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Enzi: No matter how difficult, we shouldn’t give up on improving health care

Getting something done in Washington is not always a pretty process, but U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes Congress should not give up on making our health care system better.

Enzi took to the Senate floor recently to discuss the importance of improving our health care system.

“This isn’t just about politics,” Enzi said. “This is about real people.”

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President signs VA accountability bill into law

President Trump signed a Department of Veterans Affairs accountability bill into law last month, which Enzi cosponsored. The reforms hold employees responsible for misconduct and establish better protections for whistleblowers within the department.

“I was pleased to cosponsor this legislation, which brings needed accountability and transparency to the VA to help ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve,” Enzi said.

The Senate unanimously passed the legislation on June 6, and the House passed it 368 to 55 on June 13.

A one-page summary of the legislation can be found here.

Administration announces proposed rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced they will repeal a controversial Obama-era regulation that extended the federal government’s reach over small waterways. The rule expanded the definition of bodies of water in the nation to include smaller bodies of water such as isolated streams, floodplains and ditches.

“EPA’s overreaching Waters of the United States rule would allow Washington to regulate nearly every creek and pond,” Enzi said. “EPA should not have complete control over one of Wyoming’s most precious resources. For the sake of farmers, ranchers and small businesses, I am pleased that the Trump administration is taking this important step to overturn the Waters of the United States rule.”

In the last Congress, Enzi cosponsored the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, legislation introduced by Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that would have required the EPA to redo WOTUS and consider stakeholder input.

Yellowstone grizzly bears taken off Endangered Species List

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced their decision last month to delist grizzly bears within Yellowstone.

“I am pleased to see the administration recognizing the recovered status of the grizzly bear in the Yellowstone area,” Enzi said. “Grizzly bears in Yellowstone have been recovered for many years, so it is good to see management returned to state hands where it belongs. This is great news for Wyoming.”

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Wyoming celebrates its 127th birthday

On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed Wyoming’s statehood bill, making it the 44th state.