Following Sen. Mike Enzi’s (R-WY) attack on health care reform in the weekly GOP radio address last week, the White House criticized him for turning over “his cards on bipartisanship.” Though Enzi’s office insists that he’s still trying to seek a bipartisan compromise, he indicated again at an Americans for Prosperity rally on Tuesday that he has given up striking a deal, saying that he was “sure” that reform was “going to fail”:
Enzi and John Barrasso, Wyoming’s delegation in the U.S. Senate, have been among the leaders of those opposing the cap and trade legislation, which Enzi referred to as a “cap and tax.” It is a “hidden tax” in which the government will print and sell certificates to companies who will pass the expense on to customers, Enzi said.
“They aren’t going to be able to say they passed it on, so you’re not going to know how much of that bill increase is because of higher energy costs and how much is because of taxes,” he said.
Congress won’t start serious work on cap and trade until after the health care bill is taken care of.
“That (the health care bill) is going to take awhile and I’m pretty sure it’s going to fail,” Enzi said.
Enzi put out a statement today claiming that he hasn’t “walked away” from seeking a bipartisan compromise and that he plans to “continue” with the Gang of Six discussions.