Oversight

08.07.19

Congress Should Move Forward on Budget Process Reform

by Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Last week, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) released a series of discussion drafts with proposals to reform the federal budget process. The following is a statement from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. So far, this year has featured the longest government shutdown in history and a massive unpaid-for spending increase but no budget resolution passed by either chamber. If it wasn't clear before, it should be now - the federal budget p… Continue Reading


08.05.19

Senator Enzi “Troubled” by Delays and Cost Overruns of NASA Programs

by Andrew Parsonson

The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Mike Enzi has expressed concern that several NASA programs have suffered severe delays and cost overruns. In open letter to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine dated July 30, the Senator from Wyoming expressed concern that cost overruns and delays of NASA programs "could jeopardize futures missions." The senator cited a May 2019 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that detailed the statuses of agency's current portfolio of 2… Continue Reading


08.03.19

Senator criticizes cost and schedule issues with NASA programs

by Jeff Foust

Updated 12:30 p.m. Eastern Aug. 4 with response from Bridenstine. WASHINGTON - The chairman of a key Senate committee said he's "troubled" by cost and schedule growth on major NASA programs and is asking the agency for more information on their status. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Aug. 1 he sent a two-page letter to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine July 30 expressing his concern about cost and schedule performance on a number of major programs, citin… Continue Reading


08.02.19

Senate Budget Chair Unveils Plan to Overhaul Congress’s Broken Budget Process

by Yuval Rosenberg

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), who is retiring after his term ends in 2020, this week unveiled a set of proposals to reform the congressional budget process - among them, remaking the committee he now leads into a Fiscal Control Committee that would include the heads of the appropriations and finance committees as nonvoting members if they are not already voting members. "We can all agree that the current budget and spending system has broken down," Enzi said. "I am hopeful … Continue Reading


08.02.19

Senate budget chair takes NASA to task on SLS, Webb setbacks

by JACQUELINE FELDSCHER

BUDGET CHAIR: SLS, WEBB TELESCOPE 'RISK VITAL NASA MISSIONS.' Sen. Mike Enzi, the Wyoming Republican who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, told NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine this week he is "troubled" by cost overruns and delays on several major NASA programs that "put at risk vital NASA missions and taxpayer dollars." The two main culprits, of course: Boeing's Space Launch System rocket, which is nearly two years behind schedule, and the Northrop Grumman-managed James Webb Space Telescop… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Enzi Questions NASA on Ballooning Costs for Major Space Programs

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) this week questioned the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over continued reports of cost growth and schedule delays in the agency's major projects. Enzi was particularly concerned that the cost and schedule performance of the projects "continues to deteriorate," according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "I am troubled by continued reports of cost growth an… Continue Reading


08.01.19

Enzi Questions NASA on Ballooning Costs for Major Space Programs

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) this week questioned the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) over continued reports of cost growth and schedule delays in the agency's major projects. Enzi was particularly concerned that the cost and schedule performance of the projects "continues to deteriorate," according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). "I am troubled by continued reports of cost growth and… Continue Reading


07.31.19

Senate Budget Chair Proposes Major Changes To Budget Process

by Alec Larson

The plan includes, among other things, increasing the debt ceiling every two years. On Tuesday, outgoing Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi released a list of proposals he says will overhaul the budget process. Enzi's plan involves, among other things, making changes to the Senate Budget Committee itself. It would rename it the "Fiscal Control Committee" and would add the chairmen and ranking members of the appropriations and finance committees. Another major point of Enzi's plan… Continue Reading


07.30.19

Enzi Releases Ideas to Fix Broken Congressional Budget and Spending Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today released several proposals to fix America's broken budget and spending process gleaned from hearings and meetings with members of Congress, state officials, the administration, and stakeholder groups. Enzi noted the proposals reflect suggestions from members of both sides of the aisle and from groups that span the political spectrum. He said these ideas are rooted in fixing our broken budget and spending process, and are … Continue Reading


07.30.19

Enzi shares plans for revamping budget process

by Paul Krawzak

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi unveiled a sweeping proposal Tuesday to overhaul the budget process at what could be an opportune time. With the 2011-era discretionary spending caps set to expire in fiscal 2021 and annual deficits soon projected to top $1 trillion a year, Congress could be more open than usual to ways to revamp the budget process. Enzi, R-Wyo., has written four draft bills aimed at tightening fiscal controls, strengthening budget enforcement, commissioning additional s… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Senators Provide Breakthrough in Long Fight For Taxpayer Transparency

by BRYAN BERKY

It has been 50 years since we put a man on the moon. But the federal government still can't provide a comprehensive list of the programs that it runs. A bipartisan group of Senators is trying to change that. In a week full of newsy updates on debt limit and budget cap negotiations - this may actually be the biggest development. Senators Enzi (R-WY) and Lankford (R-OK) led a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asking for a progress update on the federal program invent… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push White House Budget Office to Publish Comprehensive List of Federal Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators, led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make a list of all federal programs publicly available on a central government-wide website in order to identify and eliminate program waste and duplication. In addition to Senators Enzi and Lankford, the group included Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Bipartisan Group of Senators Push White House Budget Office to Publish Comprehensive List of Federal Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators, led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK), is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to make a list of all federal programs publicly available on a central government-wide website in order to identify and eliminate program waste and duplication. In addition to Senators Enzi and Lankford, the group included Senators John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Senators Make Bipartisan Push for Transparency From White House Budget Office

by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators led by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget to publish a full list of all federal programs publicly available on the web to make it easier to identify program waste and duplication. In a letter sent to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday, the group says providing a comprehensive list of federal programs on an easily accessible government website "is critical to helping Cong… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Enzi Warns Surging Federal Debt Puts Nation at Risk of Fiscal Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a speech today on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, called attention to the federal government's unsustainable fiscal outlook and noted that a Congressional Budget Office report released this week on the long-term budget outlook projected that our surging federal debt is putting the nation at risk of a "fiscal crisis." "The federal government is swimming in a sea of red ink that threatens to drown… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Enzi: Fiscal Storm needs to be Fixed now, not later

Washington, D.C. - During a hearing Tuesday on securing the nation's fiscal future, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he hoped the committee would produce bipartisan proposals to fix America's broken budget and spending process. The Comptroller General for the Government Accountability Office Gene L. Dodaro testified, discussing what fiscal rules other countries have utilized to manage their debt and deficits, as well as other steps Congress can take t… Continue Reading


06.26.19

Enzi: Securing Nation’s Fiscal Future Begins by Fixing the Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on securing the nation's fiscal future, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that he hoped the committee would produce bipartisan proposals to fix America's broken budget and spending process. Testifying was Gene L. Dodaro, the Comptroller General for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), who discussed what fiscal rules other countries have utilized to manage their debt and deficits, as well as other steps Congres… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Enzi Statement on CBO’s 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook: "CBO's latest projections make it clear that Washington has a spending problem. Our autopilot spending continues to grow almost entirely unchecked. Fifty years ago, such spending comprised 36 percent of total spending. Today, that figure is approaching 70 percent, and according to CBO's estimate, will to… Continue Reading


06.19.19

Chairman Enzi: States Could Have Lessons on Fixing America’s Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today continued the committee's work on fixing America's broken budget and spending process, with a focus on how different state budget processes work, and whether some state practices could be successfully applied to the federal level. Enzi noted that the way Wyoming budgets and spends could provide important lessons for Congress on fiscal responsibility. "An important lesson to be learned from the states i… Continue Reading


06.14.19

Enzi wants economic opportunity zones to target areas in need

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Mike Enzi wants the Small Business Administration to ensure the Historically Underutilized Business Zones program is fulfilling its mission and improving economic opportunities in distressed communities across the country. In a news release, Enzi said reports showed the HUBZone program funds are going to some of the nation's wealthiest areas, instead of being targeted to the country's neediest communities, as the program was intended. Enzi said he was troubled to re… Continue Reading

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