Chairman's Press

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


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

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