U.S. Senator John Barrasso, of Casper, has been re-elected to his post as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Barrasso has held the position as chairman since January of 2012. Chris Foy has the story.
In a recent interview with Sheridan Media, Barrasso said
there's a lot that Washington can learn from Wyoming because the Cowboy State's government representatives can actually balance the budget.
The senator said some of the tough decisions Washington will soon make will have a tremendous impact on the nation's future. Barrasso, also a physician, has been an outspoken critic of the tax provisions within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - commonly known as Obamacare - and particularly the practice of passing a bill before reading. This is a reference to a comment made by Nancy Pelosi while some 2,700 pages of the bill were on the floor, where she said the bill has to be passed for people to find out what's in it.
Recently, Barrasso made a presentation to the committee sharing his concerns that as the heath care law comes into effect, employers will have to make some tough choices when the employer-provided mandatory coverage requirement comes into effect. From speaking with small business owners, Barrasso said this requirement could have some unintended consequences.
Republican members of the U.S. Senate have elected a chairman for the committee since 1947. The chairman represents the fourth-ranking Republican, behind the Republican Leader, Whip and Conference Chairman.