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A message from Senator Enzi
 
February really brought in one wallop of a snowstorm to Washington, D.C.! I am glad to have finally escaped it and am back in Wyoming for the February Congressional home state work period.  For the past few days, I have been in Casper and Douglas speaking at their Chamber of Commerce luncheons and meeting with local residents.
 
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the important issues I have 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

Weighing in on the State of the Union

On Jan. 27, President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address. Senator Enzi said the President offered up a long to-do list but should narrow his focus to concentrate on the areas that need help the most right now – jobs, debt and terrorism. Enzi said the President needs to ensure that the federal government will help and not harm those who create jobs and focus on helping small businesses. Additionally, Enzi said he appreciated the President saying he would take another look at health care reform and hopes he sees the practicality of a step-by-step approach with true bipartisanship. A first step is to protect, not deplete, Medicare. “I look forward to continuing to offer bipartisan solutions to the issues we face and focusing on the 80 percent of issues that everyone can agree on while leaving the polarizing 20 percent for another day,” he said. To read more,
click here.

Delegation and governor work to prevent AML cut

On Feb. 1, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2011 budget which included a cut to Wyoming’s nearly $115 million in Abandoned Mine Land (AML) money, depending on the state’s annual coal production. Senator Enzi is working with Governor Dave Freudenthal, Senator John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis to ensure the cut doesn’t make it into the Senate and House budgets. “I will continue to fight for Wyoming’s money, regardless of the Administration’s insistence on cutting it,” said Enzi. “This is money that comes from taxes on Wyoming coal that by law are promised back to Wyoming. Deciding to cut it out of the budget is like having a bank manager tell one of its customers they aren’t able to withdraw money from their savings account they’ve been putting money in for 30 years. After years of keeping our money hostage, we finally got some paid back and now they want to steal it again.” A law designated the money for Wyoming. A law released the money. An appropriation should not be able to confiscate it and then spend it on other new programs.  

On the Horizon

Inventors Conference

Senator Enzi will host his annual Inventors Conference on April 17 in Gillette. All Wyoming residents have potential to come up with the next big idea. This conference offers the opportunity to learn how to turn entrepreneurial dreams into a reality and pursue a business venture. Enzi will be in attendance, as well as other guest leaders and inventors who will share their knowledge and expertise about how to protect ideas, set up small businesses and market inventions. Check Enzi’s
Web site for more information coming in the following weeks.

Enzi in Wyoming

Senator Enzi is in Wyoming for the February Congressional home state work period. Enzi is speaking at Chamber of Commerce luncheons, attending meetings and co-hosting the eighth annual Procurement Conference while in the state. He will finish up the week touring the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and the new Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette on Feb. 18 and then speaking to the Wyoming State Legislature at the State Capitol on Feb. 19 in Cheyenne. For his schedule,
click here.

Wyoming Office Hours
 
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.
 
Evanston – Thursday, Feb. 18 – Town Hall – 4-5 p.m.
Kemmerer – Thursday, Feb. 18 – Senior Center – 10-11 a.m.
Lyman – Friday, Feb. 19 – Town Hall – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Newcastle – Friday, March 5 – Newcastle Library – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Pine Haven – Friday, Feb. 25 – 24 Waters Dr. – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sundance – Thursday, Feb. 25 – Crook County Library – 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Upton – Friday, March 5 – Upton Library – 9-10 a.m.


News Nuggets

Enzi welcomes Senator Scott Brown
 
In January, Scott Brown, R-Mass., won the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in the United States Senate. Enzi welcomed Senator Brown and noted that his election to the Senate shows the need for bipartisan work in Congress. “We need to work together and be willing to take the good ideas from both sides of the aisle. It is what I’ve been saying with my 80 percent rule. We can agree on about 80 percent of the issues and should work on those rather than trying to force each side to accept the 20 percent over which we disagree. The interests of the people have to come before each party’s political interests,” Enzi said. “The people expect us to listen, to abide by the Constitution and to realize the United States has maxed out our credit cards. We need fiscal discipline. While comprehensive bills get publicity, step by step solutions get things done. The American people expect us to think carefully, act cooperatively and get things done in pieces that can be read and understood.”
 
Enzi meets with First Lady
 
Senator Enzi met with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Feb. 2 to discuss her strategy to curb childhood obesity. As the Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the senator advocated for increasing the number of USDA-accredited healthy schools, highlighted how the Wyoming Department of Education has done an excellent job in working with the local school districts to improve healthy eating habits, and pushed to educate parents on the issue. Enzi said he thought the meeting was a good first start to moving forward with combating childhood obesity.
 
Book recommendation
 
As an avid reader, Senator Enzi likes recommending books to his staff that he has recently read and enjoyed. His latest recommendation is, “Voodoo Anyone? How to Understand Economics Without Really Trying,” by Christopher T. Warden. Enzi said the book helps explain economics and financial crises in a common sense way and is a quick read at just 100 pages.