Chairman's Press

07.12.11

Enzi Calls for Inclusion of Retirement and Benefit Issues in Efforts to Reduce Regulatory Burdens

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing on defined benefit retirement systems today, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, called for a greater inclusion of retirement and benefit issues in the Administration's plan to reduce regulatory burdens and overlap. "Through the years, I have been a supporter of the traditional defined benefit plan system as it forms one of the key legs of our three-legged retirement system, together… Continue Reading


07.12.11

Enzi and Hatch Concerned with Affordability of Essential Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, urged the Institute of Medicine to consider the impact of federal benefit mandates on the cost of health insurance and on access to health insurance as premiums increase on individuals and families. "If the Secretary defines an essential health benefits package that includes a high nu… Continue Reading


07.11.11

NLRB Ignores Executive Order and Rushes “Quickie Union Election” Rules Into Place

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 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ignore the Executive Order issued today that called for more public participation in regulatory rulemaking. The NLRB rejected calls to increase public participation on its new proposed rules to allow unions to subject employers to ambush elections after Senator Enzi, along with Senators Orin … Continue Reading


06.30.11

Enzi, Hatch and Isakson Call on NLRB to Delay “Quickie Union Election” Rule Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined with fellow committee members Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today to call on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to delay the public hearing on the agency's proposed rules to allow "quickie elections" for unions and allow for an extension of time to prepare testimony and file comments. "The current scheduling for the sole pub… Continue Reading


06.23.11

Enzi: As Americans Suffer, Administration’s Policies Making Things Worse

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on the middle class, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that many hardworking Americans are suffering and the Administration's economic policies are making things worse. "There is no doubt that many people are suffering with nearly 14 million Americans unemployed," said Senator Enzi. "It is obvious that the economic recovery has stalled. Unfortunately, the efforts taken … Continue Reading


06.23.11

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Enzi Op-Ed on Jobs (Politico)

Politico -- Government blocking jobsSenator Mike EnziJune 23, 2011 06:28 AM EDT A job is essential to achieving the American dream. But today, there are millions of Americans out of work. We continue to wait for the economy to bounce back, and start creating the jobs to keep America strong. But Congress and this administration have not done their part to foster the healthy, job-creating economy we need.What they have done is place burdensome new health care requirements on struggling American … Continue Reading


06.21.11

Enzi Calls New NLRB Rules Outrageous

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said new rules proposed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for so called "quickie elections" are an outrageous assault on America's job creators and workers."The NLRB's new proposed regulations amount to nothing more than a gift to organized labor and an outrageous assault on America's job creators and workers," said Senator Enzi. "The question ever… Continue Reading


06.15.11

Senator Enzi: The American Dream Starts with a Job

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today during a speech on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the American dream starts with a job, and the most important thing the federal government can do to allow for greater job growth is get out of the way. "There is no issue more important for American families today than jobs," said Senator Enzi. "For three long years, we have been waiting for … Continue Reading


06.15.11

Floor Speech of Senator Mike Enzi - American Dream Starts with a Job

FLOOR SPEECH OF SENATOR MICHAEL B. ENZI June 15, 2011 Mr. President, I come to the floor this afternoon to talk about jobs. There is no more important issue for American families today than jobs. For three long years, we have been waiting for the economy to get back in gear and start creating the jobs necessary to keep America strong. I'm afraid that Congress and this Administration have not done their part to foster the healthy, job-creating economy we need. We have heard plenty of talk ab… Continue Reading


06.14.11

Enzi: American Families Paying More Because of Health Care Reform

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 from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) shows that health care reform is driving up costs for American families and small businesses and has forced millions of Americans to seek waivers from the new law. "Americans were promised health care reform would save families thousands of dollars," said Senator Enzi. "As we can see fro… Continue Reading


06.03.11

Enzi Says DOE Rule is One More Example of Heavy Handed Regulation Harming America’s Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the final rule on gainful employment issued by the Department of Education (DOE) ignores the larger issues affecting the entire postsecondary education sector such as rising student debt and loan defaults. He said the new rule joins a growing list of burdensome regulations hurting America's economy. "While this rule is not as onerous as what was origina… Continue Reading


05.26.11

Senators Enzi and Menendez Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize Combating Autism Act

WASHINGTON - Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) today unveiled legislation to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006. This legislation ensures that the critical programs established under the original law continue for an additional three years, including CDC surveillance programs, HRSA intervention and training programs, and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). These programs are set to expire in September of this year without any Congressional action. … Continue Reading


05.23.11

Enzi Requests Vice President Find and Submit Missing HHS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today wrote to Vice President Joe Biden to request that he take immediate action to formally transmit regulations implementing part of the new health care law from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). According to HHS, the regulations were delivered to the Vice President's office in November of 2010, but were never delivered to the Senate Parliamentar… Continue Reading


05.19.11

Enzi Presses HHS Secretary on Preventing Congressional Review of Medical Loss Ratio Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Administration's failure to submit the final rule on medical loss ratio requirements to Congress. Enzi noted the Secretary was required by law to submit the rule, which was published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2010. After receiving the rule, it can be subject to repeal as part o… Continue Reading


05.18.11

Kohl, Enzi Offer Legislation to Protect 401(k) Retirement Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced Wednesday that they are introducing legislation to help ensure that retirement savings in defined contribution plans last throughout retirement. Because of the difficult economic times, more and more Americans are treating their retirement accounts as rainy day funds by taking out withdrawals and loans from their employer sponsored 401(k)'s and then are unable to pay themselves back (commonly called 401(k) "leakage"… Continue Reading


05.17.11

Enzi: America Must Continue to Improve Response to Public Health Threats

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on strengthening medical and public health preparedness and response, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the while great progress has been made, America must continue to improve its response to public health threats. "In 2006, our nation took a critical step in shoring up our medical and public health preparedness capabilities when Congress passed the Pandemic and All… Continue Reading


05.12.11

VIDEO RELEASE: Senator Enzi Says Boeing Complaint by NLRB “Not the Way to Encourage New Jobs in U.S.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on middle class employment, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the Obama Administration's policies are costing America good, middle class jobs and that the Boeing complaint by the NLRB is "not the way to create jobs in the U.S."You can watch Senator Enzi's statement here. # # #… Continue Reading


05.12.11

Enzi: Administration Policies Are Costing America Good, Middle Class Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on middle class employment, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the Obama Administration's policies are costing America good, middle class jobs. "Central to achieving the American Dream is one element - a job. As I travel around Wyoming and the rest of this country I hear one refrain more than any other: Where are the jobs?" said Senator Enzi. "Although we have hear… Continue Reading


05.10.11

Senators Enzi and Hatch Request True Cost Estimate of New Health Care Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member on the Senate Finance Committee, requested that the independent Medicare actuary from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide cost estimates of the programs authorized and funded under the new health care law, which make up the Administration's new Partnership for Patients initiative. "We were d… Continue Reading


05.05.11

Enzi: Where are Promised Health Care Savings?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on improving health quality and patient safety, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, asked where the promised health care savings are for government initiatives like the Partnership for Patients program. Enzi said that Congress should focus on substantive changes that can really improve patient care instead of providing funds to encourage providers to do what they should already… Continue Reading

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