- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi addressed lawmakers at the State Capitol in Cheyenne on Thursday, telling them that Congress could learn much about efficiency and budgeting by following their lead.

Enzi, a Republican, is a former Wyoming legislator and mayor of Gillette. He was recently appointed chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and told lawmakers that he’s the first accountant to hold the job.

Enzi noted that the federal government, unlike Wyoming, doesn’t have a requirement to run a balanced budget.

Enzi says he commonly applies a rule in Congress that he learned in the Wyoming Legislature. He says he has found that Republicans and Democrats generally agree on 80 percent of the issues, and that successful legislation can be crafted by sticking to that common ground.

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