Chairman's Press

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


10.18.07

ENZI SAYS IT’S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD ON WORKABLE CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE BILL

Washington, D.C. - After the House of Representatives voted today to upholdPresident Bush's veto of a flawed Democrat children's health bill, U.S. Senator MikeEnzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions(HELP) Committee, urged leaders in both parties to continue on the path toward a"workable, realistic, inclusive" children's health care package, like the proposal heoffered two weeks ago. "I think most of us understand that any plan that takes children already … Continue Reading


10.09.07

ENZI DENOUNCES HOUSE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP FOR USING HIDDEN PROVISION TO ROB DISADVANTAGED AMERICANS 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 blew thewhistle on House Democrat Leadership for using a hidden provision in an appropriationsbill to undermine the Ryan White CARE Act reauthorization passed last year, whichwould ensure more equitable distribution of funds to combat HIV/AIDS in areas of theUnited States where the disease is growing most. "House Democrat Leadership has craftily and quietly… Continue Reading


10.02.07

ENZI SAYS CRANDALL CANYON INVESTIGATION MUST BE THOROUGH, NON-POLITICAL; URGES PATIENCE, NOT A LEGISLATIVE QUICK-FIX

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that theinvestigation of the tragedy at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah should be thorough andnon-political, and urged lawmakers to resist the temptation to enact quick-fix legislationbefore that investigation is complete. "The Crandall Canyon Mine tragedy deserves a thorough, non-politicalinvestigation, and appropriate action if warranted," Enzi said… Continue Reading


10.01.07

ENZI ASKS FOR REVIEW OF ADVANCES IN MINE SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today askedNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) officials to provide areview of advances in deep mine two-way communications and breathing technologiesthat could be used to help locate trapped miners and keep them alive until rescued. "The tragedy at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah highlighted the importance ofbetter underground mine com… Continue Reading


09.28.07

ENZI SAYS INVESTIGATION DOES NOT SUPPORT ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT IN AUTISM RESEARCH

Washington, D.C. - Following an eighteen-month investigation requested byparents of children with autism, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said thatallegations of misconduct in connection with the findings by public health authorities thatthimerosal, a preservative once used in vaccines, does not cause autism cannot beconfirmed. "With up to 1 in 166 children being diagnosed with autism in the United States, … Continue Reading


09.28.07

ENZI APPLAUDS PRESIDENT FOR ACTION TO STRENGTHEN ADULT EDUCATION, CONTINUES EFFORTS TO ADVANCE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applaudedPresident Bush for issuing an Executive Order to strengthen and coordinate adulteducation programs, and said he will continue working to advance life-long learningopportunities for all Americans. "The decisions we make about education and workforce development will have adramatic impact on the economy and our society for generations to come," Enzi … Continue Reading


09.27.07

A children’s health care plan should focus on kids Enzi advocates efficiency over political expediency

Washington, D.C. - An efficient children's health insurance plan shouldconcentrate resources and funding on kids who need it most, not balloon to encompassadults and lure away those already covered by private insurance, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi,R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)Committee, said today. Enzi advocates a plan that would exclude all earmarks and provisions unrelated tothe SCHIP (State Child Health Insurance Program), save money and actual… Continue Reading


09.27.07

ENZI CALLS ON HOUSE DEMOCRAT LEADERS TO ACT NOW ON BILL TO REAUTHORIZE AND REFORM HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today commendedPresident Bush for signing into law the first step toward making college more affordableand accessible, the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, but said thatCongress must act now on the Higher Education Amendments of 2007, S. 1642, toprovide the kind of reforms students and working families need now. "I am grateful that the President is … Continue Reading


09.25.07

ENZI SUPPORTS OSHA ACTIONS TO ADDRESS CHEMICAL HAZARDS IN MICROWAVE POPCORN MANUFACTURING

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the U.S.Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is takingthe right steps to address concerns regarding occupational exposure to diacetyl, thebutter-flavored additive found in microwave popcorn. "Employers, workers, and manufacturers alike need guidance to develop properwarning systems and labels to protect workers," En… Continue Reading


09.19.07

DOMENICI, KENNEDY & ENZI GAIN LONG-AWAITED SENATE PASSAGE OF NEW MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL Legislation Will Build on Landmark 1996 Parity Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today looked ahead to pushing for congressional passage of theirsweeping mental health legislation following Senate approval of the bill Tuesday evening.The Senate approved the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 (S.558) by unanimousconsent. The measure, approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and PensionsCommittee in mid-February, was developed by the lawmakers in talks with mental health,insu… Continue Reading


09.18.07

ENZI SAYS MINE SAFETY INVESTIGATION MUST BE THOROUGH, NON-POLITICAL

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, todaysaid that the investigation of the accident at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utahmust be thorough and unflinching, but must also be rational and non-political.Noting that the accident has now resulted in eight separate investigationsof both the accident itself, and the performance of the federal Mine Safety andHealth Administration (MSHA), Enzi said: "The Utah … Continue Reading


09.18.07

ENZI SAYS LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION OVERSIGHT MUST BE STRENGTHENED, BETTER MANAGEMENT NEEDED

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that anew report by the General Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed that the LegalServices Corporation (LSC) needs additional governance and accountability measures toensure effective board oversight. "With my accounting background, I am particularly concerned that LSC is yearsbehind similar organizations in developing effective measures to monitor a… Continue Reading


09.10.07

ENZI: REPORT ON IMPORT SAFETY A GOOD START TO IMPROVE, ENHANCE 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), todaycommended members of President Bush's panel on import safety for issuing their reporton improving the safety of imported food and other products, and reaffirmed hiscommitment to develop a comprehensive response to improve the safety of all food in theUnited States. "Foods from abroad and foods grown at home have risks. We need to ensure thatFDA and o… Continue Reading


09.07.07

ENZI GIVES CONGRESS INCOMPLETE GRADE ON HIGHER EDUCATION REFORMS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said theSenate has taken the first step toward making college more affordable with passage of theConference Report to the Higher Education Reconciliation bill, H.R. 2669, but said thatCongress must act now on the Higher Education Amendments of 2007, S. 1642, toprovide the kind of reforms students and working families need now. "We are seeing only a fraction… Continue Reading


09.06.07

Opening Statement of U.S. Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) Nomination of Charles Millard to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Slightly more than a year ago, the President signed into law the PensionProtection Act which made the most sweeping changes to our nation's retirement savingslaws since the enactment of ERISA and the establishment of the Pension BenefitGuaranty Corporation (PBGC) in 1974. The driving force for getting that law through Congress was the pending fundingshortfall of the PBGC and the spike in the number of companies that were falling behindon funding their pension obligations and the potential expos… Continue Reading


09.05.07

ENZI, SENATE LEADERS CALL FOR RESTORED AUTHORITY TO INVESTIGATE RAILROAD MEDICARE FRAUD

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today sentthe following letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA),urging the Conference Committee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies toadopt key provisions of the Senate-passed Appropriations bill. These provisions wouldrestore the authority of the Railroad Retirement Board Office of Inspector General toconduct Railroa… Continue Reading

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