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A Message from Senator Enzi
 
Summertime brings out the best Wyoming has to offer – plenty of outdoor activities, celebrations, parades and rodeos bring families and friends together. Wyoming works hard and plays hard. I try to travel back home to Wyoming every weekend and the summer season is one of my favorites, especially when I have time to fish. I hope to see many of you over the next few months enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
 
In this newsletter, my staff and I have summarized some of the most 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

Enzi urges common sense in shaping health care reform
 
Senator Enzi has been working on the health care reform. There are three committees primarily responsible for health care – the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Finance Committee and the Budget Committee – and Senator Enzi is the only senator on all three. As leaders in the majority party push to meet a tight and arbitrary deadline, Enzi keeps talking with senators on both sides of the aisle to draft a true bipartisan bill. In order to achieve that, he says the bill needs to start as a blank slate with ideas offered by and taken from both Democrats and Republicans. “Health care reform will affect not just the pocketbooks but the lives of every single American, and if it’s done wrong, Congress might not be able to go back and fix it. That’s why we need to roll up our sleeves and work together on a solution that can have the support of 75 or 80 senators, not just 51,” Enzi said. Enzi opposes government-run health care because “everyone knows the government has its hands full just running government.”
 
Victory – guns in parks signed into law
 
Senator Enzi and the Wyoming delegation won the fight to keep gun owners’ rights fully intact by pushing against a rule that prohibited gun owners from carrying weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges. President Obama signed the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2009 on May 26, which included language the delegation fought for to ensure Second Amendment rights are not infringed upon for law abiding weapon owners. The bill will make gun laws the same in national parks and wildlife refuges as they are outside of those areas. “The constitution has spoken. No political party in Washington is above the Second Amendment. It is a good day for gun owners, especially gun owners in Wyoming,” Enzi said. The new law will go into effect next year.
 
National Day of the American Cowboy July 25
 
The Senate passed a resolution introduced by Senator Enzi that will honor the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys across the nation. Wyoming residents can mark their calendars for July 25 to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy. This is the fifth annual National Day of the American Cowboy since Senator Craig Thomas began the tradition in 2005. Enzi has continued the tradition in honor of Thomas’ legacy. “I’m proud to be from a state that continues to live the cowboy tradition every day. Their contributions have helped shape what it means to be an American and have created a high standard we can all strive to meet. I am proud to continue Senator Thomas’ tradition of recognizing the many contributions cowboys have made to our country. I look forward to celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy,” Enzi said. To get a dose of the cowboy spirit, Senator Enzi recommends the book Cowboy Ethics by James P. Owen.
 
On the Horizon
 
Wyoming Office Hours
 
Basin – Friday, June 19 – Big Horn County Courthouse – 9-10 a.m.
Douglas – Monday, June 22 – Town Hall – 10-11 a.m.
Glenrock – Monday, June 22 – Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.
Greybull
– Friday, June 19 – Town Hall – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Lovell – Friday, June 19 – Town Hall – 2-3 p.m.

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. Their offices are open Monday-Friday. For contact information,
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News Nuggets

Enzi talks health care reform on FOX News
 
Senator Enzi discussed health care reform in a FOX News interview on June 15 and also in a news conference with other GOP senators. Click here to watch videos from both events. Also, updates and videos are always available on the senator’s Web site, Facebook page and YouTube page.

Oval Office health care talks
 
Senator Enzi was invited to discuss health care reform in the Oval Office this month. Enzi, along with Senators Grassley, R-Iowa, Baucus, D-Mont., and Dodd, D-Conn., met with President Obama and Vice President Biden. Enzi expressed his desire to draft a bipartisan bill and opposition to government-run health care.
 
Enzi urges re-listing North Korea
 
Senator Enzi, along with seven other senators, signed a letter on June 2 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking the Administration to place North Korea back on the State Department’s Sponsors of Terrorism List. North Korea has engaged in a number of nuclear missile tests that have destabilized the region and increased the threat to U.S. national security. The senator believes North Korea has taken no action to move in the direction intended when President Bush de-listed the country in 2008. If the country is placed back on the list, it will face a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and other financial restrictions.
 
Enzi meets with WWII veterans

An honor flight of 110 World War II veterans from across Wyoming came to Washington, D.C. on May 19-20 to visit the memorial built in their honor. Senator Enzi met with the veterans the night they arrived at the Wyoming Proud Honor Flight Banquet. The following day, the veterans visited the WWII memorial and met with members of the Wyoming delegation and the senator’s wife, Diana.