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Federal court blocks Obama's amnesty plan

A federal appeals court recently ruled against President Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to 5 million people.
 
U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed the president’s amnesty plan, said the ruling was a win for the American people and the constitution, which this Administration has tried to disregard in favor of expanding executive power.

Senate advances veterans funding, but troop funding blocked

The Senate recently was able to pass a spending bill that pays for military construction and veterans programs but was blocked by the Senate minority from moving forward on a defense spending bill.
 
Enzi said he was glad the Senate could make some progress on spending bills but found it irresponsible that the Senate minority would block a bill to help fund the troops.
 
“Two of Congress’ most important responsibilities are to strengthen the country’s national security and to fund the government responsibly through 12 separate spending bills,” Enzi said. “It is unreasonable that the Senate minority would block the defense funding bill, especially since it passed out of committee with overwhelming bipartisan support.”
 

Bill introduced to withhold bonuses from tax cheating bureaucrats

Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., along with Senators John Thune, R-S.D., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Enzi recently introduced the No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act, which withholds bonuses from federal employees who are delinquent on their taxes or have engaged in documented misconduct.
 
“It’s time to stop giving bonuses to IRS employees who behave badly,” Enzi said. “Why should we reward IRS employees for late taxes or misconduct? This bill will provide a rational solution to ensure the IRS is more accountable to the American people.”
 

Reining in regulatory authority

A group of senators introduced legislation recently to help Congress rein in out-of-control executive agencies who interpret laws incorrectly to help grant themselves more regulatory authority than Congress intended.
 
The Regulatory Authority Clarification Act, introduced by Enzi and Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., would allow Congress to provide additional clarification on what regulatory authority has or hasn’t been granted.
 

To those who served, happy Veterans Day

Serving in the military means doing things for others, doing the right thing and being a patriot. As a fellow veteran, Enzi made a video thanking every veteran for their sacrifices they have made to make this country great.