Chairman's Press

04.24.07

ENZI: AMERICA’S SCHOOLS MUST BE DESIGNED TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

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 more must be done to prepare America's high school students to enter post- secondary education and the workplace with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. "Simply graduating students is not sufficient, because a high school diploma today is no guarantee that a student has learned the basics," Enzi said. "Nearly half of all colle… Continue Reading


04.20.07

ENZI APPLAUDS PRESIDENT BUSH FOR SIGNING 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 President Bush for signing the "National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act of 2007," H.R. 1132, 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… Continue Reading


04.18.07

ENZI SUPPORTS BILL TO GIVE FDA AUTHORITY, RESOURCES TO ENSURE PATIENT SAFETY, SAYS MORE WORK IS NEEDED

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced an important first step toward protecting American consumers and patients as the HELP Committee approved a comprehensive bill to enhance drug safety, provide key resources to review new drugs and medical devices, and ensure that drugs and devices for children are safe and effective. Enzi added that the bill, the "Food and Drug Administration Revit… Continue Reading


04.12.07

ENZI CALLS FOR INCREASED EDUCATION, TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN TO IMPROVE EARNINGS, REDUCE WAGE GAP

Washington, D.C. - At today's Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled "Closing the Gap: Equal Pay for Women Workers," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, emphad that there are a large number of factors not related to employer discrimination that contribute to the wage gap. Enzi also dismissed calls to impose new, burdensome penalties on employers, which would do little to advance women workers in non-traditional jobs. "Many … Continue Reading


03.29.07

SENATE PASSES HELP COMMITTEE BILL TO PREVENT DEATHS FROM TRAUMATIC INJURY

SENATE PASSES HELP COMMITTEE BILL TO PREVENT DEATHS FROM TRAUMATIC INJURY Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today cheered Senate passage of the "Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act of 2007," a bill that reauthorizes a program to prevent deaths from traumatic injuries by encouraging states to develop coordinated trauma care plans delivering a full range of care to injured pat… Continue Reading


03.29.07

ENZI INTRODUCES RADIOLOGY CARE BILL TO IMPROVE MEDICAL CARE, REDUCE COSTS

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 the "Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2007," a bill that will improve patient safety and health care quality by advancing uniform standards for medical imaging certification."For millions of Americans each year, the road to diagnosis, treatment, and healing begin… Continue Reading


03.28.07

Statement for the Record of Michael B. Enzi, Ranking Member Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions “NCLB Reauthorization: Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents and Communities in Schools”

"NCLB Reauthorization: Effective Strategies for Engaging Parents and Communities in Schools"I would like to thank Chairman Kennedy for holding this important hearing. Parental and community involvement are critical pieces of No Child Left Behind. The education of a child is not the sole responsibility of a single parent, family member, teacher, principal, or community member. The education of a child is the responsibility of all - of parents, family members, teachers, principals, and community m… Continue Reading


03.28.07

ENZI COMMENDS HOUSE PASSAGE OF HELP-APPROVED 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 House of Representatives for approving 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… Continue Reading


03.28.07

ENZI HAILS HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PREVENT DEATHS FROM TRAUMATIC INJURY

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), today hailed passage in the House of Representatives of the "Trauma Care Systems Planning and Development Act of 2007," a bill that reauthorizes a program to prevent deaths from traumatic injuries by encouraging states to develop coordinated trauma care plans delivering a full range of care to injured patients. The House bill, H.R. 727, is nearly identic… Continue Reading


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

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