‘Make it Painful’
Senator Enzi responds to constituent concerns; White House directs government agencies to cut the most painful things first for sequester spending cuts
by Senator Enzi media release
March 13, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today (Wednesday, March 13) U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., sat down and responded to Wyoming constituents questions and comments about the sequester (spending cuts) that took effect March 1 and his support for Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster. The topics were selected from comments Enzi received on Facebook and Twitter, through phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and through email and written letters.
Sequester (spending cuts)
"The cuts are real, and they are having a real effect on people in Wyoming. They are miniscule cuts, $85 billion out of $3.6 trillion, but what’s happened is the agencies are picking the most painful things first, and that’s as a directive from the White House. That’s not how it should be, it particularly should not be that way with the military. We tried to give the president flexibility, his party did not want the flexibility. That email went out that said to ‘make it painful.’ There are ways all of this could be done, by cutting the worst first."
Sen. Paul’s filibuster
Many Wyoming residents were upset that Enzi was not on the floor with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during his filibuster on the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the administration’s stance on using drones to kill Americans.
"I did support Senator Paul’s filibuster. I didn’t support the time he was doing the filibuster. The only time you’re supposed to be able to break into a filibuster is to ask a question. I preferred to make a statement to support him, and I did that on the Senate floor just before the vote was taken. More importantly than a speech, I voted against both ending the debate on the Brennan nomination and against his nomination."
Senator Enzi records "Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington" videos every other week when the Senate is in session. He encourages Wyoming residents to continue sharing their thoughts, ideas, and questions and he will try to address as many of the topics as possible. For individual responses, constituents should email him through his web page www.enzi.senate.gov.