A message from Senator Enzi
With tax season and blizzards behind us and summer ahead of us I hope this newsletter finds you all well. At the start of this month I shared the entrepreneurial spirit with many of you who attended my Inventors Conference in Rock Springs. It was a successful conference and my staff and I are already working on an even better conference next year to help individuals take an invention idea from their garage to the assembly line.
Diana and I would like to thank all of you who sent condolences and well wishes to my family after the passing of my mother, Dorothy Enzi of Sheridan on April 2. Support from friends and family is helping us through this difficult time.
In this newsletter my staff and I have summarized just a few of the items I’ve been working on for the state. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. There’s more information on my web page (enzi.senate.gov). We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns.
Headlines and Highlights
Many Americans spent the weekend huddled over forms, receipts and a calculator preparing taxes. Senator Enzi is spending time this week working on legislation that would help Americans spend fewer days working to pay Uncle Sam. "We tax what moves. We tax what doesn’t move. We tax it when you buy it. We tax it when you sell it. We tax you for living, we even tax you for dying. It is time to stop this way of governing and reform and simplify the system to decrease the burden on Americans," said Enzi, an accountant and former small business owner.
Enzi co-sponsored a Republican tax package, the Invest in America Act, introduced this week that would provide tax relief for teachers, families who adopt, Americans with aging parents, married couples, parents, students and small businesses. The proposal would permanently repeal the death tax and make the increased child tax credit, the marriage penalty relief, the adoption tax credit, the tuition deduction and the teacher deduction permanent. The bill would also make the increased expensing limits for small businesses permanent as well as the new income tax rates and capital gains and dividends rates permanent.
Medicare Prescription Drugs
Enzi hailed the Senate’s rejection of a plan to allow the federal government to fix prices for prescription drugs as a victory for Wyoming seniors. Some senators have pushed forward with legislation that would set up a federal price control system for prescription drugs. They fell five votes short of the 60 votes they needed today to move forward with the plan that would change Medicare’s Part D. Enzi, the Ranking Member on the Senate Health Committee, strongly opposed the measure.
Enzi introduced legislation, S. 1017, to end unfair and manipulative meat packer practices. Enzi said money is being taken out of the pocketbooks of hardworking ranchers in Wyoming and across the United States because of off balance policies. The bill would address the problem of captive supply in the livestock industry. The bill would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act to require packers to have a fixed base price in their contracts and to also put contracts up for bid in the open market. Enzi said this would prevent packers from manipulating the base price after the point of sale. The bill has been referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee for further consideration.
On the Horizon
The Senate is debating a court security bill and may turn to a number of bills relating to intelligence authorization, Medicare Part D, competitiveness, immigration and energy in the coming weeks.
*The U.S. Senate passed a resolution introduced by Enzi commending the University of Wyoming Cowgirls for their monumental win in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Enzi also sang the praises of the team with a Senate floor speech.
Cherry Blossom Festival
*Enzi formally escorted Wyoming’s Cherry Blossom Princess, Leah Burke of Cheyenne, to the National Conference of State Societies' Cherry Blossom Ball. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually in Washington, D.C. to commemorate a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington in 1912.
Yellowstone East Entrance
*Enzi is preparing comments on the draft environmental impact statement for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks that opened for public comment recently. The draft impact statement is part of a new long-term plan to guide the winter use management of the parks. It proposes closing Yellowstone’s East Entrance in winter. Enzi strongly opposes closing the entrance to winter use and is in favor of snowmobile access.
*The U.S. Senate passed a resolution co-sponsored by Enzi that designates April as "Financial Literacy" month. The resolution is meant to raise public awareness about the importance of financial education, the serious consequences of not understanding personal finances and to encourage government, states, schools, businesses and individuals to take part in financial education activities.
Tonight Enzi is scheduled to receive the National Legislator of the Year Award from the national Jump$tart Coalition. This award is given to a member of Congress with a strong record of support for financial literacy.