Chairman's Press

06.25.10

Enzi Appoints Kyle Hicks as HELP Committee Republican Labor Policy Director

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today made the following comments upon appointing Kyle Hicks as his Labor Policy Director. "Kyle Hicks has been a valued member of my staff on the HELP Committee for nearly six years," said Enzi. "As my labor counsel, Kyle has skillfully advised me on matters related to employment law and workplace and employment issues within the Committee's jurisdiction. I … Continue Reading


06.24.10

Enzi: For-Profit Education Essential Part of Developing Strong Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged Congress and the Administration to use a scalpel rather than a machete in their efforts to excise bad actors from for-profit education, warning that for-profit institutions provide the only practical means for many working adults to develop the skills and knowledge they need to obtain better jobs. "Unfortunately, as in other industries, there are b… Continue Reading


06.22.10

If You Like What You Have You Can’t Keep It, Enzi Warns

Washington, D.C. - New health insurance rules unveiled this week violate President Obama's promise to allow Americans who like their health plans to keep them, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, said today on the Senate floor. "Last week, the Administration published a 121-page interim final rule that will increase the costs businesses pay for health insurance. If employers do almost anything on their own to help slow the growth i… Continue Reading


06.22.10

Enzi: High-Risk Patients Must Be Top Priority

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, led Senate Republicans today in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a response regarding the Administration's missed deadline for establishing the new high risk pool program. The letter also requested a response to recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis stating that high risk pool provisions in the new … Continue Reading


06.22.10

Enzi: Still More to Accomplish on 11th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement today in recognition of the 11th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision which improved access to community-based care for individuals with disabilities. "The landmark Olmstead decision helped reshape years of policy in which more costly institutional care was the norm," said Enzi. "When speaking with seniors and … Continue Reading


06.22.10

STATEMENT OF RANKING MEMBER MICHAEL B. ENZI at HELP Committee Hearing - “The ADA and Olmstead Enforcement: Ensuring Community Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities”

Good afternoon and thank you Chairman Harkin, for your leadership on this important issue and for holding this hearing. I would also like to thank our witnesses for taking time out of your schedules to be with us. It's a pleasure to welcome all of you to our hearing. Today's hearing is quite important as it recognizes an important event that took place eleven years ago today. On June 22, 1999 the Supreme Court ruled in the Olmstead decision which requires that states must provide individua… Continue Reading


06.22.10

Enzi Commends Senate Confirmation of Brian Hayes to National Labor Relations Board

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today commended the Senate for the confirmation of Brian Hayes to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). "Brian Hayes will bring a valuable combination of private sector and prior NLRB experience to this new position," said Enzi. "Additionally, Brian has been a trusted member of my staff in the Senate as my Labor Policy Director and he will be missed here … Continue Reading


05.27.10

Enzi: Piecemeal Pension Overhaul Simply a “House of Cards” for Retirees

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 opposition to a piecemeal approach to a pension overhaul at a hearing today. "Today's hearing on our nation's multiemployer pension system is very timely. Many of our workers, retirees and their families have faced significant uncertainty with their financial matters over the last few years," Enzi said. "Workers should not be burdened with w… Continue Reading


05.06.10

Enzi Addresses Business Leaders On Improving Lives of Working Families

Washington, D.C. - At the annual meeting of business leaders for working families, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, outlined specific steps that can be taken to grow quality new jobs in America. "The decisions we make here in Washington will impact speed and sustainability of economic growth," said Enzi. "We must ensure an economic and regulatory environment that allows new and small businesses to grow. Addit… Continue Reading


04.28.10

Enzi: ESEA Standards and Assessments Should Follow States’ Lead

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement today at the sixth in a series of hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Today's hearing focused on standards and assessments. "The work being done by the states on standards has spearheaded significant discussion about the next generation of state systems of assessment," said Enzi. "In… Continue Reading


04.27.10

Enzi: Mine Safety Policies Must Get Results

Washington, D.C. - At a hearing today, in the wake of this month's mining disaster in West Virginia, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urged lawmakers and regulators to focus on creative policies that will help employers promote safer workplaces before accidents can happen. "As a Senator from a state whose primary industry is energy production, my heart goes out to the families and communities that lost those ha… Continue Reading


04.27.10

Enzi Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve VPP Workplace Safety Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced today that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to protect a key voluntary workplace safety program cut out of the Administration's budget proposal. The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), will preserve the Department of Labor's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), a cooperative program between private industry and the DOL's Occupationa… Continue Reading


04.23.10

Enzi Comments on CMS Actuary Report

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement today in reaction to the analysis of the Democrats' health care law from the nonpartisan experts at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): "This report confirms Americans' worst fears about the health care law: it will dramatically increase health spending, cut benefits for millions of seniors and jeopardize access … Continue Reading


04.22.10

Enzi VPP Amendment Included in Budget to Preserve Workplace Safety Program Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-SD) for including an amendment to protect a key voluntary workplace safety program. The Budget Committee agreed to an Enzi amendment that will restore funding to the Department of Labor's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), a cooperative program between private industry and the DOL's Occupational Safe… Continue Reading


04.15.10

Enzi: Teacher Evaluations Should Not Be Top-Down Directive From Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee made the following statement today at the fourth in a series of hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Today's hearing focused on teachers and leaders. "This reauthorization shouldn't be a top-down directive solely from Washington - far removed from local school districts, teachers and students," said Enzi. "Teac… Continue Reading


04.13.10

Statement of Michael B. Enzi ESEA Reauthorization: School Turnaround

Chairman Harkin, I want to thank you for continuing the series of hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with the important issue of school improvement and turnaround. We have worked to create a diverse witness list to share best practices and research with the Committee and I look forward to learning more from each of you this afternoon. The knowledge and practice you bring to the table will help us as we move forward to develop legislation that b… Continue Reading


04.06.10

Enzi Statement on West Virginia Mine Explosion

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 regarding yesterday's underground mine explosion at the Upper Big Branch South Coal Mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia: "It is with deep sadness that I join others in offering our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of those lost as a result of yesterday's explosion at the Massey Energy Mine in West Virginia."… Continue Reading


03.22.10

Enzi Comments on Passage of President's Federal Takeover of the U.S. Health-Care System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee made the following comments regarding this weekend's passage of the health care bill in the U.S. House of Representatives: "Most Americans don't want the health care bill the House just passed. The simple truth is that it raises taxes, cuts Medicare benefits and will put the government between you and your doctor. Does anyone believe we can spend a trillion d… Continue Reading


03.17.10

Enzi: ESEA Renewal Should Balance Needs of Rural Schools With National Goals

Washington, D.C. - At a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, Ranking Member Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), continued to champion greater flexibility for rural schools and better balancing of federal mandates with local control as the Committee considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "No Child Left Behind has been criticized as a one-size-fits-all law, a claim that has rung especially true in rural areas," Enzi said. "I appr… Continue Reading


03.11.10

Enzi: Passage of Workforce Investment Act Best Solution to Close Earnings Gap

Washington, D.C. - The path to closing the earnings gap between women and men lies in providing the skills and training needed to enable more women - and men - to enter new higher-earning jobs, not burdening employers with new, unfunded mandates," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today. "We should reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) this Congress to ensure workers have access to the education a… Continue Reading

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