Chairman's Press

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


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

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