Chairman's Press

12.08.09

Enzi: Federal Dollars Shouldn’t Pay for Abortion

Washington, D.C. - The Senate must approve the bipartisan Hatch-Nelson amendment to prevent federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions under the Reid health care bill, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said on the Senate floor today. "The Reid bill breaks the President's promises and forces American taxpayers to pay for abortions," Enzi said. "Supporters of the Reid bill use budget gimmicks to argue that it won't cover abortion, but as the Senate's only accountant I'm not going to be fo… Continue Reading


12.08.09

Reid Bill Would Force 10 Million Americans To Lose Employer-Based Health Coverage

Washington, D.C. - Despite the repeated promise from President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Senate Democrats that "If you like the care you have, you can keep it," the Reid health care bill would force between nine and ten million Americans to lose their employer-based health coverage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported last night. "How many times have we heard President Obama say, 'If you like the care you have, you can keep it'? The Reid bill breaks that promise," U… Continue Reading


12.07.09

Enzi: Don’t Cut Seniors’ Health Care to Pay for Costly New Entitlement Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today urged his colleagues to support an amendment to the Reid health bill that would protect Medicare benefits for seniors and ensure that any savings in the Medicare program be used to shore up that insolvent program. "We shouldn't cut Medicare, which is going broke, to pay for a new entitlement program," Enzi said. "We need Medicare reform, but those savings should only go to fix that program for seniors. "I have grave concerns about what t… Continue Reading


12.05.09

Seniors Know the Truth: Reid Bill’s Half-Trillion in Cuts from Medicare Would Crush Home Health Care

Washington, D.C. - Despite unbelievable claims and promises from many Senate Democrats that cutting a half-trillion dollars from Medicare will not affect beneficiaries, seniors know the truth: slashing Medicare will lead to reduced benefits and poorer quality of care, especially for patients who rely on home health agencies, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said today. "The Reid bill cuts nearly half-a-trillion dollars from the Medicare program, slashing payments to providers, hospitals, nursing… Continue Reading


12.01.09

On World AIDS Day, Enzi Urges Stepped up Prevention Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today marked the 21st annual World AIDS Day by urging the United States and its partners across the world to expand their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. "We have made tremendous progress in combating HIV/AIDS at home and abroad, andI want to thank the countless individuals around the world who are dedicating their livesto saving the lives of oth… Continue Reading


11.21.09

Enzi: By any measure, Reid bill a failure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today made the followingremarks as the Senate moved closer to a critical vote on whether to move forward onthe Reid health care bill: "The Majority Leader has jammed ten pounds of entitlement spending into a fivepound sack. But he is not fooling the American people. The voices of August are stillechoing and coming from a vast majority," Enzi said. "We need health care reform to ensure quality, affordable care for allAmericans. Unfortunately, t… Continue Reading


11.20.09

Enzi: Reid Bill Would Squeeze Small Business

Washington, D.C. - What would the Reid health care bill mean for smallbusinesses? More taxes, higher costs and new mandates. For workers, the billwould mean fewer jobs and lower wages, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), aformer small business owner, said in a speech on the Senate floor today.""How would more taxes, higher health care costs and heavy-handed mandateshelp our small businesses grow and create new jobs?" Enzi asked. "The experts agree - the Reid bill would mean fewer jobs and lower wa… Continue Reading


11.19.09

Enzi Statement on Reid Health Care Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the followingstatement on the health care bill released yesterday by Senate Majority Leader HarryReid: "We need health care reform, but it has to be done the right way. We have tobring down costs so that everyone can have access to the quality, affordable care theyneed. I'm focused on an alternative, step-by-step approach to reduce health carecosts, preser… Continue Reading


11.19.09

Enzi, Nelson and Alexander Move to Protect Student Loans Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Student Loans Available Through Ongoing Credit Crunch

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), have introduced S. 2796, bipartisan legislation to extend the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act (ECASLA). Senator Enzi said, "Students must have access to student loans and Congress can make sure that happens by passing this bill. Serious problems persist in the financial markets and many private… Continue Reading


11.18.09

HELP Committee Passes Legislation to Strengthen Public Faith in Food Supply Legislation Will Better Protect Consumers and their Families

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today supported committeepassage of S. 510, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, that will help prevent foodborne illness, and give FDA new, modern authorities to address food safety problems. "Food safety is not a partisan issue - we all want the safest food supply possible," saidEnzi. "The United States has one of the best food safety systems in the world. B… Continue Reading


11.18.09

Mammogram Controversy Highlights Concerns with Rationing Boards in Senate Health Bill

Washington, D.C. -A government task force has recommended womenshould not receive regular mammograms until they are 50. Is that a sign ofthings to come? U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). said people should be asking thatquestion as Congress considers health care legislation that gives bureaucrats thepower to determine which treatments and procedures patients can and cannot receive."Congress should not pass a health care reform bill that denies you the right toreceive the medical procedure or trea… Continue Reading


11.10.09

Enzi Concerned with Delays in H1N1 Vaccine, Warns Mandates on Small Business Not Prescription for Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today criticized the federal government's preparation and response to the H1N1 virus, saying vaccine production and distribution cannot continue to fall short of the public's need. "The Administration promised vaccines that they have not delivered, and I have serious concerns that the vaccines that have become available are not reaching high risk populations,"… Continue Reading


11.10.09

CBO Says HELP Bill Fails to Meet President’s New Goals for Health Care Reform

Washington, D.C. - Experts at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)have concluded that the health care bill passed by Democrats on the Senate Health, Education,Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee would balloon the national deficit by more than $1trillion, drive up total spending on health care and force millions of Americans to lose theiremployer-sponsored health insurance plans. "If we want to meet our shared goals of reducing costs, expanding access and improvingquality without br… Continue Reading


11.10.09

Enzi Concerned with Delays in H1N1 Vaccine, Warns Mandates on Small Business Not Prescription for Pandemic

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today criticized the federalgovernment's preparation and response to the H1N1 virus, saying vaccine production anddistribution cannot continue to fall short of the public's need. "The Administration promised vaccines that they have not delivered, and I haveserious concerns that the vaccines that have become available are not reaching high riskpopulations," Enzi… Continue Reading


11.06.09

Enzi Calls For Real Job Growth Solutions

Washington, D.C. - Responding to reports that unemployment rose to 10.2 percent,U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Laborand Pensions (HELP) Committee, said the troubling job losses announced today confirm thatthe economy is too fragile to stand the massive new spending contained in the majority'shealth care bills, and that encouraging new competition in economy is the best medicine forjob growth and the nation's health care system.Today's report from T… Continue Reading


10.29.09

Statement of Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Pension in Peril: Helping Workers Preserve Retirement Security Through a Recession

Mr. Chairman, just over a year ago you and I held our first retirement savings hearing together and we looked into how to provide greater transparency and understanding of 401(k) disclosure statements to workers and retirees. So today, I am very glad that we are expanding our review of our nation's retirement saving system by looking into traditional defined benefit plans. With the significant downturn in the stock market last year, individuals and families with 401(k)'s and IRA's immediately f… Continue Reading


10.27.09

Higher Premiums, Higher Taxes: Top 10 Ways Senate Democrat Bills Would Drive Up Health Care Costs

Washington, D.C. - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi(R-Wyo.) highlighted 10 provisions in the Senate Democrats' health care bills that would driveup health care costs for American families. "This health plan being forced on Americans under phony tight deadlines bites off toomuch, fails to deliver on promises and passes the costs onto hardworking Americans," Enzisaid. "The combination of increased taxes, expensive mandates and new regulations inthese bills will actual… Continue Reading


10.23.09

Senators Kennedy and Edwards Join State Organizer to Discuss Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives on Conference Call Across the Country, States are Taking the Lead to Give Millions the Raise They Deserve

Washington, DC: Today at noon, Senator Edward Kennedy and former Senator John Edwards will host a press conference call with the organizers from the six states that have minimum wage initiatives on the ballot this year: Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio. The minimum wage measures are expected to pass in all six states and extensive get-out-the-vote efforts are underway. Senators Kennedy and Edwards will discuss how the state efforts demonstrate the need for prompt federal action to r… Continue Reading


10.22.09

Health Department Experts Conclude House Democrats’ Bill Would Drive up Health Care Costs

Washington, D.C. - A report released yesterday by the official budget scorekeepersat the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concludes that the health care billauthored by Democrats in the House of Representatives would drive up health care costsand force millions of Americans to lose the care they have now, including seniors onMedicare. "We need health care reform that will reduce health care costs for American families,but study after study shows that the Congressional Democrats' bi… Continue Reading


10.21.09

Enzi Statement on Doc-Fix Vote Washington

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the followingstatement on Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senator Debbie Stabenow's, D-Mich.,"doc-fix" bill: "I strongly support fixing reimbursement rates for doctors who treat Medicare patients,but we cannot bust the budget to pay for it. With an already record-high deficit, this bill woulddig us a quarter-trillion dollars deeper. "The m… Continue Reading

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