Chairman's Press

05.05.09

ENZI: REDUCING HEALTH CARE COSTS CRITICAL TO EXPANDING ACCESS

Washington, D.C. - At today's Senate Finance Committee roundtable on, "Expanding Health Care Coverage, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said that efforts to expand health care coverage must be coupled with efforts to bring down health care costs. "Unless we halt skyrocketing health care costs, any attempt to expand health care coverage will be financially unsustainable," said Enzi, who serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and as a member o… Continue Reading


04.28.09

ENZI SAYS STATES CAN OFFER IMPORTANT INSIGHTS ON NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORMS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) said today dramatic changes imposed on market rules in the name of health care reform could do more harm than good if Congress moves too quickly and without taking into account the lessons learned by state-based health reform efforts. "Forcing states to dramatically change their insurance market rules too quickly could result in some very serious unintended consequences," Enzi said, during today's HELP Committee Round Table, "Learning from the St… Continue Reading


04.28.09

ENZI URGES DEMOCRATS TO REJECT BUDGET WITH RECONCILIATION INSTRUCTIONS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on the Democrats' decision to misuse budget reconciliation and bypass a full, fair legislative process on health care reform: "How did reconciliation instructions make it into the conference report after so many powerful Senate Democrats said they opposed using reconciliation and would fight to keep it out of the budget? In… Continue Reading


04.27.09

Enzi Announce Press Additions at HELP

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced the addition of two accomplished media professionals, Stephen D. Wymer and AshLee A. Strong, to expand the HELP Committee's press office. "As the Congressional agenda focuses more and more on the HELP Committee, I'm sopleased we can add these two impressive folks to our press team. I'm confident their skill andhard work will let us better inform t… Continue Reading


04.24.09

ENZI: RECONCILIATION CLOSES THE DOOR ON GOOD, BIPARTISAN HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statementin response to reports that Democrats may misuse budget reconciliation to bypass a full, fairlegislative process on health care reform: "For lasting, comprehensive health care reform to work and for Americans to really haveconfidence in the plan, we need 75 or 80 Senators supporting the plan - not just 51. Health carereform w… Continue Reading


04.21.09

ENZI: GREEN JOB SKILLS DEVELOPMENT MUST BE PART OF COMPREHENSIVE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that programs to develop training for "green jobs" should be a part of a comprehensive effort to prepare America's workforce with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the 21st century, global economy. "We cannot afford to create a parallel system of job training just for one sector of the economy," Enzi said. "We need to improve job training progr… Continue Reading


04.01.09

Enzi Commends Insurers' Call for Cooperative Effort to Reform Health Care, Promote Higher-Quality, Lower-Cost Plans

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today wrote two of the nation'sleading health insurers and urged them to continue working with Congress to find ways to offerhigher-quality, lower-cost health care plans. "We need you to work with health care providers, patient advocates, other stakeholdersand those of us in Congress to find comprehensive solutions to bring down health care costs andinsurance p… Continue Reading


03.31.09

ENZI URGES SEBELIUS TO REJECT RECONCILIATION FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged Governor KathleenSebelius, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, to reject the misuse of budgetreconciliation to enact health care reform. "Misusing the budget process to write health care reform behind closed doors isunacceptable and betrays the promise of transparency, bipartisanship and a new tone inWashington," Enzi said. "We need … Continue Reading


03.26.09

ENZI: NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION WILL EASE BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS, IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged the Senate to support abill to reauthorize America's national service programs, which he said is a good step towardimproving the administration and accountability of the programs, while reducing the bureaucraticbarriers that have limited their success. "A comprehensive reauthorization of our national service statutes is long overdue," Enzisaid. "Thi… Continue Reading


03.18.09

NATIONAL SERVICE LEGISLATION HEADED TO SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Edward M.Kennedy (D-Mass.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), all members of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) today applauded Committee passageof the Serve America Act (S. 277), legislation that greatly expands domestic service opportunities for all Americans. Continuing the bipartisan tradition of national servicelegislation, the Serve America Act was written by HELP Committee Chairman Kenn… Continue Reading


03.17.09

HELP COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC FAITH IN FOOD SUPPLY

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), along with other Senate leaders, today said strengthening public faith in the safety of food is crucial to public health and reaffirmed their commitment to enact bipartisan, comprehensive legislation that will improve the quality of all food in the United States and better protect consumers and their families. Tomorrow, November 18, the HELP Committ… Continue Reading


03.10.09

ENZI: HEALTH CARE REFORM MUST PRESERVE PATIENT CHOICE OF PROVIDER AND PLAN

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said health care reformlegislation must expand, not reduce, meaningful choices for patients, and should not forceAmericans to lose their existing coverage. Enzi said he will work with Congress to protect Medicare Advantage plans, which servemillions of seniors. "We should not pay for health care reform by slashing programs and eliminatingchoices," Enzi said… Continue Reading


03.10.09

ENZI SAYS CONGRESS SHOULD EASE BUREAUCRATIC BARRIERS, IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR NATIONAL SERVICE PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said Congress should use thereauthorization of America's national service programs as an opportunity to improve theiradministration and accountability, and reduce bureaucratic barriers that have limited theirsuccess. "A comprehensive reauthorization of our national service statutes is long overdue," Enzisaid. "We need to give these programs a hard look and … Continue Reading


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

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