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A Message from Senator Enzi
 
July has a lot to offer in Wyoming. Last weekend, I spent time in the Big Horns for the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. It was great to be surrounded by the energy and spirit of the cowboy way of life. It made me proud that the Senate recently passed a resolution to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy, a project I undertook to honor the late Senator Craig Thomas. Thomas started this day and I have continued with it to honor his legacy. President Obama even wrote a letter recognizing the contributions cowboys have made in this country. We will celebrate this day honoring the cowboy spirit on July 25 this year.
 
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 Web site. I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.

Headlines & Highlights
 
HELP Committee passes faulty health care reform bill
 
After 13 days of negotiations, 50 hours of debate and hundreds of amendments, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed a health care overhaul along party lines. Senator Enzi, Ranking Member on the HELP Committee, opposed the rubber stamp approval of a health care reform bill that will drive up health care costs, increase the national deficit by more than $1 trillion and force millions of Americans to lose the health care they have and like. “Based on everything the President has promised and said he wanted in a health care reform bill, I don’t see how he could ever sign this bill.  The HELP Democrats’ plan makes a mockery of the President’s promises,” said Enzi. The HELP Committee passed the Kennedy health care bill on a party line vote of 13-10 Wednesday morning. The Senate Finance Committee, of which Enzi is a member, continues to work on its own health care reform bill, which will be merged with the HELP Committee bill. Enzi is hopeful the Finance Committee process will continue to include Republican ideas. Click here to watch Senator Enzi’s coverage on FOX News or click here for the full video of his remarks at a press conference on July 15.
 
Energy bill
 
Senator Enzi co-sponsored a comprehensive energy bill called the Clean, Affordable, Reliable Energy (CARE) Act. The senator is a member of the Senate Western Caucus, which introduced the bill on June 24. The CARE Act will establish a trust fund to promote the development of renewable and alternative energy, which will be paid for by revenues from new oil and gas exploration. The bill also focuses on increasing the supply of American-made energy by enabling the U.S. to responsibly explore and develop its oil and gas resources, including a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and a number of new areas in the Outer Continental Shelf. Additionally, it will streamline the regulatory process and improve accountability to ensure government bureaucracy doesn’t stand in the way of American energy reliability and security.
 
On the Horizon
 
Enzi opposes cap-and-tax legislation
 
The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act on June 26 and the bill is now awaiting Senate approval. This “cap-and-tax” bill intends to charge businesses more for the energy they produce. Though the intent is to curb carbon emissions attributed to climate change, the bill will ultimately produce a financial scheme that hurts hardworking consumers. The more businesses are charged for their energy use, the more they will turn to raising prices for their consumers. Senator Enzi believes the cap-and-tax program would cost consumers money while hardly doing anything to curtail global warming via carbon emissions, because the bill does nothing to ensure that developing nations like China and India participate in a similar program. Instead, he proposes research funding to help develop and deploy clean coal technologies, carbon sequestration and alternative sources of fuel.
 
Wyoming office hours
 
Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives. Their offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here.
 
Dubois – Wednesday, July 22 – Dubois Town Hall – 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hanna – Thursday, July 30 – Hanna Town Hall – 1-2 p.m.
Medicine Bow – Thursday, July 30 – Medicine Bow Senior Center – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lander – Tuesday, July 21 – Lander Town Hall – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Pavillion – Wednesday, July 22 – Pavillion Town Hall – 2-3 p.m.
Rawlins – Friday, July 31 – Rawlins Senior Center – 9-10 a.m.
Riverton – Tuesday, July 21 – Riverton Town Hall – 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Saratoga – Thursday, July 30 – Saratoga Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.


News Nuggets

Reducing government waste

Senator Enzi is an official co-sponsor of the Commission on Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies (CARFA) legislation, which would streamline government spending. The bill was introduced June 17 by Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kans. CARFA would help prioritize spending and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending. It would create a commission which would review all federal programs and agencies, make recommendations to realign duplicative programs and eliminate programs that have outlived their usefulness.

Pocket knife ban

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) drafted a proposal that banned the import of assisted-opening knives, which are knives that can open with the use of one hand. In response, Senator Enzi co-sponsored an amendment, which was introduced by Senator Cornyn, R-Texas, that will clarify what is and is not considered a switchblade so that the CBP rule will no longer infringe upon the rights of knife owners in the U.S. The senator recognizes that rules such as the CBP rule often hurt the people they are actually trying to protect, including hunters, anglers, farmers, ranchers, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel. The American Knife and Tool Institute estimates that more than 35 million Americans now carry knives that can be opened with one hand. The amendment was approved by unanimous consent and was included in the final Senate version of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill. A conference committee is reconciling the House and Senate versions of the overall bill.

In God we trust
 
Senator Enzi co-sponsored a resolution to add the Pledge of Allegiance and to display more prominently the national motto of “In God we trust” in the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Millions of people visit the CVC each year, which is a new addition to the Capitol Building where visitors can learn about the history of the country. The resolution was introduced by Senator DeMint, R-S.C., on June 15. The resolution is now awaiting approval from the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.