Senators urge termination of coal leasing moratorium .....urged President Donald Trump to terminate the moratorium on new federal coal leasing that the senators said was wrongly initiated by the Obama Administration.
BigNews.Biz - Mar 07,2017 - Senators urge termination of coal leasing moratorium
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Steve Daines, R-Mont., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a recent letter urged President Donald Trump to terminate the moratorium on new federal coal leasing that the senators said was wrongly initiated by the Obama Administration.
“This wholly unnecessary Secretarial Order imposed an immediate moratorium on new federal coal leasing and paused ongoing lease applications and modification reviews,” the senators wrote. “Not only has this jeopardized tens of thousands of jobs directly and indirectly related to the coal industry; it quickly led to economic instability in states and Indian tribes that rely on coal royalties to support critical education, transportation and infrastructure programs.”
At the start of the 109th Congress in 2005 Enzi became the ninth Wyoming senator to ascend to the rank of chairman on one of the 16 standing Senate committees. Enzi has been a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, since his arrival in the senate in 1997. Having served both as Chairman and Ranking Member, Enzi led the Senate in its efforts to help ensure that everyone, no matter their age, can receive a quality education. Enzi worked to help provide Americans access to affordable, quality health care while protecting workers and providing them training to get the best jobs. Enzi also worked to oversee the biggest revision to pension laws in 30 years to strengthen funding rules to secure the retirements of millions of Americans. Enzi’s committee also led the way to making the first revision to mine safety laws in 28 years by promoting the use of new technologies to improve mine safety and save lives. During his time as chairman of the HELP Committee 37 bills were reported out of the committee, 23 bills passed the Senate, 352 nominations were reported favorably and 15 laws came through the committee that were signed by President Bush. Enzi is currently the Republican Leader of the HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families.