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The Enzi Insider - May 1

Summary of various legislative activity of Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office for the week ending May 1, 2014

May 1, 2014

Legislation sponsored or cosponsored:

IRS Bonuses –would preclude the IRS from awarding bonuses to employees if IRS employee owes an outstanding federal tax debt; Enzi introduced with Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., bill S.2282.

Limit IRS questions –prohibits the IRS from asking taxpayers about religious, political, and social beliefs. Introduced by Senator Deb Fischer, R-Neb., bill S. 2043.

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill –recognizes the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline and approves it.  Bill by Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D. and others, bill S.2280.

Monuments Men Recognition Act of 2013 - would grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the “Monuments Men” for their preservation efforts during World War II.  Introduced by Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., bill S.1862.

Rename State Department Trafficking Office –renames the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to the Bureau to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. is lead sponsor, bill S.1249.

Congressional letters signed:

IRS Bonuses – calls upon the IRS to provide information on how it made a decision to award bonuses to personnel in violation of tax law and to implement policy changes to prevent this in the future. Led with Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Unborn Child Protection – asks colleagues to call on Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1670) for a vote.  Led by Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., signed by others.

Rural Broadband asks the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adjust the Universal Service Fund (USF) to help broadband-capable networks in rural areas. Led by Commerce Committee Ranking Member John Thune, R-S.D. and Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Regulation of Prescription Drugs –requests information from FDA on how it plans to regulate and oversee the development of abuse-deterrent formulations for opioid prescription drugs.  Enzi sent with Senators Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

Other Legislative activities:

Delivered Minimum Wage Floor Speech– opposed S. 2223, the minimum wage bill.  Increasing the minimum wage is of no benefit to those without a job.

Trade Questions –submitted questions to U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman on soda ash, foot wear, agriculture and intellectual property protections.

Keystone XL Pipeline- submitted a statement in favor of the pipeline. 

Rule comments- emailed constituents about various federal rules about which they could comment.