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Enzi seeks to make certain no funding for U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Senator Enzi signed letters recently to Senate appropriators requesting that they include language to prohibit spending on implementation of the United Nations (U.N.) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

In the letters Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., and other senators led by Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., expressed concerns with both the substance and the process by which the treaty was adopted.

The senators believe the language is necessary because Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty and the Administration is making efforts to implement it unilaterally through administrative actions.

Additional concerns include the treaty’s possible hampering of the U.S.’s ability to provide arms to allies, the implementation of the treaty without transmitting it to the Senate, additional monetary costs and that the treaty would make Americans vulnerable to domestic prosecution under this treaty.

Senate budget would boost Wyoming's job growth and economy

Wyoming could see a boost in it's economy from to the Senate’s recently passed budget resolution.

The budget plans to reduce federal overspending, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

It would also bring in an estimated nearly 3,000 new jobs in Wyoming by 2025, according to the Senate Budget Committee.

Though the budget does not allocate specific spending and does not have the force of law, Senator Enzi said it did include language that would encourage policies that are good for Wyoming.

Congress reforms Medicare and wasted dollars

Recently the Senate approved legislation eliminating Congress’s two-decade-old Medicare payments problem. Senator Enzi voted for the legislation, which was signed into law by the president on April 16.

For years, doctors and health care providers have lacked certainty that they’ll get paid for taking Medicare patients. These important reforms to Medicare physician payment move away from the outdated system and aligns payment with a more outcome and quality based approach.

“If people don’t have accessibility to health providers then they don’t have health insurance,” said Enzi. “This monumental legislation will make sure that seniors don’t lose access to their health care providers.”

This legislation included language from Senator Enzi and Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., that would enact stronger penalties for Medicare and Medicaid fraud; establish stronger fraud and waste prevention strategies to help phase out the practice of "pay and chase"; curb the theft of beneficiary identities; expand the work of the Senior Medicare Patrol; and improve the sharing of anti-fraud data across agencies.

Wyoming office hours for Senator Enzi’s staff

Senator Enzi meets with people in different parts of the state most weekends, but his staff also holds office hours to answer questions and pass along any concerns or ideas. Make sure to stop by.

4/29/2015 – Wright – Town Hall – 10:00-10:30a.m.

4/29/2015 – Centennial – Centennial Library – 10:30- 11:00a.m.

4/29/2015 – Laramie – 1st Interstate Bank – 3:00- 4:00p.m.

4/29/2015 – Gillette – Library – 2:00-3:00p.m.