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Washington wages economic war on Wyoming

In the last month, President Obama continued his assault on Wyoming by issuing a moratorium on new coal-mining leases while looking at raising royalty rates along with a new methane emissions regulations proposal on federal lands.

"The Obama Administration continues to attack America’s best energy resources to try and cement the president’s legacy," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said. "Last week it was the coal industry. This week it is oil and gas. Let’s call this what it is. It’s an economic assault on Wyoming and all those in America who work in or who are associated with industries that supply America’s electricity and create quality jobs for Wyoming and the nation. The president seems to have little regard for how his policies will cost jobs in Wyoming and across the nation. If the president really was interested in strengthening our energy sector, he would look to help expand access for production on public lands, not restrict it.”

Learn more here about coal-mining leases and learn more here about methane emissions regulations.

Federal government will spend over $310 billion on expired programs

The federal government will spend more than $310 billion in fiscal year 2016 on programs and activities whose statutory authorization for funding has expired, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released recently. The $310 billion has been awarded to a wide array of expired programs and entities originally authorized under 256 separate laws. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Enzi said it was time for Congress to take a closer look at these funds.

“This new report by the Congressional Budget Office shows that the federal government will spend more than $310 billion on programs that have expired,” Enzi said. "Congress should reexamine what we are actually funding in order to improve or eliminate government programs not delivering results. By taking a closer look at these programs and activities, Congress would have more funding flexibility to boost important programs and priorities.”

Enzi’s statement on President Obama’s action to restrict Second Amendment rights

In early January, President Obama announced new executive action to restrict gun ownership. Enzi spoke out against the new restrictions, saying that American’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not up for debate and shall not be infringed.

“President Obama has never respected that right or what it means to responsible gun owners in Wyoming and across America. No matter how the president tries to sell it, his executive actions fly in the face of Congress who has continually rejected such measures. The separation of powers inherent in our government was designed to protect against these kinds of executive overreach…I believe we need to keep guns out of the hands of bad people, but there has to be a balance between protecting our citizens and our Constitutional rights.”

Senators to IRS: Stop Rehiring Fired Employees

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) recently introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016. The Treasury watchdog found unsettling evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has repeatedly rehired employees who were fired for poor conduct and performance after a lengthy examination process. This legislation will require the IRS to stop this practice. The watchdog’s report even found that an employee who had “Do Not Rehire” stamped on their personnel file was rehired.

“The IRS continues to confuse the stick with the carrot, rewarding their employees’ bad behavior with favorable outcomes,” Enzi said. “Common sense would suggest that an employee who was fired for misconduct or poor performance shouldn’t be hired back, but the IRS’s outrageous and bewildering behavior continues to defy logic. This legislation is another important piece of the puzzle to help bring needed accountability to an agency that refuses to operate within reason.”