Chairman's Press

03.27.07

ENZI SOUNDLY REJECTS DEMOCRAT GIVEAWAY TO BIG LABOR; PLEDGES TO SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS IN THE WORKPLACE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today reiterated his strong opposition to a Democrat-proposed bill that would eliminate a worker's right to cast a private ballot when deciding whether to join a union, and would expose workers to pressure, intimidation and coercion by co-workers and labor union leaders. "There's nothing 'free' about taking away the right of an employee to make a private choice … Continue Reading


03.23.07

ENZI PRAISES SENATE APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH CARE POOLING PLANS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, today hailed Senate approval of his bipartisan amendment to the budget bill that lays a financial foundation to support any health insurance proposal that would allow market-based, small business pooling plans to expand the range of affordable group health insurance plans available to the nation's small businesses and working families. Passage of the amendment, cosponsored by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Max Baucu… Continue Reading


03.22.07

ENZI CONDEMNS DEMOCRAT REJECTION OF AMENDMENT TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM RISING COSTS OF UNFUNDED MANDATES

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, today expressed disappointment with the Democrat majority's rejection of his amendment to the budget bill that would protect small businesses and working families from runaway costs created by federal mandates. The amendment would have required a 60-vote threshold for the Senate to approve measures that impose new unfunded mandates, which are burdensome and costly dictates requiring businesses to take on additional regulatory duties and foot the bi… Continue Reading


03.22.07

ENZI MOVES TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM RISING COSTS OF UNFUNDED MANDATES IN FEDERAL BUDGET BILL

Washington D.C. - Moving to protect small businesses and working families from runaway costs created by federal mandates, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, today offered an amendment to the budget bill that would require a 60-vote threshold for the Senate to approve measures that impose new unfunded mandates, which are burdensome and costly requirements for businesses to take on additional regulatory duties and foot the bill. "We here in Washington don't have a monopoly on good ideas, and the Senat… Continue Reading


03.15.07

ENZI COMMENDS HELP COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF BILL TO PREVENT DEATHS FROM TRAUMATIC INJURY

ENZI COMMENDS HELP COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF BILL TO PREVENT DEATHS FROM TRAUMATIC INJURYWashington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today said the HELP Committee has approved the "Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act of 2007," S. 657, a bill that reauthorizes a program to prevent deaths from traumatic injuries by encouraging states to develop coordinated trauma care plans to deliver a full… Continue Reading


03.15.07

HELP COMMITTEE PASSES BILL TO SAVE LIVES THROUGH EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCERS

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 HELP Committee's approval of the "National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act of 2007," a bill to renew a program that brings free and low-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured women. "The widespread use of screening tools, particularly the mammography and Pap test, is … Continue Reading


03.14.07

FDA NEEDS NEW SAFETY AUTHORITY AS CONGRESS RENEWS PRESCRIPTION DRUG USER FEE ACT, 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 renewal of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) must provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new tools to better identify and manage safety issues and ensure that Americans never again experience a drug lag in approving revolutionary new therapies. "PDUFA had a tremendous effect on the number of available new therapies, particularly f… Continue Reading


03.14.07

ENZI CALLS PAID SICK LEAVE PROPOSAL “MASSIVE UNFUNDED MANDATE,” SUPPORTS PRIVATE MARKET SOLUTIONS ALREADY IN PLACE

Washington, D.C. - Speaking to the world's largest human resources management association, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today called proposed legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave "a massive unfunded mandate on employers," and warned that the burden could easily cost small and large businesses tens of billions of dollars. "We need to bear in mind that regardless of how well-intentioned th… Continue Reading


03.12.07

ENZI INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT AMERICA’S SENIOR CITIZENS FROM FALLS

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today introduced the "Keeping Seniors Safe From Falls Act of 2007," an innovative bill designed to expand research on approaches to fall prevention and treatment for America's senior citizens. "Anyone who has an older parent, relative or friend who lives alone knows about the concern that comes with an unanswered phone call," said Enzi. "For many of our nation… Continue Reading


03.08.07

ENZI SAYS APPROVING BIOLOGICS “PATHWAY” MUST ENSURE SAFETY, INNOVATION; AVOID RACE TO SIMPLY CUT 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 rush to open a new regulatory pathway for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve generic biologics creates a monumental regulatory challenge that should not be a race to cut drug costs alone, but one that also includes a careful effort to protect and promote innovation in the marketplace while still ensuring patient safety. "Biologics a… Continue Reading


03.07.07

ENZI URGES ACTION TO ENHANCE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS, ENSURE STUDENTS AND WORKERS HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO SUCCEED

Washington, D.C. - "America no longer enjoys a monopoly on skilled workers or a patent on innovation," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee said today, stressing that to secure our place at the head of the global economy, we must ensure that America's students and workforce have the knowledge and skills to be successful. "If we continue on the path we are on, we will not have people with the talents and skills we will… Continue Reading


03.05.07

ENZI COSPONSORS “AMERICA COMPETES ACT” SAYS BI-PARTISAN BILL CRITICAL TO PRESERVING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVE EDGE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to introduce the "America COMPETES Act," a bill he said is critical to enhancing American competitiveness and ensuring that America's workers have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the 21st century global economy. "In this global… Continue Reading


03.05.07

ENZI REJECTS HOUSE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL; URGES CONGRESS TO ACT ON CONSENSUS SENATE LEGISLATION

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 disappointed that House leaders have passed a version of mental health paritylegislation against stiff opposition, and urged leaders in the House and Senate to act onconsensus mental health legislation, passed unanimously in the Senate, to ensure greaterhealth insurance parity for persons with mental illness. "In the Senate we were able to… Continue Reading


03.05.07

ENZI WELCOMES WYOMING INPUT ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., one of the four lawmakers central to the renewal of the No Child Left Behind education law, is focusing on how the law impacts rural schools while at the same time upholding the law's core principles. Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Jim McBride, submitted a list of recommendations for Congress to consider as it continues hearings, roundtables and gets set to vote in committee on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. The recommen… Continue Reading


03.05.07

ENZI COSPONSORS “AMERICA COMPETES ACT” SAYS BI-PARTISAN BILL CRITICAL TO PRESERVING AMERICA’S COMPETITIVE EDGE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to introduce the "America COMPETES Act," a bill he said is critical to enhancing American competitiveness and ensuring that America's workers have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the 21st century global economy. "In this global… Continue Reading


03.01.07

ENZI PLEDGES FIRM OPPOSITION TO BILL THAT WOULD DENY WORKERS FUNDAMENTAL VOTING RIGHTS ON THE JOB

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today condemned approval in the House of Representatives of a bill that would compromise a worker's right to cast a private ballot when deciding whether to join a union, saying the bill would leave worker's exposed to pressure, intimidation and coercion by co-workers and labor union leaders. "The right to a private ballot is one of the cornerstones of our democr… Continue Reading


02.27.07

ENZI REJECTS BILL TO ALLOW “FDA-APPROVED” CIGARETTES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today rejected a bill to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco without having the authority to ban it, arguing that "just having the FDA review and approve cigarettes sends mixed and confusing messages to the public - creating the sense that cigarettes are safe or made safer." "The FDA approves cures, not poisons," Enzi said. "Forcin… Continue Reading


02.22.07

ENZI SAYS NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO RENEW, IMPROVE NCLB, AND ENSURE THAT NO STUDENT OR SCHOOL IS LEFT BEHIND

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that a report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) highlights the need to renew and improve the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in order to "ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the 21st century global economy." According to "The Nation's Report Card," graduating seniors are scoring w… Continue Reading


02.16.07

ENZI OUTLINES NEED TO EXPAND ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION, REDUCE COSTS, HELP STUDENTS AVOID HEAVY DEBT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today outlined the need for a broad Higher Education Act reauthorization bill to expand access to higher education, give American students the tools they need to complete college and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the 21st century global economy. "We must use this reauthorization process to promote innovation and new technologies tha… Continue Reading


02.15.07

ENZI GIVES HOUSE PANEL ONE THUMBS UP, ONE THUMBS DOWN ON PROTECTING WORKER RIGHTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today praised the House Education and Labor Committee for approving legislation to prohibit employers and health insurers from discriminating against individuals based on genetic information, but rejected a bill the panel approved that would compromise a worker's right to cast a government-supervised, private ballot when deciding whether to join a union. "I am v… Continue Reading

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