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Sen. Mike Enzi - January Newsletter

Greetings from Senator Enzi

Happy new year from my family to yours. I hope you enjoyed a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Years with your loved ones and friends. 2012 marks an exciting year in the Senate, as it’s an opportunity to start fresh and take on everything we still need to accomplish in the 112th Congress. I look forward to sharing with you all of the progress made for the state of Wyoming in my newsletters over the coming year.

2012 GRO-BIZ Conference & Idea Expo

Senator Enzi invites small businesses to learn how to sell their products and services in a multi-billion dollar market next month in Laramie. The conference features informative workshops and allows small business owners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with more than 50 federal and state government agencies, as well as prime contractors who may be interested in partnering with smaller businesses. Learning about government contracting will also be on the agenda. Over 150 businesses annually attend the Idea Expo.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please call 866-253-3300 or email ptac@uwyo.edu. For more information on the web visit http://www.regonline.com/2012grobizidea and click on the ‘Register Now’ link.

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.

News Nuggets

Military academy nominations

Senator Enzi nominated 18 Wyoming students for the United States Service Academies for 2012. “Wyoming students continue to demonstrate their patriotism by applying for our service academies,” Enzi said. “These academies provide great opportunities to young people, including a quality education. Their willingness to serve benefits the entire nation.”

"Recess" Nominations

This month, President Obama ignored the Senate's confirmation and vetting process by appointing Richard Cordray as Director of Bureau of Consumer Finance Protection (CFPB) and new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

"Once again this administration has shown its contempt for America's small businesses," said Enzi. "This will ensure that our stifling economy will soon be faced with more unaccountable bureaucrats who will shackle America's employers with new onerous regulations."

More troubling still, these efforts circumvented the constitutionally mandated process for Congress to "advise and consent" on executive branch nominations and appointments. By sidestepping this requirement, the president has handed more power to unelected bureaucrats who are less accountable to Congress or the American people.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Earlier this week the Obama administration rejected a Canadian firm's application to build and operate the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Senator Enzi issued the following statement: “I don’t know how the President determined that creating jobs and moving toward energy independence are not in our national interest. In Wyoming, the energy industry has created high-paying jobs that thousands of people rely on. Putting more than 20,000 Americans to work across the country is a good thing. Canada is ready to help us lessen our reliance on places like the Middle East and Venezuela for our energy needs. Flipping the XL switch to ‘on’ should have been a no brainer.”

Connect with Senator Enzi on Facebook

If you haven't already become a "fan" of Senator Enzi's Facebook page, check it out. It is a great way to see more of what is going on in Congress.