A Message from Senator Mike Enzi
The folks in Fremont County have been hit hard by flooding and have been dealing with the aftermath for more than a week. Governor Dave Freudenthal declared the county a disaster area and the Wyoming National Guard has deployed 227 members to the area to help communities in need. I commend the residents of Fremont County for their swift response, hard work and persistence and thank the individuals who have been filling sandbags all week. I want to take this opportunity to praise the communities in Wyoming that have come together and worked so hard to respond to the flooding. They have stepped up and volunteered to help their neighbors and helped protect each other’s homes. That really shows the true Wyoming spirit. Fremont County residents are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Headlines & Highlights
Senate takes historic vote on EPA carbon grab
Senate takes historic vote on EPA carbon grab
Following months of debate and political wrangling, a bipartisan group of senators received an up or down vote to stop overreaching attempts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, the Senate voted against a resolution disapproving the EPA’s overreach by a vote of 47-53. The failure of the resolution of disapproval allows the EPA to continue its plans to regulate carbon emissions. “This carbon grab by the EPA flies in the face of the legislative intent of the Clean Air Act which was never intended to regulate carbon. Yet the EPA and others in the Administration are moving forward with drastic attempts to over regulate anyway,” said Enzi. “Where will the regulation stop? The unintended consequences that will stem from the EPA regulating a substance that humans breathe out but plants need to survive are astronomical. The EPA’s rules won’t just apply to big power plants or industrial factories. Cattle, human breathing, hotels, restaurants, churches - all of these produce carbon and there are no assurances that this regulation won’t extend to all of those areas of our lives.”
Enzi offers amendment against job-killing provision
The Senate is taking up the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act 2010, H.R. 4213, commonly referred to as the tax extenders bill. In this bill, Section 413 would impose a 15.3 percent “payroll tax” on some small businesses, the major entrepreneurial form of business ownership that has been the single best job generator. This job-killing tax hike would cripple American entrepreneurs’ ability to hire new workers. Along with Senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Senator Enzi filed an amendment to this legislation to strike out this section of the bill. “Congress should not be taking from David to pay Goliath. The original bill would have raised taxes on venture capital loaned to start up businesses – a new venture capital tax is wrong too if we want more jobs. But when they howled, lawmakers went looking someplace else – small businesses. Small businesses aren’t as able to defend themselves when the tax man cometh,” Enzi said.
Enzi urges DOI to expedite soda ash study
Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso sent a letter to the Department of the Interior on May 28 pushing to extend federal policies that help the soda ash industry in Wyoming compete with unfair foreign trade practices and create jobs. “It’s all about jobs. The federal government needs to back up American jobs with trade policies that keep jobs in this country and not overseas. Royalties on American soda ash must stay down in order for our companies to compete with Chinese subsidies for example,” Enzi said. The analysis focuses on the impact that the Act has had on the volume of U.S. soda ash produced, the number of jobs created, and the royalties paid to the Treasury.
Enzi pushes for transparency
In May, Senator Enzi co-sponsored legislation, S. 3335, introduced by Senator Coburn, R-Okla., that would create a searchable database for earmarks. Although Members of Congress are required to post earmark requests online, they are allowed to take down those requests after the bills have passed. Also, there is currently no searchable database about what earmarks were actually awarded. This would require a central, publicly available, searchable Web site for all congressionally directed spending items, earmarks, tax benefits and special project authorizations. Transparency is the best medicine to wasteful spending.