Ranking Member's Press

01.13.22

Ranking Member Burr Statement on SCOTUS Blocking OSHA’s Sweeping Vaccine Mandate

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate for private employers with more than 100 employees: "The Supreme Court is right to block the Biden Administration's sweeping federal vaccine and testing mandate, which continues to face ongoing legal challenges. If enacted, the federal mandate would affec… Continue Reading


01.13.22

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement Opposing Biden Labor Nominee David Weil

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, opposed advancing the nomination of Dr. David Weil to serve as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. The HELP Committee previously voted on Dr. Weil's nomination in August 2021, but failed to favorably report the nomination on an 11-11 vote. The nomination advanced today on a narrow 11-10 vote, despite previous bipartisan opposition. … Continue Reading


01.13.22

Ranking Member Burr Votes to Advance FDA Commissioner Nominee to Full Senate

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held an executive session to consider the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and other nominees to fill vacancies at the Department of Labor and Department of Education. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, voted in support of Dr. Califf to serve as FDA Commissioner. The Senate HELP Committee reported Dr. Califf out of the Committee by a vote of… Continue Reading


01.12.22

Senators Burr, Hickenlooper Introduce Bill to Bolster Research and Better Detect, Prepare Nation for Future Threats

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, introduced the Early Countermeasure Discovery Act. This legislation will enhance the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) collaboration with academic institutions, research centers, and relevant government agencies to support the research and development of medical c… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Senator Burr Demands Clarity on COVID-19 Strategy Amid Disastrous Shortage, Omicron Surge

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), demanded answers from federal officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Administration's COVID-19 communication failures and testing strategies as Omicron variant cases surge. Senator Burr questions fede… Continue Reading


01.11.22

Burr: It’s No Wonder the American People are Confused by CDC’s COVID-19 Guidance

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing titled, "Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response" with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the Committee's fifth hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic in the 117th Congress. In his prepared openin… Continue Reading


01.06.22

Burr, Foxx Press Biden Admin for Clarification on Unilateral Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter again calling on U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to clarify the Department's statutory basis for reforming the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. In October 2021, the Department of Education claimed it had executive authority to w… Continue Reading


01.03.22

Burr, Blunt Demand Answers from Biden Administration on Dire COVID-19 Test Shortage Despite Ample Funding

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senator Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, sent a letter urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to detail the administration's strategy for solving the nation's severe shortage of COVID-19 tests as coronavirus cases driven by the… Continue Reading


12.16.21

Republican Senators Blast Democrats’ Destructive Child Care Plan

On Wednesday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a press conference with Republican Senators highlighting the devastating impacts the Democrats' destructive child care plan, which is included in their reckless tax-and-spending bill, would have on child care costs and available options for families across the nation. With inflation rising to a near 40-year high last week, the Senators also criticized the outrageo… Continue Reading


12.15.21

Burr, Senate Republicans Highlight Actual Cost of Democrats’ Disastrous Child Care Plan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a press conference with Republican Senators on the disastrous impact Democrats' reckless tax-and-spending bill would have on child care providers and families. On Friday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis indicating that the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spending spree would end up costing $4.9 trillion while adding $3 trillion in new debt. Additi… Continue Reading


12.14.21

Burr: FDA Made Historic Progress During Pandemic, Now Time to Build Off Developments to Bring Even More Innovative Products to Americans

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a nomination hearing to consider Dr. Robert Califf to serve as the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In his opening remarks, Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the significant role the FDA Commissioner plays during public health emergencies and peacetime and underscored the importance of leveraging next generation innovation to address the unmet needs of devastating diagnoses. Rank… Continue Reading


12.08.21

Senators Burr, Cassidy Introduce Legislation to Combat Illegal Fentanyl, Improve Research

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Halt Lethal Trafficking (HALT) Fentanyl Act. This legislation makes permanent the temporary classification of fentanyl analogs under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). With fentanyl analog overdoses at an all-time high, making up 64 percent of total U.S. overdose deaths, its current Schedule I classification … Continue Reading


12.02.21

Burr: There Is a Better Way to Build on Successful, Existing Child Care Programs

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held an executive session to consider the nominations of Lisa Gomez to be the Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the Department of Labor, James Rodriguez to be the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training at the Department of Labor, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson to be the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Shelly Lowe to be the Chair of the National Endowment for … Continue Reading


12.01.21

GOP Senators Lead Roundtable with Local Child Care Providers Under Threat by Dem Spending Bill Proposal

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) led a roundtable discussion to hear firsthand how the Democrats' ill-constructed child care proposal, which is included in their reckless tax-and-spending bill, will devastate existing child care programs, increase costs for families, and limit parental choice. The Senators were joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Mitt Romney… Continue Reading


12.01.21

Republican Roundtable with Child Care Providers

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), and other Republican Senators will host a roundtable with child care providers from around the country to hear their concerns about the impact Democrats' reckless spending bill would have on child care workers and families. To watch the event live on December 1st at 10:15 a.m. ET click here.… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Burr Releases New Report on Strengthening Security of Laboratories to Maintain Edge Against 21st Century Threats

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report with recommendations for strengthening the safety and security of biomedical research laboratories as we continue to build on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and historical biosafety lapses. "The COVID-19 pandemic, recent Ebola outbreaks, and advances in synthetic biology capabilities all demonstrate the ever-evolving landscape of biologi… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Ranking Members Crapo, Burr Issue Joint Statement on Biden Admin’s CMS Vaccine Mandate

Today, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following joint statement on the vaccine mandate issued by the Biden Administration for Medicare and Medicaid providers: "America's frontline health workers have done incredible, life-saving work throughout this pandemic, but the difficulties and challenges of the last two years have taken a … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Burr to Public Health Officials: What’s the Plan?

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, "Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response," with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the Committee's fourth hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Remarks… Continue Reading


10.29.21

Burr, Foxx Demand Answers on LCPS’ Inadequate Response to Sexual Assault Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, and Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler demanding more information about Loudoun County Public Schools' (LCPS) response to… Continue Reading


10.26.21

HELP Committee Republicans Press Democrats on Lack of Public Hearings on $726 Billion in Spending

Today, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee executive session, HELP Committee Republicans pressed for public hearings and transparency on the nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars the Committee has been tasked with spending through Democrats' partisan spending package. The Democrats' reckless tax and spending bill proposes spending more than $726 billion in the Committee's jurisdiction. To date, there have been no Committee mark-ups or hearings on this m… Continue Reading

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