Chairman's Press

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


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

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