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Congress passes bill to improve trail maintenance and preservation

Congress recently sent a bill to President Obama that would improve access to America’s National Forests through better trail maintenance and preservation. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi in the Senate and Representative Cynthia Lummis in the House, both R-Wyo., led the bill. U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., also cosponsored the bill.

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would make better use of existing resources within the Forest Service to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest’s trail system.

“Wyoming is home to some stunning forests and they should be easily accessible,” Enzi said. “With our country in tough fiscal times, it is important that we maintain access to our public land in a fiscally sound manner. This bill would make the most of our resources, maximize the use of volunteers and improve access to our National Forests for generations to come.”

Legislators in both houses passed the bipartisan bill unanimously.

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Enzi says Congress needs to get to the bottom of federal PR spending mystery

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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, says you can lie about the numbers, but the numbers tell their own tale and they are saying that federal spending on advertising and public relations is a black hole.

“No one really knows how much these agencies spend on trying to influence the American public about what a great job government is doing,” Enzi said on the Senate floor today.  “As Lewis Carroll famously wrote in Alice and Wonderland – ‘How far down does the rabbit hole go?’ The reason this is so important is that federal law prohibits the use of appropriated federal funds for publicity or propaganda purposes.”

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President Obama doesn’t speak for Congress on climate agreement

Earlier this year President Obama committed the United States to a climate change agreement in Paris without any approval from Congress.

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., joined a group of senators recently to express their concern that the Administration has not been honest in acknowledging the limitations of the president’s climate change agreement. For an agreement to have the full force of law, it has to be approved by the Senate.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the senators wrote that Congress has been very clear in opposing the president’s climate change policies. The senators clarified that the president’s use of the Clean Power Plan and the pathway the administration has taken leaves the Paris Agreement vulnerable to a host of legal challenges.

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