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Ozone regulation update: The EPA is proposing to tighten ozone smog standards to within a range of 65-70 parts per billion or even as low as 60 ppb across the United States. Current standard is 75ppb. The agency is also proposing to strengthen the ‘secondary’ ozone standard to a level within 65 to 70 ppb to protect plants, trees and ecosystems from damaging levels of ground-level ozone. EPA estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs. EPA will seek public comment on the proposal for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register. The agency also plans to hold three public hearings. See the related story below for more details.  
4 rams and a moose
4 Rams and a Moose Dave Bell posted a photo gallery of sunsets, bighorn sheep and other sights for the first half of November. Click on this link for his pictures: Dave Bell Photo Gallery Photo by Dave Bell.
Fremont Lake sunset
Fremont Lake sunset Dave Bell posted a photo gallery of sunsets, bighorn sheep and other sights for the first half of November. Click on this link for his pictures: Dave Bell Photo Gallery Photo by Dave Bell.
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Nordic ski trail grooming report – November 26, 2014
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December 5: Museum of the Mountain Man annual Holiday Wreath and Chocolate Auction - Lovatt Room, Pinedale Library. Annual fundraiser for the Museum. Many hand-made wreaths, garlands, greenery. Silent auction with delicious chocolate treats. Refreshments and drinks served. Great social gala and opportunity to help raise money to support the 2015 programs at the Museum. Cocktails and social from 6-9PM. Silent auction from 6-7PM. Live auction from 7-9PM. Catering by Sue Eversull. Beverages by Wind River Brewing. Sponsored by 1st Bank. www.mmmuseum.com
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90-day comment period opening on EPA proposal to strengthen ozone standard regulations (posted 11/26/14)
Includes ‘secondary’ standard for ground-level ozone to protect plants, trees and ecosystem
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a media release today (Wednesday, Nov. 26th) stating they are opening a 90-day comment period on the proposal to tighten air quality (ozone) standards to within a range of 65-70 parts per billion or even as low as 60ppb across the United States. Current standards is 75ppb.

The agency is also proposing to strengthen the "secondary" ozone standard to a level within 65 to 70 ppb to protect plants, trees and ecosystems from damaging levels of ground-level ozone. EPA will seek public comment on the proposal for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register. The agency also plans to hold three public hearings. Click here to view the proposal: http://www.epa.gov/glo/

EPA estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs. They will issue final ozone standards by October 1, 2015.

The complete media release is below:
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EPA Proposes Smog Standards to Safeguard Americans from Air Pollution
Environmental Protection Agency
WASHINGTON-- Based on extensive recent scientific evidence about the harmful effects of ground-level ozone, or smog, EPA is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment, while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to review the standards every five years by following a set of open, transparent steps and considering the advice of a panel of independent experts. EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb.

"Bringing ozone pollution standards in line with the latest science will clean up our air, improve access to crucial air quality information, and protect those most at-risk. It empowers the American people with updated air quality information to protect our loved ones - because whether we work or play outdoors – we deserve to know the air we breathe is safe," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Fulfilling the promise of the Clean Air Act has always been EPA’s responsibility. Our health protections have endured because they’re engineered to evolve, so that’s why we’re using the latest science to update air quality standards – to fulfill the law’s promise, and defend each and every person’s right to clean air."

EPA scientists examined numerous scientific studies in its most recent review of the ozone standards, including more than 1,000 new studies published since the last update. Studies indicate that exposure to ozone at levels below 75 ppb -- the level of the current standard -- can pose serious threats to public health, harm the respiratory system, cause or aggravate asthma and other lung diseases, and is linked to premature death from respiratory and cardiovascular causes. Ground-level ozone forms in the atmosphere when emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds "cook" in the sun from sources like cars, trucks, buses, industries, power plants and certain fumes from fuels, solvents and paints. People most at risk from breathing air containing ozone include people with asthma, children, older adults, and those who are active or work outside. Stronger ozone standards will also provide an added measure of protection for low income and minority families who are more likely to suffer from asthma or to live in communities that are overburdened by pollution. Nationally, 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with asthma.

According to EPA’s analysis, strengthening the standard to a range of 65 to 70 ppb will provide significantly better protection for children, preventing from 320,000 to 960,000 asthma attacks and from 330,000 to 1 million missed school days. Strengthening the standard to a range of 70 to 65 ppb would better protect both children and adults by preventing more than 750 to 4,300 premature deaths; 1,400 to 4,300 asthma-related emergency room visits; and 65,000 to 180,000 missed workdays.

EPA estimates that the benefits of meeting the proposed standards will significantly outweigh the costs. If the standards are finalized, every dollar we invest to meet them will return up to three dollars in health benefits. These large health benefits will be gained from avoiding asthma attacks, heart attacks, missed school days and premature deaths, among other health effects valued at $6.4 to $13 billion annually in 2025 for a standard of 70 ppb, and $19 to $38 billion annually in 2025 for a standard of 65 ppb. Annual costs are estimated at $3.9 billion in 2025 for a standard of 70 ppb, and $15 billion for a standard at 65 ppb.

A combination of recently finalized or proposed air pollution rules – including "Tier 3" clean vehicle and fuels standards – will significantly cut smog-forming emissions from industry and transportation, helping states meet the proposed standards. EPA’s analysis of federal programs that reduce air pollution from fuels, vehicles and engines of all sizes, power plants and other industries shows that the vast majority of U.S. counties with monitors would meet the more protective standards by 2025 just with the rules and programs now in place or underway. Local communities, states, and the federal government have made substantial progress in reducing ground-level ozone. Nationally, from 1980 to 2013, average ozone levels have fallen 33 percent. EPA projects that this progress will continue.

The Clean Air Act provides states with time to meet the standards. Depending on the severity of their ozone problem, areas would have between 2020 and 2037 to meet the standards. To ensure that people are alerted when ozone reaches unhealthy levels, EPA is proposing to extend the ozone monitoring season for 33 states. This is particularly important for at-risk groups, including children and people with asthma because it will provide information so families can take steps to protect their health on smoggy days.

The agency is also proposing to strengthen the "secondary" ozone standard to a level within 65 to 70 ppb to protect plants, trees and ecosystems from damaging levels of ground-level ozone. New studies add to the evidence showing that repeated exposure to ozone stunts the growth of trees, damages plants, and reduces crop yield. The proposed level corresponds to levels of seasonal ozone exposure scientists have determined would be more protective.

EPA will seek public comment on the proposal for 90 days following publication in the Federal Register, and the agency plans to hold three public hearings. EPA will issue final ozone standards by October 1, 2015.

To view the proposal: http://www.epa.gov/glo/

Related Links:
Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions By Coral Davenport, New York Times, Nov. 25, 2014


Obama administration proposes ‘most expensive regulation ever’ (posted 11/26/14)
Wyoming Senator John Barrasso’s statement on EPA’s proposed Ozone rule
Senator Barrasso media release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014), U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone regulation:

"The rule is more proof the Obama Administration is turning a deaf ear to Americans who want Washington to focus on job creation. The ‘most expensive regulation ever’ is going to put more Americans out of work and make it even harder for our economy to grow. And once again, the EPA is completely ignoring the very serious health impacts of unemployment that will result because of its rule.

"As I’ve said before, the two months after the election will set the tone of the next two years. The Obama Administration continues to push policies that are not supported by the American people. In January, Republicans in Congress will listen to Americans and focus on their priorities. We’ll do everything possible to stop this regulation and help Americans have better job opportunities."

Related Links:
90-day comment period opening on EPA proposal to strengthen ozone standard regulations
Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions By Coral Davenport, New York Times, Nov. 25, 2014


Help and support available for family caregivers (posted 11/25/14)
Wyoming Department of Health
Wyoming residents caring for family members or friends on an ongoing basis who find they could use a little help in meeting their challenges are asked to consider a program offered through the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

"Family members are often the major providers of long-term care," said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program manager with WDH. "These caregivers are generally acting out of love as well as need, but it’s not easy for them."

"We know ongoing caregiving can lead to emotional, physical and financial burdens. For example, many caregivers also work outside the home and must juggle their caregiving responsibilities such as meal preparation or help with bathing and other personal chores with their work obligations," Scheneman continued.

The National Family Caregiver Support Program helps adults who are caregivers for loved ones or friends 60 or older or for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia condition of any age. Support is also available for grandparents or other family member caregivers 55 or older who find themselves raising their grandchildren 17 years of age or younger or helping an adult with a disability.

Support available through the program include:
• Respite care, which involves a temporary break for the caregiver from taking care of their loved one
• Information to caregivers about available services and help accessing them
• Individual counseling, organization of support groups and caregiver training

Supplemental services can also be provided on limited basis to complement the care provided by the caregiver. Potential services include:
• Chore/handyperson
• Personal care
• Personal emergency response systems
• Minor home modification
• Homemaking

Scheneman said programs for caregivers can play an important role in avoiding or delaying out of home placements. "We want to help people care for their loved ones at home as long as possible."

Program services are available in most Wyoming counties, except for Albany, Crook, Platte, Sublette or Weston. For more information about the National Family Caregiver Support Program, please contact the WDH Aging Division’s Community Living Section by calling 1-800-442-2766 or sending an email to wyaging@wyo.gov.


Wyoming Sage Grouse populations trending upward (posted 11/25/14)
Wyoming Game & Fish
When the federal government called for information on sage grouse conservation efforts nationwide Wyoming responded with thousands of documents. The data from Wyoming show that at this time population declines and habitat loss have largely stopped in this state, and that populations are trending upward. In addition, data show that habitat improvements and long-term conservation measures, such as conservation easements, have dramatically increased.

Wyoming implemented the first comprehensive sage grouse conservation strategy in the nation and has worked with private partners, other states, non-governmental organizations and federal entities to build cooperative conservation efforts across the West. Wyoming’s efforts started in 2007 and have accelerated with the leadership of Governor Matt Mead. The Wyoming approach has been endorsed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The approach involves targeting protection of core sage grouse habitat.

"We built a strategy through a public process involving landowners, conservation groups, energy companies and many others. This is the result of an incredibly diverse cadre of people who are focused on conservation using objective data to show that our efforts have positive effects," Sage Grouse Implementation Team chair, Bob Budd, said.

Wyoming, through the efforts of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, responded to a call for data from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The information provided shows Wyoming has:

• Focused on habitat restoration inside core areas to try and have the most benefit for sage grouse conservation.
• Developed, implemented and monitored conservation strategies and incentive-based conservation actions and regulatory mechanisms.
• Developed and implemented monitoring plans to track the success of state and federal conservation strategies and voluntary conservation actions.
• Prioritized and funded research to try and answer important questions related to future conservation efforts. The 2014 Wyoming Legislature provided $1,2000,000 specific to this research as well funding through the Governor’s Federal Natural Resource Policy Account account.
• And industries in Wyoming have stepped up with stronger and quicker reclamation techniques.

"We are at a critical point in history for wildlife management in this country. When states step forward with innovative and effective ways to prevent species from needing federal protection those efforts should be recognized. There is no question that the people closest to the issues on the ground, when fully committed to the end result of conservation, are the most effective in making things happen. As the US Fish and Wildlife Service considers whether sage grouse need to be listed as threatened or endangered, we will continue to provide sound information showing that our management is thoughtful, based on the best available science, and effective. It is pretty clear that if you are a sage grouse, you would want management of your future to stay with the state," Budd said.


UW seeks better Brucellosis vaccine (posted 11/25/14)
University of Wyoming Extension
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists at the University of Wyoming are hopeful their brucellosis studies may produce a better vaccine for livestock and are studying whether a change in vaccination procedures could offer better control.

Brucellosis can cause elk, bison and cattle to abort fetuses. The highest risk of brucellosis transmission to other animals occurs after an animal has an abortion. The organism can also be transmitted to humans, often through consumption of unpasteurized milk or dairy products such as soft cheese, which may result in a severe disease called undulant fever.

Brucellosis is an exotic disease that came from Europe and European cattle and was then transmitted to wildlife in the U.S., establishing the reservoir in elk and bison seen in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

"We have eradicated the disease from livestock but occasionally get a disease spillover from elk transmitting the organism to livestock," said Bruce Hoar, University of Wyoming brucellosis research coordinator. "One of the ways we try to control brucellosis is through the use of vaccinations."

Scientists are interested in pursuing vaccines for wildlife, particularly elk; existing vaccines for cattle are not very effective at preventing disease in elk. The emphasis, though, is on livestock vaccines, said Hoar.

Cattle in the U.S. have been vaccinated since the 1930s with a vaccine called Strain 19. That vaccine was moderately effective preventing 60-70 percent of cattle from aborting after becoming infected, said Hoar. Strain 19 was replaced by a vaccine called RB51 in the 1990s and is the currently licensed vaccine for cattle.

"It, too, only protects 60-70 percent of animals in the herd, so that leaves 30-40 percent of the herd vulnerable, and, because of that, we are looking for better vaccines, and that is what a team of researchers here at the University of Wyoming have been involved in for a number of years," said Hoar.

Several investigators at UW are looking at different vaccines. Gerry Andrews, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and a medical microbiologist, has developed unique vaccines.

"These vaccines have been tested in the mouse model of brucellosis," said Hoar. "They are in the early stages of development, but we are very excited and hopeful this will lead to a better vaccine for cattle."

Another, more recent, effort is to simply vaccinate with more doses of RB51 vaccine, said assistant professor Jeff Adamovicz in the department.

"We recently completed a vaccine study in Black Angus cattle and have promising results that show multiple doses of RB51 vaccine reduced abortions in cattle and may also reduce the risk of transmission," said Adamovicz. "We hope to pursue a recommendation to change the vaccination practices in Wyoming based on our findings."

Other efforts to model the risk of brucellosis transmission and development of economically feasible ranching practices are also of interest.

These efforts parallel vaccine development efforts but are an important part of the overall goal of reducing transmission and economic impacts to Wyoming ranchers, according to Brant Schumaker, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences, and Dannele Peck, associate professor in the Department Agricultural and Applied Economics, at UW.

Other on-going efforts to break disease transmission are also important, said Hoar. These include the work of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a crucial partner in the effort to control the disease, he said. Elk calves on the feeding grounds are still vaccinated with Strain 19.

Game and fish department personnel are able to vaccinate the elk with a "bio bullet," which contains a freeze-dried vaccine pellet. The bullet is shot into a rear muscle of the animal and then breaks down, slowly releasing the vaccine into the animal. That technique works well but in a non-feeding ground elk population, the process becomes more challenging, said Hoar.

In northwestern Wyoming, 20-40 percent of elk will test positive on a blood test, which means they were at some point exposed to the bacterium. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are actively spreading the organism, said Hoar.

As one goes east of Yellowstone National Park into Park County, 5-15 percent of elk can be seropositive, which shows they have been exposed to the disease and that brucellosis has spread farther east. Most recently, seropositive elk have been found in Big Horn County raising concerns about the spread to local cattle, although no seropositive cattle have been found in this area, said Hoar.

"It is still a concern, because we are seeing it where we historically haven’t been seeing it in our elk," said Hoar.

The most recent farm bill approved use of funds for brucellosis vaccine research.

"There could be significant funding for brucellosis vaccine research, and that would be a really good thing," said Hoar. "The University of Wyoming would be a great competitor for these grant funds, as we already have a well-qualified team in place that can perform the research. Our long-term goal is to develop vaccines, vaccine strategies and diagnostic tests that will enhance our ability to control the potentially devastating effects that this disease could cause to Wyoming cattle and wildlife."


BLM offers Christmas tree permits for sale (posted 11/24/14)
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now offering Christmas tree permits for sale.

Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. from any BLM Wyoming field office. The cost for a permit ranges from $5 to $10 per tree depending on the location and the size of tree. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use on BLM-administered lands.

A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at your local Forest Service office and at some BLM offices.

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area, or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.

Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for your Christmas tree.

It is the purchaser’s responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure you’re cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information call your local BLM office:
Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1100
Casper Field Office (307) 261-7600
Kemmerer Field Office (307) 828-4500
Lander Field Office (307) 332-8400
Newcastle Field Office (307) 746-6600
Pinedale Field Office (307) 367-5300
Rawlins Field Office (307) 328-4200
Rock Springs Field Office (307) 352-5100
Wyoming State Office (307) 775-6314

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits Nov. 13, 2014


Update on QEP spill (posted 11/23/14)
The Casper Star-Tribune posted a story with updated information on the produced water spill that occurred near Pinedale on October 26th. The story states the amount of the spill was 500 barrels and that the company will enter the states Voluntary Remediation Program for the incident. Click on this link to read their story: QEP Resources spills 500 barrels of produced water near Pinedale By Benjamin Storrow, Casper Star-Tribune Nov. 23, 2014

Related Links:
Leak cleanup continues By Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online, November 10, 2014 (16 photos)


Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits (posted 11/22/14)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is now offering Christmas tree permits for sale.

Permits may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. from any BLM Wyoming field office. The cost for a permit ranges from $5 to $10 per tree depending on the location and the size of tree. Up to a maximum of five Christmas trees can be purchased by an individual for personal use on BLM-administered lands.

A BLM permit is valid for trees located on BLM lands only. Permits for trees on U.S. Forest Service-administered land can be obtained at your local Forest Service office and at some BLM offices.

Tree cutters must have a valid permit with them while cutting a tree. Trees may not be cut within a wilderness area, wilderness study area, timber sale area, or administrative sites such as developed campgrounds.

Although the Christmas tree permits are for any tree species, the BLM recommends Engelmann spruce, sub-alpine fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine as the best species to cut for your Christmas tree.

It is the purchaser’s responsibility to not trespass on private land and to make sure you’re cutting the tree in the correct area. Be prepared for winter weather and high country conditions.

For more information call your local BLM office:
Buffalo Field Office (307) 684-1100
Casper Field Office (307) 261-7600
Kemmerer Field Office (307) 828-4500
Lander Field Office (307) 332-8400
Newcastle Field Office (307) 746-6600
Pinedale Field Office (307) 367-5300
Rawlins Field Office (307) 328-4200
Rock Springs Field Office (307) 352-5100
Wyoming State Office (307) 775-6314

Related Links:
Bridger-Teton National Forest selling Christmas tree permits Nov. 13, 2014


McDonald changes plea to Guilty to attacks on 3 Pinedale women (posted 11/21/14)
Assaults in 2010, 2012 and 2014 where assailant entered homes and viciously beat women while they slept
Pinedale Online!
Brian James McDonald appeared in District Court in Pinedale on Thursday, November 20th for a Change of Plea hearing. An agreement was reached between McDonald and the Sublette County Prosecuting Attorney’s office on October 31st in which he agreed to plead guilty to three counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree in exchange for 12 other felony counts being dismissed.

McDonald is accused of entering the homes of three women as they slept and viciously beating them. The first attack occurred in 2010. The second in 2012, and the last in May of 2014. Each of the women sustained serious injuries in the assaults. In August, McDonald pled Not Guilty to all 15 charges against him and the case was set to go to trial in January 2015. Later, DNA evidence came back linking McDonald to the scene of two of the three unsolved cases.

McDonald was facing 15 felony charges stemming from brutal beatings of three women in Pinedale as they slept, causing serious injuries. Charges dropped were 3 sets of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault and Battery, Possession of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent an Aggravated Burglary. As part of the agreement, the parties agree to recommend he serve from 50-70 years in prison.

The plea agreement is not final until it is accepted by the court. If accepted, there will be a sentencing hearing at a later date.

Related Links:
Assault victim sues SAFV for 2012 attack Pinedale Online, Nov. 3, 2014
New charges filed in Pinedale serial assault cases Pinedale Online, August 28, 2014
McDonald case to go to trial Pinedale Online, August 6, 2014
McDonald bound over for further court proceedings Pinedale Online, July 22, 2014
Suspect charged with five counts related to 2010 attack on Pinedale woman Pinedale Online, July 14, 2014
Arrest made in 2010 assault case July 11, 2014
$10,000 Reward offered for info about May 28th violent attack Pinedale Online, June 3, 2014
Do you recognize this T-Ball bat? Pinedale Online, May 29, 2014
Assailant still at large in attack on Pinedale woman Pinedale Online, May 28, 2014
Pinedale woman assaulted in her home Pinedale Online, July 26, 2010


Wyoming senators denounce President Obama’s action on executive amnesty for 4+ million illegal immigrants (posted 11/20/14)
Unilateral action without a single vote in Congress
Below are two press releases issued today by Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso on President Obama’s announcement to issue unilateral executive orders to grant amnesty to over 4 million people in the United States illegally.
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Sidestepping Congress on immigration erodes the very foundation of our country, form of government
Senator Mike Enzi media release

Washington, D.C. – President Obama announced unilateral changes to America’s immigration policies today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) by use of executive orders. These orders will grant amnesty to at least 4 million people without a single vote in Congress.

U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has opposed previous attempts at providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, opposes the president’s plan and said the president is acting outside of his authority.

"By circumventing Congress on immigration and instituting his will through executive actions, President Obama is eroding the very foundation of our country and form of government," said Enzi. "This sets a dangerous precedent where future presidents can flout any law they happen to disagree with and alter the law without going through Congress. Each branch of government is to act as a check against the others and not sit idly by as one exercises authority it does not have. A constitutional law professor should know that."

Sidestepping the constitution should be an issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree is not in the best interests of the nation, according to Enzi.

"The new Republican majority the American people just elected should not stand idle. I am an opponent of amnesty, but this is part of a much larger fight. We’ve seen the damage done over the past six years because of Obamacare and rogue agencies like the IRS and EPA. I will continue to fight executive overreach, including amnesty by executive order, whether by targeting rampant, unaccountable federal spending, working to reverse illegal executive orders with legitimate federal laws, or using the Congressional Review Act to reject the President’s actions. I will be looking closely at every option," said Enzi.
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Barrasso Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Executive Amnesty
"In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."
Senator Barrasso media release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014) , U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty:

"President Obama’s announcement on executive amnesty flies in the face of his promises to follow the law, deliver ‘fairness’ and help jobless Americans. His reckless and unlawful decision makes it even harder for Washington to solve our immigration challenges.

"It didn’t have to be this way. Republicans have made it clear that we support responsible immigration reform that would secure our borders and modernize our broken system.

"Instead of reaching across the aisle after the election, President Obama has shut down the opportunity for common ground. In the aftermath of the President’s decision to ignore Americans, Congress will act. We are listening to Americans – and we will stand up for them."

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