U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after the Senate passed an all-inclusive spending bill that enacts much of what was agreed to in the Ryan/Murray budget deal. Enzi voted against the $1.1 trillion legislation.
“We have to take a stand on spending, even when it’s not convenient. Congress and President Obama agreed to cut spending in 2011 with the Budget Control Act and here we are again violating that promise to be better stewards of tax dollars. The good in this bill can’t outweigh the bad when overspending is bankrupting our country. This massive, all-inclusive spending bill is another example of Congress putting off its work until the last minute and then members patting themselves on the back for passing a trillion dollars in spending with no oversight, no amendments, and all sorts of peripherals that were included without debate or votes. These are the new earmarks. Our nation can’t afford to keep spending money we borrow from other countries.