Enzi votes to fund government, strengthen Wyoming
Enzi voted earlier
this month to support a government funding bill, which the Senate
passed with bipartisan support and which stayed within the budget caps set
to control annual federal spending.
�This bipartisan spending bill provides billions in additional
funding for our military, the largest border security increase in a
decade and support for programs on which communities and families
throughout Wyoming rely,� Enzi said.
partial list of what Enzi said were wins for Wyoming
21st Century Community Learning
Centers - The bill provides a $25 million increase to
21st Century Community Learning Centers (afterschool
Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program - The bill provides $3.39 billion
to fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Payments In Lieu of Taxes
- The bill provides $465 million for the �Payments In Lieu
of Taxes� (PILT) program, which compensates counties for local tax
revenue lost to federal land ownership.
Greater Sage Grouse - Continues a one-year
delay on any further Endangered Species Act status reviews, listing
determinations and rulemakings for Greater
Reduces EPA funding �
Provides $81.4 million less funds to the EPA then they received last
No funding for United
Nations climate funds � The bill provides no funding
for the United Nation�s Green Climate Fund or Climate Change
ICBMs � The
bill contains language that prevents reductions in strategic delivery
vehicles and launchers, including the Intercontinental Ballistic
Missiles (ICBMs) overseen by F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, from
previously established levels.
Rural health - Additional funding is included for
Rural Hospital Flexibility Grants ($2 million increase) and Telehealth
programs ($1.5 million increase). Wyoming receives funding through
the �Flex� grant to develop critical access hospital networks and foster
collaborative linkages between Wyoming�s primary, secondary and
firefighting and prevention - The bill fully funds the
10-year average for wildland fire suppression
Oil and gas inspection and grazing fees
- The bill rejects the previous administration�s
proposal to increase oil and gas inspection fees and raise fees on ranchers
Program - The bill provides a $23 million increase to
the Impact Aid Program. The Impact Aid program fulfills the federal
obligation to assist school districts that experience a loss in their
local property tax base because the district includes federal or Indian
returning to Wyoming
Last month the Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
allowed for the return of gray wolf management to the state of Wyoming.
Enzi commended the court�s decision.
�This means a lot to Wyoming and brings wolf
conservation back to where it belongs,� Enzi said. �It is Wyoming wildlife
managers who know best how to manage Wyoming�s wildlife. I applaud all
those who have worked so hard with stakeholders and the federal government
over the years to create an effective and balanced wolf management