A message from Senator Enzi
The state of Wyoming suffered an immense loss this month. U.S. Senator Craig Thomas has impacted this great state and will never be forgotten. Wyoming is a better state because of Craig Thomas and I mourn the loss of my friend and colleague. He will truly be missed. Diana and I hope you will keep his family in your prayers during this tough time.
In this newsletter my staff and I have summarized just a few of the items I’ve been working on for the state including coal-to-liquid provisions in the energy bill, honoring Senator Thomas with a visitor center named after him, and legislation to secure our borders while not granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. There’s more information on my web page (enzi.senate.gov). We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns.
Headlines and Highlights
The Senate began debating an energy package last week that aims to decrease gas prices and help the environment. Enzi believes the bill comes up empty. He is working to increase refinery capacity, decrease the effects of federal mandates in the bill and bring Wyoming’s coal to the world by embracing coal-to-liquids technology.
Enzi co-sponsored an amendment that would treat coal-to-liquids fuel the same as other biofuels. Enzi also plans to introduce several amendments to the bill in Senator Thomas’ stead, one of which would help ranchers offset costs related to growing federal mandates and would clarify that they should receive relief from increasing prices.
Following 33 votes on a massive immigration bill riddled with problems, Senate Majority Leader Reid pulled the bill from further debate on the Senate floor on June 8. Enzi was pleased to see the bill taken off the Senate calendar because it contained amnesty provisions. Late last week Majority Leader Reid announced he would bring the bill back to the floor after reaching an agreement with a few key senators. Enzi will continue to vote against any bill that contains amnesty provisions.
On the Horizon
The Senate continues debating an energy bill this week. Debate could then turn to a number of bills related to immigration, stem cell research, defense authorization and a bill Enzi believes is nothing more than a political pay off to unions that takes the secret ballot away from employees. Enzi plans to be in Wyoming over the July 4th holiday.
Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center
*Enzi took the reins of a bill previously sponsored by Senator Thomas to allow around 50 acres of land to be donated to Grand Teton National Park. Enzi amended the legislation with a provision to name the Grand Teton National Park Visitors Center the "Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center." The Senate passed the bill unanimously on June 19.
Wind River Development Fund Grant, Broadcasters
* Enzi presented a grant for $50,000 to the Wind River Development Fund for small business outreach and creation on the Wind River Reservation. While in Riverton Enzi addressed the annual meeting of the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. Enzi spoke on the pressing issues being debated in the U.S. Senate and in the telecommunications industry.
* Enzi is taking applications for those interested in the open Wyoming U.S. Attorney position. More info..
Best Shot in the Senate
* Enzi, once again, has shown he is the Senator with the best aim. Enzi took first place in the 13th Annual Congressional Shoot Out sponsored by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, of which he is a member. Enzi has been on the winning team 7 of the past 8 years he has participated in the event which is designed to educate legislators about the goals of the caucus during a day of healthy competition.