Chairman's Press

06.26.12

Enzi and Harkin Introduce Bill to Improve Patient Safety, Provide Health Care Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Ranking Member and Chairman on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, this week introduced legislation to ensure the quality of medical care, improve patient safety and provide health care cost savings. The bill, calledthe Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2012 (S.3338) , is cosponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mis… Continue Reading


06.21.12

GAO Finds HRSA Failing Taxpayers, Patients, Due to Ineffective Management of Community Health Center Program

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Richard Burr (R-NC) sent the following letter to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, coinciding with two new reports, requested by the Senators, that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today. These reports highlight management deficiencies by HRSA in overseeing the Health Center Program. GAO's first report underscores the need for imp… Continue Reading


06.21.12

Don’t Punish Small Businesses for Giving Raises

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said he was disappointed the Senate rejected the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act which was offered as an amendment to the farm bill today. The RAISE Act amendment would have allowed employers to give employees raises, bonuses, incentive payments and other monetary rewards whenever they are earned, whether the union boss approves or… Continue Reading


06.21.12

It’s Time to Update Disability Laws to Promote Better Community-Based Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on addressing the importance of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead, which held that individuals with disabilities are entitled to community-based long-term care services where appropriate, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said it's time to update disability laws to promote better aligned/more comprehensive community-based care for people with disabilities. Enzi sai… Continue Reading


06.19.12

Civil Rights Law’s Profound Impact on Women is Far Reaching

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the forty-year anniversary of Title IX, the groundbreaking law that ensured equal educational opportunities for women, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said although there has been remarkable progress, America must not rest on past successes. Enzi said Title IX is one of the most important civil rights laws passed in Washington and is an example of what Congress can do wh… Continue Reading


06.18.12

Senators Call for Explanation from Administration on Health Insurance Requests

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyoming), and Tom A. Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma) wrote a letter expressing their concerns that a potential regulation being considered by the Obama Administration could force small businesses into more regulated plans and cause millions of Americans to lose their existing health insurance. The letter called on the Administration to provide an explanation for recently submitting a Request for Information (RFI) regardin… Continue Reading


06.05.12

ICYMI: Sen. Enzi's Op-Ed - "Time to Fix America's Broken Health Care System" in The Atlantic

The Atlantic Op-Ed - Time to Fix America's Broken Health Care System Instead of interfering in private innovation, Washington needs to let new ideas thrive. By Mike Enzi It is time to get serious about improving the quality of our country's health care system and lowering its cost for hardworking American families. We must rescue the system from its current path towards cost-driven and ineffective patient care. Imagine how confusing and troublesome it would be to have to get appointments with… Continue Reading


05.23.12

In Case You Missed It: Sens. Enzi & Harkin's Op-Ed on Passing FDA bill in The Hill

The Hill Op-Ed - Passing FDA bill will save lives By Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) As work in our nation's capital slowly grinds to a halt because of election-year politics, several members of Congress are quietly working on bipartisan legislation that will help patients, create jobs and save lives. The legislation reauthorizes the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user-fee programs and ensures that Americans get better access to safe, innovative medicines and medical de… Continue Reading


05.22.12

VIDEO: FDA Reauthorization Bill is “Must Pass” Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During remarks made in support of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) User Fee Reauthorization Bill (S. 3187), Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said this legislation represents a strong bipartisan approach in making important changes to how FDA does business and is "must pass" legislation. "I'm so pleased that this bill has gone through the committee. We have a very bipartisan approach on the… Continue Reading


05.10.12

What Americans Need Most is Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing on addressing the importance of balancing work and family in today's economy, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said for too many Americans, the daily struggle is not how to balance a job, but how to get a job. Enzi said that Americans need a government willing to get out of the way of job creation. "The choices being made in Washington are directly impacting the job market, which… Continue Reading


05.09.12

Send Bills Through Committee to Find Bipartisan Student Loan Fix

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a debate today on addressing rising student loan interest rates, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said if the Senate was serious about finding bipartisan solutions to the student loan issue, its leaders should send the legislation through the appropriate committee to get a bill everyone could agree on. Click to watch Senator Enzi's statement on the student loan issue. # # # Additional Re… Continue Reading


05.09.12

Senate and House GOP Question HHS on Wasteful Billion Dollar Loan Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Republicans in the Senate and House today questioned whether a Health and Human Services' (HHS) $3.8 billion loan program to create non-profit health insurers would result in greater competition and lower costs. In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the members noted that the Department's own actuarial estimates suggest at least $1 billion in taxpayer dollars may inevitably be wasted. The letter was signed by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on th… Continue Reading


05.07.12

Democrats Propose Payroll Tax Hike in Student Loan Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a debate today on addressing rising student loan interest rates, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he was disappointed that President Obama and Senate Democrats would keep rates low by taxing small businesses and reducing job opportunities for students once they graduate. Enzi said the Senate should instead focus on the Republican alternative (S.2366), which puts forward a solution that … Continue Reading


04.24.12

Senate Turns its Back on America’s Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he was disappointed that the Senate turned its back on America's small businesses and employees, and chose to support the bureaucrats at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Senator Enzi made the comments after the Senate rejected a resolution of disapproval on the NLRB's ambush elections rule. "This vote was an important opportunity to send a mes… Continue Reading


04.23.12

VIDEO: Reckless NLRB Threatens America’s Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a debate on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) ambush elections rule today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the agency's reckless actions are threatening America's small businesses. "It is important to understand that the NLRB is not an agency that typically issues regulations. In fact, in over 75 years, the NLRB has finalized only three rules through formal rulemaking… Continue Reading


04.20.12

Senators Will Debate NLRB’s Ambush Elections Rule Next Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate will debate the legislative challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) "ambush elections" rule early next week. The resolution of disapproval sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and forty-four of his Senate colleagues was placed on the Senate legislative calendar and debate on the resolution is expected on Monday and Tuesday of next week. "This rule… Continue Reading


04.19.12

OSHA Approach to Safety Should be All-of-the-Above

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on workplace safety and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that while workplace injuries and illness have declined, the nation must continue to do better. "Workplace safety is surely one of the most important missions Congress has authorized for the Department of Labor. There are literally lives and livelihoods on… Continue Reading


04.16.12

Sen. Enzi Op-Ed - Washington Times: Halting union attack on employee privacy

Washington Times ENZI: Halting union attack on employee privacy Labor board's new rules sneak through unionization drives At the turn of the 20th century, the nation's unions played an important role in improving labor conditions for hard-working Americans by voicing valid concerns over long hours and unsafe working conditions. Congress responded by creating protective laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act. But in the face of steep declines in dues-paying members, labor bosses are relying … Continue Reading


03.29.12

Congress Must Act Now on FDA User Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, emphasized the importance of timely authorization of user fee agreements covering drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar products."The prescription drug and medical device user fee agreements expire on September 30 -- six months from now. Congress must act on this c… Continue Reading


03.23.12

Sen Enzi's Op-Ed: Health Care Law’s Legacy Is Broken Promises, Missed Opportunities Roll Call

Enzi: Health Care Law's Legacy Is Broken Promises, Missed Opportunities By Sen. Mike Enzi Special to Roll Call March 23, 2012, 1:25 p.m In the history of our great nation, every major legislative initiative that has helped transform our country was forged in the spirit of compromise and cooperation. These qualities were essential to the success and longevity of crucial safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. In creating the new health care law, President Bara… Continue Reading

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