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HELP Ranking Member Burr Votes Against Confirmation of Biden’s Surgeon General Pick

Today, the Senate voted 57-43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as the U.S. Surgeon General at the Public Health Service.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after voting against Dr. Murthy’s confirmation.

“Americans need to be able to trust the messages delivered by the Surgeon General are fact-based and bias free,” said Senator Burr. “Unfortunately, I am still deeply concerned about Dr. Murthy’s ability to separate his political convictions from the public health decisions he will once again have to make in this role. For this reason, I voted against his confirmation.”

On February 25, 2021, the Senate HELP Committee held its nomination hearing for Dr. Murthy.

The Senate HELP Committee advanced Dr. Murthy’s nomination by a vote of 16-6 on March 17, 2021.