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Senate Budget Committee member U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made the following statement regarding the Fiscal Year 2012 budget plan Representative Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released today. Ryan is the House Budget Committee Chairman. 

“Chairman Ryan’s blueprint is a real budget for a real problem. I appreciate the thought that went into that budget. Chairman Ryan was on the President’s debt commission and understands the financial crisis we are in. It certainly helps put this country’s finances in perspective. Meanwhile we are still arguing about what to do for the rest of this fiscal year. This funding was required to be approved before October 1 of last year, but wasn’t. The dollar amount of the cuts that could mean shutting government down are dwarfed by the spending cuts that need to be done in order to prevent this country from falling down. Cuts now are necessary. We’ve got to start somewhere.  We have to show that we are serious in Washington about restraining spending and get to this year’s budget. 

“I look forward to looking at this document in more depth.  It certainly contrasts with the specific budget plan put forward by Democratic leaders in the Senate - none so far - and the plan put forward by President Obama, which adds $9.1 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. The Democratic leaders shouldn’t sit on the sidelines and throw rocks until they have a plan that will get our country out of the hole dug by unrestrained spending.”