Chairman's Press

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


02.13.07

ENZI SAYS NCLB COMMISSION’S REPORT PROVIDES GOOD FOUNDATION FOR BILL’S RENEWAL

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said Tuesday the recommendations released today by the bipartisan Commission on No Child Left Behind affirmed that the core principals of NCLB are strong, and should be maintained as Congress moves to renew the landmark legislation. Enzi joined NCLB Commissioners and other Congressional leaders during a press conference to announce the group's recommendations … Continue Reading


02.12.07

ENZI ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF BILL TO RENEW, STRENGTHEN CRITICAL HEAD START ACT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced introduction of the "Head Start for School Readiness Act," S. 556, legislation that will improve Head Start programs and ensure that "all children, regardless of background, enter school ready to learn and succeed." "Early childhood development is often a key indicator of how a student will perform throughout elementary school," Enzi said. "We mu… Continue Reading


02.12.07

DOMENICI, KENNEDY & ENZI UNVEIL LONG-AWAITED BREAKTHROUGH ON MENTAL HEALTH PARITY Legislation Will Build on Landmark 1996 Parity Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Edward Kennedy (D- Mass.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today introduced breakthrough mental health legislation to ensure greater health insurance parity for persons with mental illness. The Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 represents the culmination of more than a year's negotiations involving lawmakers, mental health, insurance and business organizations to craft compromise legislation. The new policy would build on the landmark 1996 Mental Health P… Continue Reading


02.08.07

ENZI SAYS CARD CHECK BILL 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 rejected a bill introduced in the House that would compromise a worker's right to cast a government-supervised, 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. Enzi's comments came as the bill, the so-called "Employee Free Choice… Continue Reading


02.08.07

ENZI: NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND RENEWAL MUST GIVE SCHOOLS FLEXIBLITY TO MEET UNIQUE NEEDS, BUILD KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS LOCAL STUDENTS NEED IN GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

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 is encouraged by the bipartisan commitment to reauthorize the "No Child Left Behind Act "(NCLB), which he called "vital to ensure that American students and workers have the knowledge and skills to be successful in the global economy of the 21st century," and pledged to ensure that no rural school is left behind as the landmark law is renewed as par… Continue Reading


02.05.07

ENZI SAYS PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL REFLECTS EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES, IS A GOOD STARTING POINT

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said many of his education and health priorities he has in the 110th Congress were outlined in the President's $2.9 trillion Fiscal Year 2008 budget request released today. Enzi pointed out that the President's budget request is only the first step in a long process that ends with House and Senate lawmakers setting a budget that serves as a blueprint for br… Continue Reading


02.02.07

ENZI SAYS MINIMUM WAGE PACKAGE IS KEY TO MAINTAINING ECONOMIC GROWTH

Washington, D.C. -Noting that the American economy created 111,000 new jobsin January, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that the American economy is continuing to "grow and create new, better-paying jobs." He urged the House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead and pass a minimum wage bill that will relieve much the tax and regulatory burden on small businesses, and allow them to remain the … Continue Reading


02.01.07

ENZI DECLARES FINAL PASSAGE OF MINIMUM WAGE, SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF PACKAGE A VICTORY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today commended the Senate for overwhelmingly approving a fair and balanced minimum wage increase that supports working families and small businesses, declaring final passage of the package "a clear victory for the middle class." He urged the House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead. "Who is more middle class than America's small businessmen and wo… Continue Reading

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