Ranking Member's Press

10.07.21

Burr Strongly Opposes Lhamon Nomination to Lead Ed Dept. Office for Civil Rights

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement opposing the Senate's motion to discharge from Committee the nomination of Catherine Lhamon to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education: "Leading the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights should require a commitment to impartiality, fairness, and protecting the Constitutional right to d… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Burr Criticizes Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held itsnomination hearing for Lisa Gomez to be the Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security at the Department of Labor and Jose Javier Rodriguez to be the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the Department of Labor. Ranking Member Richard Burr's (R-NC) full prepared opening statement: "The purpose of this hearing is to consider the nominees to serve at the Employee Benefits Security Administratio… Continue Reading


10.05.21

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement on Dr. Francis Collins Stepping Down as NIH Director

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that Dr. Francis S. Collins will be stepping down as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after 12 years in the role: "I can't say enough about the incredible contributions Francis Collins has made to public health and the scientific community throughout his career. Dr. Collins is the only NIH director to be appoint… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Burr Releases New Report with Recommendations to Strengthen FDA’s Regulatory Readiness

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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulatory readiness, building on lessons learned from the pandemic to better prepare for the future. "As we take stock of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, we should build on FDA's leadership and experience to improve our readiness for future public health eme… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Senator Burr Criticizes Becerra, Cardona on Inadequate Response on School Reopening Plans

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled "School Reopening During COVID-19: Supporting Students, Educators, and Families" with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. This is the Committee's fourth hearing with federal officials on the continued pandemic response this year. Ranking Member Richard Burr's (R-NC) prepared opening statement: "Good morning, let's star… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Senator Burr Introduces NIL Scholarship Tax Act to Protect Integrity of Collegiate Sports Model

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the NIL Scholarship Tax Act, legislation to protect the integrity of amateur athletics at colleges and universities across the nation. This legislation would allow student-athletes to choose between receiving a tax-free scholarship for a post-secondary degree or the opportunity to earn outside compensation for their Name, Image, or Likeness (NIL). "Collegiate athle… Continue Reading


09.24.21

Burr Statement on CDC and FDA COVID-19 Booster Shot Recommendations

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot: "I'm glad Americans are going to be able to get vaccine boosters to help end this pandemic. The Administration was right to have the CDC follow the FDA's lead and the science to broaden the CDC ad… Continue Reading


09.22.21

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement on FDA Approval of Pfizer Booster Shot for Some Americans

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's announcement issuing an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for high-risk individuals and those over 65: "The FDA's decision to allow booster shots for vaccinated Americans at highest risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 is very welcome news, and I am gl… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Burr, McConnell, Crapo, Blunt Press White House for Updated Response Strategy as Delta Variant Continues to Surge

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, sent a letter calling on White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients to … Continue Reading


08.10.21

Senators Burr, Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Ensure Medicaid Access for Vulnerable Foster Care Children

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation would clarify existing law to ensure that the care provided for certain foster children in need of a higher level of care are covered by Medicaid. "Medicaid should not be a barrier for foster children with emotional or behavioral challenges to receive care in a setting that best meets their individual needs," said Senato… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Senator Burr Criticizes Biden Admin Extension of Student Loan Repayment Freeze

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced its four-month extension of the COVID-19 student loan repayment freeze, the fourth such extension to date: "Every American over the age of 12 has had the opportunity to get vaccinated and return to school and work. Students and families faced immense challenges last year, but the American economy co… Continue Reading


08.03.21

Senator Burr Votes Against Advancing Nominations of David Weil and Catherine Lhamon

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, voted against advancing the nominations of David Weil to serve as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor and Catherine Lhamon to serve as the Assistant for Civil Rights at the Department of Education. The Committee voted 11-11 on both nominees. Following the Committee's vote, Senator Burr released the following statement: "It's unfortunate… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Burr: The CDC Has Got to Do Better

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on new data related to the spread of COVID-19 released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "I'm deeply concerned it took the CDC three days to publicly release formal data justifying its reasoning behind the updated COVID-19 guidance. "This data should have been released at the same time the upda… Continue Reading


07.28.21

Burr Releases New Report on Improving Existing Public Health Programs, Recommendations for Maintaining Vigilance for Next Threat

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report highlighting longstanding federal public health programs that support state and local health departments, and recommendations for improving these programs based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy brief, titled "Preparing for Future Health Threats: Improving and Sustaining Foundational Public Health Capabilities in Response to COVID… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Burr Reiterates Call for All Eligible Americans to Get Vaccinated

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after today's announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing new guidance on mask wearing: "I'm urging everyone who is eligible but who has not already done so to get vaccinated. Do it to protect your parents, your children, your community, and yourself. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, they work, and they are th… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Burr: Public Health Reforms Should Focus on Sustainable Policies that Endure Long After COVID-19 Response

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "The Path Forward: Building on Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic." Ranking Member Burr's Full Prepared Opening Statement: "Thank you, Senator Murray for holding this hearing today. "Even before the first case was identified in America, this Committee has been extremely dedicated, in a bipartisan manner, to understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Just last week, we heard fro… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Senator Burr Statement on Passing of Former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the passing of former Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi: "The news of Mike Enzi's sudden passing is devastating for all of us who served with him in the U.S. Senate. Mike was a true problem solver, working across the aisle to build consensus on issues important to Wyoming and the nation. I had the honor of working alongside him to pass pandemic and biodefense preparedness legislation, a priority we both shared as members of the Sena… Continue Reading


07.21.21

Bipartisan Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Improve Seniors’ Access to Breakthrough Medical Innovations

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Tim Scott (R-SC) reintroduced the New Opportunities for Value to Extend Lives (NOVEL) Act. This bipartisan legislation would update coding, coverage, and payment processes at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve seniors' access to life-saving medical innovations. "The United States has historically been the undisputed leader in biomedical innovation," said Senator Burr. "Unfortunately… Continue Reading


07.20.21

Burr: Now Is the Time to Anticipate Next Phase of Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "The Path Forward: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response." This is the Committee's third hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Remarks: "Chair Murray, I am pleased to hold this hearing today, our third panel with members of the administration this Congress to discuss COVID-19. "To our witnesses, welcome and welco… Continue Reading


07.19.21

OP-ED: Burr: Congress Should Help Working Parents by Investing in Proven Child Care Programs

Roll Call Op-ed: We already have child care and early education programs that work. Let's invest in them By Sen. Richard M. Burr July 19, 2021 The strength of the relationship between a family and their child care provider is deeply important. It's one of the many reasons parents today spend months, if not years, researching the best child care options for their needs. Unfortunately, finding adequate, affordable child care has become increasingly difficult for many working families. Even b… Continue Reading

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