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Sen. Mike Enzi - December Newsletter

Holiday Greetings from Senator Enzi

The holiday season is upon us and 2011 is drawing to a close. Diana and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas. At this special time of year, our hearts are filled with gratitude for our many blessings and our home is filled with the warmth of the season.

During the holidays, I am reminded of our responsibility to serve others, to exhibit compassion for those in need, and to remember our servicemen and women who defend our freedoms. We honor their sacrifice to our great nation, and we keep their families in our thoughts.

Our best wishes to you and your families for a healthy, safe and Merry Christmas and the beginning of a new year.

Looking ahead to 2012

It is unclear what, if any further action the majority leader will call upon the Senate to take in 2011, but as we look towards 2012, Sen. Enzi is hopeful that politics will take a backseat to solutions that address the nation’s problems.

Enzi said for too long, Washington has been on an unsustainable spending spree, leaving us with a $15 trillion national debt that threatens our economic and national security.  It places an unconscionable burden on our children and grandchildren.  The solutions are out there to address our debt and it’s time to vote on them.  The Simpson-Bowles Commission, the Gang of Six, and the Domenici-Rivlin plans can really cut spending and could work to get our country back on sound footing.  A $15 trillion debt may seem insurmountable but it’s not impossible to solve if we have the discipline to act.

Key to solving deficit problem is seeing it for what it is

To many Americans the nation’s financial deficit is just a number, but Senator Enzi wants people to have a better picture of what is creating that number.  He believes the more people who see and understand what is happening with our nation’s finances, the more people will insist on action to correct the problem.  In a Senate floor speech this month he used a chart to illustrate our yearly deficit that adds to the debt.

News Nuggets

Balanced Budget Amendment

The Senate failed to get the 67 votes needed to pass a constitutional amendment that would have required a balanced federal budget.

Senator Enzi has supported a balanced budget amendment since entering the Senate in 1997. 

“The American people deserve a government that has the common sense approach to not spend more than it takes in,” Enzi said.  “We need to move in a direction that will end the budget blockade.” 

A balanced budget would put an end to the Washington spending spree instead of hiking taxes to pay for it. 

Keystone Pipeline 

The biggest barrier to getting a job for many unemployed people is simply the lack of available jobs.  Sen. Enzi believes the Obama Administration should encourage job creation by allowing the private sector to grow and put people to work. 

Enzi said we need the 20,000 jobs the Keystone pipeline will create now and the half a million jobs it is expected to create later.

The pipeline would not only help alleviate unemployment, it is a way to improve our energy security and is a step in reducing our dependence on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. 

Deficit Reduction Implementation Act

Senator Enzi cosponsored legislation that would establish a process which reduces the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade through qualifying bipartisan proposals.

The bill would create an opportunity for congressional proposals to receive a simple up or down vote using the same streamlined process afforded to the “Super Committee.”

“As federal spending drags the nation down an unsustainable path, Congress needs to get serious about advancing strong debt-reducing measures,” said Enzi.  “Creating a credible, long-term fiscal plan that welcomes bipartisan debt-reduction proposals is exactly what we need to address this crisis.”


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