Chairman's Press

11.08.11

House and Senate Education Leaders Respond to President's Head Start Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statements on President Obama's changes to the Head Start Program: "Despite claims of Congressional inaction, the plan announced by President Obama today is already law - and his own administration has delayed its implementation for nearly three years," said … Continue Reading


11.08.11

More Changes Needed for School Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the Elementary-Secondary Education Reauthorization Act, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that more changes were needed for the school reform legislation that was reported out of the HELP Committee last month. "Last month's markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was a major step forward in the reauthorization process, which has been stagnate over … Continue Reading


10.31.11

New GAO Report Shows 24 Companies Received Almost Half of Funding for Early Retiree Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said a new report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), in conjunction with recently released data from HHS, shows that twenty-four companies received almost half of the funding for the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program created by the President's new health care law. The intent of the program was to offset the cost of retiree health benefits … Continue Reading


10.26.11

Enzi Disappointed In President's Partisan Tone on Student Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said while he supports efforts to help struggling graduates with their student loan debt, he is disappointed that the President has chosen to blame Congress for failing to act before working to find a bipartisan solution. Enzi urged the President to work with both Republicans and Democrats on issues like higher education and the economy. "While I agree that … Continue Reading


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

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