Washington, D.C. -The U.S. Senate is in session and senators are working in the Capitol building, but Senate office buildings remain closed while health and environmental professionals complete environmental surveys for anthrax, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi said Tuesday.
Enzi said it remains uncertain when the Senate office buildings will reopen, but he and members of his staff have been working in the Capitol, from their homes and temporary offices on Capitol Hill since Oct. 18 when all Senate and House office buildings were closed.
Wyomingites who have sent correspondence to Enzi will experience a delayed response. Mail delivery to Washington Senate offices has been on hold since last week and normal e-mail and fax traffic has been interrupted by the Washington office closures.
Some constituents have contacted Enzi's state offices concerned about the safety of handling mail they have received from his Washington office. The Senate Sergeant at Arms has not yet given definitive word on how recipients should treat mail received from the Senate. Enzi said anyone concerned about mail received from his Washington office should take every precaution they feel necessary. If they decide to dispose of the correspondence, Enzi will be glad to issue another copy upon request via e-mail, fax or through the regular mail once that is possible again.
Enzi said until Washington Senate offices reopen, the best way to contact him is through his state offices. Gillette-- ph: 307-682-6268, fax: 307-682-6501, mailing address: 510 S. Gillette Ave, Gillette, WY 82716, e-mail: email@example.com Cheyenne- ph: 307-772-2477, fax: 307-772-2480, mailing address: Federal Center #2007, Cheyenne, WY 82001, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Casper- ph: 307-261-6572, fax: 307-261-6574, mailing address: Federal Center #3201, Casper, WY 82601, e-mail: email@example.com Cody- ph: 307-527-9444, fax: 307-527-9476, mailing address: 1285 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jackson- ph: 307-739-9507, fax: 307-739-9520, mailing address: P.O. Box 12470, Jackson, WY 83002, e-mail: email@example.com.
While in New York City Monday for meetings with UN ambassadors, Enzi went to the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Enzi said the devastation is difficult to describe and emotions that accompany seeing it in person are even harder to put into words.
Enzi said his meetings with U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte, UN ambassadors from Russia and China and Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Afghanistan, were educational. He was also scheduled to meet with Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, but Annan was called away at the last minute.
As the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism, part of Enzi's job is oversight of U.S. participation in the UN.