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Congress approves first 10-year balanced budget since 2001

Congress recently approved its first 10-year balanced budget since 2001. The joint agreement between the U.S. House and Senate balances the budget within 10 years without raising taxes, strengthens our national defense, protects our most vulnerable citizens, improves economic growth and opportunity for hardworking families and stops the federal government’s out of control spending.

“Today, we are putting our country on not just another course, but a better course,” said Senator Enzi. “Approving the first balanced 10-year budget since 2001 represents a pivotal moment for a Congress under new management, to confront rapidly growing deficits borne from our government’s habitual overspending, which plagues America and its taxpayers."

States should manage endangered species

The Wyoming delegation recently cosponsored legislation aimed at protecting the ability of states to manage their own sage grouse populations. The Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act would allow states to implement state management plans for the recovery of greater sage-grouse in order to prevent a listing under the Endangered Species Act. 

The Act would also require the Department of the Interior to share scientific data with states, assist states in crafting and implementing their plans, and recognize the state plans for a minimum of six years.

Recently Senator Enzi testified at a Senate Environment & Public Works Committee hearing noting numerous cases where the science the federal government relies on to make Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings is not shared with the states.

Enzi, Barrasso seek to stop coal-killing regs

Recently Senators Enzi and Barrasso joined Senator Capito, R-W.Va. in introducing a bill to rollback President Obama's unprecedented proposal to regulate new and existing coal power plants.

The Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA) would combat the de facto ban and early retirement of coal power plants, known as the “Clean Power Plan”, in order to ensure reliable and affordable energy, put jobs and our economy first and curb federal overreach.

“The EPA’s coal killing regulations will take more money out of every family’s pocketbook in the form of higher energy prices and cost many Americans their job,” said Senator Enzi. “We should be working with our energy producers to create more abundant and affordable energy, not trying to put them out of business."

E-Verify puts legal workers first 

Senator Enzi cosponsoredlegislation to put legal workers first. According to Enzi the E-Verify bill would be an efficient tool for employers to make sure they are following immigration laws. 

Expanding the E-Verify system will ensure that jobs only go to legal workers, and would protect good faith businesses and ensure jobs only go to legal workers.