17, 2015 on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis of the federal government's deepening fiscal challenges. CBO Director Keith Hall will be the witness. The hearing can be streamed here. WHAT: Hearing on CBO's Long Term Fiscal Outlook for the Nation and Analysis of Federal Government's Deepening Fiscal Challenges WHO: Keith Hall, Director - Congressi… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Chairman Enzi: Rein in America’s Dangerous Debt to Strengthen Our National Security

WASHINGTON D.C. - As the Senate continues to debate national security issues and defense funding, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today highlighted the threat America's growing debt poses to our national security, and the role a balanced budget can play to help keep our nation safe while strengthening our military. "The balanced budget resolution recently approved by Congress recognizes the responsibility that the federal government has to defend the nati… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Defense Spending, BCA Caps and OCO Funding in FY 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its June issue of the Budget Bulletin, focused on defense spending, the Budget Control Act and overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds. 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 balanced budget resolution's rationale for adhering to th… Continue Reading


06.09.15

BUDGET BULLETIN: Defense Spending, BCA Caps and OCO Funding in FY 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its June issue of the Budget Bulletin, focused on defense spending, the Budget Control Act and overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds. 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 balanced budget resolution's rationale for adhering to th… Continue Reading


06.05.15

SENATE RECONCILIATION GUIDELINES TO COMMITTEES

2015 BALANCED BUDGETE RESOLUTION RECONCILIATION GUIDELINES The Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for FY 2016 includes reconciliation instructions to both the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. This document provides general information for submitting reconciliation recommendations and summarizes special rules and procedures that govern the contents and consideration of a reconciliation bill-elements that should be forefront as the two co… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Budget Committee to Hold PA Field Hearing on June 8 to Focus on Crime Victims Fund

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will preside at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in Southeast Pennsylvania regarding his legislation to restore fairness to the Crime Victims Fund. The hearing will be held on Monday, June 8 at 10 am at the Villanova University School of Law in Radnor Township. The Crime Victims Fund supports services to victims of crime, through direct compensation to victims and by funding Child Advocacy Centers, domestic violence shelters, rape c… Continue Reading


05.19.15

May Budget Bulletin: Highway Trust Fund Deadline Looms

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its May issue of the Budget Bulletin, focused on the looming Highway Trust Fund deadline. The Budget Bulletin will provide regular expert articles by 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: "Highway Trust Fund authorization expires on May 31, and the actual deadline for congressional passage of a reauthorizati… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Enzi: CBO Should Focus on Clarifying Mission, Improving OperationsEnzi: CBO Should Focus on Clarifying Mission, Improving Operations

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, wants the Congressional source for budget and economic information to remain reliable and focused. To help ensure this, Enzi called the first oversight hearing of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) since 1982 and said oversight of CBO should focus on clarifying the office's mission and improving its operations. "The goal of our oversight is to assure the rest of Congress that this vital organization is o… Continue Reading


05.19.15

Highway Trust Fund Deadline Looms

In This Issue: Short-Term Reauthorization Effort History of Federal Highway Funding Fund's Financial Problems Continue by John Selden, Budget and Transportation Analyst Short-Term Funding Extension: Deal or No Deal? Highway Trust Fund authorization expires on May 31, and the actual deadline for congressional passage of a reauthorization funding fix is the end of this week. For now, Congress is likely to pass a two-month authorization extension, through July 31. The House is expected… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Enzi to Hold Oversight Hearing of CBO on Tues. May 19

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, will convene a hearing on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 on oversight of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The hearing will take place at 10:30 a.m., in Room 608 of the Senate Dirksen Building. The witness at Tuesday's hearing will be: Dr. Keith HallDirector, Congressional Budget Office A live broadcast of the hearing will be available here. # # #… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Getting serious about balancing the budget

by Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY)

This week, Congress approved its first balanced 10-year budget since 2001, which represented an important step toward putting our country on not just another course, but a better course. This balanced budget represents a "lean in" moment for a Congress under new management, to confront rapidly growing deficits borne from our government's habitual overspending, which plagues America and its taxpayers. Make no mistake, America faces difficult odds as we work to steer our ship of state to more sus… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Congress Finally Serious About Balancing Budget

by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY)

This week, Congress approved its first balanced 10-year budget since 2001, which represented an important step toward putting our country on not just another course, but a better course. This balanced budget represents a Congress under new management, confronting rapidly growing deficits borne from our government's habitual overspending, which plagues America and its taxpayers. Make no mistake, America faces difficult odds as we work to steer our ship of state to more sustainable and fiscall… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Congress Approves First 10-Year Balanced Budget Since 2001

WASHINGTON, DC - Congress this week approved its first 10-year balanced budget since 2001. The joint agreement between the U.S. House and Senate balances the budget within 10 years without raising taxes, strengthens our national defense, protects our most vulnerable citizens, improves economic growth and opportunity for hardworking families and stops the federal government's out of control spending. "Today, we are putting our country on not just another course, but a better course," said Senat… Continue Reading


04.29.15

Chairmen Enzi and Price Announce Balanced Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Conference has reached an agreement on a joint Congressional balanced budget resolution. The Chairmen noted that the budget conference agreement balances within 10 years, does not raise taxes, strengthens our nation's defense, protects our most vulnerable citizens, improves economic growth and opportunity for hardworking f… Continue Reading

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