Chairman's Press

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


01.18.12

President missed the mark, XL Pipeline means more energy, jobs

Washington, D.C. - Creating jobs and getting energy from our friends should have been an easy decision, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who has long supported the Keystone XL Pipeline. Enzi sees it as a way to put people back to work and to help end our dependence on foreign oil. Enzi issued the following statement after learning that the President would reject the pipeline permit: "I don't know how the president determined that creating jobs and moving toward energy independence … Continue Reading


01.13.12

Release of Obamacare “Bulletin” Sidesteps Important Disclosure Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sidestepping several important disclosure requirements with the new health care law and is preventing Congress and the American public from being able to assess the true costs associated with the so-called "essential health benefits," according to a letter sent today to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from several House chairmen and Senate ranking members. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-… Continue Reading


01.11.12

Inspector General Office Gutted Under New Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined with several other senators today to request that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) be able to transfer additional funds to avoid a shutdown of the Office of Inspector General (IG) after a law passed last year gutted funding for the office. Senator Enzi was joined by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member on the Senate Judici… Continue Reading


01.05.12

Enzi Encourages Agency to Use Fair and Open Process When Revising Background Checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently wrote to the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Jacqueline Berrien to encourage the agency to use a fair and open process if they revise their guidance on the use of credit and criminal background checks in the employment setting. "Knowing how important it is that the Commission strikes the right balance between preventing discrimination a… Continue Reading


01.04.12

Enzi: President Abandons Constitution's Advice and Consent Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he was extremely disappointed to see President Obama recess appoint new members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and avoid the Constitutionally mandated Senate confirmation process. Two of the three nominees were submitted to the Senate on December 15 and the Senate adjourned for the year on December 16, which provided the Senate with only one day t… Continue Reading


12.21.11

Quickie “Union Election Ambush” Rule by NLRB to be Challenged

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today he would use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to challenge the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent rush decision to issue "ambush election" rules that make it more difficult for small businesses to respond to union election campaigns. The NLRB rushed the comment period on the proposed regulation in order to implement it before the end of the… Continue Reading


12.15.11

Enzi: FDA Should Expedite Review of Applications for Drugs in Shortage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a committee hearing on prescription drug shortages today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that it was essential to move quickly to get lifesaving drugs to patients in need. He also said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should do more to address the shortage situation. "It is crucial to understand the causes that lead to the tragic problem of prescription drug shortages so that w… Continue Reading


12.14.11

Committee Approves All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Bill Cosponsored by Sen. Enzi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today passed S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) Reauthorization of 2011, cosponsored by Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The bill, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), will help ensure that our nation is prepared for and able to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, including chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear events. Last week, the H… Continue Reading


12.08.11

Enzi: Congress Should Encourage Job Creation like Keystone XL Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said Congress should encourage job creation instead of new regulations that threaten the nation's fragile economy. "The biggest barrier to getting a job for most unemployed people is the lack of jobs available," said Senator Enzi. "Instead of discussing misguided legislation that will actually discourage new hiring and harm long term unemployed individuals,… Continue Reading


12.02.11

Enzi: New Health Care Rule Will Cost Thousands of Jobs, Do Nothing to Address Rising Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the Medical Loss Ratio rule finalized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will do nothing to address skyrocketing health care costs and will instead cost thousands of jobs. "The rule published today represents more of the heavy handed regulations that are keeping our nation from regaining its economic footing," said Senator Enzi. "Un… Continue Reading


12.01.11

Senators Enzi, Coburn, Burr, and Isakson Mark World AIDS Day with Call to Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined with Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to send a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas. The letter, sent in advance of World AIDS Day, reflects on progress that has been made against… Continue Reading

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