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August 2, 2013

Enzi responds to constituent concerns about the Penny Plan, tax reform, UN arms treaty, checks and balances, Obamacare

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

Washington, D.C. – The Penny Plan, taxes, UN arms treaty, checks and balances and Obamacare are the subject of a new video that U.S. Senator Mike, R-Wyo., recorded this week. The video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents posted for him on Facebook and Twitter during the past couple weeks.

Penny plan

“Under the Penny Plan we will just take a single penny from every dollar that the government spends for each year for two years.”

“There shouldn’t be any fudging of the numbers, no smoke and mirrors. Just look at the numbers and do it.”

Tax reform

“I have taken a look at the fair tax, the flat tax, the consumption tax, all the different taxes, and you know, if we could get people to understand them, we could do that, but it’s such a big leap from where we are to there. I think we will have to do it in two or three steps, but I think we can get there.”

            “I’m pleased that the Finance Committee is going to be looking at tax reform. It is an opportunity for us to inform more people on what could be done, and hopefully to start with a clean slate…. make sure that it is revenue neutral, so we aren’t raising peoples’ taxes, that we are just making it simpler and fairer.”

UN small arms treaty

“The president can sign it, the secretary of state can sign it, but it doesn’t have the force of law in the United States until the U.S. Senate approves the treaty, and we aren’t going to do that.”

Checks and Balances

“I’ve said for a long time, we need to stop deal making, we need to start legislating.” 

“We have a vote where we either have to vote yes or no. We can’t amend. We can’t have other suggestions. It’s the wrong way to do it and we wind up in the wrong place.”


“There are a lot of things in the health care bill that we don’t even know the impact. Twenty thousand pages of regulations later, nobody knows what is going to happen.”

“We are going to have to fix by dismantling. And that is what we are going to have to do because they want to push this things through that are going to be a huge tax on individuals and on small businesses. It’s going to drive the cost of insurance up, not down.”

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. For individual responses, constituents should email him through his web page –

Click here to download the audio/video.

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