Chairman's Press

06.19.07

MINER ACT IS IMPROVING MINE SAFETY, SAVING LIVES; ENZI HAILS AGGRESSIVE ACTION BY MSHA TO IMPLEMENT LAW

Washington, D.C. - At the one-year anniversary of President's signing the "MINER Act" into law, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the act and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) continue to improve mine safety across the country and change the way the mining industry operates. "Mining presents unique safety challenges," Enzi said. "The problems are complex, the solutions varied, and the ris… Continue Reading


06.19.07

ENZI VOWS TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE WORKPLACE, OPPOSES BILL THAT WOULD STRIP AWAY KEY WORKER PROTECTIONS

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate prepares to begin debate on a bill that would compromise a worker's right to cast a government-supervised, private ballot when deciding whether to join a union, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, pledged to oppose the bill he said would leave workers exposed to pressure, intimidation and coercion by co-workers and labor union leaders. "The right to a private ballot is one of the cor… Continue Reading


06.07.07

KENNEDY, ENZI REQUEST INFORMATION FROM CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ON TUBERCULOSIS PATIENT

WASHINGTON, D.C-Today, Senators Edward Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Ranking Member Michael Enzi sent letters to Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Secretary Michael Chertoff of the Department of Homeland Security requesting information on interactions with Andrew Speaker, the man infected with drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Chairman Kennedy and Senator Enzi requested specific times, … Continue Reading


05.25.07

ENZI INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS UNDERSTAND, MANAGE DEBT

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today introduced legislation to assist student borrowers and their families by ensuring that they have an exit strategy to make sound repayment decisions and manage their loan debts after graduation. "When students graduate and step into the real world, they need to understand how to manage their student loan debts," Enzi said. "With the increasing debt … Continue Reading


05.22.07

ENZI: MINER ACT IS IMPROVING MINE SAFETY, SAVING LIVES

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 implementation of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act has led to improved mine safety across the country. "Mining presents unique safety challenges," Enzi said. "The problems are complex, the solutions varied, and the risk of unintended consequence substantial. The MINER Act, which we passed into law last year, has been suc… Continue Reading


05.20.07

ENZI LAUDS PRESIDENT’S INITIATIVE TO PREVENT, TREAT AIDS ACROSS THE GLOBE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised President Bush's new initiative to combat HIV/AIDS across the globe, saying that the President's plan will provide the resources needed to prevent the spread of the disease, treat those who have it, and assist children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. "In the last several years, we have made great strides in treating HIV/AIDS, but there is still … Continue Reading


05.09.07

ENZI: SENATE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN FDA LEGISLATION A “MONUMENTAL VICTORY FOR 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 said the Senate has taken a bold step to protect American consumers and patients, voting to approve a comprehensive bill to enhance drug safety that provides new resources for post-market surveillance and review of new drugs and medical devices - key improvements to ensure that drugs and devices are safe and effective. "Each day, half of all Americans take … Continue Reading


05.08.07

ENZI CALLS FOR MORE STREAMLINED, FLEXIBLE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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 that Congress needs to strengthen the nation's substance abuse and mental health care delivery system by making it more streamlined and giving local communities the flexibility to meet their unique needs. "Today's system of services for mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness is fragmented and disconnected. This is due, in large part,… Continue Reading


05.08.07

ENZI CALLS FOR MORE STREAMLINED, FLEXIBLE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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 that Congress needs to strengthen the nation's substance abuse and mental health care delivery system by making it more streamlined and giving local communities the flexibility to meet their unique needs. "Today's system of services for mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness is fragmented and disconnected. This is due, in large part,… Continue Reading


05.07.07

ENZI: DORGAN FOREIGN DRUG ACT A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH IF NOT AMENDED

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 attaching the Dorgan amendment to the landmark, bipartisan drug safety bill being considered by the Senate will put the health and safety of Americans in jeopardy by allowing drugs lacking FDA approval into the US, and urged his colleagues to oppose the amendment. "Supporters of the Dorgan Foreign Drug Act like to claim that this bill would on… Continue Reading


05.07.07

SENATE MOVES TOWARD PASSAGE OF BILL TO GIVE FDA AUTHORITY, RESOURCES TO ENSURE 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 said the Senate has taken a bold step to protect American consumers and patients by moving forward on a comprehensive bill to enhance drug safety by providing new resources for post-market surveillance and review of new drugs and medical devices - key improvements to ensure that drugs and devices are safe and effective. "This bill will establish a system th… Continue Reading


05.05.07

ENZI INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT PRIVATE INFORMATION OF STUDENT BORROWERS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today introduced legislation to protect student borrowers and their families by establishing clear, standard operating procedures to manage access to private student financial information. Under current law, students must complete a financial application and disclose private information to receive financial aid. "In the same way that banks protect the p… Continue Reading


05.03.07

ENZI: DORGAN IMPORTATION AMENDMENT IS WRONG MEDICINE; PUTS DRUG SAFETY REFORM BILL AT RISK

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), said the Senate's vote clearing the way to allow drug importation as part of "The Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act," has put needed safety reforms protect consumers and their families in jeopardy. Earlier today, the Senate agreed, by a vote of 63 to 28, to bring the amendment allowing widespread drug importation to a final vote. "Today's … Continue Reading


05.03.07

ENZI REJECTS AMENDMENT TO DRUG SAFETY BILL THAT WOULD COMPROMISE DRUG SAFETY

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today rejected an amendment to the drug safety bill that would reduce, rather than improve, drug safety by opening America's borders to counterfeit and tainted prescription drugs. "Half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug daily, and we need to restore their faith in the ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that the… Continue Reading


05.02.07

ENZI AMENDMENT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY TO IMPROVE AND ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY

Washington D.C. - The Senate today approved a bipartisan amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Revitalization Act that will improve food safety for Americans and their pets. "Food safety has been making news lately. From E. coli in fresh spinach, to Salmonella in peanut butter, to melamine-contaminated pet food, we hear a constant drumbeat of … Continue Reading


05.02.07

ENZI INTRODUCES BILL TO HOLD BAD ACTORS ACCOUNTABLE IN STUDENT LOAN INDUSTRY, PROTECT STUDENT BORROWERS

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced a bill he said will protect students and their families by making sure that the colleges, lenders, and loan guaranty agencies that provide student loans are held accountable to a lender's code of conduct. "Students rely on financial advisors at their schools to provide them honest, unbiased advice about the loans that will affect their lives for … Continue Reading


05.02.07

ENZI SUPPORTS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT WOMEN’S HEALTH

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today voiced his strong support for an amendment to the drug safety bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the drug RU-486 by a specific date, but in the same manner that it reviews all other drugs with increased risks. "Congress would be falling down on the job if we did not take this opportunity to protect all women fr… Continue Reading


04.30.07

SENATE SET TO DEBATE KEY DRUG SAFETY BILL

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 that the Senate has an opportunity to approve a bill to clarify and strengthen the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) authority and give it new tools to take measured and appropriate steps to protect the health and safety of all Americans, as the Senate begins to debate drug safety on the floor. "The Food and Drug Administration Revitalizati… Continue Reading


04.25.07

ENZI APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF BILL TO ENHANCE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS; CALLS FOR FURTHER BIPARTISAN ACTION TO PROMOTE LIFE-LONG LEARNING

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today applauded the Senate for passing the "America COMPETES Act," S. 761, and urged his colleagues to continue working together in a bipartisan way to enhance American competitiveness. "The overwhelming support for the America COMPETES Act today is proof positive that we when we are willing to set partisan politics aside and work together, we can do gre… Continue Reading


04.25.07

ENZI CALLS FOR ACTION NOW ON SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH PLANS; WILL OBJECT TO ANY HEALTH INSURANCE LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THIS RELIEF

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today urged his colleagues to work together in a bipartisan way to allow market-based, small business pooling plans to expand the range of affordable group health insurance available to the nation's small businesses and working families. "In the coming weeks, I will introduce legislation to allow small businesses, trade associations, and local union empl… Continue Reading

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