Oversight

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


06.13.19

Enzi Works to Ensure HUBZone Program is Improving Economic Opportunities

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, this week is pushing the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program is fulfilling its mission and improving economic opportunities in distressed communities across the country. A recent news article showed that the HUBZone program funds are going to some of the nation's wealthiest areas, instead of being ta… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Enzi Works to Ensure HUBZone Program is Improving Economic Opportunities

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST UPDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, this week is pushing the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure that the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program is fulfilling its mission and improving economic opportunities in distressed communities across the country. A recent news article showed that the HUBZone program funds are going to some of the nation's wealthiest areas, instead of being ta… Continue Reading


05.15.19

Phillip Swagel to Succeed Keith Hall as Director of the Congressional Budget Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, joined today with House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip L. Swagel to serve as Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Swagel will serve his term from June 3, 2019, until January 3, 2023. "Dr. Swagel's strong academic and government experience, as well as his knowledge and expertise in economic forecasting, will serve him well as he leads … Continue Reading


05.14.19

Chairman Enzi Kicks Off Budget and Spending Process Reform Hearings Focused on Bipartisan Solutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, today began a new series of hearings focused on finding bipartisan solutions to fix America's broken budget and spending process. The first hearing included two former Senate Budget Committee chairmen, Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Kent Conrad (D-ND), to share their perspectives. "Every day, American families and small businesses make tough decisions regarding how to balance their budgets," said Chairman Enzi… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Enzi: Social Security and Medicare Programs Remain on Unsustainable Fiscal Path

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, this week expressed concern during a speech on the Senate floor that the Social Security and Medicare programs remain on an unsustainable fiscal path. Enzi noted that the Social Security trustees now estimate that the program's combined trust funds will be insolvent by 2035. Additionally, the Medicare trustees now estimate that program's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2026. "We are facing … Continue Reading


04.09.19

Chairman Enzi: Congress Must Carefully Consider Defense Priorities Along with Nation’s Fiscal Challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the Department of Defense fiscal year 2020 budget request, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said that Congress must carefully consider national defense investments and priorities within the context of America's fiscal challenges. "There is no greater duty than defending our nation from the threats it faces around the world," said Chairman Enzi. "However, we must also acknowledge that one of the gravest threats to o… Continue Reading

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