Ranking Member's Press

11.04.22

Burr to States: Show Congress Exactly How You Are Protecting First Amendment Rights of Teachers

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to each State education agency chief operating officer asking about steps being taken to comply with the Supreme Court's Janus decision and protect the First Amendment rights of teachers who choose not to pay union dues. "The Court's decision in Janus was broad, standing for the proposition that freedom of speech embodied in the First Amendment includes bo… Continue Reading


10.27.22

Senate HELP Committee Minority Oversight Staff Releases Interim Report Analyzing Origins of COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Minority oversight staff released an interim report titled, "An Analysis of the Origins of the COVID-19 Pandemic." The interim staff report summarizes a review to date of publicly available, open-source information related to the potential origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. "Over one million Americans have died from COVID-19 and tens of millions have died from this virus worldwide. In addition to the tra… Continue Reading


10.07.22

Burr Questions Labor Department for Abandoning Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh questioning the agency's rule rescinding recognition of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). In his letter, Senator Burr emphasized the valuable training IRAPs provide workers and called out the Administration for attempting to limit workplace opportunity for many Americans. "It makes no sense … Continue Reading


10.06.22

Burr Demands FDA Accountability Over Infant Formula Failures

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf condemning FDA's severely inadequate internal review and continued failure to answer for its role in the devastating infant formula shortage. In May, Senator Burr released a "timeline of failure" detailing the FDA and Biden Administration's part in creating the infant formula crisis. "… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Burr, Murray Statement on Agreement to Reauthorize FDA User Fee Programs, Continue Work on Additional Critical Priorities

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement on the language they negotiated for passage this week reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs and their commitment to continue working to pass several other bipartisan priorities as part of a larger package later this year. "We are glad to announce an agreement to reauthoriz… Continue Reading


09.26.22

Burr Statement on CBO Cost of Biden’s Student Loan Debt Cancelation Scheme

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announcement that President Biden's illegal student loan debt cancelation scheme will cost taxpayers $400 billion: "Just last week, President Biden declared the 'the pandemic is over.' But his Administration is still using the pandemic when it's convenient as a thinly veiled justification for pet politi… Continue Reading


09.19.22

Burr Demands Clarity on Admin’s Contradictory COVID-19 Policies After President Declares ‘the Pandemic is Over’

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, sent a letter to President Biden questioning his Administration's many policies that contradict his announcement that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. "I watched with great interest your 60 Minutes interview on Sunday night where you stated, 'the pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID, we're still doing a lot of working on it, but the pandemic is over.' If that is… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Burr, Wicker Call on Senate to Immediately Pass Resolution Preventing Disastrous Rail Worker Strike

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, took to the Senate floor to call on Congress to immediately pass their resolution to prevent a disastrous rail worker strike in a matter of days. CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENS. BURR AND WICKER CALL FOR SENATE ACTION TO PREVENT DISASTROUS RAIL WORKER STRIKE The r… Continue Reading


09.14.22

Burr: Administration Has Failed Americans on Monkeypox Response

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, "Stopping the Spread of Monkeypox: Examining the Federal Response." This is the Committee's first hearing to examine the federal government's response to the monkeypox outbreak. In his opening statement, Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) criticized the Administration's poor planning, inadequate vaccine rollout, and testing failures, which resulted in the outbreak of a preventable disease already ide… Continue Reading


09.13.22

Burr, Senators Oppose Biden Admin’s Title IX Changes, Call for Enforcement of Existing Regulations

Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) submitted their official comment to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in response to proposed changes to Title IX, asking instead for the enforcement of existing Title IX regulations. Joining the letter were Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin … Continue Reading


09.12.22

Burr, Wicker Introduce Resolution Calling for Adoption of Biden Administration Rail Recommendations If Voluntary Agreements Are Not Reached

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, introduced a resolution that would prevent a disastrous rail worker strike if contract negotiations are not soon resolved. The Senate resolution would adopt the comprehensive recommendations made by President Biden's appointees to the Presidential Emergency Board (PE… Continue Reading


09.01.22

Ranking Member Burr Statement on Dramatic Drop in American Students’ Test Scores

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, released the following statement on the announcement that American students' test scores have plummeted over the last two years: "Lockdowns and fear caused the biggest ever drop on the Nation's Report Card for 9-year-old reading and math achievement. Not only did Democrats' and teachers unions' policies that kept schools closed stunt student achievement, their policies barring ch… Continue Reading


08.24.22

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement on Biden’s Illegal Student Loan Debt Cancelation

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement on President Biden's announcement that he intends to cancel broad swaths of federal student loan debt, transferring more than $300 billion of debt onto American taxpayers: "President Biden's announcement that he intends to cancel student loan debt is irresponsible, unfair, and deeply cynical. He's asking taxpayers to subsidize debt held by som… Continue Reading


08.04.22

22 Days and Over 5,000 New Cases: HHS Stonewalls Congress Over Monkeypox Response in Devastating Public Health Failure

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to again demand details on the agency's plan to combat and contain monkeypox. In the 22 days since Senator Burr sent his first request, the painful disease has spread exponentially within the U.S., yet Secretary Becerra still has not responded with the agency's plan. Senator Burr released the fol… Continue Reading


07.29.22

Burr, Paul, Cruz Launch Oversight of National Science Foundation

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), along with Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a new oversight investigation into potential waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The members announced the probe in a letter sent today to the NSF requesting more information about the agency's strategic budget plan, grant review and award process, and poten… Continue Reading


07.26.22

Burr: Combat Fentanyl Crisis with Better Leadership, Stronger Borders, and Substance Use Disorder Programs

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, "Fighting Fentanyl: The Federal Response to a Growing Crisis." The Committee examined the federal government's response to the fentanyl crisis with testimony from federal health officials. In his statement submitted for the record, Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) underscored the harm of illicit fentanyl and the need for effective leadership and improved public health programs, while also pressing … Continue Reading


07.25.22

Burr Leads Call for IG Audit of Biden’s $10 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Public Education Campaign

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), led a group of Republican colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General Christin Grimm requesting an audit of the Biden Administration's $10 billion COVID-19 vaccine public education campaign, which was launched in March 2021 to increase vaccine awareness and confidence. Senator Burr was joined by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK… Continue Reading


07.21.22

CBO, JCT Confirm Dems’ Obamacare Subsidy Expansion Would Cost Billions More than Previously Claimed

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released analysis showing Democrats' proposal to significantly expand Obamacare tax subsidies would add billions of dollars to the federal deficit to the benefit of wealthy Americans. The analysis was in response to a letter requesting the true cost of an expansion of premium tax credits (PTC) sent by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Se… Continue Reading


07.20.22

Burr, Senators Oppose Biden Admin’s Flawed Title IX Proposal, Urge Extension of Public Comment Period

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) led a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona criticizing the Administration's proposed changes to Title IX and urging an extension of the public comment period by 30 days. Joining the letter were Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve … Continue Reading


07.19.22

FACT SHEET: How Dems’ Big Government Price Controls Will Crush Biomedical Innovation

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released a fact sheet highlighting the innovation-killing impact of Democrats' proposed prescription price controls. Here's how Democrats' partisan agenda would harm American medical breakthroughs and advancements: DEMOCRATIC BIG GOVERNMENT PRICE CONTROLS WILL CRUSH BIOMEDICAL INNOVATION & PREVENT FUTURE CURES The Schumer plan is simply government-run price-controls paired wit… Continue Reading

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