Enzi assumes Budget Committee chairmanship
Seeks to pass fiscally responsible budget on time
by Senator Enzi media release
January 8, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., was elected Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee today (Thursday, Jan. 8th) after votes by the committee and then the Republican Conference. This is the second time Wyoming’s senior senator will lead a Senate committee. Enzi is also the first accountant to hold the position.
As one of the most important roles in the Senate, the Chairman of the Budget Committee will work with his counterpart in the House, Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., in developing a fiscal budget blue print that addresses America’s $18 trillion national debt. Federal spending has exploded in recent years, more than doubling the country’s debt obligations.
Enzi believes America can do better.
"We have the opportunity this year to put our country on not just another course, but a better course. For more than six years, deficits have soared when compared to the past with little regard to what future generations will have to do to pay for the things we decided not to pay for today. It is my hope that our $18 trillion national debt will be a wakeup call for Congress and our nation. If done properly, we can cut spending without inflicting massive cuts into every area government operates. It’s all about cutting the worst first. Let’s weed out duplicative programs and those that were supposed to end decades ago. A little pain now pays dividends for the future. I look forward to working with Chairman Price as well as Senator Sanders and the rest of my colleagues on the committee. As the first accountant to ever be Chairman of the committee, I’m ready to dig into the numbers."