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A message from Senator Mike Enzi

I’ve always been concerned about how much money our federal government spends. Over the last few months and weeks that concern has intensified as we’ve seen what is happening in countries like Greece. Its citizens weren’t concerned enough about their government’s fiscal health. We’ve also seen state governments, Wyoming not among them thank goodness, who have for years kept on an unsustainable spending path.

In Washington this month we heard the co-chairman of President Obama’s fiscal commission, Erskine Bowles, call our deficit, “The most predictable crisis in history.” Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said our debt is the greatest threat to our national security. Statements like these and my own work as an accountant and member of the Senate Budget and the Senate Finance Committees is why you see so many statements, news releases, amendment/bill cosponsorships and opinions about government overspending come out of my office. We know what’s coming. We have to do something about it and we need the backing of the American people to get the job done.

In this newsletter my staff and I have summarized some of the happenings since my last newsletter. Thank you for subscribing. More information is available on my web site. You can also contact me through my website if you have questions or comments.

Headlines & Highlights

Federal budget ‘most predictable crisis in history’

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, the co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, told U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and other members of the Senate Budget Committee earlier this month that they must act on the commission’s proposals because this country faces a crisis. 

“I think we face the most predictable economic crisis in history,” Bowles said.

Enzi commended Simpson and Bowles for their work on the commission and getting the word out about the severity of the country’s budget problem, but Enzi expressed stern disappointment that President Obama has stood on the sidelines.

“The President missed the opportunity in the state of the union speech to say exactly what you have been saying here today, to inform the people of this country just how desperate the situation is so we can take some positive action on it. I was also disappointed when his budget came out because I think that was another opportunity to show exactly what you had been saying and put some of the commission’s proposals into effect,” Enzi said. “The American people have figured it out with your help. It’s getting clearer and clearer every day. We’ve got to get Congress to catch up.”

Enzi is working to further a bipartisan effort to act on many of the deficit commission’s proposals.

On the Horizon

Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell, Weston and Crook

Enzi is scheduled to attend events and meet with residents around northeast Wyoming during the March Congressional home state work period. March 22, 23 and 24 Enzi will be making stops in Buffalo, Kaycee, Sheridan, Gillette, Moorcroft, Upton and Newcastle. Talking with teachers and students in classrooms, speaking to community groups and learning about municipal developments and more are all on the agenda. For details go to the “Wyoming Events” section of enzi.senate.gov .

Invention central in Torrington

Enzi has scheduled his annual inventors conference, “From Your Garage to the Assembly Line,” for April 9 at Eastern Wyoming Community College from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Preregistration and more information is available by contacting Enzi’s state director Robin Bailey at (307) 682-6268 or e-mailing robin_bailey@enzi.senate.gov. Registration tables will be open a few minutes before the conference begins for those who haven’t pre-registered. It is open to the public and admission is free.

Wyoming state offices

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. Residents can meet with the state office people at:

Riverton – Wednesday, March 23rd – City Hall – 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Shoshoni – Wednesday, March 23rd – City Hall – 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Dubois – Thursday, March 23rd – Headwaters – 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lander – Thursday, March 23rd – City Hall – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.