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A message from Senator Enzi

This is my first newsletter in 2010 and I want to wish everyone the best in this new year and new decade. I look forward to continuing my work on the issues that are important to Wyoming.

In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the important issues I have been working on for Wyoming. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. More information is available on my Web site. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.

Headlines & Highlights

Health care update
 
On Christmas Eve, a divided Senate passed its version of the most sweeping health care legislation in U.S. history. Senator Enzi said the vote was a “political engineering marvel but a disservice to the country” and he voted against the measure. The Senate health care bill will now need to be reconciled with the House’s health care bill before being considered again by each chamber. “This bill not only breaks the bank, it breaks the very promises the president made to the country,” Enzi said. “We would have helped the majority pass a solid health care bill if they would have let us.  All of us want to improve our health care system.  The formula for good legislation is to take as many of the good ideas as possible from both sides and have the courage to tell some on both sides that their idea wasn’t ready for prime time. Evenhandedness and both leaders promoting the surviving ideas results in strong legislation and a stronger America.  I hope that someday soon we can get back to that formula.  It was not present this day or the days that led up to this vote.”
 
Enzi calls out lack of transparency in Administration
 
On Jan. 12, Senator Enzi sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius asking her to provide details of the relationship between the agency and Dr. John Gruber, a consultant who has testified before Congress during a hearing on health care reform. Enzi voiced “deep concern” that Gruber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testified before Congress as an independent expert while neither he nor HHS disclosed the $400,000 in payments that he received without opening it up for outside bids. “Dr. Gruber’s failure to disclose that he was a paid HHS consultant raises serious questions about the accuracy and reliability of his testimony,” Enzi said.
 
On the Horizon
 
Procurement conference

Senator Enzi and WyomingEntrepreneur.biz are inviting small businesses to learn how to sell their products and services in a multi-billion dollar market at their annual government procurement conference. The conference will feature workshops that offer information to help business owners better understand the 8(a) application process and will help them learn more about the process to do business with the National Park, the State of Wyoming, the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the University of Wyoming. “This conference is also a great way for business owners to network with other vendors and small businesses from around the region,” Enzi said. This year’s conference will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. For more information, call (866) 253-3300 or e-mail
nstahla@uwyo.edu. To register online, click here. Senator Enzi will soon post more information on his Web site as well. Stay tuned for information about Senator Enzi’s other annual conference, the Inventors Conference, planning to be held in spring 2010 in Gillette.

Wyoming Office Hours

Senator 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. He will not be in attendance. State offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information,
click here.
 
Afton – Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Town Hall – 1-2 p.m.
Alpine – Wednesday, Jan. 20 – Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.
Midwest – Monday, Feb. 8 – Midwest Town Hall – 10-11 a.m.


News Nuggets

Crofts named new Wyo U.S. attorney
 
Senator Enzi was pleased that the Senate unanimously approved Christopher A. Crofts from Lander, Wyo. to be the new U.S. attorney for Wyoming on Dec. 24. Crofts will replace Kelly Rankin for a four-year term. “I’m sure he will do an excellent job in this new role.  His accomplishments while practicing law in Wyoming and while serving in the military showcase the qualifications we need in a U.S. attorney,” Enzi said. 
 
Military academy nominations
 
Senator Enzi nominated 15 Wyoming students for the United States Service Academies for 2010. “Every year I am impressed by the quality of the candidates for service academies,” Enzi said. “Attending a military academy is an incredible opportunity for young people to receive a first-rate education that will greatly serve them for the rest of their lives.”
 
Attempted terrorist attack
 
Senator Enzi expressed his concern about the Administration’s decision to prosecute a potential terrorist in civilian court instead of a military commission. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who attempted to detonate an explosive device aboard Northwest Flight 253 on Dec. 25. Enzi believes we need to stop treating terrorists like citizens and citizens like terrorists. With 21 other senators he sent a letter to the President outlining their concerns. “Abdulmuttallab stopped disclosing information to the FBI upon being informed of all his rights under U.S. criminal law. At a time when our vigilance should be heightened, our Intelligence Community is now entirely dependent on the willingness of Abdulmutallab and his lawyer to cooperate with investigators. In fact, it is likely that in order to get any information from him, the government will now have to resort to bargaining with this terrorist,” the senators wrote.