Chairman's Press

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


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

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