Wyoming's senior U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is calling for bi-partisan cooperation in order to save federal programs like Social Security and Medicare.

In a prepared statement read before a roundtable discussion that aired on Wyoming PBS Thursday, The Republican Enzi stressed the need for lawmakers to reach across the aisle in order to keep programs like Medicare and Social Security up and running.  "Every major legislative initiative that has helped transform our country was forged in the spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation," said Enzi.  "These qualities are essential to the success and longevity of crucial programs such as Medicare and Social Security."

Enzi voiced criticism about trust funds and the diversion of Social Security payments toward other projects saying:

"I mentioned that all the Social Security trust fund is just bonds, not money or investments. There is also a pension trust fund paid into by private companies who offer pensions to their employees. The purpose of that fund is to guarantee employees of businesses that go out of business that they will receive at least 60 percent of what they were promised. The tax was even increased last year, but the increased money, supposedly promised for the trust fund, was diverted to highways maintenance and construction for each of the next 10 years."

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