Chairman's Press

01.25.13

Senate Labor Committee Republicans Comment on Court Ruling that Obama Appointees to NLRB are Unconstitutional

Washington, D.C., January 25 - Republican members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today issued the following statements after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled President Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a pro-forma session of the United States Senate were unconstitutional. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the committee, said: "The court has found that the president violated the Constitutio… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Alexander Says Court Decision Requires Immediate Resignation of Obama Appointees to NLRB

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today called on the members of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by President Obama in January during a pro-forma session of the United States Senate to resign immediately after a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled those appointments unconstitutional. Alexander said: "The court has found that the president violated the Constitution … Continue Reading


01.24.13

Tennessee Community Mental Health Centers in Spotlight at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the chief executive officer of Centerstone in Tennessee testified that an initiative Ranking Member Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) launched in Tennessee as governor 30 years ago was an example of how education and mental health systems can work together "for the sole purpose of addressing our health care crisis." The hearing on mental health was the first for which Alexander served as Ran… Continue Reading


01.24.13

Alexander Calls for Best Ideas on “Simple Plan for Voluntary Savings that Employers Would Be More Likely to Adopt”

Washington, D.C., January 31 - At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on retirement savings, Ranking Member U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), asked four expert witnesses to "start from scratch" and offer the committee a simple plan for voluntary savings that employers would be more likely to adopt. "Because of the problems of complexity, legalese, and liability, there seem to be plenty of opportunities to make it easier for employees to choose pla… Continue Reading


01.22.13

Alexander Elected by Republican Colleagues to Top Spot on Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Washington, D.C., January 22 - Senate Republicans today voted to elect U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as the top Republican, or Ranking Member, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "I am honored that my Republican colleagues elected me as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Tennessee is helping lead the country in health care and education innovation, and this opportunity will give me a strong voice in reducing r… Continue Reading


01.22.13

HATCH, ALEXANDER INTRODUCE LEGISLATION REPEALING HEALTH LAW’S INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE MANDATE

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation, the American Liberty Restoration Act, repealing the individual insurance mandate that is a central tenet of the President's health care law. This legislation garnered the support of 30 Senators in the 112th Congress. "The $2.6 trillion health law is driving up health care costs, increa… Continue Reading


11.30.12

Senator Enzi Calls for Continued Efforts on World AIDS Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, noted that although great progress has been made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, there is still much to be done to overcome one of the world's greatest public health challenges. Enzi said it is important to discuss and examine the advances being made to halt the HIV/AIDS epidemic both here in the United States and around the worl… Continue Reading


11.15.12

We Must Take Steps to Prevent Another Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today examining the recent meningitis outbreak, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said the catastrophic failure by regulatory agencies charged with protecting patients from unsafe drugs is unacceptable. Enzi said it is important to critically examine what happened in order to determine what needs to be done to prevent it from reoccurring. "Thirty-two Americans have died and more than 400 … Continue Reading


09.26.12

Senate Republicans File Amicus Brief in Suit Over Unconstitutional Recess Appointments

The President's decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was continuing to hold sessions, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab," Sen. McConnell said. "We will demonstrate to the Court how the President's unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress's role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.' WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Re… Continue Reading


09.20.12

Enzi Encourages Small Business Participation in Pension System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing on pensions today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, encouraged small business participation in the pension system to help improve and expand retirement savings in the country. "There is little doubt about the power of retirement dollars in our economy," said Senator Enzi. "As a former small business owner, I believe it is important to encourage the business community to participa… Continue Reading


09.13.12

States are Key to Addressing Rising College Tuition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on addressing the challenges in paying for college education, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said while reauthorizing the Higher Education Act and looking for ways that the federal government can better serve American students is critical, it is also important to closely consider what is being done at the state level. "When it comes to rising college tuition, it is imperat… Continue Reading


09.11.12

HHS Report Ignores Increase in Total Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report today touting alleged savings from the new health care law while ignoring the increase in total health care costs and insurance premiums. "This report is an election-year gimmick that ignores the true total cost increases of the new health care law," said S… Continue Reading


08.06.12

Letter to the National Mediation Board on Labor Reforms in the FAA Law

National Mediation Board 1301 K Street, NW, Suite 250E Washington, D.C. 20005 RE: Docket Number C-7034, Proposed Rules on Representation Procedures and Rulemaking Authority Dear Chairman Hoglander: The undersigned Senators submit the following written comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the National Mediation Board (NMB) on May 15, 2012 titled, "Representation Procedures and Rulemaking Authority."[1] As members of the committees of jurisdiction, we se… Continue Reading


08.03.12

Letter to Secretary Solis on the WARN Act

August 3, 2012 The Honorable Hilda Solis U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Solis, I write regarding Training and Enforcement Guidance Letter (TEGL) Number 3-12, issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on July 30, 2012. In the Guidance, DOL advises that requiring defense contractors to provide Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices in preparation for the mandatory sequestration provisions of the Budget Control… Continue Reading


07.25.12

Enzi: AIDS-Free Generation Is Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During comments made at the 2012 International AIDS Conference held in Washington, D.C. this week, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that an AIDS-free generation is possible as long as everyone continues to work to make progress in fighting the global epidemic. "Since the HIV/AIDS epidemic first surfaced more than 30 years ago, it has become one the world's greatest public health challenges. N… Continue Reading


07.20.12

International AIDS Conference Marks Great Progress in Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said great progress has been made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, but there still remains much work to be done. Enzi released his statement to mark the start of the International AIDS Conference, scheduled to be held July 22-27, in Washington, D.C. The conference will bring together HIV/AIDS experts to discuss the advances being made in the path forward… Continue Reading


07.20.12

Senators Concerned with Management of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to voice concerns with the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) management of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. The senators requested that HRSA identify how it will correct the management lapses identified in the Government Accountability Office (GAO) r… Continue Reading


07.19.12

Affordable and Accessible College Education Must Be a Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on addressing the urgency of making college affordability a priority, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said higher education institutions must lead the way to find innovative methods to cut costs and save students money. Enzi said it is important that the institutions and Congress work together to come up with a long-term solution to make college more affordable and accessibl… Continue Reading


06.28.12

VIDEO: After Supreme Court Decision, Congress Must Learn from Its Mistakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that after the Supreme Court decision, Congress must learn from its mistakes. Click here to watch Senator Enzi's statement on the recent Supreme Court health care decision # # #… Continue Reading


06.28.12

Senator Enzi Statement on Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on the new health care law: "It is disappointing that the Supreme Court has upheld the Constitutionality of the new health care law. Just because it is Constitutional, does not mean it is good policy. And just because the Court upheld the law does not change the fact that th… Continue Reading

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