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A Message from Senator Enzi

It has been a busy month for me since last month's e-newsletter - I spent a wonderful Christmas with my family, celebrated the start of 2009, was sworn into my third term in the U.S. Senate, witnessed the first African-American president take the oath of office and landed a spot on a Senate Finance committee I have wanted to serve on for 12 years. 

I look forward to getting down to business and working on solutions to our country's problems. There is a lot to do, but I am energized and hopeful that progress can be made.

In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the issues I've been working on for Wyoming.  Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter.  More information is available on my Web site.  I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or comments.

Headlines & Highlights

Stimulus Package

Senator Enzi is cautious of any stimulus plan with a trillion (or even a billion) dollar price tag. Enzi is researching all the proposed plans. He is looking to make sure any stimulus plan will have a reasonable chance of actually creating jobs, enhancing our productivity, lifting our economy out of the mire and somehow repaying the taxpayer. No plan meets all the criteria. Enzi does not believe the government can spend its way out of this crisis and that any IOUs the government makes today will be on the shoulders of our children tomorrow. Enzi proposes permanent tax relief for employees and employers as well as tax relief to help stabilize the housing market. 

Finance Committee

Senate leaders announced the committee members for the 111th Congress and Enzi will serve on the Senate Finance Committee. Enzi has wanted to serve on the committee because of its jurisdiction over Social Security, trade, health care programs, taxes, energy and transportation.

Local Office Hours

 

Wyoming residents who want to meet on an individual basis with one of Enzi's state representatives to discuss issues, questions or concerns about the federal government, can do so at the following scheduled office hours:

Tuesday, January 27: 10 - 11 a.m. at Douglas Town Hall and 3 - 4 p.m. at Glenrock Town Hall

Wednesday, January 28: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Buffalo Town Hall and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Kaycee Town Hall

For more information on upcoming office hours contact Enzi's Gillette office at 307-682-6268.

On the Horizon

The Senate is debating the Lily Ledbetter bill, sometimes called the trial lawyers' bailout bill.  It is then expected to take up the State Children's Health Insurance Legislation.  Remaining cabinet nominations that have not been brought to a Senate vote may also be considered.  I am part of a bipartisan health reform group working to prepare a bill that will insure every American through the private sector.  The bill should go through the proper Senate process.

 



News Nuggets

Bailout $

Enzi was part of a group of senators who opposed the release of the second half of the $700 billion bailout for banks.  Enzi does not think the initial payment of $350 billion did what proponents said it would do. Nor was it used as Congress originall intended. Enzi believes doing the same thing when it didn't work the first time is not a responsible way to spend money. The Senate voted to go ahead and release the second half of the bail out money.  

Historic Swearing In

Dick Cheney served one of his last official functions swearing in the Wyoming delegation to the 111th Congress on Jan. 6. It was an historic event with the Vice President from Wyoming swearing in the two Wyoming senators at the same time. Enzi is the senior member of the Wyoming delegation that includes Senator John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis.

Educating for Peace

Enzi met with Greg Mortenson, the co-founder and Executive Director of nonprofit Central Asia Institute. Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson co-authored the #1 New York Times best-seller, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School At A Time. Enzi and Mortenson discussed how education can bring peace to remote regions of the world. Mortenson's organization has built over 70 schools in Afghanistan without any federal money.