President Obama's indecisiveness on the Keystone Pipeline is costing jobs and increasing the federal minimum wage isn't the right solution for growing the economy were just a few of the comments U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made in a video response to Wyoming constituents recorded this week. The video addresses a few questions the senator received during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.
Keystone XL Pipeline
"Our delegation is doing all that we can to see that the Keystone pipeline gets finished. You know that has been under study for four years already and it's just waiting for a decision from the Department of State who gets to make the final proclamation. They keep putting it off and putting it off. It would mean about 42,000 jobs."
"It's a shame that the president's indecisiveness is costing jobs again, and those jobs move into every sector of the economy. I liked to see that pipeline approved. Originally there was an environmental problem with it but they moved the pipeline and they solved that problem to the satisfaction of the environmental community and to the people, more importantly, of Nebraska."
"The programs of food stamps, welfare, etc, would go down if people could get jobs. The problem out there isn't that there aren't jobs, and jobs that pay well, it's that there aren't the skills to match up with the jobs that are needed out there. That is what we need to do; we got to get people trained for other jobs.
"Everybody would like a raise, but in order to do the raise, the businesses would have to raise the price of the product they are providing, and if you raise the cost of the product, 30%, just like you did the minimum wage, nobody gains. It uses just as much of their money as it did before. What it did is put them in a higher tax bracket. The president's been wanting another trillion dollars to spend and that's how he is going to get it, by putting us all in a higher tax bracket."
Senator Enzi records "Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington" videos every other week when the Senate is in session. He encourages Wyoming residents to continue sharing their thoughts, ideas, and questions and he will address as many of the topics as possible.