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A message from Senator Enzi

I hope the luck of the Irish will be with you all this month and that your tax filing is completed or near completion.

I had the opportunity to talk with many of you last month during meetings and a town hall social I hosted in the state. I would like to thank you for visiting with me and for taking the time to discuss issues that affect your lives.

In this newsletter my staff and I have summarized just a few of the items I’ve been working on for the state. Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of Wyoming and renewing education legislation with small schools in mind are just a few topics we cover. 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

Inventors Conference

All Wyoming residents have a chance to be the next Thomas Edison. Enzi is hosting his annual inventors conference where attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into a reality and pursue an actual business venture. The conference will take place at the Rock Springs Holiday Inn on April 2.

Enzi will be in attendance, as well as other guest leaders and inventors who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise about how to protect ideas, set up small businesses, and market inventions. Presentations include "Ideas to Dollars: Making Inventions Pay", "Demystifying the Business Plan", and the "Basics of Patent Searching."

The keynote speaker, Dr. Forrest Bird, is known for the first universal mass-produced medical respirator known as the Bird Mark 7® Respirator, which still remains in world-wide service. Those who need more information or want to register now can contact Enzi’s Gillette office by phone at (307) 682-6268 or by emailing robin_bailey@enzi.senate.gov

No Rural Child Left Behind

Enzi, one of the original authors of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, is considering and pursuing the implementation of recommendations from Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jim McBride. McBride submitted a list of recommendations for Congress to consider as it continues hearings, roundtables and gets set to vote in committee on renewing the NCLB Act. The recommendations include increased funding, more flexibility on what makes a teacher "highly qualified", credit for student improvement and more. Enzi is ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization of the law.

On the Horizon

The Senate is debating a resolution regarding troops in Iraq. The Budget Committee, of which Enzi is a member, is expected to pass a budget proposal this week

Enzi will host the fourth annual Inventors Conference in Rock Springs on April 2.



News Nuggets

Wyoming Statesman

* Enzi received the privilege and honor of speaking at the funeral service for Senator Bob Peck who passed away earlier this month. Enzi spoke of Bob being the ultimate person - newspaperman, legislator, historian, community activist, college supporter, philanthropist, photographer, futurist and friend.

Prayer Breakfast Chairman

* Enzi recently became the Chairman of the U.S. Senate prayer breakfast. The bipartisan group of former and current senators meets Wednesday mornings while Congress is in session to come together for prayer and to support each other on their journeys of faith. Enzi has participated in the prayer group for nearly a decade. He began as a guest, then as a speaker and before becoming Chairman was the scripture presenter. Enzi will serve as Chairman for two years and in addition to running the weekly meetings, Enzi will select a different Senator each week to be a guest presenter for the group.

Walter Reed Visit

* Enzi spent the afternoon of Feb. 16 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. visiting with Wyoming soldiers from Lyman and Guernsey.

Taxpayers Friend Award

* Enzi, an accountant, was one of only 13 U.S. Senators to receive the 2006 Taxpayers’ Friend Award for consistently voting to reduce and control the burden on American taxpayers. A total of 224 U.S. senators and representatives received a failing grade from the National Taxpayers Union.