Ranking Member's Press

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 "Outdated Medicare payment methods and billing rules shouldn't limit treatment options for Americans,"said Senator Burr.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


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

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