Chairman's Press

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


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


01.31.07

ENZI APPLAUDS HELP COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF BILL TO PREVENT GENETIC INFORMATION DISCRIMINATION

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today applauded the Committee's vote to approve the "Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," a bill that will prohibit discrimination by health insurers and employers, who may attempt to use genetic information to discriminate against persons with potential health problems. "This bill prohibits genetic discrimination in health insurance and the workplace by… Continue Reading


01.30.07

ENZI WELCOMES FDA RESPONSE, CONTINUES PUSH FOR REFORM LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE DRUG SAFETY

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today welcomed the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) response to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on the U.S. drug safety system. The IOM report echoed Enzi's calls for legislation to give the FDA better tools to protect and promote the public health. "I am glad that FDA recognizes the need for reform in order to protect the public health and ha… Continue Reading


01.30.07

ENZI: A VOTE FOR CLOTURE IS A VOTE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND WORKING FAMILIES

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said the Senate has rejected a partisan, one-sided approach to raise the minimum wage and voted to move forward a bipartisan, fair and balanced minimum wage increase that supports both working families and the small businesses that will face the greatest difficulties in meeting a federally mandated wage hike. "Raising the minimum wage without providing re… Continue Reading


01.25.07

ENZI CALLS FOR VOTE ON AMENDMENT TO HELP WORKERS ACHIEVE BETTER LIFE-WORK BALANCE

Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said he supports an "Employee Option Time" amendment that will give private sector employees the right to choose flexible work schedules so they can achieve a better balance between work and family responsibilities, and urged Democrat leaders to allow a vote on the amendment. "The 'Employee Option Time' amendment would remove one of the barriers for achiev… Continue Reading


01.24.07

ENZI: WAGE INCREASE MUST INCLUDE RELIEF FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, D.C. - As the Senate continues to debate whether to include relieffor small business as a part of a minimum wage increase, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R- Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today urged his colleagues to "consider the impact of our actions on the small business community that lives and breathes in the real world." "It will be the small businessman and woman who will be forced to come up with the additional funds to … Continue Reading


01.23.07

ENZI PRAISES HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION INITIATIVES IN STATE OF UNION; WILL SEEK BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT’S GOALS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said tonight he is encouraged by the President's initiatives on health care and education outlined in the State Of The Union address, adding that he will work to push forward legislation supporting the President's goals of greater access to health care and stronger schools. "I applaud the President's commitment to pursue needed health care and education legisla… Continue Reading


01.23.07

ENZI SUPPORTS SNOWE AMENDMENT TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES COMPLY WITH NEW REGULATION, REDUCE COSTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today gave the following statement in support of the Snowe Small Business Compliance Amendment:… Continue Reading

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