Chairman's Press

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


09.24.08

ENZI LEADS CHARGE TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR RURAL AMERICANS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidSenate passage of the "Health Centers Renewal Act of 2008" will make it easier forpatients to receive quality health care in rural and underserved areas - particularly infrontier communities that struggle to attract doctors and health care providers. "Community health centers (CHCs) provide regular access to high quality healthcare for people … Continue Reading


09.23.08

DOMENICI, KENNEDY, ENZI & DODD CELEBRATE SENATE PASSAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH PARITY IN TAX PACKAGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Edward M. Kennedy(D-Mass.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) today celebrated Senateapproval of a broad bipartisan mental health parity agreement and expressed theirconfidence the Congress would enact the legislation before the impending end of the110th Congress. The Senate today approved the mental health parity legislation as part of theRenewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 (HR.6049), the so-called Senatecompromise tax exte… Continue Reading


09.23.08

Enzi Says So-Called "Employee Free Choice Act" Will Deny Workers Fundamental Voting Rights, Barganing Power on the Job

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called onthe Senate to reject efforts to resurrect the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act," callingthe bill "a blueprint for the most radical and unwarranted change in employee andmanagement relations in over half a century." The bill, a top priority for labor union leaders, was passed by the House last year,but did not gather enough support for a final vo… Continue Reading


09.11.08

ENZI ISSUES STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF ADA AMENDMENTS ACT

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), issued thefollowing statement on Senate passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008: "Passing this ADA bill is critical to restore the intent of the original Americanswith Disabilities Act. Recent court decisions have denied protections to some individuals that Congress intended to cover when it first passed ADA. This bill will e… Continue Reading


09.09.08

ENZI NAMES CHUCK CLAPTON HEALTH POLICY DIRECTOR

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todaynamed Chuck Clapton as Health Policy Director for the Committee's minority healthpolicy office. "Chuck Clapton brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of health careissues, and he will be a valuable addition to our team," Enzi said. "I am counting on himto help me as I work with my colleagues to advance legislation like my bill, 10 Steps To Tra… Continue Reading


08.18.08

Enzi Urges Diverse Investment to Help Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Grow

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidthat the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), which safeguards the pensions ofover 44 million American workers and retirees, must maintain a diversified and prudentinvestment portfolio in order to grow and reduce its deficit. "Our pension laws encourage individuals and private pension plans to diversifytheir investments for long-term grow… Continue Reading


08.14.08

Enzi Applauds Signing of Higher Education Act Reauthorization Says Law Will Make College More Affordable, Hold Universities and Lenders More Accountable

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayapplauded President Bush for signing into law a bill to reauthorize the Higher EducationAct (HEA), which he said will improve higher education affordability, access, andaccountability. "Today is a great day for America's students and their families preparing forschool this fall and in the years to come," Enzi said. "This bill is critical to enhancing … Continue Reading


08.01.08

ENZI APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF CRITICAL ANIMAL DRUG LEGISLATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded theSenate for approving legislation to prevent expiration of the Animal Drug User Fee Act(ADUFA), which provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the resourcesto evaluate and approve new drugs for animals in a timely and effective manner. The billalso would create a new user fee program for generic animal drugs. "Pet owners, farmers, r… Continue Reading


07.31.08

Enzi Celebrates Final Passage of Higher Education Act Reauthorization Says Bill Will Make College more Affordable, Hold Universities and Lenders Accountable

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todaycelebrated final passage of an agreement to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA),which he said will improve higher education affordability, access, and accountability."Completing this bill was a marathon, but we've reached the finish line," Enzisaid. "Today is a great day for America's students and their families. This bill is criticalto enhanci… Continue Reading


07.30.08

ENZI CHEERS SIGNING OF GLOBAL AIDS RELIEF BILL SAYS PEPFAR RENEWAL WILL SAVE LIVES BY IMPROVING FOCUS ON TREATING INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV/AIDS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayapplauded President Bush for signing legislation to reauthorize the global HIV/AIDSrelief program known as PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). "This bill will secure America's place as the world's leader in the global fightagainst HIV/AIDS. This is proof that the United States continues to put its money whereits mouth is to combat the… Continue Reading


07.25.08

Enzi Calls for Accountability in Imperial Sugar Refineray Explosion

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todaymade the following statement as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) announced it has issued citations against Imperial Sugar Co. for violations thatled to a deadly explosion last February in Pentworth, Georgia: "OSHA has issued severe charges of disregard for worker safety at the ImperialSugar refinery. I plan to review the findi… Continue Reading


07.24.08

Enzi Calls Crandall Canyon Findings "Disturbing" Says Those at Fault for Mine Tragedy Must Be Held Accountable

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), issued thefollowing statement on the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA)investigation into the accident at Crandall Canyon Mine, which the Department of Laborreleased today: "MSHA's report includes a number of very disturbing findings. It appears fromthis report that these tragic fatalities might have been preventable. Those at fault for thistra… Continue Reading


07.20.08

Enzi Denounces House Passage of "Marlboro Protection Act" "Big Tobacco Supports This Bill Because it Will Not Stop Anyone from Smoking"

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today denouncedpassage by the House of Representatives of a so-called tobacco regulation bill he said"coddles Big Tobacco while protecting the industry's best tools to recruit and addict yourchildren to tobacco." "Trying to make cigarettes safer through a billion-dollar bureaucracy is a waste oftime and money," Enzi said. "The right approach is to get people to st… Continue Reading


07.16.08

ENZI APPLAUDS SENATE APPROVAL OF GLOBAL AIDS RELIEF BILL SAYS PEPFAR RENEWAL WILL SAVE LIVES BY IMPROVING FOCUS ON TREATING INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV/AIDS

Washington D.C. - The Senate today voted to renew the President's EmergencyPlan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), ensuring the resources to improve the program's focuson treating individuals with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and save lives incountries devastated by poverty and disease, said U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY,Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee(HELP Committee). "This bill will secure America's place as the world's leader in the global fightagain… Continue Reading


07.11.08

ENZI CHEERS SENATE ACTION TOWARD RENEWAL OF GLOBAL AIDS RELIEF PROGRAM SAYS BILL WILL SAVE LIVES BY IMPROVING FOCUS ON TREATING INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV/AIDS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidhe is was pleased that the Senate is moving toward passage of legislation to renew thePresident's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), adding that the bill would savelives in poor countries by improving the program's focus on treating individuals withHIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. "Our bill will secure America's place as the world's lea… Continue Reading


06.26.08

ENZI: BUDGET ESTIMATE CONFIRMS BIOSIMILAR BILL WILL REDUCE LONG TERM PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS URGES HOUSE TO ACT, EXPAND ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING DRUGS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said budgetestimates confirm that HELP Committee legislation to allow the Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) to approve biosimilar therapeutics in an expedited way wouldproduce significant reductions in prescription drug costs over the next 10 years. "This budget score confirms that our biosimilar therapeutics bill will saveAmericans billions of dollars in pr… Continue Reading


06.24.08

ENZI SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD SUPPORT EFFORTS TO COMBAT ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE, DEVELOP NEW ANTIBIOTICS

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidthat Congress must tackle a key weakness in America's health care system - the growingthreat of antibiotic resistance and the failure to create new antibiotics to address thisemerging need. "We must meet the challenge that the growing threat of antibiotic resistance posesto our health care system," Enzi said. "Congress must carefully consider how … Continue Reading


06.19.08

ENZI: MINER ACT A SUCCESS, BUT WE CAN NEVER BE COMPLACENT

Washington, DC - Two years after Congress passed the "Mine Improvement andNew Emergency Response Act" (MINER Act) ,U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY),Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee(HELP Committee), said the law has significantly improved mine safety and includesprovisions that will continue to make mining safer in the future. "The MINER Act has made our nation's mines much safer over the past twoyears, but we can never be complacent when it comes to mine … Continue Reading


06.11.08

ENZI INTRODUCES BILL TO MODERNIZE EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES LEGISLATION WILL CREATE MORE, BETTER JOBS, AND RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayintroduced a bill to expand and revitalize the two main federal employment and trainingprograms for persons with significant disabilities, paving the way to create more, betterjobs and restore accountability to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. The bill includes key reforms to solve the problems Senator Enzi uncovered in2005 as Chairman of HELP Committe… Continue Reading

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