A message from Senator Enzi
Happy Valentine’s Day!
In this newsletter my staff and I have summarized just a few of the items I’ve been working on for the state. Job training in Riverton, supercomputers in Cheyenne, beef markets and Yellowstone are a few topics we cover. Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. There’s more information on my web page (enzi.senate.gov) about No Child Left Behind, minimum wage, federal spending and much, much more. We look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns.
Headlines and Highlights
Job Corps Center
Enzi and Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao announced that Riverton has been selected as the site for a new multi-million dollar job training Job Corps Center. Senator Enzi had encouraged the Secretary of Labor to choose Wyoming, one of two remaining states that did not yet have a Job Corps Center.
The new Job Corps Center will provide academic assistance and career technical training to about 550 students from Fremont County and around the state. High school and General Equivalency Diploma programs will also be offered. Career technical training courses will be available that will help prepare young people for careers in high-skill, high-growth industries in the 21st century worldwide economy. In addition to job skills training for students a year the center will provide housing for close to 300 students and create 100 plus job opportunities for Wyoming residents.
Wyoming Super Computer Facility
Enzi, along with the other members of the Wyoming delegation, praised the recent decision to build a supercomputing data center for scientific research in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Pending final approval from the National Science Foundation and matching funds from contributors, the facility will highlight Wyoming as a forefront leader in the field of geoscience research and digital telecommunications capability. Additionally, by increasing aptitude and understanding in the field of geoscience, Wyoming will play a central role in advancing our world's understanding of climate, weather and other atmospheric processes.
On the Horizon
The Senate is debating a bill to fund all government programs for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. The omnibus appropriations bill amounts to approximately 50 percent of all discretionary spending.
Next week the Senate will be in adjournment for a week long home state work period over President’s Day. Enzi plans to visit Casper, Douglas, Wheatland, Cheyenne and Laramie. A finalized travel advisory will be posted at enzi.senate.gov.
Enzi will host the fifth Wyoming Procurement Conference in Casper on February 21-22 as well as the fourth annual Inventors Conference in Rock Springs on April 2.
* Enzi continued his efforts to keep the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park open for motorized winter use and recreation. Enzi wrote Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis stating that in order for northwestern Wyoming to maintain a strong and stable economy, it is vital to promote year-round motorized and non-motorized use of park resources. Enzi also met with the Park Commissioner to further discuss the Yellowstone Winter Use Plan.
* On February 2, Enzi joined Senators Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and John Thune, R-S.D., in urging the United States Department of Agriculture to rethink proposed plans to expand beef imports from Canada. According to Enzi, permitting the importation of live Canadian cattle born after March 1, 1999 and beef from animals of any age, could potentially harm American producers economically and further endanger the U.S. market with the threat of mad cow disease.
* Enzi applauded the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s vote to approve the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The bill will prohibit discrimination by health insurance companies and employers, who may attempt to use genetic information to discriminate against persons with potential health problems.
* Enzi recently cosponsored the Freedom to Fly Act that would change the mandatary retirement age for American airline pilots. Under the current system airline pilots are required to retire upon reaching the age of 60, The Freedom to Fly Act would allow pilots to fly for five more years and retire at the age of 65.