June 19, 2013
Senator Mike Enzi - June Newsletter
Enzi says immigration reform begins with stronger E-verify
As the Senate works on an immigration reform bill this month, Senator Enzi voiced his appreciation of the bipartisan efforts of those who have worked on the bill, but voted against the procedural motion to consider the bill due to concerns over it's size, among other problems.
“The immigration reform bill in the Senate is over 1,000 pages. It’s easy for people to find something they don’t like or, similar to the health care bill, miss details that turn out to be important,” Enzi said. “Sometimes when you try to do it all, you get nothing. Most of us do want immigration reform, but we should work on the parts that we can get done and leave the rest for another time.”
Enzi opposes amnesty, and in addition to border enforcement and security, wants guest worker programs that work, “from sheep herding to high tech engineers.”
He also believes that an effective E-Verification system could ensure that businesses are hiring legal workers. If people who are here illegally can’t get a job, they likely won’t stay, and word of mouth will help discourage others from breaking the law in the future. The immigration system could also be improved by keeping better track of those who come into the country legally, but don’t leave.
“We should welcome those who have come to our country for the right reasons and in the right way, but people need to earn their legal status and should not be rewarded for breaking the law,” said Enzi.
Enzi believes Senate farm legislation falls short
Senator Enzi voted against the Senate farm bill this month, stating that it is a step backward for agriculture policy and doesn’t go as far as the 2012 farm bill.
“While there were provisions in the farm bill that I support, the good did not outweigh the bad,” said Enzi. “With America more than $17 trillion in debt, we need to be finding ways to do more with less, and that includes the farm bill. When the Senate negotiated this bill last year, we were able to end all direct subsidies to farmers and move toward a more efficient federal crop insurance program.”
Enzi believes that the bill could be improved by eliminating target prices for certain agriculture products, and do more to eliminate the waste in the food stamp program. The legislation also contains burdensome conditions on federal crop insurance which will negatively impact Wyoming farmers.
The Senate passed the farm bill on June 10th by a vote of 66-27. The farm bill will now go to conference committee where House and Senate negotiators will reconcile the differences between the two versions of the bill after the House passes their version.