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Next week Sen. John Barrasso will try to help reduce local livestock losses to wolves.
Barrasso and Sen. John Tester, D-Mont., have introduced legislation for the federal government to pay ranchers in
“We realize this is our issue and we worked together to draft this bill,” Barrasso said. “There will be hearings conducted and we hope to move this bipartisan effort through the Senate.”
Barrasso said when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reintroduced the gray wolf to the northern
“This was the federal government’s idea to bring the wolf back and most people were against it,” he said. “I want to hold them to the promises that were made when the wolf came back.”
Barrasso and his wife Bobbi were in Cody on Thursday for the Stampede Parade.
He is celebrating the end of his first year in the Senate after replacing the late Craig Thomas in June 2007.
“It’s been fascinating to be in
Barrasso enjoys visiting Cody because of the strong ties he formed during the past years.
“When you look at how the community worked with the state and federal branches to keep
“That’s one of the real success stories during the past year,” he added. “It shows what happens when a community is serious about something and puts all its effort into it.”
Barrasso has been able to keep one of the promises he made when he was selected to replace Thomas – work in
“We’ve kept our home here because our youngest daughter is still in high school,” he said. “Bobbi stays here with her and I commute home each weekend.
“It’s how you don’t become one of them,” he added. “And I’m proud to say despite the commute, I haven’t missed a single vote on the Senate floor.”
Barrasso is serving on the Senate Energy Committee.
“There’s been a
Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, said it would make more sense for him to have Sen. Mike Enzi’s spot on the health committee, but knows that won’t happen.
“Mike would be a better choice for the energy spot because of his background in that area,” Barrasso said. “But if Mike gave up his seat on the health committee he would lose that seniority.
“The committee spots are precious and when you have one, you need to hang on to it,” he added.
Barrasso faces re-election in November.
“I’m looking forward to the campaign,” he said. “I plan to keep working hard for the people of
-- Published by the Cody Enterprise on July 22, 2008.