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A Message from Senator Enzi
 
This month I have been logging thousands of miles traveling across the state while meeting with Wyoming residents during the Senate’s August home work period. For the past three weeks, I have traveled to attend meetings and charity events. I have been able to meet with hundreds of people and their main concerns are health care reform and the cap-and-tax legislation.

Until September when Congress goes back into session, residents can always stay up-to-date and informed about what is going on and where I stand on policy issues by visiting my
Web site and my press office Web site for the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
 
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the most important issues I have been working on for Wyoming. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.
 
Headlines & Highlights
 
Health care reform update
 
Health care reform is definitely the most talked about issue that is coming out of Washington right now. Senator Enzi wants to make sure one thing is clear – he does not support government-run health care. With the Congressional home work period in full swing until September, people are wondering what the status is with health care reform. There isn’t one definitive bill. The House of Representatives has passed three different bills in three different committees but none of them have moved on to the Senate. On the Senate side, one bill was passed in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. The Finance Committee is also working on a bill and, when it is finished, it will be merged with the HELP bill and debated on the Senate floor.  As the Ranking Member on the HELP Committee, Senator Enzi voted against the HELP bill. He will also continue his work in the discussions since he is a member of the Finance Committee. He is working to reach a bipartisan solution for health care reform that will that will ensure people who like their current health care plans can keep them. “I also won't steal from Medicare to start new programs outside of Medicare,” Enzi said. “If we have that much in Medicare, it should go exclusively to strengthen that ailing plan.” He will continue to stand against a government-run plan or any government takeover of health care.
 
Enzi introduces Single Issue Legislation
 
Senator Enzi introduced a bill to help bring focus to the Senate’s legislative work by requiring each piece of legislation considered in the Senate be confined to a single policy issue. The bill allows members of the Senate to raise objections against a bill or resolution that is not confined to a single policy issue. Senator Enzi said he wants the Senate to model itself after the Wyoming State Legislature which requires all bills to be focused on one issue only. For example, a bill focusing on health care could not also have added provisions that would build a bridge or fund a database for all national statistical measures. “Bills should not be loaded up with random provisions, riders and add-ons that have nothing to do with the overall legislation,” he said. “In Congress, we often use omnibus bills to pass multiple legislative items that should be considered on their own merit. Omnibus bills often create more problems in the long run than they solve.” The bill is currently pending further consideration in the Committee on Rules and Administration. Senator Barrasso is a co-sponsor of the bill.
 
On the Horizon
 
Legislative items
 
When Congress resumes in September, the Senate is scheduled to consider the Travel Promotion Act (S.1023). The next legislative items to be debated are Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations bills, including bills for the Interior Department and Commerce-Justice-State Departments.
 
Wyoming office hours
 
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. Their offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here.


News Nuggets

Sotomayor nomination
 
On Aug. 6, Senator Enzi voted against Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Enzi outlined his concerns about Sotomayor’s positions on the Second Amendment, abortion, international law and judicial impartiality in his floor remarks. “Judge Sotomayor is clearly an accomplished attorney and intelligent person who overcame many obstacles and came from a humble beginning to rise to this nomination,” Enzi said. “However, in that long record I’ve found a tendency to at times place more emphasis on personal experience than the most fundamental parts of our Constitution. I was concerned about her opinions when she was appointed the previous time and didn't see that she had changed her ways since then.”
 
Cash for Clunkers
 
The U.S. Senate approved an additional $2 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program on Aug. 6 and Senator Enzi voted against the measure. He has consistently voted against bailouts considered in the past year, including the Cash for Clunkers program. He does not support Congress rushing through costly legislation without thinking about the unintended consequences. According to Edmunds.com, if Cash for Clunkers “reaches its budgeted cap, the program will only help drive about 50,000 incremental new car sales, so each one will cost taxpayers a whopping $20,000.” Senator Enzi said people need to ask themselves if it is wise to trade in a fully paid-for ‘clunker’ that still runs and strap themselves with new car payments just because the federal government told them to go out and buy a new car. “Look at what we’re doing, we’re scrapping perfectly good cars that could be going to charities that could use them or help start-up businesses be mobile. Is it worth it? What should be scrapped is this entire program,” Enzi said. The Senate passed the $2 billion extension for the Cash for Clunkers program by a vote of 60-37.