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While folks in Wyoming might be taking advantage of our own winter wonderland to go snowmobiling, skiing or snowshoeing, halfway around the world the Winter Olympics are in full swing. I know the state was cheering on Wyoming's three athletes competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

I also want to make sure you know about the annual GRO-Biz Conference and Idea Expo in Rock Springs. If you own a business, it’s a great opportunity to match your product or services with millions of dollars in federal contracting. I always appreciate learning more about the great businesses that call Wyoming home.

What's new in February?

Enzi says President and Congress must work together to curb rising debt

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During a hearing on the President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Americans deserve a serious budget that addresses the nation’s fiscal priorities while curbing the national debt.

“One of my greatest concerns is our country’s national debt – a figure that now eclipses $20 trillion,” Enzi said. “To really secure our economy, particularly for future generations, we must tackle this growing problem. While lowering taxes is proving to bolster our economy, which will bring in new revenue, we must more closely examine the spending priorities and habits of the federal government.”

Enzi and other committee members addressed their comments to Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, who provided testimony and answered questions about the president’s budget proposal. Mulvaney said the budget does not balance within 10 years, but he thought it was better to be realistic about the budget picture.

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BLM seeks to change methane rules

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is proposing to replace its methane venting and flaring rule from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian land with requirements similar to those that were in force prior to the 2016 final rule. 

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi agreed with the change.

“The methane venting and flaring rule was part of an anti-fossil fuel agenda,” Enzi said. "The regulations were unnecessary, duplicative and overly burdensome."

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Enzi explores options to help "gig economy" workers to save for retirement

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As more and more individuals transition to work in the “gig economy,” traditional options to save for retirement are appearing to become less practical for modern workers. Enzi held a Senate roundtable with a panel of experts in order to discuss what these changes in the labor market mean for retirement security and what retirement savings options are — or should be — available to those in the “gig economy.”

“Gig economy” generally refers to project-based and temporary work arrangements, or gigs, that individuals rely on for earnings, and are often app-based, such as Uber or Postmates.

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Enzi seeks more information on FEMA disaster relief contracts

Enzi, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is seeking more information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about disaster relief contracts awarded to companies that cannot perform the work required. Enzi wrote to FEMA Administrator William B. Long requesting additional information about two specific contract awards to Tribute Contracting LLC and Bronze Star LLC, which were the subject of recent news coverage.

According to reports, FEMA awarded Tribute a $156 million contract to provide 30 million meals to victims in Puerto Rico, but the company only provided 50,000 meals. Enzi said instances like this give the impression that FEMA hasn’t properly vetted some companies and may have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. 

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Around the state

Enzi congratulated Wyoming athletes Breezy Johnson and Resi Stiegler, both from Jackson, and Jaelin Kauf from Alta for representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. See more

Learn how the federal government can become your business’s biggest customer at the 2018 GRO-Biz Conference and Idea Expo on February 21 and 22 in Rock Springs. Attending this conference can give you the resources you need to expand your business into government contracting. See more


Are you proud of your Wyoming product? Yellowstone General Stores is giving Wyoming businesses a chance to pitch their products to be sold within Yellowstone National Park. Registration ends March 31. Click here for more information.