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January 2015

It’s a new year, but we’ve got some familiar problems to contend with, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. With the new Republican majority in the Senate ready to tackle the most pressing problems facing our country, Enzi took to the Senate floor Thursday to stress the importance of working on real solutions in order to make things better for the American people, not just racking up political points. Enzi discussed his confidence that Congress will finally start making some real progress, especially on key issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline, immigration, Obamacare and more.

The following are excerpts from his speech:

“I intend to work this year to address our nation’s spending problems because I sit up nights worrying about our nation’s debt and how it will affect our children and grandchildren. And I am now the Chairman of the Budget Committee so I will have a hand in handling that, so I will have more responsibility. We have a spending problem in this country, and we cannot spend our way to prosperity. Rather, we must stop spending more than we take in and find a way to start paying down the $18 trillion.”

“We have a spending problem and it is catastrophic in the long run.”

“Additionally, I believe now is the time to deal with the problems we have seen each day since Obamacare was implemented. Premiums are skyrocketing for many people this year, while small businesses continue to hold off on hiring new workers or are keeping more people on part-time schedules…We should repeal this law because it is bad for consumers and bad for businesses. We need real health care reform that gets health care costs under control and ensures that rural health care providers can afford to continue to provide vital services.”

“We need to encourage coal production and prevent the Administration from restricting this low cost, reliable, stockpile able energy source. The coal industry provided – directly and indirectly – over 700,000 good paying jobs in 2010, but since being sworn into office, President Obama’s rule-making machine has released rule-after-rule designed to make it more difficult and more expensive to use coal. Instead of running from coal, America should run on coal, and I hope this Congress will embrace its abundance, in its power and its potential.”

“We also need to challenge the President’s other regulatory overreaches. President Obama has issued more Executive Orders, regulations, and other executive actions than either President Bush, Clinton, or Reagan…This year we need to fight the abuse of executive power, whether it’s used to grant illegal executive amnesty to illegal immigrants, to regulate all bodies of water on public and private land, or to make unconstitutional political appointments."

“I am confident that we can make some real progress for America this year on these and other issues because I believe the Republican Leader will re-establish regular order. I expect that we will use the committee process so that senators can offer constructive amendments and debate bills in that forum. I am hopeful that we will also have an amendment process on the Senate floor so that all 100 members of the Senate have an opportunity to improve the bills we consider. Each of us has a different background, and each of us looks at every proposal from a different point of view.  Working together, we can make things better for the American people, and I hope that we will do that this year.”

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December 2014

In a new video recorded this week, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., answered constituent questions on President Obama’s most recent executive overreaches that granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and an EPA proposed rule on ozone limits. The questions and comments are from Wyoming constituents sent to Enzi during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.

President Obama’s Illegal Immigration Amnesty

This president has just granted amnesty to over 4 million people with the stroke of the pen, not a single vote from congress and that's wrong. Why haven't we counteracted this? We don't have the votes. After the first of the year we're going to have a majority of Republicans and that will make a difference, it better make a difference.

“But we can’t have the president circumventing Congress and there are ways for a majority to be able to stop those things and part of that is through the appropriations process, cutting off the money for the things that are done illegally.”

EPA Proposed Ozone Limits

“I've seen a map of the United States and this ozone Rule isn't going to go anywhere because the whole east coast of the Mississippi River and all across the southern part of the United States, they have much higher ozone unattainment at the present time than Wyoming does. We have some isolated spots where we're having a problem and again that is largely where there's a concentration of population or concentration of work and I think we'll have a lot of help in overcoming this ozone rule, which will be devastating. So I hope people will comment on it, get their comments in, that does make a difference.”

Senator Enzi records “Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington” videos periodically 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 – www.enzi.senate.gov.

November 2014

November 13, 2014

Touring Admiral Beverages

First opened in 1947 with only two types of soda and two full time employees, Admiral Beverages in Worland is a true Wyoming success story. They now employ 500 employees in Wyoming alone, along with producing and/or distributing Pepsi, Dr Pepper and MillerCoors products across eight states. Thanks to A.J. Jenness for showing Diana and I the bottling facility on October 20. It was interesting to see the state of the art bottling techniques they are using.
July 2014

July 10, 2014

Senate should extend protections to knife and bow users

Majority leader’s rein of procedural error continues with more blocked amendment votes

If you like to hunt or fish or compete in outdoor activities using knives or bows, you better be careful where you go and how you get there, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

Enzi wanted a debate on granting the same protections to those traveling with bows and knives on federal land that gun owners enjoy. The Senate majority leader, however, decided to block dozens of amendments from both Democrats and Republicans from being considered as part of a bi-partisan sportsmen’s package of bills.

Enzi said the Senate majority’s blocking of amendments to the sportsmen’s bill does a disservice to hunters and outdoorsmen all over the country.

“I’ve been working on an amendment with Senators Bennet, Flake, Risch, Sessions, Thune and others to allow bows and archery equipment to be transported through national parks. This bi-partisan effort is necessary because some bow hunters need to travel across national parks to get to the land they intend to hunt on. This is also a common sense amendment because it provides parity for bows and firearms,” said Enzi.

Enzi also offered an amendment with Senators Lee and Thune to ensure that those traveling with a properly secured knife are not prosecuted under local or state laws which ban certain knives.

Enzi also joined other senators in filing amendments that would:

  • require the Department of Interior to suspend for 10 years a listing decision in states with approved or endorsed sage grouse management plans.
  • prevent the EPA from regulating all bodies of water, no matter how small and regardless of whether the water is on public or private property.
  • would allow folks to carry firearms on Army Corps of Engineers recreational property.
  • make cabin user fees more affordable and predictable, allowing families to keep their cabins on Forest Service land which some have been for generations.
  • Address the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service.

In his speech, Enzi noted that many of the amendments he sponsored or cosponsored are bipartisan, but the majority leader is insisting on making decisions for the 99 other senators on what ideas should get votes and what shouldn’t. Enzi said many of the senators now in office are new and they may think this is how the Senate is supposed to work, but it isn’t. 

“There is a better way,” he said.

June 2014

June 24, 2014

Enzi on student loans

Responds to constituent questions in new video

In a new video, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., discussed the issue of skyrocketing student loan debt. The video addresses a few questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.

Student Loan Debt

“I understand that it’s getting more and more difficult to finance higher education. We have a real advantage being in Wyoming. Wyoming has the Hathaway Scholarships. If you get good grades and you stay out of trouble, there’s some available for University of Wyoming, community colleges, or tech schools, and those can be a tremendous help. Wyoming has actually lower rates than most of the other states.”

“We should not have the government making money off of student loans. Of course, most people don’t realize that the student loan rate was set so that there would be a differential between what the government borrows it for and what the students would have to pay it, and that was to go to Obamacare…So our side of the aisle came up with an idea that it ought to be cut in half…And we got that passed not as a 6 month deal or a 1 year deal, but we got that passed as a permanent deal.

 “There’s not going to be any silver bullet that will take care of all of this, but we are concerned about education. I’m trying through the Higher Education Act to simplify the way that the forms have to be filled out for you to get there, and so that there’s full disclosure of what your costs are going to be as you go there, so that you can see if you can afford it…But it is important to take a look at what that’s going to cost, so if you’ve got any suggestions for ways to make it better for students, I’m into that.”

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.

May 2014

“This Memorial Day people all across Wyoming and this great nation will remember our nation’s veterans and the sacrifices they have made to keep our nation strong and free. We will acknowledge their service and express our appreciation,” said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Monday, May 26, is Memorial Day and Enzi is asking all Americans to take the time to honor those who have fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect our country.

“Freedom isn’t free. It comes to us at a great cost,” said Enzi. “Members of our armed forces gave their lives to protect and preserve our cherished American way of life, to defend the rights and responsibilities that come to us from our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

Since the Civil War, Memorial Day has been reserved to recognize, respect and honor America's sons and daughters who died serving their country.

“Diana and I will join all of you on Memorial Day and say a prayer that God will keep those who serve our nation safe and bring them home to us so that they, too, may soon be a part of all the activities of Memorial Day. We will also keep those who have died and their families and friends in our thoughts and prayers. We owe them all a debt we will never be able to repay,” said Enzi.

For more information regarding the history of Memorial Day or for ideas on how to commemorate our heroes, visit www.usmemorialday.org.

May 21, 2014

The Senate’s Medicine

Senator Enzi prescribes single issue legislation, at least 24 hours of debate, biennial budget to let everyone’s voice be heard

The whole country knows something is wrong with our Congress. This is not because members don’t have ideas, bills or amendments to address the issues of the day, but because the majority leader has sought to silence debate in the Senate and prevent senators from representing their constituents, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who spoke on the Senate floor today. Instead of allowing the majority leader to use procedural tactics to stifle debate and block amendments, Enzi recommends that the Senate only consider legislation that addresses a single issue, allow at least 24 hours of debate on bills, and adopt a biennial budget to allow senators to focus on each spending area individually.

“Congress has 535 elected representatives. When each of us looks at every proposal, lots of viewpoints and experience get put into the decisions we make for our country, but if all the decisions are made by the majority leader the vast majority of Americans get short changed. Shortcuts are taken, committees are skipped. Legislation is long, cumbersome and not easily read or understood. Spending reaches all-time highs, but we get less for our money.  This has to change,” said Enzi. “Single-issue legislation, 24 hours of debate, and a biennial budget are some ideas on how to solve these problems. This won't change unless those who are here exercise our rights. That may not happen until those outside Washington demand it. Demand that these and other ideas get considered. Demand your senators be allowed to represent you.”

Click here to watch excerpts of Senator Enzi’s speech.

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Click here for the transcript from Enzi’s speech as prepared for delivery.

May 15, 2014

Enzi answers your questions on minimum wage

New Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington video

In a new video recorded this week, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said an increase in the minimum wage would hurt, not help, Americans looking for a job. The video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent to him during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.

Minimum Wage

All of us would like to make more money. I would like everyone to make more money. Money is usually related to your education, your skills, and how long you have been on the job. Just raising them with a federal mandate, one-size-fits-all for the United States, does not work. The problem is it will raise everyone’s wages. If you have someone making $7.25 and they go to $10.10, you have to raise the person making $9 up to about $12. You’ve got to keep that separation based on the amount of training and skills and the work that they do. And it has to go all the way up the chain, otherwise it’s not fair to people who have more skills and have been there longer, and are able to produce more. And that is usually what wages have been given out for.”

“If those factors are what the increase in pay is for, it doesn’t cause an inflationary cycle. But, if you just raise wages, and force that on all the people up the line, everyone makes more, but somehow that has to be paid for. And that means it has to raise the price of the goods that you buy. So if get more, you have to pay more, you didn’t make any improvement in your lot in life. Except the federal government benefits, because the upper ones will move into a higher tax bracket.”

“There are some disadvantages to an automatic raise like that, that isn’t tied to an increase in skills, or productivity, or length of time that you have been at the business. The value to the business is what allows people to pay the wages, not some Washington designed law that says everyone ought to make more.”

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.

April 2014

April 11, 2014

Enzi answers your questions on EPA’s new water rule, Park Service spending

New Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington video

In a new video recorded this week, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said he will fight the proposed Waters of the United States rule by the EPA and take a closer look at National Park Service funding in order to see that the money isn’t getting stuck in Washington instead of flowing to the parks. The video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.

EPA Water of the United States proposed ruling

“The EPA has overstepped their bounds. They have been trying for years to get control of our water, we’ve fought it off every time. The National Blueways System was one of the later attempts and now they’ve got this proposed rule. I don’t know how they can classify some of these things as navigable rivers…most of the waterways that the EPA is trying to take control of don’t have any water in them at all most of the year.

“Yes the EPA should stay out of our water, yes we should cut their funding. In order to cut their funding, we have to have a majority…in the U.S. Senate and a majority in the House. When we send that cut to the president, he’ll probably veto it, but if he vetoes it a couple of times then he’ll be embarrassed to do that…we’ve been blocking them in every way we can, and we’ll continue to do that.”

Accounting of Park Service Spending

“Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park are two of the gems in Wyoming, and then we have the first national monument, Devil’s Tower. Those all have backlogs of maintenance and what I’m thinking is that a lot of money is getting stuck in the bureaucracy in Washington. I want it to get out to the parks, where it can take care of this backlog. The backlogs are at about 12 billion dollars, and we’re going to have to find a way to take care of that if we’re going to have the kind of national park that we want. We need to get control of every part of the spending.”

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.

March 2014

March 27, 2014

Enzi responds to constituent questions on veterans benefit bill and child care development bill

Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said we need to make sure that the benefits promised to our veterans are delivered and we need to weed out duplication in education spending in a new video recorded this week. The video addresses a few questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.

Child Care and Development Block Grant Bill

“I really appreciated it when I was in this coffee shop and it had an old stove in there and I saw a dad who was explaining to his first and third grader how the damper and the flue on the stove worked. I went over and I said, ‘Are your kids homeschooled?’. He said, ‘Absolutely. They’re homeschooled from the time they wake up until the time they go to public school, and from the time they get out of public school until they go to bed’. Parents are the ones that have an obligation to make sure that their kids are educated.

“The child development block grant is for children whose parents may not have the ability to do that, or the time to do that, and there used to be 119 of the programs…Most of them have turned into babysitting programs. I was able to get that down to 69 while I was the chairman. Since that time, we’ve worked to get that down to 45, but 45 is still too many.

“The amendment that I put into the child care and development bill, would reduce it still further and would come up with a plan that hopefully would get it down to maybe six, and under one department. Right now those childcare programs may have to put in grants from maybe 12 or 15 different agencies to run the program they’re running right now and each of those requires a whole bunch of paper work, so it will be simpler for them too, but it should save the federal government a lot of money and get this closer to being back to the states.”

Vote on veterans bill

“I really appreciate those questions because what we wound up with was kind of an “omnibus-anything-you-can-think-of” for veterans benefits, with none of it being paid for, and what we were trying to do was close the gaps of the retired veterans who lost a percent on their Cost of Living Adjustments, could get that back. That’s where it all started. And then as it works in government, if it’s worth reacting to, it’s worth overreacting to.

“Senator Bernie Sanders threw in everything he could possibly think of, and just in veterans’ hospital cases alone, the way that he opened it up for veterans who haven’t even been injured before, we would have an overload of the veterans system. And in most states, there’s already a backlog of the veterans services at the hospitals. We don’t want to add to that, we want to make sure that whatever’s done, can be done, and will be done right. We want to make sure that the veterans benefits promised is delivered. That’s not the case now, it needs to be.”

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.

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