February 2, 2005 |
The Bush administration plans to confront state governments over Medicaid costs in an effort to slow the growth in federal spending on healthcare for the poor, disabled and elderly, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Tuesday. In a speech before a healthcare meeting here, Leavitt said Medicaid, the federal-state partnership to provide medical care for the needy, was "not financially sustainable."
December 14, 2004 |
Shifting his Cabinet reorganization back into high gear, President Bush on Monday nominated Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which faces a fiscal crunch over the massive medical costs of the elderly and the poor.
April 2, 2004 |
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt on Thursday defended the Bush administration's handling of a proposed rule to limit mercury emissions from power plants, despite a request from 45 senators and 10 state attorneys general that he scrap the proposal and start over. "There are a number of fictions that have crept into our discussion of mercury regulation," Leavitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on clean air, climate change and nuclear safety.
October 29, 2003 |
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending an effort by six senators to block the vote in protest of Bush administration environmental policies. The 88-8 vote came after a polarized two-day debate over the president's environmental record, which some Republicans praised as the best and some Democrats denounced as the worst.
October 2, 2003 |
The eight Democrats and one Independent on a Senate committee boycotted a scheduled vote Wednesday on Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt's nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, delaying the panel's action by at least two weeks. The nine senators, members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, complained that Leavitt had failed to adequately answer their questions about his environmental priorities and the Bush administration's environmental policies.
September 28, 2003
Re "Pin Him Down on Pollution," editorial, Sept. 25: It matters little what former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt commits to in relation to the environment. Leavitt is a Utah extractionist and a utilitarian, and he will enforce only those policies that George W. Bush commands that he support. To say that former EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Leavitt are both moderates is to paint with an awfully broad brush. Whitman's frustration over the Bush administration's constant, heavy-handed intrusion into her ability to implement common-sense environmental approaches led to her resignation, not her desire to spend more time with her family.