A new year, a new Congress, a new chance

Senator Mike Enzi
2016-12-29 07:10:08
Mike Enzi, United States Senator for Wyoming �* A new year, a new Congress, a new chance* *By U.S. Senator Mike Enzi* The end to 2016 and the beginning of a new year will bring change. This includes a new Congress and a new Administration that will hit the ground running. One of the first things is rolling back the harmful rules and regulations the Obama Administration has enacted. From the new overtime regulation, to the Clean Power Plan, to the Waters of the United States Rule, to rules on methane emissions from oil and gas operations and many more, changes need to be made. Wyoming doesn�t need the federal government stepping in to undermine its carefully written regulations and burdening businesses with excessive red tape. [image = enzi.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/2016_end_of_year_message_graphic__newsletter_.jpg] Next on the list for Congress will be tackling the repeal of Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Wyoming has seen one of our two carriers shut down due to costs. Like other insurers across the country, this company focused on and dominated the Wyoming Obamacare exchange in the first year, and then the economics of Obamacare took hold � patient costs were more than expected, premium rates didn�t quite cover medical expenses resulting in insolvency. I have been working to find a path forward that will give more flexibility to states and fewer restrictions on how employers help their employees with medical expenses. I�d also like to find practical ways to offer more choices and lower costs for getting the health care that Wyomingites and all Americans should be able to access. We need meaningful, comprehensive change in health care that will take us away from Obamacare, and in a new direction. One of my big projects next year as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee will be addressing America�s broken budget. It is time for Congress to stop binging and start budgeting. Over the last 40 years, since the modern budget process was established, Congress has enacted 175 temporary spending bills, formally known as �continuing resolutions,� to avoid doing its job, and we just passed another one. It�s time to change the way Congress does business. There are several steps needed to fix our budget process and I will continue to tirelessly work to get as many of these budget reforms as possible enacted in the new Congress. It�s time to take seriously the crisis that is threatening the future financial solvency of this country. I�m also optimistic we will also have the opportunity to address meaningful tax reform next year. It�s no secret, our tax code is a mess. The last time we saw large-scale reform was 1986. Since then it has become riddled with inefficiencies and loopholes. It�s too complex and it�s unfair. As the only accountant on the Senate Finance Committee, I�m ready to get to work reforming the country�s complicated and burdensome tax code. It will be an enormous undertaking, but we badly need to tackle comprehensive tax reform for businesses and individuals. Our tax system needs to be simpler, fairer, and more transparent, making sure that it�s friendly to small businesses and individuals. We should establish a more competitive corporate tax system and maintain parity for the tax rates applied to businesses, whether organized as corporate or pass-through entities. Congress has a lot of hard work ahead, but we also have great opportunity and promise to help lead our country on a better path. As you all gather for the holidays, know that we are focused and prepared to tackle the important issues that matter the most. Happy New Year!

 

A new year, a new Congress, a new chance

By U.S. Senator Mike Enzi

The end to 2016 and the beginning of a new year will bring change. This includes a new Congress and a new Administration that will hit the ground running.

One of the first things is rolling back the harmful rules and regulations the Obama Administration has enacted. From the new overtime regulation, to the Clean Power Plan, to the Waters of the United States Rule, to rules on methane emissions from oil and gas operations and many more, changes need to be made. Wyoming doesn�t need the federal government stepping in to undermine its carefully written regulations and burdening businesses with excessive red tape.

Next on the list for Congress will be tackling the repeal of Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Wyoming has seen one of our two carriers shut down due to costs. Like other insurers across the country, this company focused on and dominated the Wyoming Obamacare exchange in the first year, and then the economics of Obamacare took hold � patient costs were more than expected, premium rates didn�t quite cover medical expenses resulting in insolvency.

I have been working to find a path forward that will give more flexibility to states and fewer restrictions on how employers help their employees with medical expenses. I�d also like to find practical ways to offer more choices and lower costs for getting the health care that Wyomingites and all Americans should be able to access. We need meaningful, comprehensive change in health care that will take us away from Obamacare, and in a new direction.

One of my big projects next year as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee will be addressing America�s broken budget. It is time for Congress to stop binging and start budgeting. Over the last 40 years, since the modern budget process was established, Congress has enacted 175 temporary spending bills, formally known as �continuing resolutions,� to avoid doing its job, and we just passed another one. It�s time to change the way Congress does business. There are several steps needed to fix our budget process and I will continue to tirelessly work to get as many of these budget reforms as possible enacted in the new Congress. It�s time to take seriously the crisis that is threatening the future financial solvency of this country.

I�m also optimistic we will also have the opportunity to address meaningful tax reform next year. It�s no secret, our tax code is a mess. The last time we saw large-scale reform was 1986. Since then it has become riddled with inefficiencies and loopholes. It�s too complex and it�s unfair. As the only accountant on the Senate Finance Committee, I�m ready to get to work reforming the country�s complicated and burdensome tax code. It will be an enormous undertaking, but we badly need to tackle comprehensive tax reform for businesses and individuals. Our tax system needs to be simpler, fairer, and more transparent, making sure that it�s friendly to small businesses and individuals. We should establish a more competitive corporate tax system and maintain parity for the tax rates applied to businesses, whether organized as corporate or pass-through entities.

Congress has a lot of hard work ahead, but we also have great opportunity and promise to help lead our country on a better path. As you all gather for the holidays, know that we are focused and prepared to tackle the important issues that matter the most. Happy New Year!

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