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Senator Enzi Says Sequestration To Be Revisited

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Hopefully it will be back to the drawing board for sequestration next session.  US Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming says it is time to revisit the implementation of sequestration to accomplish what it was initially intended to do.  Enzi, who was visiting Jackson Hole Sunday and Monday, says while sequestration did cut federal spending, it did so in ways that crippled agencies’ abilities to serve the public. He says it was a compressed year which made it a 5.3% cut, and then there was a directive from the White House to make it hurt.  Enzi said, “I was on the telephone a whole lot talking with both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park and finding out what they planned on doing:  and you know it was the first time we had been able to get any numbers from them on what they had done in the past.”  He says when he learned that they were considering closing visitor centers, he asked whether there were profit centers in the visitor centers and pointed out that the actually provided a source of capital for the park.   Enzi says the congressional leaders had tried to give the sequester flexibility, but administration turned it down.  Now he says the congress must first pass a budget that appropriates everything the federal government does. Then they will have an entire year’s budget to take the sequestered funds out of and be able to eliminate areas of waste.  Says Enzi: “Out of $3.6-trillion, there’s just got to be a little bit of waste and a whole lot of duplication.” Enzi says cutting duplication would save money while assuring those programs that are doing well get some money.

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