Washington, D.C. – Congress passed and the president signed legislation this government through mid-January 2014 and raised the debt limit high enough to allow the government to meet its financial obligations through February of next year, but no plan was implemented to cut the deficit. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., voted against raising the debt limit and offered further comments on his vote.
“Our whole state was affected by the government shutdown. I know it’s hard on a lot of folks. I believe the shutdown should have and could have been avoided. I don’t want any more shutdowns in the future. I respect any effort to get a solution, but unfortunately what the majorities in the Senate and House did last night was add to and delay the real problem - the deficit and debt. The debt isn’t as tangible to folks as a government shutdown, but the shutdown is only a symptom. I sit up nights worrying about our nation’s debt and how it will affect Wyoming children, my children and grandchildren. That’s the reason for my vote. This was a chance to apply reasonable constraints to impossibly high future spending, but the president and Senate majority knew they had the politically stronger position and refused to negotiate. They got more spending, but there was no plan to solve the problem. I didn’t want to vote to raise the debt limit without a plan to decrease the deficit. I have a penny plan that would get us out of deficit spending in two years but no ideas like that were even considered.
“I do what I believe is right whether it is popular or not. I want the government to be open for business, but we have to stop crisis-governing and actually do something real. It took more than two hundred years for our debt per person to reach about $30,000. Since 2009 it’s gone up to more than $50,000 per person. That is frightening. I hope more people begin to understand we have to go beyond the moment and make substantial, sometimes difficult, choices for the future. Hopefully then both sides will sit down and work on solutions to the actual problem instead of temporarily delaying the consequences.”