Court decision to halt WOTUS
Recently the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit halted enforcement of the “waters of the United States” regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
"The court ruling is a relief for people across the country worried about the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to regulate every creek and pond,” U.S. Senator Mike Enzi said. “Just as the court recognized the massive scope and potential damage this rule could cause, it is time for the EPA to recognize that they don’t have the authority to circumvent Congress. What the EPA is doing is more about control than protection."
Congress advances defense bill, president threatens to veto
Recently the Senate voted 70-27 to send legislation that sets America’s defense policy and authorizes spending for the military to the President. Enzi voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and said he was glad that senators from both sides of the aisle were able to come together to support the legislation, which would help strengthen the country’s national security and support the troops. Though the bill authorizes defense spending at the amount President Obama requested, he has threatend to veto the bill.
The NDAA also includes legislative efforts Enzi previously introduced in the Senate that would improve opportunities for small businesses competing for federal contracts.
Congress passes bipartisan healthcare bill to protect small business
The Senate recently passed the PACE Act unanimously which protects America’s small businesses from healthcare premium increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The ACA would require many small and mid-sized businesses to be subject to different rating rules and requirements, with the potential of increasing the health insurance premiums for small businesses, their employees and their families.
The House passed the same bill President Obama also recently signed the PACE Act into law. Enzi and U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., cosponsored the PACE Act.
Making bright ideas shine
Enzi hosted the 2015 Inventors Conference on October 3rd in Cheyenne in the Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Theater.
The conference has become a Wyoming tradition over the years, where speakers and other Wyoming inventors share knowledge, expertise and wisdom on securing patents, developing business plans and marketing products.
“I am committed to helping Wyoming's small business owners and inventors succeed in today's rapidly changing marketplace,” Enzi said. “That means bringing information about the patent process, business planning and marketing to people’s doorstep.”
Wind River Job Corps Center grand opening
After years of work, the Wind River Job Corps Center recently had its grand opening in Riverton. The first of its kind in Wyoming, Enzi said the center will help ensure that the citizens of Wyoming have the skills and training they need to be leaders in tomorrow’s workforce, and help support Wyoming’s communities and economy for years to come.
The Wind River Job Corps center boasts a first-of-its-kind petroleum technician training program, designed in consultation with the local business community, to prepare students for careers in Wyoming's growing energy industry. The center offers training also in accounting, building and construction technology, carpentry, electrical, heavy construction equipment mechanics, equipment operations, heavy truck driving, office administration and welding.