By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
LYMAN — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi made a swing through southwestern Wyoming Saturday in a meet-and-greet to hear concerns of southwestern Wyoming residents.
Enzi is running for a fourth term in the Senate. On Saturday, he hit Rock Springs, Lyman and then swung northwest into Kemmerer.
There were very few who attended the meeting in Lyman at the Town Hall. There was a larger group in Rock Springs, but it was smaller than anticipated according to Erin Taylor, Enzi’s campaign manager. She thought the swing through southwestern Wyoming was feeling the effects of the Memorial Day holiday.
One of the first questions was about Enzi’s reaction to President Obama’s designation of 500,000 acres in New Mexico as a national monument. And according to President Obama, he’s “Not finished yet.”
The designation has raised consternation in New Mexico and officials have warned the move could open up a crime corridor making it easier for illegal immigrants to cross the border and for drug cartels to operate undetected.
Dona Ana County Sheriff Tom Garrison told FoxNews.com recently, the monument will likely hamper law enforcement’s ability to patrol the area. That’s because nearly half of the land will be set aside as wilderness. When that happens, the area will be largely closed off to vehicles, including police cars.
As for Wyoming, according to Sen. Enzi, Wyoming can skate free without any worry Obama can come into the state and make such a designation, “Thanks to (former governor and U.S. senator) Cliff Hansen.”
Enzi said, due to Hansen’s work, Wyoming is the only state in the nation protected from the heavy-hand of the federal government coming in and making such a designation. Enzi said Hansen was responsible for getting it written into the law that any such designation can’t be made “without approval of Wyoming’s delegation.”
Enzi also decried wilderness study situations. He said, “They never finish the study. There ought to be some kind of limitation on the time for the study.”
As for work progressing in the U.S. Senate, Enzi said, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., rules the Senate with an iron fist. Nothing can even be introduced without his approval.
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