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A Message from Senator Enzi
 
Last weekend I was able to catch one of my favorite Wyoming events – the State Basketball Tournament in Casper. I enjoyed seeing many friends and cheering on my favorite teams. Congratulations to all the teams who participated and played their best!
 
Diana and I want to remind you that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. We encourage Wyoming residents to learn more about the disease, get screened and be aware. A simple screening, as well as carefully listening to your body, could save your life.
 
I recently launched a Facebook Page where I will begin posting floor statement videos as well as keeping my supporters informed on some of my daily activities.
 
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized the most important issues I've been working on for Wyoming.  Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter.  More information is available on my Web site.  I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.
 
Headlines & Highlights
 
AML Payments
 
Senator Enzi expressed his disapproval over an item in President Obama’s budget request that would eliminate all future payments to the state from the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) fund. Enzi pointed out that the President's budget is not definite and is merely a suggestion and starting point for Congress, with the final numbers to be decided by the House and Senate. Senator Enzi, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said he will work with his colleagues to see if he can maintain the careful compromise that released the stolen funds before.
 
Omnibus Bill
 
The Senate passed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill on March 11. Senator Enzi had objections to the bill’s price tag, the process it went through and the earmarks that were not voted on separately. Senator Enzi voted for several amendments to strip the bill of all earmarks, decrease spending and hold government agencies at last year’s funding levels. When those attempts failed, he voted against the omnibus bill itself. The omnibus package also included a provision to overturn funding formulas that the Senate and House carefully negotiated in the reauthorization of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 2006 to fund treatment of patients who have HIV/AIDS. Enzi worked on those funding formulas to ensure all states were treated fairly, especially rural areas and the South, where the disease is spreading most rapidly. The senator said this change in the omnibus bill does not allow money to follow the patient; it allows money to follow those who are in power.
 
On the Horizon
 
Inventors Conference
 
Senator Enzi will host his annual Inventors Conference next month. All Wyoming residents have potential to come up with the next big idea. This conference offers the opportunity to learn how to turn entrepreneurial dreams into a reality and pursue a business venture. The conference will take place at Casper College on April 25.

Enzi will be in attendance, as well as other guest leaders and inventors who will share their knowledge and expertise about how to protect ideas, set up small businesses and market inventions. For more information or to register, contact Robin Bailey in Enzi’s Gillette Office at (307) 682-6268 or e-mail robin_bailey@enzi.senate.gov.

Legislative Items

The Senate is likely to debate a national service bill, a budget resolution and a bill to set a renewable electricity standard.
 
Wyoming Office Hours
 
Wyoming residents who want to meet on an individual basis with one of Senator Enzi’s state representatives to discuss issues, questions or concerns about the federal government, can do so at the following scheduled office hours:
 

Albin – Wednesday, March 25 – Community Center Cafeteria – 12:30-1 p.m.
Burns – Wednesday, March 25 – Senior Center – 3-3:30 p.m.
Dayton – Monday, March 30 – Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.
Gillette – Tuesday, March 24 – Library Wyoming Room – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Guernsey – Friday, March 20 – First State Bank – 2-2:30 p.m.
Hartville – Friday, March 20 – Town Hall – 12-12:30 p.m.
Laramie – Friday, March 27 – Albany County Public Library – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Newcastle – Thursday, March 19 – Library – 1-2 p.m.
Pine Bluffs – Wednesday, March 25 – Town Hall – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sheridan – Monday, March 30 – YMCA – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Upton – Thursday, March 19 – Community Center – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Wheatland – Friday, March 20 – Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.
Wright – Tuesday, March 24 – Town Hall – 2-3 p.m.



News Nuggets

Boy Scouts Resolution

Senator Enzi co-sponsored a resolution that designates Feb. 8, 2010 as “Boy Scouts of America Day” in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the largest youth organization in the United States. Since 1910, more than 110,000,000 individuals have been Scout members. Senator Enzi and his son, Brad, are Eagle Scouts.

Energy Development

Senator Enzi signed a letter to President Obama urging him to move forward with energy development in the Outer Continental Shelf. The letter focused on the need to limit any delay with the completion of the Administration’s five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development.  Completion of that plan is required before leasing can move forward.
 
White House Summits
 
Senator Enzi urged action and not just talk at the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, the Health Care Reform Summit and the Small Business Summit, all hosted at the White House. During each meeting, Senator Enzi pushed to enact health care reform and provide more credit to small businesses. Enzi also encouraged bipartisanship, working with all stakeholders and putting bills through the normal committee process.

Wolves
 
Interior Secretary Salazar moved forward with the Fish and Wildlife Service decision to remove the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species list in Montana and Idaho – but not Wyoming. Senator Enzi voiced his disappointment with the decision, despite wolf recovery numbers and a wolf management plan supported by the state legislature. Enzi said it is time to let the states, all the states, have their shot at managing the wolves. Wolves will remain protected as a nonessential, experimental population throughout the state. Enzi will continue working with the Wyoming delegation, the state legislature, Governor Freudenthal and the FWS to remove the wolf from the Endangered Species list in Wyoming.

Personal Financial Awareness

As the only accountant in the Senate, Senator Enzi not only works to improve the financial health of the country but he wants every American to be financially healthy as well. He and his family have found helpful advice and tips from the book Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey. Senator Enzi thinks this book may also help others take control of their finances.