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A message from Senator Mike Enzi
 
This holiday season, I was so pleased that a bit of “Wyoming” made it to Washington, D.C. for Christmas! On Dec. 7, I attended the lighting ceremony for the stunning 67-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Bridger-Teton National Forest serving as this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree. Nothing could be a better present than to have a piece of home out here in the nation’s capital. I appreciate Senator Barrasso making the request and all of the Wyoming residents who threw their effort behind the enormous project of sending this tree to D.C. Wyoming people know the meaning of hard work and working as a team! Their actions exemplify what this holiday season is truly about. Thank you all for your generous gift.
 
My staff and I have summarized a few 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

Enzi votes to halt massive tax hike
 
On Dec. 13, Senator Enzi voted to move forward on a bill to prevent one of the largest tax increases in American history with the goal of forming a more permanent solution to address the nation’s fiscal dilemma in the next Congress. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4835) is an effort to prevent a tax hike on every individual, family and small business on Jan. 1, 2011. “This impending tax increase has been breathing down taxpayers’ necks long enough. It will indeed be a ‘Happy New Year’ for taxpayers if this bill is finalized,” Enzi said. “I look forward to working immediately on more permanent solutions to the nation’s debt and deficit problems with the new Congress just around the corner.”
 
Enzi weighs in on Deficit Commission’s report
 
On Dec. 3, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released its final proposal to get the country back on track financially. Senator Enzi continues to study the commission’s proposals. “Everything should be on the table. The state of the nation’s finances is too dire not to look at all options to get our fiscal ship headed in the right direction,” Enzi said. “We need to pay attention to the debt. Each piece of the report needs to be considered – one or a few at a time. The Commission had to vote on the comprehensive solution. Each part has a few enemies. Most parts can be passed, but not if the enemies are accumulated and compounded. This is a serious effort that deserves serious consideration.”
 
On the Horizon
 
Wyoming office hours by state office staff
 
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. Residents can meet with the state office people at:
 
Lovell – Wednesday, Jan. 12 – Town Hall – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Worland – Thursday, Jan. 13 – City Hall – 9:30-10:30 a.m.


News Nuggets

Coin composition changes save taxpayer dollars
 
The Senate recently passed and sent to the President the Coinage Materials Modernization Act of 2010 (H.R. 6162), a measure Senator Enzi has supported for years. The legislation allows the U.S. Mint to try out changes to the composition of coinage materials in order to decrease manufacturing costs. If every penny or nickel produced costs more than its face value, it costs taxpayers money. Composition changes could save taxpayers roughly $100 million next year, and at least $15 million each year after that, simply by changing what the coins are made of. 
 
Federal court decision strikes down individual mandate
 
On Dec. 13, a federal judge declared part of the new health care law unconstitutional. Senator Enzi voiced his support for the ruling. “Today, Judge Hudson  confirmed what Senate Republicans have argued through the entire debate of the new health care law – the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance is unconstitutional,” Enzi said. The court decision also undermines one of the central components of the new health care law. “With this correct ruling, it is difficult to see how the new law will work. In light of this, I hope that we can return to a legislative process that allows for ideas from both sides of the aisle to be heard, so that we can enact real reforms that respect the Constitution and address the concerns of the American people.” The case is expected to end up in the Supreme Court.