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The Enzi Insider - July 31

Summary of various legislative activity of Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office for the week ending July 31, 2014

August 15, 2014

Legislation Enzi sponsored or cosponsored:

Resolution Supporting Israel’s Self Defense and Condemnation of Hamas – would express support for Israel’s right to defend itself and would call on Hamas to immediately end attacks on Israel. S. Res 517 is sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). 

Iraq Religious Minorities Protection Resolution – would support the need to protect religious minorities in Iraq from persecution by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. S. Res 530 is sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).  

Returning AML Funds to Wyoming – an amendment that would repeal language that capped Abandoned Mine Land payments at $15 million per year. The amendment would replace that money by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would increase gross federal receipts by $5 billion over 10 years. This amendment to the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, H.R. 5021, was introduced with John Barrasso (R-WY).

Flexibility for Air Force to Modernize the C-130 Fleet – would give the Air Force the flexibility it needs to ensure that C-130H aircrafts comply with air space mandates and remain flyable after 2020. S. 2758 is led by Senator Jon Tester (R-MT).

Protecting Religious Freedom for Child Welfare Services – would protect religious organizations and individuals that provide child welfare services (i.e. adoption services, foster care work, counseling) from being stripped of funding because of their religious beliefs. The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014 was introduced by Senator Mike Enzi and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).

Congressional Letters Enzi signed:

Department of Agriculture’s Ruling on Catfish Inspection – expressed concern over the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final rule regarding catfish inspection. Letter led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to the Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. 

Concern for EPA’s Ammonium Nitrate Regulation – expressed opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation on ammonium nitrate under the Risk Management Program. Letter led by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) to the EPA.

Information about the Federal Contract Tower Program – requested information about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) long-term strategy and plan for the Federal Contract Tower Program. Letter led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to the FFA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Child Trafficking Protection through State Department Agreement– encouraged Secretary of State John Kerry to designate the Philippines and Ghana as priority countries for assistance to eradicate child trafficking through Child Protection Compacts. Letter led by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Requested Unique ZIP Code for Star Valley Ranch–  requested that the Postal Service provide Star Valley Ranch with a unique ZIP Code. Letter led by Senator Enzi along with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to Postmaster General Donahoe.

Requested Air Force Halt Reducing Personnel Associated with C-130 Fleet – requested that the Air Force cease reducing active duty personnel associated with units that fly the C-130H aircraft, including the 30th Active Associate Squadron in Cheyenne. Letter led by Senator Mike Enzi and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) to Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.

Concern for National Credit Union Administration Impact on Increased Requirements – asked that the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) carefully weigh the impact of increased capital requirements, especially for small credit unions. Under a proposed rule by the NCUA, the credit unions in Wyoming would face estimated increased capital requirements of $12 million. Letter led by Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso (R-WY) to NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz.

Other Legislatives Activities:

Statement for the Record for Wyoming Ag Hall of Fame Inductee –  submitted a statement for the record honoring Mary ‘Mickey’ Thoman, who was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame on August 13, 2014.