Ranking Member's Press

07.14.22

Burr, Wicker Call on President Biden to Prevent Rail Strike, Avoid Further Supply Chain Crisis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to appoint an impartial and qualified Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to facilitate a fair resolution between the railroad carriers and unions, avoiding a potential strike as early as Monday, July 18, 2022. In … Continue Reading


07.14.22

Senator Burr Introduces Clean Reauthorization of FDA User Fee Programs

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee onHealth, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), introduced the Food and Drug Administration Simple Reauthorization Act, that would reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) prescription drug, generic drug, biosimilar, and medical device user fee agreements to ensure Americans continue to have access to innovative treatments and therapies. Today's introduction follows concerns over the Senate's ability to pass… Continue Reading


07.13.22

Senator Burr Demands Clarity on Biden Admin’s Strategy to Respond to Monkeypox Outbreak

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra demanding clarity on the Biden Administration's strategy to respond to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. "Despite the once in a century pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus, the US response to an existing threat is falling short, failing to develop and issue a research plan to understand the th… Continue Reading


07.12.22

Burr Criticizes Department of Education for Subverting Congress on Proposed Changes to Student Loan Relief Programs

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education announced its notice of proposed rulemaking on student loan relief programs: "It appears the Department of Education has forgotten that Congress writes the laws and the Department implements the laws as they are written. The Supreme Court has made it clear that, absent 'clear congressional authorizati… Continue Reading


07.11.22

Senate GOP Leaders Press CBO, JCT for True Cost of Democrats’ Obamacare Spending Spree Amid Record-High Inflation

Senate Republican leaders have sent a letter to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) requesting more information on the potential budgetary and economic impacts of making the temporary expansion of premium tax credits (PTC), justified as pandemic relief by Democrats, permanent. The letter was sent by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of … Continue Reading


07.11.22

Media Advisory: Maternal and Infant Health Care Provider to Testify Before Senate HELP about Importance of Life-Affirming Care

Today, Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee announced Brandi Swindell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stanton Healthcare, will testify before the Committee on Wednesday, July 13th at 10:00 a.m. ET about her work providing life-affirming maternal and infant health care for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. At the hearing, which Democrats have convened following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organi… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Senator Burr Statement on Biden Administration’s Proposed Reversal of Due Process Protections in Title IX Rule

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed changes to the Title IX rule for adjudicating sexual misconduct cases on college campuses: "Today's proposed executive action by the Biden Administration threatens students' Constitutional right to due process and the core American value of justice for all. Instead of upholding th… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Senators Burr, Brown Introduce Bill to Enhance Seniors’ Access to Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act, bipartisan legislation to update Medicare's payment system for clinical diagnostic laboratory services, ensuring seniors have access to the most innovative tests and treatments on the market. "Diagnostic testing plays a critical role in maintaining seniors' everyday health and longev… Continue Reading


06.21.22

Burr Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Tuition Assistance to Cover Maine Religious Schools

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Carson v. Makin that religious schools cannot be excluded from Maine's private-school tuition assistance program, which helps students in underserved areas: "Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion. Excluding students from receiving sta… Continue Reading


06.16.22

Key Takeaways from Senate HELP Committee Hearing with Biden Officials on Missing COVID-19 Strategy

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing with Biden Administration officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the continued federal response to COVID-19. Here are some of the key takeaways: #1: The Biden Administration still does not have a strategic plan to address future COVID-19 v… Continue Reading


06.16.22

Burr Again Grills Biden Officials on Failure to Provide COVID-19 Plan, Despite Months of Questioning

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing titled, "An Update on the Ongoing Federal Response to COVID-19: Current Status and Future Planning" with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the Committee's sixth hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic in the 117th Congress. WA… Continue Reading


06.15.22

Burr, Foxx Demand Clarity on Biden’s Statutory Authority on Student Loan Repayment Freeze, Forgiveness

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona demanding clarity on the Department's statutory authority for its recent and proposed executive actions on student loans. In their letter, the Members question the Department's legal authority to canc… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Senator Burr Statement on Vote Against FDA User Fee Agreement Package

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement after voting against the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act: "For more than 25 years in Congress, I've pushed for reforms to ensure the FDA can do its critical work quickly, effectively, and with accountability. An innovative and capable FDA is absolutely essential to meeting the next generation of pu… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Senators Burr, Casey Introduce College Savings Recovery Act

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chair of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Children and Families, introduced the College Savings Recovery Act, bipartisan legislation to give families greater control over their savings, allowing families to transfer unused funds in their college savings accounts, also known as 529 accounts, into a Roth IRA without being penalized. "College savings… Continue Reading


06.14.22

Burr: FDA User Fee Agreements Advance Innovation, Bring Important Reforms Following Infant Formula Crisis

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held an executive session to consider S. 4348, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) prescription drug, generic drug, biosimilar, and medical device user fee programs. The Committee also considered S. 958, the Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health C… Continue Reading


05.31.22

Burr Demands Accountability from Biden Admin on Telework Management, Productivity

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), sent letters to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, the U.S Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh demanding answers on its reliance on and management of telework productivity, following troubling information suggesting that Administration employees are not logging… Continue Reading


05.27.22

Senators Burr, Murray Introduce Bill to Support FDA Programs to Lower Costs and Spur Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced the FDA Safety and Landmark Advancements (FDASLA) Act-legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) prescription drug, generic drug, biosimilar, and medical device user fee agreements. The legislation also includes provisions to strengthen oversight of cosmetics and dietary supplements, modernize … Continue Reading


05.26.22

Key Takeaways from Senate HELP Hearing on FDA’s Role in Infant Formula Shortage

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held ahearing grilling U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf over the agency's handling of the ongoing infant formula shortage, which is impacting families across the nation. Here are some of the key takeaways from the hearing: #1: The FDA has blamed COVID-19 staffing shortages for senior officials' failure to act on an October 2021 whistleblower complaint about the Abbott Sturgis facility, but the FDA also adm… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Burr: When Will the FDA Take Accountability for Failure on Infant Formula Crisis?

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing titled, "Infant Formula Crisis: Addressing the Shortage and Getting Formula on Shelves," with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to examine the FDA's role in the ongoing infant formula shortage crisis. In his prepared opening remarks, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, criticized the FDA for its failure and unwillingness to address pote… Continue Reading


05.23.22

Burr, Senators Call for Senate Appropriations Committee to Double CCDBG Funding in Five Years

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Todd Young (R-IN), sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ranking Member Roy Blunt (R-MO) urging the Subcommittee to prioritize Child Care and Developme… Continue Reading

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