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The Enzi Insider - April 10

Summary of various legislative activity of Wyoming U.S. Senator Mike Enzi’s office for the week ending April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

Legislation sponsored or cosponsored:

River Paddling Protection Act would allow non-motorized, hand-propelled watercraft to use waterways in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Joined with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), bill S. 2018. 

RAISE Act Amendment would allow employers to give employees performance based raises over collective bargaining agreements. Amendment was offered to Paycheck Fairness Act by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), S. Amdt. 2968 to bill S. 2199.

Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act would clarify that payments, programs or services provided by tribal governments for the general welfare of their people are excluded from federal income tax. Bill was introduced by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), bill S. 1507.

General Aviation and Pilot Protection Act would eliminate federal regulations on general aviation pilots. Bill was introduced by Senator John Boozman (R-AR), bill S. 2103.  

Resolution Designating April as Financial Literacy Month-Senator Enzi shared the responsibility with Senator Dan Akaka (D-HI) for 15 years. This year’s resolution was introduced with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), resolution S. RES. 423.

Resolution on Territorial Integrity of Moldova expresses support for the territorial integrity and independence of Moldova, and opposing Russian interference in Moldova, S. Res. 411.

Crimea Annexation Non-recognition Act states opposition to Russia’s bold move. Introduced by Senator Dan Coats (R-IN), bill S.2238.

Resolution to Honor Gallaudet University to honor Gallaudet University, college for the deaf, on its 150th anniversary. Introduced by Senator Brown (D-OH), S. RES. 418.

Congressional letters signed:

EPA Cow Tax expressing concern over the administration’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions and its impact on agriculture. Led by Senator John Thune (R-SD) to Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary Moniz and Administrator McCarthy.

IRS Rule Targeting 501(c)(4) Organizations reminding the IRS Commissioner that he has the authority to stop the IRS’ federal rules related to the qualification requirements for tax-exempt social welfare organizations under Section 501(c)(4). Led by Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Rural Electric Cooperatives Funding asking appropriators to maintain the same loan levels for the Rural Electric Cooperatives loan program that have been in place for several years. Led by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK). 

Motor Study requesting a study on the development of new motor, drive and system market assessment.  The study would point out the economic and environmental benefits of greater usage of rare earths in motors. Led by Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) to the Department of Energy

Adoption Exit Permits asks the DCR to consider allowing speeding up of pending adoptions for children with health issues. Led by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to the President and Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Education Block Funding requests language to block further use of federal funds to push states to adopt and retain the Common Core State Standards. Led by Senator Grassley (R-IA) to Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Pat Moran (R-KS) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS).

Federal Health Care Workforce Funding and Planning requests detailed information on the Department of Health’s strategy for evaluating federal health care workforce training and support programs. With Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief Funding urges continued support for HIV/AIDS elimination. With Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) to Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.

Amicus Brief on OPM Lawsuit , a “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) brief in support of the lawsuit filed by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Obama Administration for their decision to allow Members of Congress and Congressional staff who enroll in a health care exchange to receive the employer subsidy.