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Enzi Answers Your Questions on EPA's New Water Rule, Park Service Spending


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In a new video recorded this week, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said he will fight the proposed Waters of the United States rule by the EPA and take a closer look at National Park Service funding in order to see that the money isn't getting stuck in Washington instead of flowing to the parks. The video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him 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.

EPA Water of the United States proposed ruling

"The EPA has overstepped their bounds. They have been trying for years to get control of our water, we've fought it off every time. The National Blueways System was one of the later attempts and now they've got this proposed rule. I don't know how they can classify some of these things as navigable rivers…most of the waterways that the EPA is trying to take control of don't have any water in them at all most of the year.

"Yes the EPA should stay out of our water, yes we should cut their funding. In order to cut their funding, we have to have a majority…in the U.S. Senate and a majority in the House. When we send that cut to the president, he'll probably veto it, but if he vetoes it a couple of times then he'll be embarrassed to do that…we've been blocking them in every way we can, and we'll continue to do that."

Accounting of Park Service Spending

"Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park are two of the gems in Wyoming, and then we have the first national monument, Devil's Tower. Those all have backlogs of maintenance and what I'm thinking is that a lot of money is getting stuck in the bureaucracy in Washington. I want it to get out to the parks, where it can take care of this backlog. The backlogs are at about 12 billion dollars, and we're going to have to find a way to take care of that if we're going to have the kind of national park that we want. We need to get control of every part of the spending."

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.

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