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The Enzi Insider - May 8

Summary of various legislative activity of Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office for the week ending May 8, 2014

May 15, 2014

Legislation Enzi sponsored or cosponsored:

EPA haze and state mineral royalty amendments would prohibit the EPA from rejecting or disapproving a state’s regional haze plan and allow states to collect their own mineral royalties. Both amendments introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) to S. 2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Keystone and coal amendments would approve Keystone XL Pipeline and prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from approving new rules that would adversely impact America’s ability to produce coal. Amendments introduced by John Hoeven (R-ND) and Dan Coats (R-IN), respectively to S. 2262, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Russian Aggression Prevention Act – would further deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and increase sanctions. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced S. 2277.

Stand with Israel Act – would end foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it recognizes Israel’s right to exist and gives up terrorism and violence. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 2265.

Congressional letters Enzi signed:

Wyo. abandoned mine land money (AML) – asks Office of Surface Mining and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to pay Wyoming what it is owed in AML funds.  Signed by Wyoming delegation; Enzi, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY).

Earmark ban – supports moratorium on Congressional earmarking.  Led by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Mark Udall (D-CO) and addressed to House and Senate leadership.

Benghazi committee – requests Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) work with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to establish a Joint Congressional Committee to investigate Benghazi. Led by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Status of National Guard airborne fire fighting – asks Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for respective National Guard adjutant generals to be part of the discussion to require the National Guard’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System units to operate in federal status as opposed to state status. Led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Human trafficking – supports ensuring the annual Trafficking in Persons Report continues to be produced and shared.  The letter was sent to Secretary of State John Kerry and led by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).

GAO study on commercial drivers licenses – requests the Government Accountability Office conduct a study into Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) testing delays. Led by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

Other Legislative activities:

Marketplace Fairness Act Senate floor speech – Enzi, along with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), spoke on the one-year anniversary of the Senate’s approval of S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act.