Senator Mike Enzi - August 2013 Newsletter

Senator Mike Enzi
2013-08-15 00:45:10
Mike Enzi United States Senator for Wyoming e-Newsletter
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August 14, 2013

Senator Mike Enzi - August Newsletter

Enzi calls for defunding Obamacare in upcoming federal funding bill

Senator Enzi joined Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, and others in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announcing that they will not support a continuing resolution that funds further implementation or enforcement of Obamacare.

In the letter the senators wrote, “We view the Obama Administration's recent decision to delay Obamacare's employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy.

“In light of this admission, we believe the only way to avert disaster is to fully repeal Obamacare and start over with a more sensible, practical approach to reforming our healthcare system.”

Americans can co-sign the letter that was sent to Majority Leader Reid here.

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Workforce law upgrade in the works

In July, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a new version of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) that, according to Senator Enzi, would help fill hundreds of thousands of open jobs in the country that are vacant because people don’t have the right skills.

“This bill is great for people out of work and for local businesses looking for particular skill sets,” Enzi, a senior HELP Committee member, said. “Community colleges will play a big role in getting people back to work because it’s about teaching people the skills needed in the community. Community colleges can turn on a dime to adapt to the changing needs. Many people don’t want to have to move away from home to earn a living. This bill would help with that.”

Enzi said a big problem that needs to be changed with the current WIA law is its rigid requirements that funding be used for certain groups or purposes, even when those needs might not exist in a particular area.

“We’ve held many hearings over the years with our latest just last month. What every state workforce director told us was they needed more flexibility to use the money where it was needed. This bill provides more of that flexibility,” Enzi said. 

Congress originally passed the first WIA legislation in 1998 and has been overdue for re-authorization since 2003. To see the legislation the committee passed click here.

News Nuggets

Enzi defends legislative prayer

Senator Enzi joined other Senate colleagues recently in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Town of Greece v. Galloway, a landmark case concerning religious liberty.

In the brief, the senators wrote, "In this religiously diverse nation, the best means of ensuring that the government does not prefer any particular religious view in the context of legislative prayer is not to silence some such prayers while allowing others. It is to allow those who pray to do so in accordance with the dictates of their consciences."

Restoring constitutional limitations on federal power

Senator Enzi joined Senators Barrasso, R-Wyo., Coburn, R-Okla., and Paul, R-Ky., in introducing the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013, which would give members of Congress more tools to help limit Congressional legislation to those powers enumerated in the Constitution

Enzi and Barrasso said that for too long Congress has been ignoring our Founding Fathers’ belief that government must be limited in order to safeguard the freedoms and liberties that rightfully belong to the people.

Bill would improve federal permitting process

Because the current federal permitting process laden with uncertainty and unpredictability, Senator Enzi cosponsored the Federal Permitting Improvement Act, which is designed to streamline and improve the process.

“Federal red tape and lawsuits are two of the biggest job killers our businesses face today,” said Enzi. “This bill seeks to add a little more common sense to the process.”

Enzi is particularly pleased with a section of the bill that would restrict environmental groups to a more reasonable deadline if they plan to bring a lawsuit against a project under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Enzi supports suspending military aid to Egypt

On July 31, Senator Enzi voted in support of Senator Paul’s, R-Ky., amendment that would suspend military aid to Egypt until a full peaceful transfer of power has taken place. The Senate voted it down.

“U.S. law now prohibits foreign assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military coup. That is what happened in Egypt. Sen. Paul’s amendment would require us to follow the law,” said Enzi.

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