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Enzi calls on BLM to support coal, not tax it to death

As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) looks to tax coal out of existence, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi is fighting back. Recently Enzi attended a BLM listening session that was held in Gillette to discuss raising the royalty rates on the Federal Coal Leasing Program. Enzi hoped the BLM would take the time to really listen to everyone attending the session and learn that instead of running from coal, America needs to run on coal.

“This Administration is fixated on killing coal without consideration of the consequences or lack of non-political benefits,” Enzi said. “Raising the costs of mining coal will not only hike electricity prices and destroy high-wage mining jobs, but may actually decrease government revenue that pays for education and more. I urge anyone who is worried about  this attempt to raise energy taxes to reach out to the BLM and share their concerns.”  

EPA moving forward with plan to turn off your lights

President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved forward this month with unprecedented rules to regulate new and existing coal power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan”. Enzi said that the rule, designed to end coal, will be detrimental to every consumer's personal economy.

“If you can make it too expensive to open a new power plant and prematurely shut down existing plants, you effectively put a stop to coal use in this country," Enzi said. "As coal accounts for nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity, the consequences for all Americans are real. This president needs to understand real families, real businesses, real communities will be hurt.

To combat the rule, Enzi has cosponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which would delay the compliance date of the Clean Power Plan until the courts decide if the rule is on good legal standing. The Supreme Court recently ruled the EPA’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) an overreach by the agency. 

Planned Parenthood vote result is ‘callous’

Enzi voted to advance a bill he cosponsored that would redirect federal funds to providers of women’s health services. The funds would be directed away from Planned Parenthood. The bill (S. 1881) failed to get the 60 votes necessary to move forward.

“I firmly believe that every life demands our respect as a special gift from God and it should be treated as such. The Planned Parenthood videos show a callousness for life that is at the opposite end of the spectrum,” Enzi said. “The Senate vote was another demonstration of this callousness.”

Senators concerned State Department changes would limit Second Amendment, freedom of speech

Enzi and Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., joined Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., and a group of 25 senators in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Anthony Dearth in response to proposed changes to definitions in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which has the potential to limit Americans’ freedom of speech and negatively impact Americans’ Second Amendment freedoms.

On June 3rd, the State Department proposed changes to modify several definitions in ITAR that would empower the federal government to regulate public use of any content that contains information about defense articles, which includes every common hunting and sports shooting rifle and handgun.

The full text of the senators’ letter can be found here

Enzi's bill to help Seniors with Medicare bills becomes law

Enzi's bill The Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act was recently signed into law to help seniors know whether or not Medicare will cover their hospital stay.

The law is to save seniors the sticker shock that comes after they are discharged from the hospital and realize that Medicare will not cover the cost of post-acute care in a skilled nursing facility, simply because their overnight stays in a hospital were classified as outpatient observation instead of inpatient admissions.

This no-cost law will require hospitals to notify Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours or, if sooner, upon discharge. Outpatient status affects a patient’s ability to receive Medicare coverage for post-acute care in a skilled nursing facility after discharge from the hospital.