Chairman's Press

07.26.07

HELP COMMITTEE ADOPTS ENZI AMENDMENT TO REQUIRE STRONGER WARNING LABELS ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he was pleased that the HELP Committee agreed to include his amendment that requires stronger warnings labels on tobacco product packages. The amendment was added to a flawed Democrat bill, S.625, that would require FDA to regulate tobacco, but fails to give the agency the full authority it would need to combat tobacco use effectively. "While I still … Continue Reading


07.26.07

ENZI CALLS ON SENATE LEADERS TO NAME CONFEREES FOR CRITICAL DRUG SAFETY LEGISLATION

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to move forward on critical drug safety legislation. Enzi called on Senator Reid and Senator McConnell to appoint conferees to finalize S. 1082, the "Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act." "We must think carefully about our p… Continue Reading


07.25.07

Statement of Michael B. Enzi Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Markup of S. 625, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

Mr. Chairman, The bill we are marking up today is ambitiously called the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Well, I've carefully studied this bill. I've read all 168 pages. I can tell you that it will neither prevent families from smoking nor effectively control tobacco. That's what this fatally flawed bill won't do. What will it do? It will undermine the Food and Drug Administration's mission of making our nation's food and drug supply safe. Right now our efforts should be focus… Continue Reading


07.24.07

ENZI INVITES “TOBACCO-FREE KIDS” CEO TO DISCUSS SERIOUS EFFORT TO WIPE OUT TOBACCO

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today responded to criticisms from the President of "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids" by inviting him to discuss the Enzi proposal to use a cap-and-trade program to shrink the of the tobacco market and save lives by cutting tobacco use. Enzi offered the legislation as an alternative to a Democrat proposal strongly supported by Big Tobacco and Campaign for Tobacco… Continue Reading


07.23.07

ENZI CALLS ON NATION’S TOP HEALTH OFFICERS TO WORK TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called on three of the nation's top health officials to consider the use of a cap-and-trade program to shrink the of the tobacco market and save lives by cutting tobacco use - a proposal he has offered as an alternative to a Democrat proposal strongly supported by Big Tobacco. "We must help current users quit that deadly habit, and make sure that others, … Continue Reading


07.23.07

ENZI ANTI-TOBACCO “HEALTH ACT” vs. DEMOCRAT “MARLBORO PROTECTION ACT”

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today highlighted the key differences between tobacco legislation he introduced, which will wipe out tobacco use in America in the next 20 years, and a Democrat bill that would require regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "Tobacco kills. We need new ideas to get people to stop smoking, or better yet, never to start. That's wh… Continue Reading


07.23.07

SENATE SET TO DEBATE HIGHER EDUCATION PROVISIONS ENZI SAYS WILL IMPROVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS, EXPAND COLLEGE ACCESS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that the Senate is set to begin debate on key higher education reforms he said are critical to expand access to college, protect students from bad actors in the student loan industry, and provide students with clear information they need to understand and manage their debts.The Senate will begin debate on the "Higher Education Amendments of 2007," S. 1… Continue Reading


07.20.07

SENATE TAKES FIRST STEP TO MAKE COLLEGE MORE ACCESSIBLE, ENZI SAYS; URGES FURTHER ACTION ON KEY HIGHER EDUCATION REFORMS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the Senate has taken the first step toward making college more affordable with passage of the Higher Education Reconciliation Act early today, but warned that more action is needed to expand access to college, protect students from bad actors in the student loan industry, and provide students with clear information they need to understand and manage th… Continue Reading


07.16.07

ENZI CALLS FDA-TOBACCO LEGISLATION “A PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER,” SAYS PLAYING WORD GAMES WITH BILL LANGUAGE IS NOT ENOUGH

Washington, D.C. - - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that changes slipped into the language of a bill that would require the regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA do not address his underlying concern with the bill - it does not help win the war on tobacco. "Tobacco is one of the biggest contributors to our nation's growing health care crisis. We need to address this … Continue Reading


07.12.07

HELP COMMITTEE REPUBLICANS CALL ON SENATE LEADERSHIP NOT TO DROP THE BALL ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today sent a letter signed by nine Committee Republicans to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging them to ensure that the two higher education bills approved by the HELP Committee in June are considered together by the full Senate in July. "The HELP Committee has taken the first step toward approving two key … Continue Reading


07.12.07

BILL TO PUT FDA SEAL OF APPROVAL ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS NO WAY TO WIN WAR ON TOBACCO, ENZI SAYS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the decision to move forward on a bill to require the regulation of tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is no way to win the war on tobacco. "Trying to make cigarettes safer through a billion-dollar bureaucracy is a waste of time and money," Enzi said, following the HELP Committee's announcement that the 'Family Smoking Preventi… Continue Reading


07.12.07

ENZI PLEASED WITH HOUSE ACTION ON DRUG SAFETY, CALLS FOR CONTINUED BIPARTISAN EFFORTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he is pleased that the House of Representatives acted on critical drug safety legislation late yesterday, and urged lawmakers in the House and Senate to continue working together in a bipartisan way as the bill moves to conference. "I am pleased that the House has acted on this important matter," Enzi said. "Each day, half of all Americans take at l… Continue Reading


07.10.07

ENZI CALLS FOR NEW EFFORTS TO COORDINATE, STREAMLINE SYSTEMS OF LONG-TERM CARE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that older Americans and individuals with disabilities have insufficient options when accessing long-term care and community services, and called on Congress to build on creative solutions to address this growing problem. "Today's long-term care, community services, and support system is fragmented and unavailable to most Americans," Enzi said. "We … Continue Reading


06.27.07

ENZI COMMENDS HELP COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF LEGISLATION TO ALLOW FOLLOW-ON BIOLOGICS, PROTECT PATIENT SAFETY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today commended the HELP Committee for approving legislation that will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve follow-on biologics in an expedited way, while preserving incentives to develop new therapies, without compromising patient safety. "The 'Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2007' captures a delicate balance between access … Continue Reading


06.27.07

ENZI SAYS HELP COMMITTEE APPROVES HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEGISLATION; CALLS FOR SWIFT SENATE ACTION TO SAVE LIVES, REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the HELP Committee has approved the "Wired for Health Care Quality Act," a bill that will encourage the adoption of cutting-edge-information technologies in health care to improve patient care, reduce medical errors and cut health care costs. "Doctors, hospitals, health care advocates, and the business community - including small business - are clamor… Continue Reading


06.27.07

HELP COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL TO TREAT TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the HELP Committee approved legislation to help treat Americans 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," Enzi said. "The 'Reauthorization of the Traumatic Brain Injury Act' will bolster … Continue Reading


06.26.07

ENZI: SENATE REPUBLICANS STAND UP FOR WORKER RIGHTS, BLOCK DEMOCRAT EFFORT TO TRADE PRIVATE BALLOT FOR POLITICAL GAIN

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today the Senate turned back the most blatant attempt in history to strong arm working Americans into signing over their most fundamental right - the right to cast a private ballot when deciding whether to join a union - and rejected a bill that would overturn proven collective-bargaining methods and leave workers exposed to pressure, intimidation and coercio… Continue Reading


06.25.07

ENZI HIGHLIGHTS BIPARTISAN LETTER OPPOSING “EMPLOYEE NO CHOICE ACT;” FORMER NLRB MEMBERS CONDEMN BILL

ENZI HIGHLIGHTS BIPARTISAN LETTER OPPOSING "EMPLOYEE NO CHOICE ACT;" FORMER NLRB MEMBERS CONDEMN BILL Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today said a bipartisan group of former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members have called on the Senate to reject the so called "Employee Free Choice Act," H.R. 800, saying there is no better way to ensure true employee choice than protecting the private … Continue Reading


06.21.07

ENZI TO SENATE LEADERSHIP: HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM BILLS MUST MOVE TOGETHER

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called on Senate Democratic leadership to ensure that both higher education bills that the HELP Committee approved yesterday be considered together by the full Senate in July. "Yesterday, the HELP Committee took the first step toward approving two key higher education bills that will make college more affordable and help protect students from burdensome de… Continue Reading


06.20.07

ENZI, SENATE LEADERS, DECRY DEMOCRAT EFFORT TO PAY OFF UNION BACKERS WITH LEGISLATION TO STRIP AWAY FUNDAMENTAL WORKER RIGHTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senate Republican leaders today pledged to defeat a Democrat proposal that would rob America's workers of their right to cast a government-supervised, private ballot when deciding whether to bring a union into their workplace, and leave workers exposed to pressure, intimidation and coercion by co-workers and labor union leaders. "This bill is all about the a… Continue Reading

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