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Supreme Court needs judge who understands West

Last month President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be America’s next Supreme Court Justice. In a column, U.S Senator Mike Enzi wrote that Gorsuch is an admirable choice — not only because of his unquestionable legal experience but because of his knowledge and understanding of the West.

Senator Enzi noted that western issues are not always the same as issues from other parts of the country. It is important that we have someone on the Supreme Court who has a shared perspective. Someone who understands the unique struggles that our history, geography, environment, industries and way of life present.

Read more of the column from the here.

Wyo delegation applauds court decision to uphold wolf delisting

A federal appeals court recently upheld a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision from 2012 to remove the gray wolf in Wyoming from the endangered species list. The Wyoming congressional delegation applauded the ruling, which overturns a lower-court ruling from 2014 that reinstated protections of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act.

“This ruling is a win for Wyoming and all those who have worked so hard to return management of the gray wolf to the state,” Enzi said. “The state of Wyoming has been working on this issue with local stakeholders and the federal government for years and the courts should have never blocked the delisting in the first place. While I am hopeful that this decision is the end of the battle, I will continue to working to ensure that management will stay in the hands of the state.”

Learn more here.

Enzi talks Job Corps, equal pay with labor secretary nominee

Enzi spoke to President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Labor, Alex Acosta, recently about the importance of job corps programs and equal pay.

During the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing for Acosta’s nomination, Enzi talked about the importance that the Job Corps program plays in communities around the country. Enzi noted that Wyoming was the last state to get a Job Corps center, which provides comprehensive education and job training for young men and women ages 16 to 24.

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Senators urge termination of coal leasing moratorium

U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, Steve Daines, R-Mont., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a recent letter urged President Donald Trump to terminate the moratorium on new federal coal leasing that the senators said was wrongly initiated by the Obama Administration.

“This wholly unnecessary Secretarial Order imposed an immediate moratorium on new federal coal leasing and paused ongoing lease applications and modification reviews,” the senators wrote.  “Not only has this jeopardized tens of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly related to the coal industry; it quickly led to economic instability in states and Indian tribes that rely on coal royalties to support critical education, transportation and infrastructure programs.”

The letter is available for download here.