Chairman's Press

03.10.09

Enzi: Senate Wasting Time on Card Check's Political Payback as Struggling Families Need New Knowledge, Skills

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today scolded Senate leaders forwasting time on passing a political payback bill such as Card Check just to benefit big labor,while ignoring programs to develop new knowledge and skills that would help the nation'sbeleaguered middle class cope, compete, and remain on the job in today's turbulent economy. "The card check bill is not about the economy, and it is not… Continue Reading


03.09.09

Enzi: Seante to Uphold Fair Distribution of Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Funding

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) today urged the Senate to approvehis amendment to ensure that the House Democratic Leadership does not use the omnibusappropriations bill to cheat struggling communities out of funds they desperately need to combatthe spread of HIV/AIDS, in order to steer that money to their home districts. "The omnibus appropriations package would take money away from vulnerablepopulations and give it to a few large cities like San Francisco," said Enzi, Ranking… Continue Reading


03.05.09

Card Check: "The Bill That keeps on Taking from America's Workers," Enzi Says

Washington, D.C. - Up to 600,000 American workers may lose their jobs next year if theDemocrat-sponsored Card Check bill becomes law, according to a study released today of themeasure's potential impact on an already weakened economy, prompting U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (RWY)to label the bill "a gift to union bosses that keeps on taking from America's workers." "If Congress passes the card check bill, America's workers will lose their democratic rights inthe workplace, and 600,000 may also lose th… Continue Reading


02.25.09

ENZI: HEALTH CARE REFORM MUST HALT SKYROCKETING COSTS, ENCOURAGE COMPETITION AND INNOVATION

Washington, D.C. - Congress must take meaningful steps to promote competition andinnovation in order to bring down skyrocketing health care costs and provide much-needed relieffor American families, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health,Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today. "We need a robust, competitive market that can deliver choices of high-quality plans -not a one--fits-all federal solution," Enzi said. "Competition and choice will drive d… Continue Reading


02.11.09

Statement of Michael B. Enzi Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Rep. Hilda Solis’ Nomination to Head the Department of Labor

Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for calling this mark-up today, and especially forfollowing regular order during the nomination process. By doing so we are fulfilling our adviceand consent obligations pursuant to the Constitution. Rep. Solis has a diverse background and a compelling personal story. Her life is one thatepitomizes the American Dream, and her dedication to public service is admirable. It shouldserve as an example to young people everywhere. The main reason this nomination has be… Continue Reading


02.03.09

Enzi: Health Care Summit Should Be a Turning Point for Bipartanship

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today accepted the President'sinvitation to the White House for a summit on health care, which Enzi said he hopes will be "aturning point for true bipartisanship." "This health care summit is a good first step. I hope this represents a new, bipartisanapproach, after the 'We won the election, we write the bill' mentality of SCHIP and the bailoutbill," Enzi said. "… Continue Reading


02.02.09

ENZI CONGRATULATES GOVERNOR SEBELIUS ON NOMINATION, EYES BIPARTISAN ACTION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today congratulated GovernorKathleen Sebelius (D-KS) on her nomination to serve as Secretary of Health and HumanServices, and said he looked forward to speaking with her about her vision for the Departmentand the Administration's intentions for health care reform this year. "We need bipartisan, fiscally responsible action this year to ensure that every Americanha… Continue Reading


01.29.09

ENZI: BETTER HEALTH CARE VALUE MEANS HIGHER QUALITY, LOWER COST

Washington, D.C. - Congress can improve health care quality while reducing costs forall Americans by focusing on efforts to get better value for every dollar spent on health care,U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor andPensions (HELP) Committee, said today. "We need to take steps to get better value for every dollar Americans spend on healthcare," Enzi said. "Comprehensive health care reform must be about more than expandingcoverage - it must incl… Continue Reading


01.27.09

ENZI: ACCESS TO PREVENTIVE SERVICES CRITICAL FOR RURAL PATIENTS

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that comprehensivehealth care reform must include efforts to ensure that rural and frontier areas can meet theirhealth care needs, including access to primary care physicians and preventive services. "For families in rural and frontier areas, health care reform means more than justexpanding insurance coverage," Enzi said. "Comprehensive health care refo… Continue Reading


01.15.09

ENZI CALLS FOR REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE TO FIGHT PAY DISCRIMINATION SAYS LEDBETTER BILL WOULD HELP TRIAL LAWYERS, NOT WORKERS

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged theSenate to reject the Ledbetter bill, and called for consideration of reasonable alternativelegislation to protect American workers. "The Ledbetter bill is an unreasonable overreach that will benefit trial lawyers atthe expense of workers and small businesses," Enzi said. "By eliminating the statute oflimitations, the Ledbetter bill will make it diff… Continue Reading


01.13.09

Enzi Focuses on Expanding Lifelong Learning Opportunities; Urges Duncan to Help Rural Schools Meet Unique Challenges

ate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today told ArneDuncan, nominee for Secretary of Education, that he plans to work with the Obamaadministration to improve student achievement and expand lifelong learningopportunities for all Americans. "We can't afford the lost economic opportunity that results when students dropout or face barriers to continued learning," Enzi said at a confirmation hearing forDuncan. "Congress and the Department of Education need to work together to … Continue Reading


01.09.09

ENZI URGES SOLIS TO FOSTER COOPERATION, NOT CONFRONTATION, IN EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER RELATIONS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today emphadthat the Department of Labor would achieve better results by approaching employeeemployerrelations in a cooperative, not confrontational, manner, and urged the Secretaryof Labor designate to work constructively with both labor and business. "It's counterproductive to treat employees and employers as enemies," Enzi saidat a confirmation hearing for Rep… Continue Reading


01.08.09

Enzi to Daschle: Let's Work Together to Make Access to Affordable Health Care a Reality for All Americans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he is"ready to work with the Obama Administration to make access to affordable health care areality for all Americans." "I want to work with you and President-elect Obama to help every American gethigh quality, affordable health insurance," Enzi said before a confirmation hearing forformer Senator Tom Daschle, nominee to head the Department of Health a… Continue Reading


12.01.08

ENZI MARKS WORLD AIDS DAY; URGES ACTION TO HALT SPREAD OF DISEASE AND EXPAND ACCESS TO CARE

Washington, D.C. - Marking the 20th anniversary of "World AIDS Day," U.S.Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Laborand Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that the United States has made great stridescombating AIDS at home and across the world, and must continue to lead the way totreat, prevent, and find a cure for the terrible disease. "Over 40 million people in the world are living with HIV/AIDS, and millionsmore are infected each year," Enzi said. "Th… Continue Reading


11.19.08

SENATE FINANCE, HELP COMMITTEE LEADERS COMMIT TO WORK TOGETHER FOR HEALTH REFORM IN 2009 Baucus, Kennedy, Grassley, Enzi, Rockefeller, Hatch, Dodd met today to discuss prospects for advancing legislation in 111th Congress

Washington, DC- Leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee committed today to work together early in the 111th Congress toward comprehensive health care reform. Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and HELP Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) were joined at an afternoon discussion in the U.S. Capitol by Finance Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and HELP Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), as well as Finance Health Care Subcommittee … Continue Reading


11.12.08

ENZI, COBURN INVESTIGATE CONTRACT IRREGULARITIES AT FDA; CALL ON AGENCY TO PROVIDE DETAILED REPORTS ON PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTRACT

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), andSenator Tom Coburn, R-OK, have asked the Food and Drug Administration to provideinformation about a no-bid contract that officials awarded to a public relations firm withties to the agency. "We write today with great concern over apparent disregard for proper andtransparent procedure at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding a contractfor a p… Continue Reading


10.29.08

Enzi: Community Colleges Provide High-Value, High-Return, Lifelong Learning Opportunities - Calls on Congress to Renew Critical Workforce Reinvestment Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), said areport released today demonstrates that, "America's community colleges are doing atremendous job of controlling costs while providing lifelong learning opportunities toprepare America's students and workers for the high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobsof the 21st Century. Enzi called on Congress to do its part to assist community colleges by renew… Continue Reading


10.09.08

ENZI BILL TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL AMERICANS CLEARS FINAL HURDLE

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayapplauded President Bush for signing the "Health Care Safety Net Act of 2008," whichhe said will make it easier for patients to receive quality health care in rural andunderserved areas - particularly in frontier communities that struggle to attract doctorsand health care providers. "The Health Care Safety Net Act will help patients in Wyoming, and… Continue Reading


10.07.08

Grassley, Baucus, Wyden, Enzi, Nelson Unveil Health Costs Disclosure Discussion Draft, Seek Public Comment

WASHINGTON - Sens. Chuck Grassley, Max Baucus, Ron Wyden, Mike Enzi, and BenNelson today released a discussion draft of legislation that would provide for greater disclosureof health insurance costs to workers. Better informing workers about what they pay for healthcare and how much costs are increasing year after year is a way to begin to help to control healthcare costs and has been suggested by experts including the director of the Congressional BudgetOffice. The senators are seeking public … Continue Reading


10.01.08

ENZI: SHORTER, SIMPLER FAFSA WILL HELP STUDENTS GET FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayapplauded the Department of Education for unveiling a prototype for a new, simpler FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). "Applying for financial aid shouldn't be harder than filing your taxes," said Enzi,the Senate's only accountant. "I'm pleased that the Department is looking ahead todevelop a shorter, simpler FAFSA that will encourage … Continue Reading

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