Chairman's Press

03.11.08

TEN STEPS, TEN STOPS: ENZI ANNOUNCES TOUR TO DISCUSS PLAN TO TRANSFORM HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA ~ WILL VISIT TEN WYOMING CITIES, TOWNS TO TALK ABOUT TEN STEP REFORM BILL ~

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), is takingto the road next week to draw attention to the nation's health care crisis and the stepsCongress can take to wrangle health care costs in America. From March 17 through March 20, Enzi will cover more than 1,100 miles,stopping in 10 Wyoming towns, to discuss his health care reform bill, "10 Steps toTransform Health Care in America," legislation th… Continue Reading


03.11.08

ENZI URGES APPLYING LESSONS LEARNED DOUBLING NIH BUDGET TO NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION BUDGET

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urgedCongress to apply the lessons learned as it restructured and doubled funding for theNational Institutes of Health (NIH) as it now considers the President's request to doublefunding for basic research conducted by the National Science Foundation. "To ensure that the United States remains a world leader in research to find curesand life-giving therapies … Continue Reading


03.06.08

ENZI CALLS FOR RENEWED, STRENGTHENED EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS TO HELP AMERICANS REMAIN FINANCIALLY SECURE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said thatCongress must renew and improve critical education and training programs to ensure thatall Americans have opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to besuccessful and financially secure in the 21st century global economy. "Knowledge, skills, and experience - not federal mandates and entitlementprograms - are the keys to lasting f… Continue Reading


03.06.08

ENZI, HATCH, ISAKSON: CRANDALL CANYON INVESTIGATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY MINE SAFETY EXPERTS - AWAIT OFFICAL REPORTS ON ACCIDENT -

Washington - Three top members of the Senate committee that governs mine safetytoday said federal investigators conducting a thorough investigation of the Crandall CanyonMine tragedy must be allowed to complete their work, and urged Congress to refrain fromrushing to judgments based on incomplete and unofficial evidence. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Health, Education,Labor and Pensions, Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), bothseni… Continue Reading


02.26.08

ENZI CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT MEDICARE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME, PUT FEDERAL BUDGET ON PATH TO CONTROL WASTEFUL SPENDING

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today cosponsoreda bill designed to "take the first steps toward broad Medicare reform and helpplace it on a sustainable path to ensure that seniors can receive the care and drugs theyneed for generations to come." "Medicare is on an unsustainable path and will not be able to continue meetingthe needs of America's patients or adequately reimburse health c… Continue Reading


02.25.08

ENZI: SENATE VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON BILL TO RENEW, IMPROVE INDIAN HEALTH CARE SERVICES

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 pleased the Senate has voted to move toward final passage of the "Indian HealthCare Improvement Act," S. 1200, a bill he said will "move the country forward in theright direction to improve Indian health care programs." "For too long, we have neglected our duty to review the Indian health careprogram and ensure that it continues to deliver… Continue Reading


02.15.08

ENZI: MEDICARE REFORM PROPOSAL IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD MUCH-NEEDED ENTITLEMENT REFORM

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayvoiced support for a proposal submitted by the President that he said would, "take thefirst steps toward broad Medicare reform and help place that critical program on asustainable path to ensure that seniors can receive the medical care and prescription drugsthey need for generations to come." "Medicare is on an unsustainable path and will not be abl… Continue Reading


02.07.08

ENZI APPLAUDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REAUTHORIZATION; URGES QUICK APPOINTMENT OF CONFEREES TO FINALIZE BILL FOR PRESIDENT’S APPROVAL

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded theHouse of Representatives for passing legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act,which includes key higher education reforms he said are critical to expand access tocollege, protect students from bad actors in the student loan industry, and provide clearinformation students need to understand and manage their debts. "I am very pleased that the House of Representatives has acted on this criticallegislation,… Continue Reading


01.24.08

ENZI CALLS PROPOSED LEDBETTER BILL AN UNREASONABLE OVERREACH BILL WOULD ELIMINATE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON PAY DISCRIMINATION CASES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said thatlegislation aimed at overturning the Supreme Court's decision in a last year'semployment discrimination case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, would effectively eliminate thestatute of limitations for such cases guaranteed in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, andwould create unreasonable new burdens for both employees and employers. "A statute of limitations ser… Continue Reading


01.22.08

ENZI PROVIDES GUIDE TO CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES IN DEVELOPING POLICES TO ACCOMMODATE STAFF, CONSTITUENTS, VISITORS LIVING WITH ACCESS NEEDS

Washington, D.C. - Saying "No one should be precluded from visiting theirelected officials, attending hearings, or participating in events in Congress because ofphysical or communication barriers," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Memberof the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today sent anewly-prepared "Guide to Assisting Office Personnel and Visitors with AccessibilityNeeds," to all Congressional offices. The guide, which Enzi said he hopes will build on the … Continue Reading


12.11.07

ENZI SAYS CONGRESS MUST RENEW, IMPROVE GLOBAL AIDS RELIEF PROGRAM

Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidthat he is committed to renewing and improving the President's Emergency Plan forAIDS relief (PEPFAR) to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria across the globe. "Five years ago we established a program that has been very successfulpreventing and treating AIDS all over the world," Enzi said, at today's HELP Committeehearing titled "Meeting the Global Challenge of AIDS, TB, and Malaria." "Now, wehave an opportunity to bui… Continue Reading


12.04.07

ENZI CALLS FOR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY, STRENGTHEN PUBLIC FAITH IN FOOD SUPPLY

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today saidstrengthening public faith in the safety of food is crucial to public health as well as theeconomy, and reaffirmed his commitment to develop a bipartisan, comprehensiveresponse to improve the safety of all food in the United States that will better protectconsumers and their families. "There's too much at stake here to keep relying on a policy o… Continue Reading


11.14.07

SENATE GIVES FINAL APPROVAL TO HEAD START RENEWAL; MEASURE TO HELP LOW INCOME KIDS LEARN, ENZI SAYS

Washington, D.C. - The Senate has approved the final House-Senate agreementto renew the Head Start program by a 95-0 vote, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY),Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)Committee, announced today, saying the measure will help ensure that low-incomechildren are prepared - not only for success in school - but also for success later in life.With the Senate's action approving the Conference Report on H.R. 1429, the"Improving Head Start for Sch… Continue Reading


11.14.07

ENZI: HELP COMMITTEE APPROVES CRITICAL BILLS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC HEALTH

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 pleased that the HELP Committee approved a series of bills to enhance the publichealth, including measures to fight childhood cancer, enhance the nation's defensesagainst tuberculosis, detect childhood diseases at birth, and renew programs to ensure thatrural and underserved communities have a lifeline to dependable, high-quality medicalcar… Continue Reading


11.08.07

ENZI PRAISES APPROVAL OF AGREEMENT TO RENEW, STRENGTHEN CRITICAL HEAD START ACT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said aHouse-Senate Conference Committee approved an agreement on the "Improving HeadStart for School Readiness Act of 2007," a bill that will improve Head Start programs andensure that "all children, regardless of background, enter school ready to learn andsucceed." "After many false starts, we have finally reached an agreement on thereauthorization of the … Continue Reading


11.06.07

ENZI URGES INNOVATION, COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH TO DEVELOP CRITICAL MINE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today metwith Dr. Jeffrey Kohler, Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health at the NationalInstitute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), to discuss developments in minesafety technology, and said he is pleased with the progress that is being made inimproving communications and tracking systems. "We have to harness the power of American innovat… Continue Reading


11.06.07

ENZI: PANEL’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPORT SAFETY A GOOD START TO IMPROVE SAFETY OF IMPORTED FOODS, PRODUCTS

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 encouraged by many of the recommendations issued by the President's InteragencyWorking Group on Import Safety and reaffirmed his commitment to develop acomprehensive response to improve the safety of all food in the United States and betterprotect consumers and their families. "I will be studying in detail Secretary Michael Leavitt's repor… Continue Reading


11.01.07

ENZI CALLS ON SENATE TO PASS SCHIP RENEWAL THAT PUTS KIDS FIRST, THEN ENACT BROAD HEALTH CARE REFORM FOR ALL AMERICANS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Memberof the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today saidCongress is losing sight of the original intent of the State Children's Health InsuranceProgram (SCHIP) by threatening to turn a sound health care plan for kids into a flawedprogram covering kids and adults with the so called "new" SCHIP bill, which the Senateapproved today and which President Bush has said he will veto. Enzi spoke on the Senate floor… Continue Reading


10.23.07

ENZI AMENDMENT TO STRIKE PELOSI FIX, ENSURE FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF CRITICALLY NEEDED HIV/AIDS FUNDING PASSED BY SENATE

Washington, D.C. - In a sharp rebuke to the House, the Senate today voted toreject the Pelosi fix, a misguided ploy in the House appropriations bill for theDepartments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, H.R. 3043,that wouldoverturn the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Ryan White CARE Actreauthorization passed last year. Senators approved an amendment, by a vote of 65 to 28, offered by U.S. SenatorMike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor andP… Continue Reading


10.23.07

ENZI OFFERS AMENDMENT TO ENSURE FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF CRITICALLY NEEDED HIV/AIDS FUNDING

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today offered anamendment to ensure that no appropriations bill can be used to overturn the bipartisan,bicameral agreement on the Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization passed last year, andcheat communities in the South and rural America out of new funds they desperatelyneed to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. "House Democrat Leadership has craftily and quietly snuck… Continue Reading

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