U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after President Obama spoke again today on the deficit.
“President Obama has given a number of ‘major’ speeches that haven’t resulted in any major action. This one was mostly about how the debt wasn’t his fault, how terrible the ideas from the opposing political party are, ideas he says he’s always willing to hear and how he will protect this group or that from budget cuts by increasing taxes on those who deserve it.
“At least he talked about the problem and some ideas from his own debt commission. He could have done that months ago during his state of the union address and the release of his first budget, but coming late to the party is better than not showing up at all.
“A letter signed by 64 senators, 32 Republican and 32 Democrats, asked the President to show leadership on the deficit. The first step is to explain clearly how dire the situation is followed by true direction on how to get out of it. He failed to do that in his state of the union speech. The budget he’s required to present to us didn’t do it either. We don’t need more political rhetoric. We actually need leadership. We need people in both parties to put their fingerprints on a plan.
“Multiple plans have been presented now. I look forward to hashing out these differences during serious work on entitlement reform and deficit reduction in the days and weeks to come. The Senate needs to move forward with some votes.”