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Senator Mike Enzi - February Newsletter

Response to State of the Union

Last month, President Obama gave his third State of the Union address. The primetime event, which included plans for more spending and new government programs, failed to address the nation’s $15 trillion debt.

Senator Enzi noted that the president’s vision for the future, especially the words about government’s role in people’s lives, does not match his past actions or even the words he uttered later in his speech. A country cannot pay down its debt when it continues to spend more money.

Enzi also pointed out that for the last three years, the bills in the Senate have come from the White House, straight to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Those bills skip the committee of jurisdiction and go straight to the Senate floor. They are broad, expansive and complex bills that contain provisions many people see as destructive.

Enzi said if the president wants to sign more bills, they should focus on areas of agreement and leave out provisions that are meant to kill the bills and score political points. The Senate should focus on smaller, simpler and more targeted bills that use the committee process and allow senators to offer amendments.

Response to the President’s budget proposal

Earlier this week President Obama released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013. Despite promises of fiscal discipline and cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term, President Obama presented the American people with another budget that spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much. Ignoring four years of trillion dollar deficits is not just poor policy, it’s a failure of leadership that punts the tough decisions until after the next election.

Senator Enzi continues to push for commonsense ways to cut spending, including his “Penny Plan,” which would cut a single penny from every dollar the federal government spends. Those 1% cuts equal a balanced budget in seven years and would put America back on the road to fiscal solvency.

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Wyoming state offices

Senator Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives in his absence. State offices are open Monday-Friday.

For contact information, click here.

News Nuggets

Summer Interns Wanted

Senator Enzi is encouraging students and graduates from all backgrounds to apply for a summer internship in his Washington, DC office. The internships offer experience in our nation’s government, hands-on, individualized projects and the ability to network and establish crucial job skills. Applications and necessary materials are due by April 5. Click here for more information.

2012 GRO-BIZ Conference

Join Senator Enzi and Governor Matt Mead for the 10th annual GRO-BIZ Conference and Idea Expo which is being held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, February 22-23.

The conference gives small businesses the opportunity to make their sales pitches to representatives for state and federal government agencies.

Visit the following link for more information and to register: www.regonline.com/2012grobizidea

$1 Coin Legislation Saves Money

Senator Enzi joined a bipartisan group of senators this month to introduce legislation that would eliminate the $1 paper bill and replace it with $1 coins.

The effort would save taxpayers between $200 and $500 million annually and is one of many simple ways America can start reducing the national debt.

International Tax Changes

Senator Enzi introduced legislation this month that would modernize the U.S. tax code and put U.S.-based companies on a level playing field with their foreign counterparts.

The bill would allow U.S.-based company earnings currently offshore to re-enter the country at a reduced tax rate; provide an exemption from U.S. tax for foreign earnings already subject to foreign taxes; and reduce the U.S. tax burden on income derived from ideas and inventions.

Senator Enzi believes this legislation would bring money back into the U.S. economy and help stimulate job creation nationwide.  

Vote Delayed on Internet Piracy Bill

Senator Enzi has said that delaying last month’s vote in Internet antipiracy legislation was a good decision and has withdrawn his co-sponsorship of the Protect IP Act. He thanks all of his constituents who shared their concerns and comments about the legislation.

Senator Enzi is confident that Congress will find a way to protect consumers and businesses affected by counterfeit and fraudulent products sold online, while maintaining the integrity of the Internet.