Chairman's Press

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


09.23.10

Enzi: Workplace Safety Should Be Our Priority, Not Election Cycle Politics

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor today concerning bipartisan discussions on mine safety legislation. The text of the speech is below, or click to view the video: Thank you, I want to thank the Senator from Iowa, Senator Harkin, for his kind words and his help and leadership on the HELP Committee. We have a big area we cover: health, educatio… Continue Reading


09.23.10

Enzi: National Mediation Board Rule Reverses 75 Years Of Labor Policy to Benefit Unions Instead of Workers

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 of Senator Johnny Isakson's resolution disapproving of a new National Mediation Board rule that changes how railway and airline employees are unionized under the Railway Labor Act. "The new rule has changed the way employees' votes are counted in order to favor the union. For 75 years, not voting at all has counted as a no vote. Now… Continue Reading


09.22.10

Senator Enzi Proposes to Overturn Job Killing Provision in Health Care Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today launched an effort to allow a Senate vote on overturning a provision of the new health care law that threatens small businesses with higher health care costs, more regulation, and even loss of the health insurance many of their employees rely on. "Throughout the health care debate, the President continually promised, 'If you like what you have you c… Continue Reading


09.14.10

Enzi Supports Amendment to Reduce 1099 Form Burdens on Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, went to the Senate floor today in support of an amendment to repeal a costly new mandate for small businesses to file more 1099 tax forms. "Under the new health care reform law, 40 million businesses will have to submit onerous and duplicative 1099 tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service. This August, I toured small businesses across Wyoming to get a sense of what… Continue Reading


08.25.10

Senator Enzi Releases New Edition of Accessibility Guide

Washington, D.C. - In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today has published an updated version of his Accessibility Manual - a comprehensive guide to providing Senate offices and constituents with valuable information on accessibility throughout the U.S. Capitol Complex. "This third edition of the manual builds on the important work do… Continue Reading


08.19.10

CBO Report Predicts Health Care Law Means Fewer Jobs, Lower Wages

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) made the following statement in response to today's report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which shows that the health care law slams employers with increased health costs, and predicts job losses as a result. "This week the number of unemployed Americans reached 500,000, the highest level seen in the past nine months. Unfortunately, the new health care law … Continue Reading


08.05.10

Enzi Introduced Radiology Care Bill To Improve Medical Care, Reduce Costs

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today introduced the "Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2010," a bill that will improve patient safety and health care quality by advancing uniform standards for medical imaging certification. The CARE Act is co-sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) HELP Committee Chairman, Se… Continue Reading


08.04.10

For-Profit Education Sector Must Not Be Examined in a Vacuum

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today urged continued scrutiny of student recruitment tactics at for-profit universities, but warned that an objective examination of misleading recruiting practices must take into account the full spectrum of higher education institutions. Simply put, bad actors should not be used to characterize the entire for-profit education sector. "We are going to hear details… Continue Reading


07.28.10

More Broken Promises on Health Care Reform?

Washington, D.C. - Citing a new report by the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) today called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for immediate action to ensure that federal dollars will not be used to pay for elective abortions. In a letter to Sebelius, Senator Enzi and Senator Coburn, joined by 11 other Senators said the re… Continue Reading


07.21.10

Enzi: Innovation Fosters Success in Fight Against Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases

Washington, D.C. - At today's U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, "Treating Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases: Promoting the Development of New Treatments and Cures," Ranking Member, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) emphasized the need to increase research and development of rare and neglected diseases, and called on Congress to ensure federal policies foster innovative treatments for rare pediatric diseases. "Congress created the framework for successful … Continue Reading

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