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."
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.