Wyoming’s two U-S Senators plan to vote against a budget compromise that will be taken up by the Senate on Wednesday. Senator Mike Enzi spoke out against the deal on the Senate floor. Enzi says it cuts too little...if anything.
“We talk about how we have reduced the deficit. Reduced the deficit? Yeah, that means we used to be overspending a trillion dollars a year and now we are only overspending $500 billion, which is half a trillion. That’s still overspending.”
Wyoming lawmakers are concerned with a provision in the bipartisan budget agreement that would cost the state money for mineral development.
Wyoming stands to lose around twenty million dollars annually from the budget deal that overwhelmingly passed the House. It includes a provision that makes permanent a law that charges states like Wyoming for costs associated with their mineral leases. The state hasn’t received that money since 2008, but Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis and other officials thought that was just temporary.