Chairman's Press

10.20.11

Enzi: Still Much Work to Do on Education Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today made the following statement after the Committee reported the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011:"Today's markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was an important first step, but we still have a lot of work to do when the bill reaches the floor of the Senate," said Senator Enzi. "We must keep working in order to have t… Continue Reading


10.19.11

Enzi: ESEA Bill Represents Good Starting Point in Legislative Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today made the following statement during the Committee's markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for your willingness to work with me to get a bill to this point in our reauthorization efforts. Neither of us can say this is a perfect document. It is a starting point in the legislative process that is… Continue Reading


10.14.11

Enzi: CLASS Act Unsustainable and Fiscally Unsound from Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision not to implement the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program because it was unsustainable and fiscally unsound. Senator Enzi noted that the full effects of the health care reform pushed through Congress last year are still unknown, even as health care premiums for families are rising quic… Continue Reading


10.11.11

Enzi: Post-Secondary Education Adds Value to Employment Opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a field hearing on higher education and employment opportunities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at Gallaudet University, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that educational institutions like the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and Gallaudet are successful because they work with employers to demonstrate the value of hiring their students. "The significance of a college… Continue Reading


10.07.11

Enzi: Essential Health Benefit Mandates Will Continue to Push Premiums Higher

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said new Essential Health Benefit mandates will continue to push health care premiums higher. The Institute of Medicine released a report today laying out a process for Secretary Sebelius to follow when determining mandated benefits. Senator Enzi noted that a report by the Kaiser Foundation released last week shows premiums going up by 9 percent this year, wh… Continue Reading


10.06.11

Enzi: NLRB Should Cancel New Regs Instead of Postponing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should cancel its recent regulation to require businesses to post a notice of employee rights instead of just postponing it. He said the proposed regulations will cause real harm by imposing new mandates and penalties on small businesses that are already fully complying with the law. In addition, several lawsuits… Continue Reading


09.27.11

New Survey Shows that Family Health Care Premiums Surging

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that a new independent survey of employers highlights how the new health care law is failing to deliver on its promise of lowering health care costs. A new health benefits survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed the most recent average annual premiums for family health benefits have surged 9 percent, while the number of small firms offering health insur… Continue Reading


09.27.11

Senate Passes Resolution Declaring National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), joined by U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), announced the passage of S. Res 284 designating September 23, 2011, the first day of fall, as "National Falls Prevention Awareness Day." A similar provision was passed in the 111th Congress. "Falls are a leading cause of injuries, hospitalizations and death among older Americans," said Kohl, Chai… Continue Reading


09.23.11

Enzi: NCLB Waivers Undermine Policy Making Authority of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said President Obama's proposed waivers of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law would undermine the policy making authority of Congress. "I am extremely disappointed that after spending so many hours working toward a solution, we have reached a point where the President appears to preempt our efforts with waivers. The best way to address these important issu… Continue Reading


09.22.11

NLRB Amendment Would Have Stopped Runaway Agency from Destroying Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said he was disappointed the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment sponsored by Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) that would have stopped the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from pursuing any actions against the new Boeing production line in South Carolina. "This amendment would have sent an important message to the President that his agencies m… Continue Reading


09.15.11

VIDEO RELEASE: Enzi Says States Need Larger Role in Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a speech on the floor of the United States Senate today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that as the Senate considers updates to the No Child Left Behind legislation, it must work to give states a larger role in education. Senator Enzi also called on his colleagues to remain focused on children to help them learn what they need in order to succeed. # # #… Continue Reading


09.14.11

Enzi: Administration Must Stop Getting in Way of Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), today joined with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to call on the Senate to pass legislation to stop federal agencies from placing obstacles in the way of private sector job creation. The senators pointed to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent complaint against Boeing, whi… Continue Reading


09.14.11

Sen. Enzi: FDA Must Improve Its Oversight of Drug Supply Chain

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve its oversight of the pharmaceutical supply chain. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has repeatedly found that FDA does not police the drug supply chain effectively. "It is clear that the pharmaceutical supply chain is becoming increasingly globalized," said Senator Enzi. "The question is,… Continue Reading


09.08.11

Enzi: President Can Take Steps Now to Boost Job Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he was pleased to see the President finally shift his focus to jobs. Enzi noted that in the past two months, the Administration put out 1225 new regulations. He said complying with these new rules will cost businesses $17.7 billion in new costs that will hurt the economy."I am glad to see the President is finally shifting his focus to America's economy an… Continue Reading


08.22.11

HELP Committee GOP: NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules Will Ambush Small Businesses, Undermine Employee Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), to express their strong opposition to "quickie election" rule changes proposed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a formal comment to the Board, the senators said that the rule changes will hurt America's small businesses and undermin… Continue Reading


08.02.11

Report: Access to Child-Only Health Plans Declines Under New Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a report today that shows access to child-only health insurance plans has declined significantly since passage of the new health care law. Enzi said the Department of Health and Human Services has failed to take action to address problems created by the new regulations. "This Administration must do something immediately to address the issue that 17 states… Continue Reading


08.02.11

Enzi: New Health Care Law is Already Driving Up Insurance Premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on health insurance premiums, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the new health care law passed last year is already driving up insurance premiums. He said that Congress should work on lowering health care costs for individuals and small businesses. "As predicted, the new health law is already driving up health insurance premiums," said Senator Enzi. "The authors o… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Enzi Supports Bipartisan Efforts On FDA User Fee Programs

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, said that he supports bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the programs. "The prescription drug and medical device user fee programs have been a success, decreasing product review times over the long term, stabilizing funding for FDA's drug and medical device centers, and decreasing t… Continue Reading


07.19.11

Enzi Bill Would Save Billions by Fixing Loophole in Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced a bill (S.1376) to close a loophole in the Affordable Care Act that would have Americans with similar incomes, ages and medical histories paying very different amounts for private health insurance. Senator Enzi's legislation would fix that inequity and save more than $13 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office. A similar bill was introduce… Continue Reading


07.14.11

Enzi: Help Small Businesses Hire Qualified People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on employing people with disabilities, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that it was important to help small businesses identify, recruit, retain, and advance qualified individuals with disabilities."Wonderful things are taking place throughout the country based upon America's desire for inclusive environments in local schools, communities and workplaces," said Senator En… Continue Reading

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