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The Enzi Insider - May 22

Summary of various legislative activity of Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office for the week ending May 22, 2014

May 29, 2014

Legislation sponsored or cosponsored:  

Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act – would allow Western states to continue to manage their own sage grouse population, taking into account the distinct management needs within their own borders. This bill was introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY).  

Repeal health care mandates—amendments to the EXPIRE Act (tax deductions and credits) would repeal the individual mandate for health insurance from Obamacare, repeal the employer mandate for health insurance from Obamacare, repeal the medical device tax from Obamacare. Amendments introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA).

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act – would make loan repayment awards disbursed under the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 exempt from income and employment taxes. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced S. 553.

Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act - would keep state-based insurance regulations for insurers rather than forcing them into federal regulations. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S. 2270.

The National Commission on the Future of the Army Act of 2014 - would establish an independent panel that will be responsible for analyzing the major changes to the United States Army proposed in the president’s budget. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.2295.

Regulatory Fairness Act of 2014 – would limit the EPA’s role in reviewing Clean Water Act permits by prohibiting the agency from preemptively or retroactively vetoing a permit. Senators David Vitter (R-L.A) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 2156.

Congressional letters signed:

Menu labeling implementation– urging flexibility in implementing menu labeling requirements on retail food establishments, such as grocery stores and convenience stores. Led by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO).

Efficiency of healthcare workforce programs asking about the efficiency of the federal health care workforce programs in the Departments of Defense, Education, Labor, and Veterans Affairs due to potential shortage of health care providers in the coming years. Led by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC).

Municipal broadband laws – expresses concerns to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler about comments he made indicating he believes the FCC has the power to preempt state laws that do not allow taxpayer funded competition against private broadband providers. Led by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE).

EPA comment period extension – asking the EPA for an extended comment period of at least 120 days on the greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants to be proposed next month. Led by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Deb Fischer (R-NE). 

Greenhouse Gas Regulations – asks the EPA to not move forward with the draft proposal to regulate greenhouse gases from existing power plants. Led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).