Senator Mike Enzi - April 2013 Newsletter

Senator Mike Enzi
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April 17, 2013

Senator Mike Enzi - April Newsletter

No more Second Amendment infringement

Senator Enzi opposed efforts late last week to move forward on gun control legislation due to concerns that it would infringe on the Second Amendment and expand regulations on firearms. The Senate voted 68-31 to proceed to the gun control bill.

“Wyoming is a state where people own guns and their freedom to do so is cherished. The bill before the Senate would limit the ability for lawful Wyoming residents to transfer or even loan their firearms to family members or neighbors,” Enzi said. “This is focusing on the wrong issue. We shouldn’t be trying to expand background checks when current laws that prohibits criminals from attempting to obtain firearms have gone almost unenforced.”

Prior to the vote on the motion to proceed to the gun control bill, Enzi joined Sens. Paul, R-Ky., Lee, R-Utah, Cruz, R-Texas, and others in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., which expressed intention to oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will impose additional gun restrictions.

The letter to Reid can be read here.

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Old ideas aren’t good fiscal policy

President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014, submitted two months after the statutory deadline, recycled ideas for more taxes, more spending, and an accelerated path into more debt, according to Senator Enzi.

Enzi said that asking for another $1 trillion in new taxes after already signing more than $1.7 trillion in tax increases into law is not balanced and neither is the budget.

“This approach got zero votes before and it probably will again,” said Enzi. “This is not a serious attempt to address our debt crisis in any meaningful way.”

Enzi supports Phillips nomination to Court

Senator Enzi spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the nomination of Wyoming Attorney General Greg Phillips for the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Phillips is a talented, well-respected attorney that will serve with distinction.

“I served with Mr. Phillips in the Wyoming Legislature and can say with confidence that he is recognized throughout the Wyoming legal community as a talented, respected, fair and thoughtful attorney,” Enzi said.

The Judiciary Committee has not yet voted on Phillips’ nomination.

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Common sense from Wyo for Washington

Senator Enzi records “Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington” videos every other week when the Senate is in session, to respond to Wyoming residents’ thoughts, ideas and questions.

Most recently, Enzi addressed Wyoming constituent questions and comments about gun control and his support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. The full video can be watched Previous “Collecting Common Sense” videos can be viewed People can pay more taxes – voluntarily

While an option currently exists to donate money to the federal government to help pay off the debt, many Americans don’t know about it.

Senator Enzi recently co-sponsored to the Buffett Rule Act of 2013, introduced April 15 by Sen. Thune, R-S.D., which would put this option directly on federal income tax returns. Those who feel compelled to pay more to the government may do so, but only if they choose.

This legislation is in response to the president’s proposed “Fair Share Tax”, also known as the Buffett Rule, a tax increase on investment income that, according to Enzi, will hurt the economy and add complexity to an already complex tax system.

“This is a way to make paying more to the federal government simple and voluntary, without raising taxes again,” Enzi said.

Sublette, Teton, Johnson County office hours

Senator Enzi's five state offices in Cheyenne, Gillette, Casper, Cody and Jackson offer office hours where Wyoming residents have the opportunity to meet with Senator Enzi’s state representatives in his absence. Upcoming office hours include:

Tuesday, April 23

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Marbleton Town Hall

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. –

Pinedale Town Hall

Thursday, April 25

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Jackson Town Hall

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. –

Buffalo Town Hall

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