A Message from Senator Enzi
This month I will be traveling from corner to corner in Wyoming to meet with residents during the Senate’s August home work period. Not only do I get to catch up with residents, I also get to check out the great things Wyoming has to offer. From the natural beauty of Devils Tower and the Tetons to touring small businesses and attending the state fair, August is a great opportunity to take in the diversity of events and places in the state.
My staff and I have summarized a few of the 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
Enzi gains valuable feedback from Wyoming educators
Senator Enzi moved Washington to Wyoming on July 23 when he hosted a Senate education field hearing on how to change the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. Enzi chose a Wyoming panel of education experts to get a better perspective of high school reform in rural areas. The testimony from the hearing, which was held in Gillette, will be relayed back to his colleagues on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee as they move forward to fix the education law.
Wyo delegation pushes to keep snowmobiling in Yellowstone
The National Park Service is considering winter use options for Yellowstone National Park that range from snowmobiling and plowing roads for cars to no snowmobiling and other very limited use. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis said the more restrictive options do more to choke the Wyoming economy than they protect the park. “If Yellowstone Park is to live up to its mandate and fulfill its mission, then snowmobiling must be a substantial part of the mix. We hope the Park Service remembers that,” the delegation said. The Park Service released six options that outline how Yellowstone National Park could be managed in the winter. The options will be considered as the Park Service works to draft a Winter Use Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to guide management. Public comments will not be taken during this stage, but when the Park Service releases a draft EIS in early 2011, public comment will again be taken.
On the Horizon
Wyoming office hours
Senator 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 in his absence. State offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information, click here.
Lander – Tuesday, Aug. 31 – Town Hall – 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Riverton – Wednesday, Sept. 1 – City Hall – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Shoshoni – Wednesday, Sept. 1 – Town Hall – 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cap-and-trade needs transparency
Senator Enzi co-sponsored an amendment introduced on July 27 by Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., that would prevent cap-and-tax energy legislation from being inappropriately added to a bill unless the Senate has already debated and approved similar legislation through normal Senate procedures. Some members of the Administration have suggested that cap-and-tax legislation passed by the House could be added on as a rider to unrelated legislation during a lame duck session. Enzi, who opposes cap-and-tax legislation, is pushing for transparency and to allow fair and open debate on the legislation in the Senate.
Keeping up with Senator Enzi
Check out videos, book recommendations, photos, updates and more from Senator Enzi on his Facebook page. Senator Enzi also has a YouTube page with videos from hearings, floor statements and events around the state. Click here to watch his latest video showcasing “Wyoming Wednesday,” an event he hosts with Senator John Barrasso to meet with Wyoming constituents in Washington, D.C.
Enzi’s August Photo Contest
Senator Enzi is holding a photo contest this month to get your perspective of the beautiful state of Wyoming. Contest announcements will be made on Facebook where Facebook fans will vote on the best photo. The winning photo will be displayed prominently for one week on his Web site and posted on Facebook.