Chairman's Press

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


03.31.08

HATCH, ENZI, ISAKSON TROUBLED BY FINDINGS OF CRANDALL CANYON PROBE

Washington, D.C. - Top members of a Senate committee that oversees minesafety regulations reacted today to the findings of a Labor Department report on the MineSafety and Health Administration's response to the Crandall Canyon Mine tragedy.Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), seniormembers of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), say thereport, which was released today by the department's Inspector General, raises someissues that … Continue Reading


03.21.08

ENZI: 9-11 HEROES DESERVE FACT-BASED, LONG-TERM, FISCALLY-RESPONSIBLE, HEALTH CARE SOLUTION

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today said he is committed to developing a long-term, financially responsible solution for 9-11 healthcare "worthy of heroes." At today's HELP Committee hearing titled, "The Long-Term Health Impacts from September 11: A Review of Treatment, Diagnosis, and Monitoring Efforts," Enzi emphad that federal efforts to assist 9-11 responders should dovetail with… Continue Reading


03.13.08

ENZI: HELP COMMITTEE APPROVES CRITICAL BILLS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS

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 expand breast cancer research, advance standards formedical imaging certification, help states develop systems of care for stroke patients, andthree bills that focus on assisting pregnant women and children. Enzi praised the Commit… Continue Reading


03.12.08

Bipartisan Senate-House Resolution Recognizes the Importance of Advance Healthcare Decision-Making Encourages members of Congress and their constituents to complete written advance directives

In an effort to encourage all Americans, at all stages of theirlife, to discuss important end-of-life medical decisions with their loved ones, U.S.Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and U.S RepresentativePhil Gingrey (R-GA) today introduced a joint-resolution to recognize NationalHealth Care Decisions Day. "It's not easy to talk to a family member or loved ones about what kind of medicalcare you'd want or not want at the end of your life. Yet everyday family membersare making medi… Continue Reading


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

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