September 21, 2011
Senator Mike Enzi - September Newsletter
A message from Senator Mike Enzi on the passing of Senator Malcolm Wallop
By now most of you will have heard that former-Senator Malcolm Wallop has passed away. Diana and I were saddened by the news of his passing and ask everyone to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers.
Malcolm served Wyoming with distinction. He always carried with him a heart for the West and did what he believed was in the best interest of Wyoming. During his 18 years as United States Senator, Malcolm was a tremendous advocate for everything that Wyoming represents. He spoke from the heart with words that reflected his commitment to his home state and earned the respect of all of his colleagues. Wyoming was lucky to have been represented by Malcolm.
Throughout his career he worked to expand energy production in our state and also passed legislation that would cut the inheritance and gift taxes. He also was an advocate of free trade and sought to strengthen our relationships with foreign trade partners.
He pioneered volunteerism and created the Congressional Awards program that challenges young people across the nation to get involved locally and to solve problems in their communities.
Yet despite all of his accomplishments, he never lost touch with Wyoming and how his constituents were affected by what the federal government was doing. He fought tirelessly to preserve state and local control over any and all facets in Wyoming and the West.
May his presence now be a source of peace and comfort to all those who mourn the loss of Malcolm.. The knowledge that there are so many who will always remember him may, in time, help to soften the pain his passing leaves behind for all those who knew him, loved him and called him their friend. To heal the empty spot in our hearts, I encourage all who knew Malcolm to write down their memories and share them.
In the years to come we will often think of him and the example he provided to so many things. But for now, let us say goodbye to our friend. He will be missed – but he will never be forgotten.
On the Horizon
As Congress returns to session in October, there are many important legislative proposals on the horizon. In the coming months Congress may consider:
- Three free trade agreements that have the potential to create thousands of American jobs.
- The re-authorization of a workforce training law known as the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-- (a jobs bill Sen. Enzi has been working to pass)
- The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
You can find out more about these issues and other pending legislative proposals by visiting: www.enzi.senate.gov.
Wyoming state offices
Senator Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives in his absence. Upcoming office hours include:
Goshen 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – LaGrange Town Hall
Goshen 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Torrington Town Hall, City Conference Room #165
Laramie 9:30 am – 10:30 am – Pine Bluffs Town Hall Laramie 11 am – 11:30 am – Albin Community Center Laramie 1 pm – 1:30 pm – Burns Senior Center
State offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here.
Connect with Senator Enzi on Facebook
If you haven't already become a "fan" of Senator Enzi's Facebook page, check it out. It is a great way to see more of what is going on in Congress. Click here to view his page.
President can take steps to boost job growth
“I am glad to see the President is finally shifting his focus to America’s economy and helping foster job growth, but I’m disappointed the President’s emphasis is just more spending for programs that haven’t worked. If spending is the answer to the economy we should already be in a major boom,” said Senator Enzi.
“After ignoring our nation’s soaring unemployment rate for more than half his term in office, the President needs to address these problems immediately. He should provide the support and encouragement small businesses need to hire new employees and expand their operations. We can start by lowering corporate tax rates and reducing the regulatory burden these small businesses face.”
His warmed over budget wasn’t popular with his own party and it isn’t the answer now either.
“In the years since that terrible day, our brave servicemen and women have once again answered the call to duty and taken up arms to rid the world of the network of terror-wherever it is found. In the days to come, the memories of all that we witnessed on September 11 will stay with us and serve as a constant reminder that freedom isn’t free.
In that spirit, we will never forget those who lost their lives that day, their loved ones and all who knew them. For this generation and those to follow, their memory will continue to inspire us to be ever vigilant and constantly on guard at the gates of freedom to ensure that this, “one nation, under God, indivisible” will continue to be the home of “liberty and justice for all” for ourselves, for our children and for many generations to come.”
Click here to view videos of Senator Enzi sharing his memories of 9/11
Earlier this month, the Senate passed the America Invents Act which was signed into law by President Obama. The most notable change to the patent laws shifts the United States from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-to-file” system.
This change helps level the playing fields between small inventors and those backed by large corporations and helps protect the intellectual property of our job creators.
The first update to our patent laws in nearly 60 years, this new law will help to ensure inventors large and small maintain a competitive advantage globally.
National Gaurd Empowerment Act
Senator Enzi is a co-sponsor of the National Guard Empowerment Act, which works to make sure that every soldier and airman in the Guard has the training, equipment, and leadership he or she needs to accomplish a mission or an emergency response operation.
The bill authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, for military construction and for national security-related energy programs. Because of the deployments, the Guard and Reserve deserve a place at the table too.
If you’re from Wyoming and ever in Washington, D.C, Senator Enzi and Senator Barrasso co-host a weekly event for constituents to meet their Senators one-on-one.
Wyoming Wednesdays are every Wednesday while the Senate is in session and open to all Wyoming residents who would like to stop by and visit with their Senators. For more information, visit: http://enzi.senate.gov/public/