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."
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.