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Senate majority rejects another deficit-cutting opportunity

July 29, 2011

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., voted Friday evening in support of a deficit-reducing bill written by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.  The majority in the Senate, however, rejected the plan.

“This bill would be by far the single largest piece of deficit reduction in our nation's history.  It would cut the deficit more than the debt ceiling would be raised and would turn our country in the right direction.  The Boehner plan would provide for real cuts and a method for more and deeper cuts.  It also would help move a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution forward.  Unfortunately it met a familiar fate in the Senate with the majority refusing to even debate it on the merits,” Enzi said.  “I’ve voted in favor of at least three other deficit cutting plans in the last few weeks.  I’ve also proposed my own.  The Boehner plan would cut less than the other plans I’ve supported, but still the majority and the President have rejected it as they’ve rejected other attempts to restore fiscal order.  They’re going to have to accept real cuts soon or we’ll all learn the difference between planned cuts and forced cuts.” 

The Senate voted 59- 41 against allowing a vote on Boehner plan, which the House of Representatives passed Friday evening.