A message from Senator Mike Enzi
The 112th Congress is moving right along and hundreds of bills have been introduced. It is already shaping up to be a busy year!
My staff and I have summarized a few of the important issues I have been working on for Wyoming. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. More information is available on my Web site. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.
Headlines & Highlights
On Monday, Feb. 14 President Obama released his budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which starts in Oct. The budget request is an indication of the President’s priorities but the final budget may look very different because Congress ultimately holds the purse strings.
Enzi said the President’s budget doesn’t go far enough and even the ‘spending freeze’ will quickly lead to another year with a deficit of more than a trillion dollars. Enzi said the President missed an opportunity for real leadership.
“More spending, more taxes and more borrowing means more debt and that is the President’s budget in a nutshell.”
The Budget Committees in the Senate and the House will take into account the President’s ideas, but Congress ultimately establishes limits on total spending. Decisions on specific discretionary spending programs will be made by both the Senate and House Appropriation Committees. Enzi said Wyoming is fortunate to have Congressman Cynthia Lummis on the House Budget and Appropriations Committees.
Enzi says $100 billion can be cut
While Congress grapples with next year’s budget, the appropriations of the current fiscal year still need to be approved by March 4 when temporary funding expires. Enzi is pleased the House included $100 billion in cuts in its bill to fund the government until September. He is urging colleagues in the Senate to maintain these reductions as a necessary step to get the nation back on a fiscally responsible track. In order to do this, it is essential to reduce spending in every way possible.
On the Horizon
Wyoming state offices
Senator Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives in his absence. State offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here. Residents can meet with the state office people at:
Rawlins – Friday, Feb. 18 – City Hall – 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.