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A Message from Senator Enzi

I want to congratulate students around Wyoming who graduated this month. May brings many changes and transitions for the youth in our state, and I always carry such hope and optimism for them as they charge on to new accomplishments and adventures. As we near the months of summer, I hope this newsletter finds you well. I hope you will get to enjoy Memorial Day weekend with your friends and family. This weekend brings the opportunity to be grateful for what we have and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the most important issues I have been working on for Wyoming. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. More information is available on my
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Headlines & Highlights

How much of the national debt will fall on your shoulders?

Senator Enzi co-sponsored a debt disclosure amendment to the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act this month so American taxpayers will know how high the national debt has become and how much their share will be. “American debt affects every single person in this country. If the government keeps spending, Americans should know how much of the national debt they owe.” Senator Enzi was disappointed that the amendment failed by one vote. It would have done three things to improve national debt transparency, including: requiring the IRS to print prominently the amount of the national debt per person on instruction materials and on the IRS Web site; requiring the homepage of every federal agency Web site to include a national debt clock displaying a running total; and creating a budgetary point of order, a legislative obstacle against direct spending, revenue or appropriations legislation that does not disclose its impact on the national debt. Senator Enzi will continue to work on passing legislation to achieve these goals.

GAO Report backs Enzi’s stance on stimulus waste

The non-partisan Government Accountability Office issued a report on the implementation of the majority’s trillion-dollar stimulus spending bill, which highlighted that many states are not able to ensure that stimulus money is being spent responsibly. The report revealed that much of the stimulus money is being spent on projects that do not create jobs. Senator Enzi voted against the stimulus spending bill and the GAO report confirms the concerns he raised. “Taxpayers’ money is not being spent usefully or responsibly and that is unacceptable,” Enzi said. "I thought government spending was a bad idea in the first place, but now that it is done the Administration should at least make every effort to do it right."  

On the Horizon

Health care

Senator Enzi is one of six senators most closely involved in writing a health care bill to develop a plan that will make health care more affordable for all Americans. The goal is to get a bill that lowers health care costs, but still ensures all Americans are able to get the treatment they need when they need it. Enzi said in order to get a bill that has the support of the American people, Democrats and Republicans need to work together. As talks continue, Enzi wants to be sure people understand that there is no such thing as a free lunch and they will still need to pay for their health care.

Wyoming Office Hours

Wyoming residents who want to meet on an individual basis with one of Senator Enzi’s state representatives to discuss issues, questions or concerns about the federal government, can do so at the following scheduled office hours:

Buffalo – Monday, June 1 – Town Hall – 10-11 a.m.
Kaycee – Monday, June 1 – Town Hall - 8-9 a.m.

Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson are open Monday-Friday. For contact information,
click here.

News Nuggets

Enzi receives conservative award

Senator Enzi was ranked as one of the top conservatives in the Senate and House by the American Conservative Union. With a score of “96” in 2008, Enzi was recognized for his votes on spending cuts and debt reduction, bailouts and energy production. This is Enzi’s 11th award from the conservative group. His lifetime score average is “92.22”

ATV exemption small step in lead law

Senator Enzi has raised concerns with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act because it enacted broad regulatory requirements on all products possibly containing lead. Congress has been working to make the bill more reasonable because of the unintended consequences from its stringent standards – which require independent testing of lead on materials from children’s toys to library books and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Enzi believes lead testing is necessary but there is a stark difference in how children play with toys versus bicycles and pages in a book. A bill so broad doesn’t factor in such differences. Recently, the sale of youth ATVs has been allowed again. The senator recognizes this as a small step to correct the unreasonable standards of the bill.

Enzi honors Wyoming small businesses

This week is National Small Business Week. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 59,000 small businesses in Wyoming and 97 percent of all Wyoming employers are small businesses. Before Enzi was elected to the U.S. Senate, he was also a small business owner in Wyoming. Enzi and his wife, Diana, owned shoe stores called NZ Shoes in Sheridan, Gillette and Miles City, Mont. Enzi has been a member of the Senate Small Business Committee since 1997. He continues advocating for legislation that helps, not hinders, small businesses, the backbone of our country.