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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.

March 7, 2014

Enzi responds to constituent questions on the president’s budget, voting on amendments

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

President Obama’s budget continues the tradition of more taxes, more debt, more instant gratification at the expense of our nation’s future. The Senate majority leader blocking amendments on bills denies senators from either party the right to legislate. These were just a few comments U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made in a video this week responding to Wyoming constituent questions from Facebook, Twitter, phone calls, emails and letters.

President Obama’s budget

“This country is more in debt than the 17 trillion dollars that we talk about. And we need to have a plan. That’s what we were asking for with the debt ceiling. Maybe it’s a seven-year plan, maybe it’s a nine-year plan, but at least have a plan on how we’re going to reduce then eliminate the deficit and then start paying down the debt. I have a penny plan that would balance the budget in seven years, just taking one cent off of every dollar that we spend for a seven-year period…If it’s done in conjunction with sequester, it would balance the budget in two years. And if it’s done right, where we’re eliminating duplication, we wouldn’t feel the pain.”

"Right now we’re paying $220 billion a year in interest alone on the national debt. If it goes up slightly, and it’s predicted to, within 10 years we will be paying $812 billion a year. We only spend $360 billion on the military. So that’s a huge increase in the amount of money we’ll be paying for interest alone on the debt. It doesn’t buy anything, it just pays people in other countries for loaning us money.”

Importance of voting on amendments

“Right now, the majority leader is the only one who can call up a bill…if he gets an amendment that he doesn’t like, he takes the bill down and we don’t get any votes on it. Or he can do what we call ‘filling the tree’, that‘s a parliamentary process that prohibits any amendments to the bill. We have the right to vote against the bill if we can’t have any amendments, and we do. Then the leader says ‘see they are against kids, against veterans, against women’, that’s not the way it is.

“I think that amendments ought to pertain to the title of the bill, and the bill ought to pertain to only one subject. Comprehensive is not the way to go, that makes bills incomprehensible. We need to have bills that the senators can understand and just as importantly that all of their constituents can understand.”

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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February 2014
Ever wanted to see the inside Senator Enzi's office? Come along for a video tour of his office in D.C. as he explain all the wonderful Wyoming memorabilia I have collected over the years and the stories that go with them.

February 14, 2014

Enzi responds to constituent questions on Keystone XL pipeline, minimum wage

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

President Obama’s indecisiveness on the Keystone Pipeline is costing jobs and increasing the federal minimum wage isn’t the right solution for growing the economy were just a few of the comments U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made in a video response to Wyoming constituents recorded this week. The video addresses a few questions the senator received 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.

Keystone XL Pipeline

“Our delegation is doing all that we can to see that the Keystone pipeline gets finished. You know that has been under study for four years already and it’s just waiting for a decision from the Department of State who gets to make the final proclamation. They keep putting it off and putting it off. It would mean about 42,000 jobs.”

“It’s a shame that the president’s indecisiveness is costing jobs again, and those jobs move into every sector of the economy. I liked to see that pipeline approved. Originally there was an environmental problem with it but they moved the pipeline and they solved that problem to the satisfaction of the environmental community and to the people, more importantly, of Nebraska.”

Minimum Wage

“The programs of food stamps, welfare, etc, would go down if people could get jobs. The problem out there isn’t that there aren’t jobs, and jobs that pay well, it’s that there aren’t the skills to match up with the jobs that are needed out there. That is what we need to do; we got to get people trained for other jobs.

“Everybody would like a raise, but in order to do the raise, the businesses would have to raise the price of the product they are providing, and if you raise the cost of the product, 30%, just like you did the minimum wage, nobody gains. It uses just as much of their money as it did before. What it did is put them in a higher tax bracket. The president’s been wanting another trillion dollars to spend and that’s how he is going to get it, by putting us all in a higher tax bracket.”

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.

Click here to download the video and audio.

January 2014

January 31, 2014

Enzi responds to constituent questions on EPA decision on Wind River Reservation’s boundaries, PILT funding

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

The EPA expanding the Wind River Indian Reservation’s boundaries was a blatant overreach by the EPA. The federal government stealing money that doesn’t belong to it, including PILT funding, will be an ongoing fight for states. These were just some of the comments U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made in a video response to Wyoming constituents recorded this week. The video addresses a few questions the senator received 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’s decision on the Wind River Indian Reservation’s boundaries

“This decision by an administrative agency is a great over reach, and it’s one that nobody over in that area is going to wind up being happy with. The EPA reaches for authority that it doesn’t really have. It changes law, and it can’t.  And as a result, it’s gotten a lot of people upset.

“A lot of people haven’t even figured out what’s going on or that there’s a 50-mile buffer around the reservation as well, and that includes Lander, Worland, Thermopolis, Pinedale, Dubois, and other towns; they’ll wind up equally as concerned. The tribe is being used kind of as a pawn in this overreach by the EPA.

“We need to take a look at what the EPA does, and put some reins on them...The tribes will get some extra employees and some extra money, but the EPA will wind up making the decisions, and if they don’t like their own decisions, they can appeal it and they appeal it to themselves. That’s wrong, we’re going to have to have more control from Washington on what the EPA does.”

PILT funding

“The Payment In Lieu of Taxes funding is about fairness. Local governments are required to pay for services like sewer, water, streets, trash and other types of access...In the case of the federal government, they have admitted for years, for decades, that they needed to pay taxes too so that the services could be provided for the land that they use, and that was the Payment In Lieu of Taxes that they have always agreed to pay.”

“Now since we are running out of money at the federal level the federal government is always trying to figure out ways to steal the money. In the actual budget deal they stole the money…I started trying to collect that, and working with 19,000 counties and 49 states that are owed that money, some of which rely on that for 20 to 40 percent of their total budget.”

“The problem has now been taken care of in the farm bill. That was the next thing that came through the House, and it will be the next thing to come through the Senate. And Payment In Lieu of Taxes is in there. That will take care of it for one year, then we will have to watch out, because when the federal government doesn’t have money they are willing to steal it from Abandoned Mine Land funds, they are willing to steal it from federal mineral royalties, and Payment in Lieu of Taxes is right there in line too.”

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.

Click here to download the video and audio.

December 2013

December 19, 2013

Enzi responds to constituent questions on budget deal, NSA surveillance

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

The Ryan/Murray budget deal and NSA spying on Americans were the subjects of a new video U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., 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.

Budget Deal

“This budget deal is like so many others that put off hard decisions for the future. It steals money from the future and spends it in the present. It takes it from accounts that are supposed to be trust funds and does it through increased taxes without letting people know.”

“They put it forward as a take it or leave it deal. Harry Reid set it up so there can be no amendments to it. We have tried a couple of tactics to put some amendments in there, but those have failed along party lines. It’s either a take it or leave it and I won’t ‘take’ a take it or leave it that doesn’t provide for future by making cuts in the present.”

NSA Surveillance

“I don’t believe that the government ought to be able to capture records, particularly without any kind of a legitimate warrant. That’s how it was originally set up. You had to appear before a judge and give a reason for a particular phone number.”

            “This got completely out of hand. NSA disregarded the law. NSA started capturing everybody’s phone number…That shouldn’t happen in America, we’ve got to stop that.”

            “We also have to worry about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is capturing your financial records at the present time. I complained about that and tried to get a privacy protection piece in there.”

            “I tried to get this bureau shut down. This bureau is funded before the money every comes to the federal government, so we have no control over their budget, no control over their employees, no control over what they do. That shouldn’t happen in America.”

           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.

Click here to download the video and audio.

November 2013

Washington, D.C. – The continued failures of Obamacare and the history of health care reform were the subjects of a new video U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., 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.

Obamacare failures

“The president has said several times that this is settled law and that there can’t be any changes. Yet, he changes two things a week that wind up to be deathly for Obamacare. He says Republicans don’t have any ideas. We have been sharing ideas with him for four years, he just hasn’t been listening. I have a 10 step plan that is on my website that would have done more than Obamacare and been paid for. It would be sustainable. It would have let you to keep your doctor, keep your hospital, keep your insurance plan. But the president just kind of takes those ideas and runs them through a shredder.

“I found out that if you do like your insurance you can’t keep it according to the Obamacare regulations, so I put in a bill to repeal those regulations. The Democrats voted against it unanimously. Now they are having to answer for that and I think they are a little shook at that possibility.”

Health care reform

“When the president came to the presidency, he had 60 votes in the Unites States Senate. Sixty votes will allow you to achieve anything you want to achieve. Leader McConnell appointed three of us to be part of a taskforce with another three from the Democrats. We tried to get Republican principles, Republican ideas made a part of any health care law that is out there…those are ideas that would work, that would be sustainable. I was appointed to try and get some of those into the bill. After a while we could see we weren’t making process on it, but we did keep the president from having government-run health care from the moment he became president.

“…they threw the Republicans under the bus and the president went ahead with the plan that he had, which was different from anything we discussed. And that’s what we wound up with. It was poorly planned, poorly executed, and you can see the results now. The website is just the tip of the iceberg.

“I’ve tried to repeal it, I’ve tried to defund it, I’ve tried to dismantle it. I have 17 different bills that would make a difference in that law.”

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.

Click here to download the video and audio.

November 8, 2013

Enzi responds to constituent questions on Americans losing health care, EPA

New video: Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington

Washington, D.C. – Americans losing the health care they like and the EPA taking its coal-killing rule on a faux listening tour, missing stops in Wyoming, West Virginia and Kentucky were the subjects of a new video U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., 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.

American’s losing healthcare because of Obamacare

“I did something about this clear back in 2010. I petitioned so that congress would have to vote on a bill that would have made it possible for everyone to keep their health insurance if they like it. That was voted down on party lines. It hurt America and it’s going to hurt the people who voted it down.

“I’ve been working on making sensible changes since that time. I have worked to repeal Obamacare, replace Obamacare. I have had a 10 step plan for years that does more than Obamacare does and it would be paid for. I have also worked to dismantle Obamacare. I have 17 bills that I’m on that would change parts of it.”

Senator Enzi is working with Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and 36 other senators in pushing legislation that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance if they liked it.

EPA coal killing tour

“Obama promised that he would wage war on coal when he was running the first time, and there is no indication he plans on doing anything differently.

“I’ve been fighting every one of these regulations that come through, and in some cases getting enough signatures to get an up or down vote after 8 hours of debate. Unfortunately on the Democrat side they have what I call the full discipline, which means that nobody, even if their state would benefit from the change in the regulations, will step off and help us out. “Coal of course is our nation’s least expensive energy. If coal is eliminated energy prices will double or triple.

“I want to change it so every major rule has to have a positive vote from the Senate and the House in order to go into effect. It is the Senate and the House that say what rules need to be done, and we ought to have the approval of those rules before they ever go into effect. That’s gaining momentum as well.”

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.

Click here to download the video and audio.

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., says Obamacare architects still have a chance to repair their broken promise that said if people like their current health care plans they can keep them.  He has joined Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and 36 other senators in offering legislation that honestly gives Americans that choice.

Enzi is the author of a 2010 provision that would have kept the Administration honest in its promise.  He said the Administration is offering Americans the same choice with their health care plans as Henry Ford did with the color of the Model T.

“Henry Ford said that customers could have his Model T in any color they wanted so long it was black.  Sounds similar to what the president has promised with health care.  If you like your current plan you can keep it, as long as it’s a model we choose,”  Enzi said.  “I pointed out three years ago that the Administration had started us down this path, which is why I offered a resolution that would have given people the honest choice to keep their plans. Despite several warnings, everyone in the majority party in the Senate voted against it.  We have a bill now that would give them another chance to keep their promise.  They need to support us this time.”

Enzi hopes now that people who are experiencing some of the consequences of Obamacare will be able to see the larger vision behind this law that he and other conservative senators warned about years ago.

“The president and authors of his health care bill promised three years ago if you liked your health care plan you would be able to keep it.  Only now that people are losing health care plans right and left are the bill’s writers revealing the catch.  You can only keep it so long as it, ‘…fits into this new regime that we are building for America.’  That is what one prominent senator who helped pass Obamacare said this week.  That is the vision of this Administration and this majority in the Senate.  It has nothing to do with individual choice or freedom,” Enzi said.  “We can’t afford to let these be taken from us.  I’m going to continue to do everything I can to see that Americans retain the ability to make their own health care decisions.”

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