September 18, 2013
Senator Mike Enzi – September Newsletter
Stop the Washington exemption from Obamacare
U.S. Senators Enzi, R-Wyo, and Vitter, R- La., introduced legislation this month that would require the president, vice president, political appointees, and members of Congress to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges without the help of taxpayer funded subsidies. Congressional staff would be prohibited from receiving any contribution greater than what they would receive if they were not employed by a congressional office.
The Senators introduced the bill in response to a recent decision issued on August 2 by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) stating that the government would be able to continue to make employer contribution to the health plans of congressional members and staff. According to Enzi, the OPM's ruling essentially shielded Congress and the administration from higher costs, limited access, and confusion that the rest of America will feel due to Obamacare.
“Not only Congress, but the president and the Administration should live under the same rules they are forcing on the American people,” said Enzi. “Delays, exemptions, special treatment is the name of the game with this massively complex and onerous new law, but it’s no game. This is people’s health care and they deserve fairness. This bill will help them get it.”
Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives and will also offer it as an amendment to House version of the Continuing Resolution.
Wyo Delegation Secures return of Mineral Revenue for State
After "legal review" and "careful consideration", the U.S. Department of the Interior has decided to do what U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, as well as Rep. Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., argued that the Obama Administration was required to do in May — return sequestered mineral revenue owed to the states. Wyoming will get back approximately $50 million that was scheduled to be sequestered in fiscal year (FY) 2013.
“The sequester has been used to justify a lot of questionable policy decisions but I’m pleased that Wyoming’s money will be returned next year. This revenue helps pay for vital investments in our communities and should never have been taken in the first place,” Enzi said.
In 2013, the Obama Administration decided that the states’ share of mineral revenue under the Mineral Leasing Act would be subject to sequestration – the automatic, across-the-board federal government spending cuts. The Wyoming delegation, along with lawmakers from other Western states, opposed the move. In addition to discovering and advancing the legal argument for the reimbursement of sequestered revenue, the Wyoming delegation introduced legislation that would allow states to collect their own share of mineral revenue.