Laura Hancock -September 28, 2016
Threatened federal government shutdowns.
Spending bills that exceed limits negotiated by Congress. Concocted
emergencies to justify loans. And no way for the public to follow the
These are all
dysfunctions of the current budgeting and spending process in Washington,
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi says. And the Republican, who leads the Senate
Budget Committee, is working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle
to reform the process.
�We have a broken budget process," Wyoming's senior U.S. senator said.
"Congress is kind of like a binge eater who is ready to start a diet
right after dessert."...
Enzi is eyeing some reforms that
date back to his time in the Wyoming Legislature, such as a proposal
to change the federal government to two-year budget cycles. The result,
he said, would be colleagues voting on controversial spending bills
during non-election years and less controversial appropriations bills
during election years. The would lead to better decision-making, he
Ultimately, budget reform is the best way to reduce
the country's nearly $20 trillion debt, Enzi
�I�ll continue to sound the clarion call
that we're in trouble,� he said.