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Enzi: troops should be protected from budget indecision

Urges leader to allow whole Senate to engage

April 7, 2011

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should allow the full Senate to take part in the government funding decision by holding a vote on the House funding plan. Enzi is seeking an up or down vote on the House-passed bill that would keep the government open for another week, while providing funding for our troops through the end of the fiscal year.

“The House has put forth a plan to keep the government open a few more days and to provide funding for our troops through September. The Senate and White House have not produced any serious ideas on decreasing spending. The Senate, including members of the leader’s own party, should have a chance to vote yes or no on the only plan that is out there,” said Enzi. “Americans understand that government spending in Washington is out of control. The House is trying to heed that call and decrease spending only to be stalled by the White House and Senate leadership. The cards are on the table. Senate Democrats and Republicans alike should have the opportunity to sit at that table, do what they came here to do and cast their vote. But our troops who are putting their lives in harm’s way should not feel the brunt of a government shutdown should it come to that. Not funding the troops is inexcusable.”

The House passed H.R. 1363, the Continuing Resolution, today by a vote of 247-181. The President threatened to veto this bill before the House voted on it. In Wyoming a veto threat from the Governor would be illegal, according to Enzi.