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Senate passes bill that supports U.S. military in Wyoming and around the world

The Senate passed legislation this month to help strengthen the country’s national security and support the troops. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., praised the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, which drives America’s defense policy and authorizes spending for the military, including several important provisions directly supporting Wyoming.

“This legislation is a win for our troops and for Wyoming,” Enzi said. “As the world continues to get more dangerous by the day, it is important that we as a nation are prepared. Whether we are taking the fight to ISIS or ensuring Wyoming’s ICBMs are secure and maintained, this bill will strengthen our country’s defense forces in America and around the world.”

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Senators introduce resolution to stop backward overtime rule

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., joined Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., this month to introduce legislation under the Congressional Review Act that would block implementation of the Administration’s overtime rule. The new rule will require more workers to punch the clock, track every minute when they come and go from work and stop them from negotiating a flexible work arrangement.

In 2015, the Department of Labor released a proposal to increase the salary threshold under which employees qualify for overtime pay. The department’s final rule, released last month, more than doubles that salary threshold – from $23,660 to $47,476. It will also cost many colleges millions of dollars per year in additional operating costs, potentially raising tuition for college students.

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Honoring the Boy Scouts 100 years as an official national organization


U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a resolution in the Senate this week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America receiving a federal charter. Congress approved the charter unanimously and it was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on June 15, 1916, recognizing the Boy Scouts as the preeminent Scouting organization for boys.

Enzi, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, spoke on the Senate floor on the important role that Scouting has played, not only in his own life, but for millions of boys over the last 100 years.

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Congress passes bill to help recover missing and exploited children


The Senate passed bipartisan legislation this week, introduced by U.S Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that would provide law enforcement with an additional tool to help find missing or exploited children.
The Recovering Missing Children Act would allow taxpayer information from the Internal Revenue Service to be shared with state and local law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation of missing or exploited children. Transfer of taxpayer information would occur only if strict standards for confidentiality and protection of the information from unauthorized use were observed by the state and local agencies.

“It is a terrible thought, but every year thousands of children are abducted and taken away from their homes. This bill maintains taxpayer privacy while also ensuring that the appropriate tools are available to connect missing and exploited children with their families," Enzi said.

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