Chairman's Press

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


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

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