Ranking Member's Press

06.17.21

Burr: Reopening Higher Education Important, But Focus Should be on K-12 First

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Supporting the Needs of Students in Higher Education and Lessons on Safely Returning to Campus." Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Chair Murray, thank you for holding this hearing. "The full reopening of our higher education system this fall is important. But, I'm very disappointed that we aren't focusing on reopening K-12 schools for ever… Continue Reading


06.15.21

HELP Committee GOP Leaders Push for Hearings on Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget

Today, the Ranking Members on all three Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittees announced they've sent letters to their respective subcommittee Chairs requesting appropriate hearings on the Biden Administration's proposed $6 trillion budget for fiscal year 2022. The letters were signed by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Children and Families, Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, a… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Senate HELP Committee Considers Bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, First Reauthorization in Decade

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held an executive session to consider the bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization of 2021. Earlier this week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, introduced the CAPTA Reauthorization of 2021. Ranking Member Burr's Opening Statement: "Good morning Chair Murray. "Thank you and your staff for the bipartisan work… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Burr, Collins Press CDC Director on Inconsistencies about Teachers’ Union Influence on School Reopening Guidance

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Susan Collins (R-ME), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, sent a letter pressing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky to clarify apparent inconsistencies in her recent Senate testimony about the influence teachers' unions had on the CDC's school reopening guidance. Senators Burr and … Continue Reading


06.09.21

Sen. Burr Statement on U.S. Plan to Donate Additional COVID-19 Vaccines Globally

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on reports the Biden Administration intends to purchase 500 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to the world: "This is exactly what the federal government should be doing: working with the companies who developed life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to make them available to the rest of the world. This news is a reminder of what's … Continue Reading


06.08.21

Burr: HHS Pandemic Response Lead, ASPR, Should Have Been One of the First Roles Filled by Biden Admin

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Dawn O'Connell to serve as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Miriam Delphin-Rittmon to serve as Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Chair Murray, thank you for holding such an important hearing today. "Dr. Delphin-Rittmon and Ms. O'Connell, welcome. "Both of you are signing up for roles tha… Continue Reading


06.02.21

Burr, Foxx Call on Secretary Cardona to Create Reactivation Plan for Student Loan Payments Following COVID-19 Repayment Freeze

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the Ranking Member of House Education and Labor Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Cardona requesting an update on the Department of Education's plan to transition student loan borrowers from the repayment freeze in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic to an active repayment status. The Members urged the Secretary to not extend t… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Sen. Burr Releases New Report on CDC Pandemic Response, Recommendations for Agency Reform

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new policy brief highlighting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) challenges and missteps during the coronavirus pandemic and key recommendations for reforms. The brief, titled "Modernizing CDC: Ensuring a Strategic Approach and Improving Accountability," is the first in a series of policy briefs examining and offering recommendations on the fede… Continue Reading


05.27.21

Burr Criticizes Democrats’ Endless Spending Proposals, Urges Colleagues to Focus on Getting Americans Back to Work

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Rajesh Nayak to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, Taryn Mackenzie Williams to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, and Doug Parker to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Remarks: "Good morning. Thank you, Chair Murray for scheduling this hearing to exa… Continue Reading


05.25.21

Senate HELP Committee Passes Six Bipartisan Bills to Improve Maternal, Mental Health

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed six bipartisan bills, including legislation to improve maternal care and to provide mental health support for health care professionals. The bills passed during today's executive session include the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act, the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act, the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Pr… Continue Reading


05.18.21

Burr Discourages One-Size-Fits-All Family Leave Proposals, Urges Flexibility for Small Businesses

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Paid Leave for Working Families: Examining Access, Options, and Impacts." Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Good morning. Thank you Chair Murray for scheduling this hearing to examine paid leave. "As a father, husband, grandfather, and son, I understand the need to balance family life with the workplace. "I support, and I believe most people support, people being able t… Continue Reading


05.13.21

Burr: Retirement Works When Americans Control Their Own Money

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Retirement Security: Building a Better Future." Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Good morning. Thank you Chair Murray for scheduling this hearing to highlight the need for Americans to save more for their futures. "I hope this bipartisan hearing is a sign that the Committee will work collaboratively on retirement legislation in our jurisdiction instead of using reconciliati… Continue Reading


05.11.21

Burr: IP Protections Are Part of Reason We Have Life-Saving Vaccines

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19." This is the Committee's second hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic in the 117th Congress. WATCH: Ranking Member Burr delivers opening remarks before the Committee's second hearing on the coronavirus pandemic with federal officials Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Chair Murray, I am glad th… Continue Reading


05.05.21

Burr Statement on Intellectual Property Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration's announcement it will support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines: "The partnerships developing and manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccines have been one of the biggest scientific success stories in generations - one that's already impacting other areas of medical resear… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Senator Burr Statement on FDA Announcement it Intends to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is committed to prohibiting menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars: "I had a productive conversation with Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock this morning about the FDA's announcement. The concern I raised with Acting Commissioner Woodcock is the same I've raised for years: the FDA has yet to provide sufficient new scientific data justifying a ban on menth… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Ranking Member Burr Questions Unprecedented Firings, Partisan Actions and Qualifications of Biden Labor Nominees

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Seema Nanda to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labor. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) criticized the Biden Administration for its abrupt and unprecedented firing of NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. Additionally, Ranking Member Burr e… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Senate HELP Committee Examines Unprecedented Mental Health Consequences Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: Using Lessons Learned to Address Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders." This is the fourth hearing on the coronavirus pandemic the Committee has held in the 117th Congress. WATCH: Ranking Member Burr delivers opening remarks before Committee hearing to examine the mental health consequences amid the COVID-19 pandemic Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening S… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Burr: Parent Choice, State Flexibility Paramount in Any Bipartisan Child Care Solution

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Supporting Children, Workers, and Families by Strengthening America's Child Care Sector." In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the critical role of child care providers to families across the nation, especially during the coronavirus pandemic when essential workers were vital to the nation's response. Additionally, Ranking Member Bur… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Burr: U.S. Must Foster Greater Innovation at Home, Mitigate Potential Foreign Influence Risks to Maintain Edge

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Protecting U.S. Biomedical Research: Efforts to Prevent Undue Foreign Influence." This is the first hearing the Committee has held with Administration officials to examine foreign threats to American biomedical research in the 117thCongress. In his prepared opening statement, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) detailed the credible, ongoing threats to America's biomedical res… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Burr: Workforce Development Should Continue to Be Space for Bipartisan Solutions

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities." This is the first hearing the Committee has held on workforce development amid the coronavirus pandemic in the 117th Congress. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the opportunity for bipartisanship… Continue Reading

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