Senate Dems Stymie Debt Reform [AUDIO]
Wyoming's senior senator and congresswoman had their hopes to address the nation's financial crisis dashed Friday, when the Democrat-controlled Senate voted against allowing a vote on the Cut, Cap and Balance bill. House bill thwarted in Senate:
At a press briefing Friday morning at the House Republican Conference, before the Senate vote, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis said the House had done its job with the Cut, Cap and Balance bill.
Rep. Cynthia Lummis:
"We challenge the Senate and the president, either pass our plan or come up with your own, but the attention is not on the House anymore. Go stick your microphones in the faces of the senators and the president and say, 'We want to see your plan.' The House is done."
According to a release from the office of U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, the House passed the bill on a bipartisan vote Tuesday night. Also before Friday's vote, Sen. Mike Enzi said the bill was a responsible solution to the nation's financial problems.
Sen. Mike Enzi:
"The Cut, Cap, and Balance Act is a responsible solution to the problem we face. We are spending too much. Too much spending leads to too much borrowing. To rein in spending, we must make immediate cuts that prove Congress can act and we must cap future spending to ensure that our spending levels do not grow at an insurmountable level."
But the Senate voted 51 to 46 to not allow a vote on the Cut, Cap and Balance bill. Sen. Enzi released a statement saying the vote shows what those who want a serious solution to the national debt are up against. And he again noted the lack of any plan from Senate Democrats.