Chairman's Press

05.04.11

In Case You Missed It: Enzi Op-Ed on Education Reform

America Can't Afford a Federal Takeover of Our Nation's Schools By Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)The Hill NewspaperMay 4, 2011 Congress passed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2001 to address the growing evidence that many children in America were not receiving quality instruction. The goal of this law was to improve the transparency of how our schools were performing, so that no student was overlooked under broad labels of "good" and "bad" schools. One of the lasting, positive legacies of NCL… Continue Reading


05.03.11

HELP Committee Republicans Express Strong Concerns with Recent NLRB Complaint Against Boeing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), today wrote to the Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to express their strong concerns with the recent decision to file a complaint against Boeing for announcing plans to open a production facility in South Carolina. The senators wrote that they are troubled by the chilling effect this action could have on other business decisio… Continue Reading


05.02.11

Enzi Urges SEC and U.S. Attorney to Review Dept. of Ed Gainful Employment Rulemaking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today wrote to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Attorney in New York to urge them to review rulemaking documents on the proposed gainful employment regulations proposed by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Enzi noted that the documents raised a number of questions about the propriety of communications between DOE officials and individ… Continue Reading


04.28.11

Enzi Asks Secretary Duncan for All Rulemaking Documents on Gainful Employment Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today wrote to Secretary Arne Duncan requesting rulemaking documents on the proposed gainful employment regulations by the Department of Education. Enzi noted that since Duncan issued the proposed regulation, allegations have surfaced that federal education officials may have engaged in inappropriate communications with investors who had a financial interest in the ou… Continue Reading


04.13.11

Enzi Disappointed by President’s Platitudes and Promises

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today that he was disappointed that President Barack Obama chose to ignore the hard decisions on entitlement programs after the President addressed the nation today. "The President had an opportunity to show true leadership on these issues, but instead he ignored the tough choices that are needed to reduce the deficit," said Senator Enzi. "The President's pro… Continue Reading


04.13.11

Bill to Make OSHA’s Successful Voluntary Protection Program Permanent Introduced in Senate and House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined today with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Chair of the Senate Small Business Committee, to introduce legislation to make one of the most successful workplace health and safety programs for both public and private employers permanent. Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Representative Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), senior Republican on the Subcommi… Continue Reading


04.13.11

HELP Committee Republicans Criticize Majority for “Disorganized and Prejudicial Hearings” on For-Profit Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led by Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), sent a letter today to Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to express disappointment in the way the Majority has conducted a series of "disorganized and prejudicial" hearings on for-profit educational institutions. The other members of the committee who signed the letter include Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), … Continue Reading


04.06.11

Republican Senators Investigate Regulatory Burden of Healthcare Reform on America’s Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three key Republican Senators today asked Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy Chief Counsel Winslow Sargeant to provide specific examples of how his office is protecting small businesses from the onslaught of new regulations that are being implemented as part of the healthcare reform legislation signed into law last year. In their letter, Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), and Michael B. Enzi (R-Wyoming) requested that Dr. Sargean… Continue Reading


04.05.11

Enzi Praises Repeal of 1099 Reporting Requirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised Senate action to eliminate burdensome IRS reporting requirements for small businesses. The repeal passed today is identical to a bill sponsored by Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and cosponsored by Senator Enzi, that would repeal the 1099 mandate approved as part of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act."I am pleased to see that my colleagues… Continue Reading


03.31.11

Full Statement from Senator Mike Enzi on Improving Safety at Dangerous Mines One Year after Upper Big Branch Hearing

Statement of Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionsMarch 31, 2011A Tragic Anniversary: Improving Safety at Dangerous Mines One Year after Upper Big Branch Good morning. This hearing marks a very tragic anniversary. Almost a year ago today, 29 West Virginia men who went to work in difficult jobs to provide for their families and fuel our nation's economy were lost in a single accident. The families of those men have had to sacrifice too muc… Continue Reading


03.31.11

Enzi Questions Record of Mine Safety Agency – Seeks Better Use of Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a hearing today on improving mine safety, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, questioned the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) record of enforcement, after learning that MSHA knew of problems at the Upper Big Branch mine and failed to use the full extent of its authority to improve safety there. A witness at today's hearing from the U.S. Department of Labor Inspector General's… Continue Reading


03.16.11

One Year Anniversary Of Health Reform Full Of Empty Promises; Less Choice, Higher Costs, New Taxes, Enzi Says

Washington, D.C. - Marking the one-year anniversary of the most sweeping health care legislation that the federal government has ever produced, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said reform is turning out to be an empty promise that threatens jobs, small businesses and the financial security of families across the country. "This new law is driving up health insurance premiums, forcing people to change their … Continue Reading


03.10.11

Enzi Criticizes Flawed Investigation Of For-Profit Schools

Washington, D.C. - In the fourth of a series of hearings that have singled out for-profit schools to face charges of improper student recruitment practices, excessive profit taking, and poor student outcomes, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today called the Committee's investigations flawed. "Unfortunately, by only focusing these hearings on individual examples of a problem in one sector of higher education, we ha… Continue Reading


03.03.11

Enzi, Hatch Spearhead Letter To President Urging Him To Withdraw Berwick Nomination To Head CMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, spearheaded a letter of 42 Senators to President Obama today urging him to withdraw the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is in charge of both Medicare and Medicaid, and will oversee most of the implementation of the recently-enacted hea… Continue Reading


02.14.11

Enzi Says President's Budget is Over Budget

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012: "More spending, more taxes and more borrowing describes the President's budget in a nutshell. The President's deficit commission, co-chaired by former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), as well as the Congressional Bud… Continue Reading


02.09.11

New GAO Report Shows More Coordination Needed for Federal Workforce and Training Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), issued the following statement on the new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the state of federal workforce and training programs. Senator Coburn and Senator Enzi requested an update of a 2003 GAO report to gain a better understanding of the effectiveness of federal workforce and training programs serving our job seekers, w… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Enzi Supports Repeal of Health Law and 1099 Tax Burden

Washington, D.C. - Tonight Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted in support of repealing the burdensome health law. Enzi also voted in support of repealing the harmful tax provision included in the health care law. He was pleased that Senators joined together in recognition of the harmful impact of the 1099 tax provision on small businesses. He cosponsored a similar measure to remove the 1099 provision offered by Senator Jo… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Senate Republicans Call for Withdrawal of Labor Board Nominee

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to President Obama calling for the withdrawal of the nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). All Republican Senators signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House yesterday. "I oppose the nomination of Craig Becker absolutely. Over the… Continue Reading


01.31.11

Federal Judge Strikes Down Healthcare Law

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), voiced his support for the decision made today by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson declaring the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional: "Today, twenty-six states took the nation one step closer to reclaiming the freedoms afforded by the Constitution," Enzi said today. Judge Vinson's decision declaring the entire health law unconstitutional al… Continue Reading


01.28.11

Americans Deserve Transparency on Health Premium Increases

Washington, D.C. - Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the new report from the Department of Health and Human Services that ignores data about premium increases that will result from the new health law: "This is simple math. According to CBO, the net impact of the new health care law is a 13 percent increase in premiums," said Enzi, one of the two Senate accountants. This equals a $2,100 increase f… Continue Reading

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