Ranking Member's Press


Enzi: ESEA Renewal Should Balance Needs of Rural Schools With National Goals

Washington, D.C. - At a U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, Ranking Member Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), continued to champion greater flexibility for rural schools and better balancing of federal mandates with local control as the Committee considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. "No Child Left Behind has been criticized as a one-size-fits-all law, a claim that has rung especially true in rural areas," Enzi said. "I appr… Continue Reading


Enzi: Passage of Workforce Investment Act Best Solution to Close Earnings Gap

Washington, D.C. - The path to closing the earnings gap between women and men lies in providing the skills and training needed to enable more women - and men - to enter new higher-earning jobs, not burdening employers with new, unfunded mandates," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said today. "We should reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) this Congress to ensure workers have access to the education a… Continue Reading


The Importance of World-Class K-12 Education for Our Economic Success

Chairman Harkin, I want to thank you for starting this series of hearings on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Beginning with a hearing on the Importance of World-Class K-12 Education for Our Economic Success is an appropriate way to initiate our review of the issues surrounding reauthorization. It sets the stage as we move forward to develop legislation that builds upon what we have learned from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and improves upon what isn't … Continue Reading


Enzi Hearing Statement - Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic

Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening today's hearing on this important issue: childhood obesity. Our nation faces an epidemic of childhood obesity. As a result of this epidemic, millions of children are going to develop heart disease, diabetes and a host of other serious medical conditions. Costs for programs like Medicare and Medicaid will further increase beyond their already unsustainable levels. Today, we will discuss the First Lady's initiative to stop childhood obesity through a publ… Continue Reading


Enzi Statement on President's Letter to Congressional Leaders Following Health Care Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President's Letter To Congressional Leaders On Health Insurance Reform: "The President's bill is polarizing because it was put together by the Democrats and handed to us as the final and only answer. We are still seeing some window dressing to convince America that the majority is right. America didn't buy i… Continue Reading


Enzi Statement Following White House Health Care Summit

"I'm glad we had the opportunity to meet with the President today and talk frankly about our views on health care reform. As I've been saying, I think it's important that we move forward in a bipartisan way, work on the problems that are driving up costs and keeping millions of Americans from finding affordable health insurance, piece by piece instead of trying to pass one huge bill. The glimmers of hope for common ground are further evidence that we should move away from the current partisan … Continue Reading


Enzi Statement on White House Health Care Summit

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today issued the following statement on Thursday's White House summit on health care reform: "Like most Americans, I agree that our health care system needs reform. I am looking forward to meeting with President Obama and my Congressional colleagues this week. There are serious problems in our health care system. Costs are too high and insurance is unaffordable… Continue Reading


Statement of Michael B. Enzi: Cloture Vote on the Nomination of Craig Becker for the National Labor Relations Board

Mr. President, I rise to oppose cloture on the nomination of Craig Becker to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. My colleagues know it is very unusual to have a cloture vote on a HELP Committee nominee, but this will be the second in as many weeks. In fact, these two nominees are the only HELP nominations that I have opposed. Over 40 HELP nominees have been swiftly confirmed after appropriate consideration this Congress, but these two nominees are problematic, and instead of wi… Continue Reading


Statement of Michael B. Enzi - Executive Session on Nominations

Let me begin by thanking Chairman Harkin for holding a confirmation hearing this past Tuesday for Mr. Craig Becker, who is nominated to serve as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. There were a number of concerns raised by Members of this Committee and I think it was important to hear additional testimony from Mr. Becker regarding these issues. However, I am troubled that the Majority scheduled a vote on Mr. Becker without adhering to the regular order of the Committee. Typically, t… Continue Reading


Ranking Member Report: The Nomination of M. Patricia Smith of New York, Nominee to Serve as Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor: Accuracy of Senate Testimony

United State SenateCommittee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionsMichael Enzi (Wyo.), Ranking MemberRANKING MEMBER REPORT:The Nomination of M. Patricia Smith of New York, Nominee to Serve as Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor: Accuracy of Senate TestimonyU.S. Senate111th CongressCommittee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionsFebruary 1, 2010Table of ContentsI. Executive Summary………………………………&hellip… Continue Reading


Scrooged: Democrats Deliver Lump of Coal with Bill to Raise Health Care Costs, Hike Taxes, Cut Medicare

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement on the vote scheduled to occur at 1 a.m. Monday to cut off debate and move toward final passage of the Reid health care bill: "As families across the country look forward to the Christmas holiday, Senate Democrats are planning to deliver an early lump of coal in every American's stocking. Instead of giving the American people what they asked for - a bill that would reduce health care costs - Senate Democrats are t… Continue Reading


Promises Broken: Reid Bill Hikes Taxes on Middle Class, Small Business, Enzi Says

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today said the Senate must say no to the enormous tax increase the Reid health care bill will lay on America's middle class families and small businesses, and urged sending the measure back for a re-write that reins in the cost of health care instead. "If the Reid bill passes, your taxes will go up when we ring in the New Year in two weeks," Enzi said. "Most of the reforms in this bill won't kick in for another four years, but you'll start payi… Continue Reading


Student Loan Options Are Not Yet Dead

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Reps. John Kline (R-MN) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) today wrote college and university presidents regarding their legislation that would preserve critical student loan options for another year. The Members are working to extend the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) which has successfully helped millions of Americans realize the dream of a college education since 1965. "Contrary to recent statement… Continue Reading


Enzi: New Reid Bill Worse than the Old Bill

Washington, D.C. - Although details of the latest Reid health bill are still not available for Senators or the American people to read, reports indicate that the latest proposals would make "a bad bill even worse," U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (RWyo.) said today. "I really would like to see this marvelous new idea that's going to solve the whole problem, but the Majority still hasn't shown it to us or the American people. If it were really that good of an idea, I think they would have shared it alrea… Continue Reading


Enzi: Federal Dollars Shouldn’t Pay for Abortion

Washington, D.C. - The Senate must approve the bipartisan Hatch-Nelson amendment to prevent federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions under the Reid health care bill, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said on the Senate floor today. "The Reid bill breaks the President's promises and forces American taxpayers to pay for abortions," Enzi said. "Supporters of the Reid bill use budget gimmicks to argue that it won't cover abortion, but as the Senate's only accountant I'm not going to be fo… Continue Reading


Reid Bill Would Force 10 Million Americans To Lose Employer-Based Health Coverage

Washington, D.C. - Despite the repeated promise from President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Senate Democrats that "If you like the care you have, you can keep it," the Reid health care bill would force between nine and ten million Americans to lose their employer-based health coverage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported last night. "How many times have we heard President Obama say, 'If you like the care you have, you can keep it'? The Reid bill breaks that promise," U… Continue Reading


Enzi: Don’t Cut Seniors’ Health Care to Pay for Costly New Entitlement Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today urged his colleagues to support an amendment to the Reid health bill that would protect Medicare benefits for seniors and ensure that any savings in the Medicare program be used to shore up that insolvent program. "We shouldn't cut Medicare, which is going broke, to pay for a new entitlement program," Enzi said. "We need Medicare reform, but those savings should only go to fix that program for seniors. "I have grave concerns about what t… Continue Reading


Seniors Know the Truth: Reid Bill’s Half-Trillion in Cuts from Medicare Would Crush Home Health Care

Washington, D.C. - Despite unbelievable claims and promises from many Senate Democrats that cutting a half-trillion dollars from Medicare will not affect beneficiaries, seniors know the truth: slashing Medicare will lead to reduced benefits and poorer quality of care, especially for patients who rely on home health agencies, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said today. "The Reid bill cuts nearly half-a-trillion dollars from the Medicare program, slashing payments to providers, hospitals, nursing… Continue Reading


On World AIDS Day, Enzi Urges Stepped up Prevention Efforts

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today marked the 21st annual World AIDS Day by urging the United States and its partners across the world to expand their efforts to prevent the spread of the disease. "We have made tremendous progress in combating HIV/AIDS at home and abroad, andI want to thank the countless individuals around the world who are dedicating their livesto saving the lives of oth… Continue Reading


Enzi: By any measure, Reid bill a failure

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) today made the followingremarks as the Senate moved closer to a critical vote on whether to move forward onthe Reid health care bill: "The Majority Leader has jammed ten pounds of entitlement spending into a fivepound sack. But he is not fooling the American people. The voices of August are stillechoing and coming from a vast majority," Enzi said. "We need health care reform to ensure quality, affordable care for allAmericans. Unfortunately, t… Continue Reading

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