The Senate Finance Committee began consideration of a new proposal for funding the nation’s highways and bridges. Two years ago, during consideration of the same topic, a provision was put in that took away a large portion of Wyoming’s Abandoned Mine Land (AML) money. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, has been working tirelessly ever since to get it back.
When the committee met late last week, Enzi received commitments from both Chairman Ron Wyden, of Oregon and ranking member Orrin Hatch of Utah, to resolve the AML issue after Enzi highlighted the importance of the millions of dollars owed to Wyoming. Enzi also discussed the need to stop the budget gimmicks, accounting tricks and raids on unrelated revenues that have been used to keep the highway trust fund temporarily afloat.