A message from Senator Mike Enzi
As Wyoming residents continue to deal with historic amounts of rain, Congress is dealing with historic amounts of debt. But unlike Wyoming residents who are anticipating flooding and planning ahead, Congress has gone 777 days without even passing a budget to operate under. Thankfully, several of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle join me in realizing the seriousness of the situation and are pushing for real reforms. I look forward to working with them to get our country’s finances back in order.
My staff and I have compiled some of the most relevant issues I have been working on for Wyoming. You can find out more by visiting my website. Please feel free to share this newsletter with friends or have them sign up by clicking here. As always, if you have any questions or comments, I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much for subscribing to my newsletter and hope this information is useful.
Headlines and Highlights
In a series of back-to-back votes last month the Senate voted down Congressman Paul Ryan’s, R-Wis., President Obama’s, Senator Pat Toomey’s, R-Pa., and Senator Rand Paul’s R-Ky., budgets. While Enzi does not favor all aspects of Ryan’s budget he voted for it because it confronts issues of spending and entitlements head on. Enzi voted for Toomey’s budget in part because it repeals the tax increases included in the health care reform bill. Enzi voted against the President’s budget because it increases personal taxes by $1.6 trillion, corporate taxes by $133 billion and doesn’t include any changes to Medicare and Medicaid. The President’s budget failed by a vote of 0-97. “Not even one senator voted for the President’s budget. Incredible.”
On the Horizon
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 Enzi’s state representatives at one of the following office hours.
Sheridan – Tues., June 21st – YMCA, 3:15– 4:15 p.m.
Afton – Weds., June 22 – Town Hall, 10 – 11 a.m.
Alpine – Thurs., June 23 –Town Hall, 10 – 11 a.m.
Pine Haven – Mon., June 27 –Town Hall, 9 – 10 a.m.
Hulett – Mon., June 27 – Town Hall, 1 – 2 p.m.
Sundance – Mon., June 27 – Crook County Library (Wyoming Room) 4 – 5 p.m.
Burns – Tues., June 28 – Senior Center, 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Pine Bluffs – Tues., June 28 – Town Hall, 2 – 3 p.m.
Albin – Tues., June 28 – Community Center, 3:30 – 4 p.m.
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On May 18, Senator Enzi met with Wyoming World War II veterans who were in Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight to visit the memorial built in their honor. Check out the video here.
On May 30, Senator Enzi encouraged all Americans to take the opportunity to honor the men and women who gave their lives in the fight for freedom, but to do it every day of the year, not just on Memorial Day. “We owe all veterans a debt we will never be able to pay.”
Veteran Funeral Protection
In an effort to honor the sacrifice of our veterans and their families, Enzi co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that expands the restrictions on protests at military funerals. The bill, S. 815, would increase the no protesting time before and after funeral services for veterans and also increase the distance within which protests are allowed.
Medicare has been making headlines all around the country ever since Representative Paul Ryan submitted a plan to try and reform the program. Since then the political parties have staked out stances, the pundits have pointed fingers of blame or ignored that there is a problem with the program altogether. Senator Enzi wrote a guest opinion editorial about the current state of the Medicare program and what needs to be done to keep the program helping our seniors. Click here to read his opinion.
Senator Enzi was pleased and cautious when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the Administration would not go ahead with a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in Wyoming and the West eligible for protection as federal wilderness areas. Enzi looks forward to more clear assurances and actions ensuring that the Administration will actually cease moving forward with wilderness policies that circumvent the Congressional process and ignore the needs of local stakeholders.
Debt Limit Letter
With the debt limit getting closer to being officially maxed out, Senator Enzi asked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to clear up some of the rhetoric surrounding the possibility of the United States not fulfilling all of its debt obligations. Enzi reiterated in the letter that he will not support raising the debt limit unless serious fiscal reforms guarantee balanced, serious spending cuts and budget reform.