November 14, 2012
Senator Mike Enzi - November Newsletter
Statement on election results
Senator Enzi issued the following statement following the November elections.
“Our electoral process has served America for more than 200 years. While the result of this election may not have been what many of us wanted, millions of Americans went to the polls and the people have spoken. This is a time that requires great cooperation and bipartisanship. Failure to act on our national debt, the fiscal cliff, rising health care costs, and a whole slate of other issues, will leave future generations with less opportunity and prosperity than our ancestors left us.
“My congratulations to Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis on their re-election. They earned it. Wyoming has a strong team and we will continue to advocate for less government and more sustainable spending along with responsible domestic energy production.
“The nation needs leadership to bring our country and our Congress together to address the critical issues facing this nation. America is the greatest country in the world and I represent the greatest state in the country and I’m thankful. The election didn’t change that.”
Missing welfare dependency reports
For the fourth year in a row, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the leadership of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, has failed to issue a federally-mandated annual report on welfare data, according to Senator Enzi.
This data is used by leaders of key Congressional committees whose legislation affects welfare programs and their constituencies. If it were to be issued, it would reveal that more Americans than ever before are dependent on federal welfare.
Enzi joined some of his colleagues in writing to Sebelius requesting a response about the department’s failure to issue the report late last month.
Timber industry can help prevent wildfires
This summer the Rocky Mountain West endured 5,152 fires that scorched a total of 1,186,965 acres. These wildfires had devastating effects on communities, much of which is still being felt.
Senator Enzi joined a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting the support of proactive forest management, utilizing our timber industry. The timber industry has the ability to reduce fuel loads in wildfire-prone areas and improve community safety.
According to Senator Enzi, this will also support local economies and safeguard drinking water supplies. Jobs would be created to restore forest health and convert hazardous fuels in to energy.
The full letter text can be found here."