Enzi fights against EPA’s plan to raise America’s electric bills
The last thing that any American needs is a skyrocketing electric bill. But that is exactly what will happen if President Obama and the EPA get their way. The administrations' recently proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will cost America jobs and force business to raise prices across the board, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
“I’ve heard comments about how courageous the president is for finally going after coal. It’s not like the president has ever really hid his disdain for energy that comes out of the ground. He’s been targeting it with red tape his entire presidency," Enzi said. "These ideas are purely political and will have a heavy impact on the economy with little or no measureable impact on the environment."
Enzi joined Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in introducing legislation to combat this new regulation aimed at wiping out coal as an affordable energy source for America. The bill would prevent the EPA’s proposed emissions rule from going into effect until the administration certifies it won't harm the economy, electricity rates or delivery.
The Senate’s medicine
The whole country knows something is wrong with our Congress. This is not because members don’t have ideas, bills or amendments to address the issues of the day, but because the majority leader has sought to silence debate in the Senate and prevent senators from representing their constituents, according to Enzi who spoke on the Senate floor last month.
“Congress has 535 elected representatives. When each of us looks at every proposal, lots of viewpoints and experience get put into the decisions we make for our country, but if all the decisions are made by the majority leader the vast majority of Americans get short changed. Shortcuts are taken, committees are skipped. Legislation is long, cumbersome and not easily read or understood. Spending reaches all-time highs, but we get less for our money. This has to change,” said Enzi.
Instead of allowing the majority leader to use procedural tactics to stifle debate and block amendments, Enzi recommends that the Senate only consider legislation that addresses a single issue, allow at least 24 hours of debate on bills, and adopt a biennial budget to allow senators to focus on each spending area individually.
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has only allowed nine republican amendments and seven democratic amendments to be voted on in the Senate over the last year," Enzi said. "We used to vote 20 to 30 time a week on amendments – now it’s not even 20 to 30 times a year."
Defending states' right to protect sage grouse
Enzi joined Senator John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., in introducing a bill to prevent the sage grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act for 10 years and allow states to develop conservation management plans.
"This bill will help ensure western states continue to manage their own sage grouse populations, letting them take into account the distinct management needs within their own borders," said Enzi.
Bye, bye Bailey
Enzi's state director Robin Bailey will be retiring in September after more than 30 year of service to the people of Wyoming. Bailey, who also worked for U.S. Senators Malcolm Wallop and Alan Simpson, stated that after her retirement she wants to help seniors in nursing homes, the homeless, build houses with Habitat for Humanity and of course spend more time with her grandkids.
GOP Weekly Address
Enzi recently delivered the Weekly Republican Address. He talked about how regulation-driven policies that police how Americans live are put in place by this administration and how the Senate majority is holding Americans hostage.
"Republicans know Americans deserve better from Washington," said Enzi. "Republicans have proposals to help employers create more jobs and help students access a good education. We know when you give Americans new opportunities, they achieve far more than anyone could imagine."