U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., criticized Congress for passing a last-minute spending deal that will not only raise our national deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars, but includes a host of unrelated pieces of legislation.
“Christmas presents for everyone – all put on the federal credit card, which is overspent already,” Enzi said.
According to Enzi, the bill is so costly because it tries to secure votes by including several unrelated bills that Congress would normally have to discuss and vote on, as the Senate was designed to do.
“This bill has completely bypassed regular order and violates nearly all of the Senate’s self-imposed budgetary rules, with its billions of dollars in giveaways and tax policy changes,” Enzi said. “We are legislating on funding bills; this legislation is supposed to be scrutinized differently, especially if it pays out real money. I will remind my colleagues that our national debt stands at just over $23 trillion, and the Congressional Budget Office tells us that federal deficits are already on track to exceed $1 trillion this year and every year thereafter. We should be talking about how to address the budgetary mess we are in, not pressing the gas on our unsustainable fiscal trajectory, which is exactly what this bill does.”
While Congress is supposed to spend within the budget it sets for itself, on Monday the Senate unveiled a new spending bill that was more than 1,800 pages and would increase federal deficits by more than $400 billion over the next 10 years. Enzi went to the Senate floor to force senators to go on the record as violating the budget. The Senate voted 64-30 to do so.