June 20, 2013
Newcastle, Story, Cheyenne, Laramie, Casper, Green River, Afton residents ask Enzi about NSA, student loans
New Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington video
NSA spying and the cost of education and student loans are the subject of a new video that U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., recorded this week. The video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him during the past couple of weeks concerning these issues and were selected from Facebook and Twitter, phone calls to his offices, email and letters. In the video Enzi also announced that he will be holding listening sessions across Wyoming during the first week of July.
NSA spying on American citizens
“I’m appalled and I think it’s unconstitutional. The privacy and civil liberties of our citizens is one of our utmost concerns. I’m concerned about the number of ways that they can be utilizing the information they’re getting. I’ve been increasingly disturbed by executive actions that exceed any oversight by Congress or any permission by Congress. Information is just being released, but the Obama Administration has to explain why it sought such a broad order and how long those activities have been taking place, and how it’s being used, and if it made any difference.
“We have to get to the bottom of this sweeping seizure. We have to prevent any other kinds of seizures from happening. I’m also worried about some other agencies that have access to your records, not just your telephone number.”
Student loans and the cost of education
“There is a student cost problem out there. Every time we increase the amount of Pell Grants kids are eligible for, the price of tuition goes up for all students, whether they get a Pell Grant or not. And that’s wrong.
“We need to be looking at college costs. Fortunately, Wyoming is one of the least expensive places to go to college and we have some scholarships that are available if people work toward them.
“We do need to get a solution for student loan interest rates. We need to more importantly keep college and vocational school affordable.”
Senator Enzi records “Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington” videos every other week when the Senate is in session. He encourages Wyoming residents to continue sharing their thoughts, ideas, and questions and he will address as many of the topics as possible. For individual responses, constituents should email him through his web page – www.enzi.senate.gov. Information on the listening sessions will be announced next week.