Senator Enzi: ‘Time to Fix the Budget Process’

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming (Photo Ron Richter ©)

During the Senate Budget Committee’s fourth hearing on the budget process Wednesday, Committee Chairman U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming said that fixing the budget will help put the nation on a better path by providing more predictability, transparency, and accountability to spending by the federal government.

Enzi noted that current spending decisions by government are fragmented across multiple committees and federal agencies, preventing Congress from reviewing past spending decisions after the funds have been allocated.

He said the dysfunctional annual spending and budget process creates uncertainty that negatively affects agencies, businesses, and individuals. Enzi said the federal government's budget should be a long-term, enforceable plan that provides predictability, transparency, and accountability. He noted that the limits established by the spending blueprint should be enforceable, which will help ensure that tax and spending measures passed by Congress will actually adhere to the budget.