Chairman's Press

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


10.20.09

HIV/AIDS Act Will Save Lives Senate Action Gives Ryan White Momentum, Enzi Says

Washington, D.C. - The bipartisan Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of2009, approved unanimously today by the U.S. Senate, will save lives by ensuring thatpeople with HIV/AIDS across the country can get the treatment they need, Senator Mike Enzi(R-Wyo.) announced. "Millions of Americans living with HIV/AIDS rely on the Ryan White program to get thetreatment they need. Passing this bill will ensure that we can continue to provide access tolife-saving treatment and care across the count… Continue Reading


10.09.09

CBO Confirms: Medical Malpractice Reform Would Cut Health Care Costs, Reduce Deficit Partisan Democrat Health Bills Fail to Address High Costs of Junk Lawsuits

Washington, D.C. - A report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office(CBO) today confirms that real reform to reduce frivolous medical lawsuits would cut healthcare costs and trim the deficit. Unfortunately, of the five partisan Democrat health care billsapproved by committees in the Senate and House of Representatives, not one includesreforms to the country's flawed medical liability system. "If we're going to get serious about actually making health care more affordable, weneed to redu… Continue Reading


10.07.09

Enzi Stands Firm in Opposition to Solicitor Nominee HELP Ranking Member Will Hold Smith Nomination on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)Committee met today to consider four White House nominees, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (RWyo.), the Committee's Ranking Member, maintained his opposition to Patricia Smith, theAdministration's choice to serve as Solicitor at the U.S. Dept. of Labor. "The nomination of Patricia Smith to be Solicitor of Labor brings me great concern," said Enzi."Her lack of candor during her hearing and responses to subsequent questions … Continue Reading


09.30.09

HELP Committee Passes Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Act Enzi: Bipartisan Bill Ensures Funds Go to Areas with Greatest Need

Washington, D.C. - The bipartisan Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of2009, approved unanimously today by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions(HELP) Committee, will save lives by ensuring that people with HIV/AIDS across the countrycan get the treatment they need, Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) announced. "Millions of Americans living with HIV/AIDS rely on the Ryan White program to get thetreatment they need. Passing this bill to renew and improve Ryan White will ensure that w… Continue Reading


09.30.09

Democrats Block Enzi Amendment to Give Americans Affordable Health Care Options

Washington, D.C. - Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee today defeated anamendment from Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) that would have driven down health care costsand given Americans the freedom to choose affordable health insurance options that meettheir needs and budgets. "Every American should have the freedom to choose a low-cost, affordable optionthat meets their budget and health care needs," Enzi said. "The Finance Committee bill doesnot give people affordable options. The bill penaliz… Continue Reading


09.24.09

Senate GOP Leadership, Grassley, Enzi Call on Secretary Sebelius to Rescind “Gag Order”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following letter calling on Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to rescind the "gag order" issued by CMS this week.… Continue Reading


09.24.09

Unfunded Medicaid Expansion in Health Bill Would Hurt States Enzi Fights to Protect States from Costly Federal Mandate

Finance Committee health care bill to protect states facing budget shortfalls from unfunded,mandatory Medicaid expansions. Democrats rejected the amendment on party lines. "The unfunded, mandatory Medicaid expansion in the Finance bill is going to bankruptour states," Enzi said. "The bill already provides additional funding to a select few states,including the Majority Leader's home state. I think we need to give every state that's facing abudget shortfall in this tough economy an exemption fro… Continue Reading


09.23.09

Enzi Leads GOP HELP Committee Inquiry Into Alleged NEA Political Activity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today led his fellow Republican HELP Committee members in requesting an explanation regarding possible violations of federal law at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Enzi and his colleagues sent the request to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. In the letter delivered today the Senators questioned the possibility of "taxpayer dollars to engage in lobbying a… Continue Reading

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