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Cattle drive provides special view of Cheyenne Frontier Days

A cowboy and his horse hold the left flank of a cattle drive during the annual 121st Cheyenne Frontier Days cattle driv in Cheyenne.

The U.S. Senate’s unanimous consent process has climbed back into the saddle, leading to the belated passage of a resolution recognizing National Day of the American Cowboy.

The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, had been blocked from passing as part of Democratic obstructionism meant to protest GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare. Democratic leadership blocked the standard procedure for passing non-controversial items, like post office namings, without a vote.

That led to the Cowboy Day resolution failing to be passed for the first time since it was established by former Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas in 2005.

“After the Senate moved on from trying to vote or debate health care for the moment, the Minority Leader lifted the hold on the unanimous consents, so then a bunch of them went through, including the Cowboy Day,” said Ezni spokesman Max D’Onofrio.

The resolution recognized July 22 as National Day of the American Cowboy. When it failed to pass last month, D’Onofrio said Enzi remained hopeful that the resolution would end up succeeding.

D’Onofrio said that it was nice to see the resolution pass despite its belated nature but said Enzi’s office was more concerned with recognizing the day itself than the final passage.

The resolution’s co-sponsors this year all hailed from states where cowboys are still part of daily life, including the Dakotas, Idaho and Montana. Six of the 14 co-sponsors were Democrats.

Arno Rosenfeld covers state politics.


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