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 Administration takes aim at gunsmiths and other firearms hobbyists

The U.S. State Department recently published regulatory guidance which may require small to medium-sized gunsmithing operations and other firearms hobbyists to pay hefty annual registration fees of more than $2,000.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, led by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, R- La. and signed by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., as well as 21 other senators and more than 100 representatives, the lawmakers called on the Administration to rescind the plan immediately.  

“Not only does the guidance expand registration to gunsmiths who do not "manufacture" firearms, it also runs counter to the intent of AECA and ITAR, which are meant to control the production and exportation of military material, not the domestic repair or maintenance of a legal, common, and Constitutionally-protected product,” the lawmakers wrote. “We believe the guidance effectively expands ITAR registration requirements and should be rescinded immediately.”

The full text of the U.S. Senate letter is available for download HERE.

China stealing potential soda ash exports from Wyoming

Wyoming is by far the top producer and exporter of soda ash in the United States, and it is a key part of the state’s economy. Unfortunately overcapacity in China has hurt Wyoming’s ability to export its own natural soda ash, which is an important chemical required to manufacture other material, such as glass and detergent.

Enzi, Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, urging those two agencies to work with China to resolve the soda ash overcapacity issue in the upcoming U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade later this year.

“China’s soda ash overcapacity is the culmination of nearly 30 years of industrial policies aimed at spurring soda ash production even in the face of diminished demand,” the delegation wrote.

The full text of the letter is available for download HERE.

Wyoming suffers as the true cost of Obamacare is revealed

In Wyoming and across the country the true face of Obamacare is revealing itself as health care prices soar and competition within the health insurance industry vanishes, according to Enzi.

Enzi took to the Senate floor recently to lament how Wyoming, and a growing number of states, are hurting as they are left with only one insurer available on the Obamacare exchanges. Click here for video.

Enzi calls for bipartisan budget process reform

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi called for bipartisan solutions to fix America’s broken budget process during a forum focused on budget process reform. 

Enzi talked about the importance of budget process reform and gave several examples. He said now is the time to act as America’s mammoth debt is expected to skyrocket to more than $28 trillion in the next decade. Click here for video.