Chairman's Press

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


06.04.08

Enzi Rejects Reckless, "All-You-Can-Spend" Democrat Budget Calls for Fiscal Responsibilty to Control Spending, Shrink Debt

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayslammed the Democrat Budget Resolution, which he argued would force $1.2 trillion intax hikes on working families, cause an explosion in federal spending, and boost thealready growing national debt. "Make no mistake: the Democrats' proposal is a fiscally reckless, tax and spend,big government budget," Enzi said. "It makes no tough choices. It does not… Continue Reading


05.26.08

Enzi Pleased With Tenative Agreement on Global AIDS Relief Program Says Deal Will Improve Focus on Care, Treatment of 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), todayissued the following statement on the tentative agreement to renew the President'sEmergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): "The tentative agreement we have reached on the global AIDS relief programensures that we can focus our efforts on providing care and treatment to those withHIV/AIDS," Enzi said. "I'm pleased we have reached a meeting of the minds… Continue Reading


05.20.08

Enzi: "Warn Act" Expansion Would Do LIttle to Help Displaced Workers Urges Congress to Enhance Workforce Training Programs to Prepare Workers for High Demand, High Wage Jobs

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidthat Congress could better serve workers who lose their jobs through plant closures byreauthorizing critical workforce training programs, rather than by mandating an expandednotice of a closing. "Simply giving workers a few extra weeks notice that they are going to lose theirjobs would do very little, if anything, to help prepare them for their n… Continue Reading


05.20.08

ENZI CALLS FOR RENEWAL OF WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM, HIGHER EDUCATION ACT SAYS PROGRAMS ARE ESSENTIAL TO HELP COMMUNITY COLLEGES PREPARE STUDENTS FOR 21ST CENTURY WORKPLACE

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todaycalled on Congress to renew and improve the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and theHigher Education Act (HEA), saying that reauthorizing the programs is vital forAmerica's community colleges to help students develop the knowledge and skills to besuccessful in the 21st Century, global economy. "Improving access to higher education and job training progr… Continue Reading


05.13.08

Enzi Rejects "Fatally Flawed" Proposal to Force Unionization on State, Local First Responders Says Bill is "Terrible Policy," Would Impose Enormous Unfunded Mandates, Diminish National Security, and Trample Worker Rights

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), said he isstrongly opposed to the Democrat proposal to impose unionization on state and local firstresponders, adding that the bill would jeopardize national security, impose an enormousunfunded mandate on states and towns, and trample the rights of first responders in theworkplace. "Make no mistake: the only direct beneficiaries of this legislation are la… Continue Reading


05.08.08

ENZI COSPONSORS BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP VETERANS BECOME PARAMEDICS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todaycosponsored legislation that will help returning troops in their transitions to civilianemployment by speeding paramedic training for veterans with military-based medicaltraining while addressing shortages of health care workers in rural areas. "The medical training that many of our service-members receive is of great valueboth on the battlefield and … Continue Reading


05.07.08

Enzi Celebrates Presidential Signing of Measure to Ensure Access to Student Loans Urges Swift Completion of HEA Reauthorization to Expand Access to Higher Education

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the SenateHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised President Bushfor swiftly signing into law legislation to ensure that students and parents can continue toaccess student loans for higher education through the Federal Family Education Loan(FFEL) program. "As we speak, students and parents across the country are in the process ofapplying for federal financial aid to help pay next year's college tuiti… Continue Reading


05.01.08

ENZI PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PREVENT GENETIC INFORMATION DISCRIMINATION PRESIDENT EXPECTED TO SIGN LEGISLATION TO SAVE LIVES, REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded theHouse of Representatives for its passage of the "Genetic Information Non-DiscriminationAct," H.R. 493, a bill that will prohibit health insurers and employers from attempting to usegenetic information to discriminate against persons with potential health problems. "The 'Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act' will help fulfill the promise… Continue Reading


04.29.08

ENZI URGES HELP COMMITTEE TO EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS, CONSIDER PLANS ALREADY WORKING, TO ENHANCE WORKPLACE SAFETY, REDUCE FATALITIES

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayurged Members of the Committee to "think outside the box" to establish effective,innovative strategies to enhance workplace safety and prevent on-the-job injuries andfatalities. "No penalty can make up for the loss of a loved one," Enzi said at today's HELPCommittee hearing, titled "When a Worker is Killed: Do OSHA Penalties EnhanceWorkplace Safety?" "Instead of talking just about punishments after injuries or fatalit… Continue Reading


04.28.08

ENZI APPLAUDS PRESIDENT SIGNING BILL TO TREAT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today cheered asPresident Bush signed into law legislation to help treat Americans, including returningsoldiers, living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). "Each year, approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury,causing significant, often lifelong and sometimes fatal, disability and discomfort," Enzisaid. "The 'Reauthorization of the Trauma… Continue Reading


04.24.08

KENNEDY, ENZI, SNOWE, SLAUGHTER TO DISCUSS GINA PASSAGE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Edward Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education,Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of theHELP Committee, Senator Olympia Snowe, and Representative Louise Slaughter willspeak with reporters today, April 24th, following the expected passage of the GeneticInformation Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) in the Senate print press gallery, located onthe third floor of the United States Capitol. The vote is expected to occur around 2:00PM. The … Continue Reading


04.24.08

KENNEDY, ENZI, SNOWE CELEBRATE PASSAGE OF GENETIC INFORMATION NONDISCRIMINATION ACT

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health,Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Mike Enzi, Ranking Member of the HELPCommittee, Olympia Snowe and released the following statements following the passage of theGenetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This legislation will prohibit genetic discrimination by health insurers and employers. The houseis expected to take up identical language in the very near future. Chairman Kennedy said, "This bill … Continue Reading


04.11.08

ENZI: SENATE APPROVES BILL TO TREAT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded theSenate for unanimously approving and sending to the President for his signaturelegislation to help treat Americans, including returning soldiers, living with traumaticbrain injury (TBI). "Each year, approximately 1.5 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury,causing significant, often lifelong and sometimes fatal, disability and discomf… Continue Reading


04.10.08

ENZI STRESSES NEED TO ADDRESS THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF GLOBAL POVERTY

Washington, D.C. - At today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions(HELP) Committee hearing on climate change and public health, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi(R-WY), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, said that Congress should focus itsefforts on solving the health crises around the world related to poverty and a lack of cleanwater. "We face very real and immediate challenges with malaria, air pollution, andHIV/AIDS today," Enzi said. "For me, the health effects of climate change areinextric… Continue Reading


04.03.08

ENZI INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLAN BILL URGES CONGRESS TO ACT THIS YEAR ON LEGISLATION TO REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS, PROVIDE RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WORKING FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced the"Small Business Health Plans Act of 2008," bipartisan legislation that would expandaccess to affordable health care by allowing small businesses and working families topool together and negotiate the health insurance plans they need at prices they can afford."We need to do something - anything - about our nation's health care crisis. Small busi… Continue Reading


04.02.08

ENZI, KENNEDY, BUSINESS LEADERS URGE PASSAGE OF HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEGISLATION SAY CONGRESS COULD ACT NOW TO SAVE LIVES, REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today rallied withSenator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman of the HELP Committee, and the CEOs ofsome of America's largest employers to urge passage of the "Wired for Health CareQuality Act," S. 1693, a bipartisan bill that will encourage the adoption of cutting-edgeinformationtechnologies in health care to improve patient care, reduce medical errors,and cut health ca… Continue Reading

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