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A Message from Senator Mike Enzi
 
I hope that you had a great Fourth of July with your family and friends and that you are enjoying the parades, rodeos and summer festivities across the state this month. July and August are such a wonderful times to spend in Wyoming and I look forward to being there more than just weekends.  
 
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
 
Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy on July 24
 
This year, Senator Enzi will celebrate the “National Day of the American Cowboy” on July 24. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution on June 29 to honor the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys across the nation. This is the sixth annual National Day of the American Cowboy since Senator Craig Thomas began the tradition in 2005. Thomas, a cowboy himself, honored the heritage of his home state and the West by sponsoring a resolution to name the fourth Saturday in July “National Day of the American Cowboy,” which coincides each year with Cheyenne Frontier Days.  Since Thomas’ passing in 2007, Enzi has continued the tradition in honor of his legacy. “Craig set an example by carrying on this important tradition of recognizing the spirit and contributions of cowboys across the country. The Cowboy tradition is woven into all aspects of American life and continues to create a standard to live by,” Enzi said.
 
Senate passes flawed financial “reform” bill
 
On July 15, the Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill, the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010,” with a vote of 60-39, despite alarming privacy infringements. Senator Enzi voted against the bill and spoke out against the Big Brother financial super agency that the bill creates that will have the power to meddle in every day personal financial decisions. “This bill will take away liberties, plain and simple. To say it’s federal overreach is an understatement. The sad part is that it is happening all under the guise of ‘consumer protection’ and ‘Wall Street’ reform. While this bill may give great talking points for campaigns, in reality, it does nothing to stop future financial meltdowns,” Enzi said. Enzi was able to make some small changes toward better consumer privacy, but those changes were not enough to truly protect consumers for Enzi to support its passage.
 
On the Horizon
 
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.
 
Big Piney – Monday, July 26 – Library – 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pinedale – Monday, July 26 – Town Hall – 3-4 p.m.


News Nuggets

Health care law effects on small business
 
In a Senate Finance Committee hearing on July 14, Senator Enzi warned that small businesses are about to get hit hard by a provision in the new health care reform law that will require them to submit 1099 forms for any business-to-business transaction more than $600. He is co-sponsoring the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act” to fix this problem.
 
Travel to Cuba
 
On July 1, Senators Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Senator Enzi announced that they believe there are enough votes in the Senate to pass legislation lifting the travel ban that currently prevents U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba. The two senators plan to push the bill in the remaining weeks of legislative session. “We hope to open up a new world for the people of Cuba. One of our most valuable exports is the export of ideas and Cuba is a hungry market,” Enzi said.
 
Enzi co-sponsors bill to award Congressional Gold Medal
 
On June 23, Senator Enzi co-sponsored a bill that would grant the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army, in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II. The bill honors Japanese Americans who served in the U.S. military during WWII, many of whom signed up for service while at relocation camps like Heart Mountain in Wyoming.