Washington D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wy) was given special honor by Senate leadership recently.
Enzi was asked by Majority Floor Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to close the day's Senate session Tuesday.
"I'm honored Senator Lott would allow me to stand in for him at the close of business and conduct wrap up," said Enzi. "I'm pleased at the confidence he's shown in me by allowing me to do this."
Enzi is the first freshman Senator in the 105th Congress to be asked by the majority leader to conduct "wrap up", which entails finishing up the day's session and outlining items on the horizon for the next and/or future days of the session.
Also of significance, Enzi was asked again by Senate leadership to manage a portion of the floor debate Wednesday concerning the Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. Enzi directed debate specifically concerning the Feinstein Amendment.
"The opportunity to manage a floor debate already as a freshman really means a lot to me and I am very appreciative the leadership would choose me for such a task," Enzi said.
Generally, senators who manage floor debate are those who have authored the legislation being discussed or are committee or subcommittee chairmen whose committee is directly concerned with a particular piece of legislation.
Managing floor debate is another first for Enzi as a member of the 105th Congress freshmen class. He was also the first member of that class to give a speech from the floor.