by Cyndy Liedtke Hogan
Senator Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) has joined the lineup of keynote speakers for NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.
Enzi is expected to offer his perspective on how cities can best work with Congress to level the playing field for Main Street businesses and provide the means for cities to collect sales taxes already owed. He has been a long-standing supporter and leader in the quest to simplify the tax system so that the same rules apply no matter how merchandise is purchased, often referred to as "streamlined sales tax."
He is also expected to offer insights on federal efforts to grow the economy and the outlook for passage of a new federal transportation program.
The Congressional City Conference will center around NLC's legislative priorities, which include protecting local sources of revenue, preserving funds for hometown investment, modernizing the nation's job training and education programs, and enacting a new transportation program
Enzi will speak at the Delegates Luncheon and General Session on Tuesday, March 13. David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and commentator on "The PBS Newshour," will speak at the same session.
The opening general session on the morning of Monday, March 12, will feature Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and former counselor to President George W. Bush, and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former chairman of Hillary Clinton for President, who will discuss the 2012 election.
A general session on Monday afternoon will include two cabinet secretaries - Transportation Secretary Raymond H. "Ray" LaHood and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
Enzi has served as Wyoming's 20th U.S. Senator since 1997 and has a reputation on Capitol Hill for his unique way of breaking down party lines and working across the aisle. He has been a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for his entire tenure in the Senate. In 2005, he became chair of the committee and is now its ranking member.
In his role as chairman of the HELP Committee, Enzi led the Senate in its efforts to ensure that everyone, no matter their age, can receive a quality education. Enzi worked to 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. The 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.
Enzi helped author the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act, which would create a streamlined job training and employment system vital to employers and workers. He formed the Rural Education Caucus and strives to ensure that the unique challenges small-population schools face are not overlooked in federal education legislation.
Enzi was the Senate's only accountant up until January 2011. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Budget, Committee on Finance and Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
A former small business owner, Enzi has remained a strong advocate of small businesses by promoting or preventing legislation depending on its effect on these businesses, in the same manner that he advocates for rural interests.
The Congressional City Conference gets underway on Saturday, March 10, with Leadership Training Institute seminars and other NLC meetings. General sessions and workshops on issues important to cities will take place March 12 and 13.
Wednesday, March 14, is dedicated to lobbying for city interests on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies.
Check the Congressional City Conference page
for the latest conference information and to register.