A Message from Senator Enzi
I spent most of the month of August traveling around Wyoming and meeting with residents during the Congressional home work period. Diana and I met with small business owners across the state, spoke to civic organizations, toured several mines, and participated in State Fair events. You can check out some photo highlights from my travels in August by visiting my Facebook page. I’m also wrapping up my August Photo Contest and I received some outstanding photos of Wyoming! Voting information is in the last News Nugget of this newsletter. I enjoyed seeing the state from different perspectives and looking over the photos that residents have taken.
My staff and I have summarized a few of the important issues I have 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
Enzi pushes to reduce tax burdens on small businesses
Senator Enzi spoke on the Senate floor on Sept. 14 in support of an amendment he is co-sponsoring to repeal a costly new 1099 IRS tax form reporting mandate imposed by the new health care law. “Under the new health care reform law, 40 million businesses will have to submit onerous and duplicative 1099 tax forms. This August, I toured small businesses across Wyoming to get a sense of what federal legislation is doing to help or hinder them. I saw firsthand what kind of struggles they deal with every day and what is working for them and what is not,” Enzi said. “The last thing we should do in Washington is hurt these businesses by passing legislation that takes resources away from growing the business and puts it into more tax paperwork. Section 9006 of the new health care reform law could mean hundreds and hundreds of extra 1099 tax forms every year for businesses to worry about.” The Senate voted 46-52 against proceeding to debate on amendment #4596, sponsored by Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that would repeal the 1099 section of the new health care law. Enzi will continue to work on fixing this harmful provision and is still hopeful it can be done before the extra IRS tax form collection is required. To read more and to check out video from his statement, click here.
Enzi takes action against unnecessary spending
Senator Enzi agreed to co-sponsor a bill introduced by Senators Feingold, D-Wis., McCain, R-Ariz., and Carper, D-Del., that will give the President the ability to use the line item veto to eliminate spending. Since Congress hasn’t been able to rein in spending on its own, this bipartisan bill would help get the country back on a fiscally responsible track. Through this bill, the President can choose to rescind specific funding in legislation that is passed by Congress. After the President announces the rescission’s package, it is sent to Congress where there will be an expedited up or down vote taken on the package.
On the Horizon
Wyoming office hours by state office staff
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.
Greybull – Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Town Hall – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Lovell – Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitors Center – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lusk – Thursday, Sept. 23 – Town Hall – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Newcastle – Thursday, Sept. 30 – Weston County Library Conference Room – 2-3 p.m.
Thermopolis – Thursday, Sept. 23 – Hot Springs County Government Annex Building – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Upton – Thursday, Sept. 30 – Upton Branch Library – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Worland – Monday, Sept. 20 – City Hall – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Wyo delegation named “Taxpayer Super Heroes”
Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis were recognized as Taxpayer Super Heroes for their work in the first session of the 111th Congress. The delegation received the award from the taxpayer watchdog group Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). The delegation received a perfect score of 100 percent and Senators Enzi and Barrasso were the only two senators to receive a perfect score. Of the 435 members in the House, Lummis was one of seven with a perfect score. They were recognized for their work on increasing transparency, minimizing waste, eliminating earmarks and reducing the national debt.
Enzi pushes to protect small businesses
Senator Enzi submitted an opinion editorial to the publication Politico outlining how Congress is hurting small businesses and asking that it act fast to protect them. Enzi emphasized the need to do away with a provision in the health care law that will add more taxes and paperwork for small businesses and also touched on the need to prevent a massive tax hike set to take place at the end of the year. “Small businesses are the primary creators of new jobs, and we have to give them the stability they deserve,” he said.
Voting open in Enzi’s photo contest
Senator Enzi hosted a photo contest in August so Wyoming residents could share their perspective of the state of Wyoming. The photos were narrowed down to the “Top 5” and posted on Facebook so supporters can vote for their favorite photo. Voting, which began on Monday, closes Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winning photo will be displayed for one full week in the banner of his Web site. Keep checking Facebook for updates and keep your eyes peeled for a photo gallery of “honorable mentions” coming soon!