Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., co-sponsored a bill today that would allow the government time to make sure tax dollars are spent wisely.
Enzi, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, co-sponsored the Biennial Budget and Appropriations Act, which would require Congress to use biennial budgeting similar to the Wyoming legislature.
“The federal budget process is a behemoth and complicated process that few people fully understand,” said Enzi. “It doesn’t need to be this way. Wyoming uses a system of biennial budgeting that gives the legislature time to thoroughly consider the needs of the state and then spend our taxpayers' dollars responsibly.”
Instead of going through the budget process every year, the Biennial Budget and Appropriations Act would require Congress to submit a two-year budget resolution at the beginning of each Congress and then adopt two-year appropriations bills during the first year of the two-year budget cycle. The second year would be dedicated to the consideration of authorization bills and oversight of government agencies and programs. Enzi said this would make Congress identify priorities and then allocate money with enough time to see the money used as it was intended before the next budget cycle begins.
“The budget process takes up a considerable amount of time each year and is drenched in partisan politics, while other important issues are put on the back burner,” said Enzi, the only accountant in the Senate. “Wyoming has figured out that biennial budgeting alleviates some of the problems the federal system faces. The current system often results in mammoth spending bills that nobody has time to fully read or understand before passing them into law. It's a serious problem and needs to be changed. The current system lends itself to spending indulgences this country cannot afford and it should be scrapped for a system that is a proven winner.”
Enzi said change will not be easy because people have learned how to take advantage of the current system, but he along with Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., Russ Feingold, D-Wis., Bill Frist, R- Tenn., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Wayne Allard, R-Colo., Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jim Bunning, R-Ky., Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will continue to work to get more of their colleagues on board.