A message from Senator Enzi
Diana and I have been fortunate enough to meet many of you over the past few weeks while I hosted town meetings and ice cream socials, participated in charity events and to discuss issues important to Wyoming. I hope to meet many more of you during my next two weeks in Wyoming before I return to Washington. From Hulett to Rawlins, Rock Springs to Evanston, Thayne to Jackson and Casper with all points in between, I have picked up many common sense solutions that I will take back to our nation’s capital to share with the rest of the nation.
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized just a few of the items I’ve been working on for the state including a massive overhaul of the health care system, honoring Senator Thomas with a visitor center named after him, making sure our nation's troops have state of the art health care and bringing the awe of outer space to the Wyoming State Fair. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. There’s more information on my web page. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns.
Headlines and Highlights
In a show of support for our military men and women, Enzi voted for the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007, H.R. 1538, that would increase pay for military men and women by 3.6 percent. The bill would increase the quality of health care facilities for soldiers, improve transition for troops whose medical care is transferred from the Department of Defense to the Department of Veterans Affairs and increase the sharing of medical records between the two departments. The bill would improve severance pay to help support families while soldiers recover, increase funding for treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder and provide support for wounded troops whose health insurance programs have gaps in coverage and medical treatment.
The bill passed the House of Representatives on March 28, 2007 by a vote of 426-0. The bill is now ready for a conference committee where the Senate and House will work out differences between the two versions of the bill.
Enzi also co-sponsored a bill to help prevent veterans from committing suicide. The Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, S. 479, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to help decrease the instances of veteran suicide and help improve mental health. Joshua Omvig grew up in Gillette, Wyoming and committed suicide after returning from Iraq. The bill passed the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on July 23 and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate.
On the Horizon
Senator Enzi is planning to host a town meeting and ice cream social in Casper on Monday August 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Outreach Center at 951 North Poplar. All area residents are encouraged to attend. Enzi is also set to attend the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas and plans to be at the NASA Vision for Space Exploration Trailer from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Saturday August 18. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to reconvene business on September 4 and is expected to begin consideration of a Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs Appropriations bill as well as a Defense Authorization bill and the nomination of the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
* Enzi helped usher through key higher education reforms critical to expand access to college, protect students from bad actors in the student loan industry, and provide students with clear information they need to understand and manage their debts. The Senate passed the "Higher Education Amendments of 2007," S. 1642, by a vote of 95-0 on July 24.
Wyo. Agriculture Hall of Fame
* The Wyoming agricultural community honored Enzi by inducting him into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame. Enzi was acknowledged for his leadership with country-of-origin labeling, drought aid, Endangered Species Act reform, death tax relief, market reforms and health insurance.
NASA Exploration Trailer
* Children will have another reason to look forward to the Wyoming State Fair this year. Enzi worked with NASA to schedule a visit from NASA’s new interactive exhibit - the Vision for Space Exploration Trailer. The trailer is a 53 foot long exhibit designed to allow visitors to travel to Mars, the moon and beyond. It will be set up from noon - 8 p.m. at the State Fair from Aug. 13 - 18.
Grand Teton Visitor Center Dedication
* Enzi, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Susan Thomas, wife of the late Senator Craig Thomas, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Director of the National Park Service Mary Bomar and Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott attended the official dedication ceremony. Enzi amended the bill signed into law by President Bush on July 13 to name the new center the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.