Chairman's Press

03.23.12

President’s Health Law Two Years Later: More Government Intrusion, Unsustainable Washington-Dictated Mandates

WASHINGTON - Marking the second year anniversary of the unconstitutional, $2.6 trillion health spending law, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today released a fact sheet outlining the challenges involved with the unprecedented expansion of the federal government's role in regulating the nation's health care system. Hatch and Enzi are respectively the Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. GOVERNMENT IN… Continue Reading


03.23.12

Health Law Anniversary No Reason to Celebrate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today made the following comments on the second anniversary of the passage of President Obama's health care law: "Two years ago, the President wanted a health care bill in the worst possible way, and that is exactly what he got and that is exactly what America got. To call this law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a major mistake, because it neither prot… Continue Reading


03.22.12

Senators Debate Impact of Health Care Law on Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, joined with several of his colleagues today to debate the impact of the president's health care law on the Medicare program. Watch the first 3 minutes of the debate. Watch the full video of Senator Enzi and his colleagues debating the impact of the health care law's impact on Medicare Read more about the health law's impact on Medicare here. Read more about the health … Continue Reading


03.22.12

President’s Health Law Two Years Later: Raiding Medicare and the Specter of IPAB

WASHINGTON - With the President's unconstitutional, $2.6 trillion health spending law turning two years old on Friday, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today released a fact sheet outlining how the law was funded by raiding cornerstone programs like Medicare to pay for the President's new entitlement program, while also noting the uncertainty surrounding the unelected bureaucrats (Independent Payment Advisory Board) who will decide on future Medicare cuts. Hatch and Enzi… Continue Reading


03.22.12

VIDEO: Senators Debate Impact of Health Care Law on Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, joined with several of his colleagues today to debate the impact of the president's health care law on the Medicare program. Watch the first 3 minutes of the debate. Watch the full video of Senator Enzi and his colleagues debating the impact of the health care law's impact on Medicare Read more about the health law's impact on Medicare here. Read more about t… Continue Reading


03.22.12

In Case You Missed It: Sens. Enzi & Hatch Op-Ed on Health Care Reform in Politico

POLITICO - Repeal disastrous health care lawBy: Sen. Orrin Hatch and Sen. Mike EnziMarch 21, 2012 09:29 PM EDT President Barack Obama's unconstitutional $2.6 trillion health spending law turns two years old Friday. But the American people aren't up for celebrating. Seventy-two percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Democrats, believe the law's mandate requiring Americans to buy insurance even if they don't want it is unconstitutional, according to a recent Gallup Poll. Half of all Amer… Continue Reading


03.21.12

President’s Health Law Two Years Later: More Broken Promises to American Families and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today released a fact sheet outlining the promises that were made and then broken once American families and small businesses finally learned what was really included in the President's unconstitutional, $2.6 trillion health law. Hatch and Enzi are respectively the Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. The Promise: "If you like your plan, you can keep it" - … Continue Reading


03.20.12

President’s Health Law Two Years Later: More Regulatory Burdens & Fewer Jobs

WASHINGTON - With the President's unconstitutional, $2.6 trillion health spending law turning two this week, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today released a fact sheet outlining how the law's costly Washington-dictated mandates and endless miles of red tape will hurt American job creators and threaten job growth throughout the nation. Hatch and Enzi are respectively the Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Commi… Continue Reading


03.19.12

President’s Health Law Two Years Later: Health Care Costs Are Worse

WASHINGTON - Leading up to the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the President's unconstitutional, health spending law, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today released a fact sheet outlining how the law will increase costs - with higher health insurance premiums, greater government spending, more debt and higher taxes - on the American people. Hatch and Enzi are respectively the Ranking Members of the Senate Finance and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensio… Continue Reading


03.13.12

New Report Shows Medicaid Costs Increase, Fewer People Receiving Employer Health Insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said a new estimate today from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the new health care law will dramatically increase Medicaid spending and result in up to 4 million fewer people receiving health insurance through an employer. "This new estimate shows that the new law is rapidly increasing Medicaid spending, because it is forcing many more Americans into this mis… Continue Reading


03.09.12

Enzi Praises Burr for Leadership on Pandemic and Bioterror Attacks Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for his leadership on bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize and enhance medical and public health programs vital to our nation's ability to prepare for and respond to pandemics and bioterror attacks. The bill, S. 1855 - the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) Reauthorization of 2011, passed the Senat… Continue Reading


03.08.12

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Preparedness and Response for Pandemics and Bioterror Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On March 7, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent, S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) Reauthorization of 2011, cosponsored by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The bill, introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and cosponsored by Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), reauthorizes and enhances programs vital to our nation's ability to prepare for an… Continue Reading


02.16.12

44 Senators Challenge NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Forty-four senators today, led by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, filed a formal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent rule on ambush union elections. The senators introduced a Resolution of Disapproval (S.J. Res 36) under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which if passed allows Congress to stop a federal agency from implementing a recent rule or regulation. The Hous… Continue Reading


02.16.12

SENATORS SEEK ANSWERS ON SHORTAGE OF CRITICAL CHILDREN’S LEUKEMIA DRUG

(Washington, DC) - Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote the president of Ben Venue Laboratories today, seeking answers from the pharmaceutical company over recent reports of shortages of Methotrexate, a drug used to treat leukemia in children and rheumatoid arthritis in adult patients. In the letter, the Senators wrote, "We are deeply troubled by recent reports of the acute and prevalent shortages of Methotre… Continue Reading


02.15.12

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate and House to File Challenge to NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules on Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, February 16 at 3:45pm in the Senate Radio-TV Gallery, members of the House and Senate will file a challenge to National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent ambush election rules. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) will join House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Subcommitttee on Employment and Workplace Safety Ranking Member… Continue Reading


02.15.12

America’s Higher Ed Assistance Programs About to Crack Under Intense Pressure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a speech to the American Association of Community Colleges today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that he was concerned the nation's funding of financial assistance programs for higher education could crack under the intense pressure of increased enrollment. "If things do not change dramatically, I am concerned that our system of funding for higher education is going to crack under pr… Continue Reading


02.13.12

President’s Budget a Blueprint for More Debt

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee released the following statement today in response to President Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013: "Despite his promises of fiscal discipline and cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term, President Obama today presented the American people with another budget that spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much. Four years of trillion dollar deficits is not just poor… Continue Reading


02.09.12

President Chooses to Politicize Education Instead of Working with Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he was disappointed to see President Obama politicize America's education policy instead of working with Congress, after it was announced that several states would receive waivers from the No Child Left Behind law. "Our children's education should not be a political poker chip. But what the president has announced today are not waivers. Much like the recent … Continue Reading


02.08.12

New Federal Proposal on Contraception Potentially Illegal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today questioned the constitutionality of the recent proposed regulation announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on insurance coverage for contraception. "This unprecedented intrusion into the core functions of religiously affiliated employers raises serious procedural issues, as well as fundamental constitutional questions regarding the lega… Continue Reading


02.02.12

Feds, States and Schools Must Work Together to Keep College Affordable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on college affordability, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said the federal government, states and institutions must work together to address the rising cost of higher education. "Higher education has become too expensive and is increasingly out-of-reach for many students," said Senator Enzi. "Tuition and fees at public institutions increased an astonishing 8.7 percent last… Continue Reading

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