Chairman's Press

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


01.27.11

Preliminary Survey Shows Access to New Health Insurance for Children is Harmed As A Result of The New Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - Preliminary results from a survey to determine the impact of the health care law on child only health plans were released today by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo). Enzi spoke about the findings of this survey at today's HELP Committee hearing to examine the impact of health care reform on consumers. "Unfortunately because of the new health care law, kids in at least 20 states cannot get health insurance, because new chil… Continue Reading


01.27.11

Enzi Asks Secretary Sebelius To Address Premium Increases, Reduced Coverage Resulting From Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - In a hearing today, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, drew a sharp focus on some of the early consequences of the massive health care reform bill pushed through Congress and now being forced on the nation's families and employers. "We recognize that there are individuals who will benefit from a few of the provisions in the law, but it will force Americans to buy the type of health insurance th… Continue Reading


12.22.10

Enzi Reaches Bipartisan Agreement on 9/11 Health Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced an agreement on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. His decision to support the bill comes after negotiations with Senator Coburn, Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand. The new version of the bill will provide 9/11 first responders with the health care they deserve. "From the beginning, I have been committed to provide care to the e… Continue Reading


12.13.10

Enzi Voices Strong Support for Federal Court Decision to Strike Down the Individual Mandate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voiced his strong support for the ruling issued today by federal District Judge Henry Hudson that strikes down the individual mandate requirement in the new health care law. "Today, Judge Hudson confirmed what Senate Republicans have argued throughout the entire debate on the new health law - the requirement that individuals purchase health insurance is uncons… Continue Reading


12.08.10

Enzi: Do Not Impose Burdensome Unfunded Mandate on States, Cities and Small Towns

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voiced strong opposition to S. 3991, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, which would give the federal government new powers to override local decisions and mandate collective bargaining by public safety personnel. This would impose enormous unfunded mandates on local governments already struggling to balance their budgets, in direct opposition … Continue Reading


12.06.10

Senators Need More Information on 9/11 Bill

Washington, D.C. - Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement in relation to Democratic efforts to move H.R. 847, 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, during the lame duck session of Congress. "All senators should be concerned about providing care for the public safety workers of 9/11 by ensuring that new and existing programs are accountable, transparent and provide quality care to patient… Continue Reading


12.01.10

World AIDS Day Offers Opportunity to Renew Global Commitment

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today marked the 22nd annual World AIDS Day by urging global partners, and members of Congress to renew their commitment to ending this devastating epidemic. "On this World AIDS Day, we recognize the hard work and dedication of the millions of people around the globe fighting this devastating disease. At home and abroad, we must live up to our commitment to provide life-savin… Continue Reading


11.29.10

Enzi Aims to Repeal Tax Burden in Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, continued his efforts today to repeal a burdensome section in the health care reform law that saddles small businesses with a new tax and stacks of paperwork. Senator Enzi is a cosponsor of an amendment introduced by Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., which would eliminate the harmful provision. The current provision in the health care reform law would force 40 million bus… Continue Reading


11.17.10

CMS Administrator Dr. Berwick Finally Testifies Before Senate Finance Committee

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement at the Senate Finance Committee hearing where Dr. Donald Berwick testified regarding the challenges he faces as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This is the first time Dr. Berwick has appeared before Congress since his recess appointment in July to address his intentions for implementation of t… Continue Reading


09.30.10

Senator Enzi: Narrow Focus on For-Profit Hearings Will Not Solve Problems Facing Today's Higher Ed Students

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today said the interests of the nation's students are not being served by the Committee's current series of hearings focused on for- profit schools, and called for the Committee to get back to work on a solution to the real problems facing students pursuing higher education. "Students are taking on too much debt, loan defaults are too high, and it is too difficult to… Continue Reading


09.29.10

Senator Enzi Seeks to Overturn Burdensome Health Care Regulation

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee) today urged the Senate to move forward on the consideration of a Resolution of Disapproval that would overturn a new health care regulation that breaks the President's promise "If you like what you have you can keep it." Follow the link to view the video of Senator Enzi's speech. "At least 47 separate times, President Obama promised 'If you like what yo… Continue Reading

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