It always occurs to me when we hit the last month of the year -- Where has the year gone? We’re now at the end of the year, and looking back over the past 12 months or so, we are reminded of the special moments we’ve shared with family and friends. Each one will serve as an instant replay memory we will look back on for years to come.
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a special time to spend with family, eat good food, and exchange gifts with the ones you love. It is also the season when dreams come true. Ask any child, no matter their age! May it be so for you and your families, too.
I know I won’t be the first, but let me be among the chorus of those you will hear every day, just about everywhere you go -- Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! The sound of those special words always helps to brighten the day and lift my spirits. My wife Diana and I hope the joy of this season stays with you, not just today and tomorrow, but throughout the coming year.
Enzi statement on Obamacare court ruling
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement after a federal judge in Texas ruled that Obamacare was unconstitutional:
“It has been eight years, but Obamacare is still struggling to meet the needs of Americans across the country. I warned the law’s authors from the start about their top-down, federal first approach to health insurance. It has decreased competition and raised prices on folks just trying to make ends meet. The constitutionality of the law will continue to be debated in the courts. No matter the outcome, Congress still needs to work to help ensure individuals, including those with pre-existing conditions, have access to high quality and affordable health insurance coverage. Obamacare has failed to ensure that for many Americans, but I will continue to work with my colleagues to bring about a better system to help those in need.”
Enzi: Trump Administration right to roll back Obama-era WOTUS rule
Enzi applauded the Trump Administration for proposing a rule that would scale back the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
“The Obama-era Waters of the United States rule gave the Environmental Protection Agency power to regulate bodies of waters it should have never had control over,” Enzi said.
Enzi outlines strategy to avoid future government shutdowns, overhaul budget process
During a speech on the floor of the Senate, Enzi outlined his plans to begin fixing the broken budget and appropriations process in the new Congress.
Change the names of the Budget and Appropriations Committees to better reflect each committee’s function.
Switch to a biennial government funding system, where six appropriations bills would be considered in the first session of a Congress and six would be considered in the second.
Require that any new mandatory programs should be self-financed or offset by eliminating an existing program.
A full evaluation of the concepts and procedures that underlie Congress’s budgeting process and make it too easy to spend.
Wyo delegation asks President Trump to help Keystone XL Pipeline get completed
Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., sent a letter to President Trump to urge any immediate action necessary to move construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline forward.
Enzi applauds ending regulation that halted construction of new coal power plants
Enzi praised the Trump Administration for releasing a plan to roll back an Obama-era regulation which essentiall stopped new coal power plants from being constructed in the United States.
"I am glad to see action is being taken to roll back one of the more outrageous regulations imposed. Coal plays a vital role in powering America due to its reliability as an energy source There are a lot of challenges that still face the coal industry, but thanks to the Trump Administration, this would be one less hurdle."
Around the state
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $20 million grant for an Interstate 80 winter freight improvement project in southeastern Wyoming. The project will construct more than five miles of passing lands and two truck parking areas, along with dedicated short-range communication roadside radios. Learn more