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Enzi: One down, eleven to go

Bipartisan work helps Senate pass government funding bill

May 12, 2016

The Senate today passed the first of 12 bills necessary to fund the government. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., praised the bipartisan efforts of his colleagues who worked in committee and on the Senate floor to pass the spending legislation that focused on energy and water programs.

“Every year, Congress has the significant responsibility to pass all 12 of the spending bills necessary to fund government operations but for too long we have failed and relied instead on last-minute giant backroom deals,” Enzi said. “When we avoid bloated spending bills, we are able to dig into the details of what we are actually funding. That helps ensure that we are more responsibly spending taxpayer dollars.”

The Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which the Senate passed 90-8, includes measures that support nuclear security, waterways navigation and energy innovation. Enzi said the bill also contained measures that could help Wyoming, including funding to support carbon capture and its potential commercial uses.