Ranking Member's Press

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


07.27.21

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


07.15.21

Burr, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Accessibility of Innovative At-Home Treatments

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Better Wound Care at Home Act, bipartisan legislation to update payment rules at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to give Americans better access to cutting-edge technology and treatment options used in home health settings. "Outdated Medicare payment methods and billing rules shouldn't limit treatment options for Americans,"said Senator Burr. "It's important that seniors receiving care at home have… Continue Reading


07.15.21

Burr Questions Partisan Record, Extreme Agenda of Biden’s Labor Nominees

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held itsnomination hearing for David Weil to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division for the Department of Labor and Gwynne Wilcox and David Prouty to be Members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Excerpt of Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Thank you, Chair Murray for scheduling this nominations hearing. "This is proof that there is bipartisanship in Washington because Sena… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Burr Votes Against Advancing NLRB General Counsel Nominee from Senate HELP Committee

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after voting against advancing the nomination of Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel from the Committee: "At the same time President Biden was promising unity in his January inaugural address, his staff was engaged in the unprecedented, partisan firing of NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. D… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Burr Votes Against Confirmation of Julie Su as Deputy Secretary of Labor

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 Senate voted 50-47 to confirm Julie Su as Deputy Secretary of Labor: "Under Ms. Su's leadership, California suffered one of the largest cases of unemployment insurance fraud in our nation's history. After failing to implement recommended reforms upon taking office, Ms. Su instead eliminated important safeguards at the height of t… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Burr Raises Concerns Over Lhamon’s Record at Department of Education, Partisan Rhetoric on Title IX Rule

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held itsnomination hearing for Catherine Lhamon to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, Elizabeth Brown to be General Council of the Department of Education, and Roberto Rodriguez to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education. Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Good morning. Thank you Chair Murray for sch… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Burr, Murray Announce New Oversight as Part of Bipartisan Pandemic Preparedness Effort

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate HELP Committee, announced three new areas of bipartisan oversight as part of their ongoing work to develop policy proposals aimed at improving the nation's public health and medical preparedness and response programs. At the Senators' direction, bipartisan HELP Committee staff will begin oversight and investigation aimed… Continue Reading


06.24.21

Burr Releases New Report on ASPR’s Role in Federal Pandemic Response, Key Recommendations

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released a new report on the role of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommended reforms. The policy brief, titled "Reforming and Strengthening ASPR: Ensuring Specialized Capabilities, Sufficient Capacity, and Specific Authorities to Meet 21st Century Public Health … Continue Reading


06.24.21

Bipartisan Members Reintroduce Legislation to Ensure Diagnostic Testing Keeps Pace with Medical Innovations

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) introduced the Verifying Accurate Leading-Edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act. This bipartisan legislation would level the playing field by establishing a new regulatory framework for the review and approval of diagnostic tests, accelerating innovation and ensuring Americans can rely on the test results they receive. "The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the impor… Continue Reading


06.22.21

Burr: The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Fastest Way for Country to Recover from Pandemic

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Vaccines: America's Shot at Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic." Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Chair Murray, I am glad we are able to hold this important hearing together today. "The COVID-19 vaccine is the fastest way for our country to recover from this pandemic. "We all have to do our part in encouraging Americans to take this safe and effective vaccine. "I have exper… Continue Reading


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

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