Chairman's Press

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


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

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