Ranking Member's Press

05.13.21

Burr: Retirement Works When Americans Control Their Own Money

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Retirement Security: Building a Better Future." Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Good morning. Thank you Chair Murray for scheduling this hearing to highlight the need for Americans to save more for their futures. "I hope this bipartisan hearing is a sign that the Committee will work collaboratively on retirement legislation in our jurisdiction instead of using reconciliati… Continue Reading


05.11.21

Burr: IP Protections Are Part of Reason We Have Life-Saving Vaccines

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19." This is the Committee's second hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic in the 117th Congress. WATCH: Ranking Member Burr delivers opening remarks before the Committee's second hearing on the coronavirus pandemic with federal officials Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening Statement: "Chair Murray, I am glad th… Continue Reading


05.05.21

Burr Statement on Intellectual Property Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration's announcement it will support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines: "The partnerships developing and manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccines have been one of the biggest scientific success stories in generations - one that's already impacting other areas of medical resear… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Senator Burr Statement on FDA Announcement it Intends to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is committed to prohibiting menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars: "I had a productive conversation with Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock this morning about the FDA's announcement. The concern I raised with Acting Commissioner Woodcock is the same I've raised for years: the FDA has yet to provide sufficient new scientific data justifying a ban on menth… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Ranking Member Burr Questions Unprecedented Firings, Partisan Actions and Qualifications of Biden Labor Nominees

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Seema Nanda to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labor. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) criticized the Biden Administration for its abrupt and unprecedented firing of NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. Additionally, Ranking Member Burr e… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Senate HELP Committee Examines Unprecedented Mental Health Consequences Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: Using Lessons Learned to Address Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders." This is the fourth hearing on the coronavirus pandemic the Committee has held in the 117th Congress. WATCH: Ranking Member Burr delivers opening remarks before Committee hearing to examine the mental health consequences amid the COVID-19 pandemic Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening S… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Burr: Parent Choice, State Flexibility Paramount in Any Bipartisan Child Care Solution

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Supporting Children, Workers, and Families by Strengthening America's Child Care Sector." In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the critical role of child care providers to families across the nation, especially during the coronavirus pandemic when essential workers were vital to the nation's response. Additionally, Ranking Member Bur… Continue Reading


04.22.21

Burr: U.S. Must Foster Greater Innovation at Home, Mitigate Potential Foreign Influence Risks to Maintain Edge

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Protecting U.S. Biomedical Research: Efforts to Prevent Undue Foreign Influence." This is the first hearing the Committee has held with Administration officials to examine foreign threats to American biomedical research in the 117thCongress. In his prepared opening statement, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) detailed the credible, ongoing threats to America's biomedical res… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Burr: Workforce Development Should Continue to Be Space for Bipartisan Solutions

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities." This is the first hearing the Committee has held on workforce development amid the coronavirus pandemic in the 117th Congress. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the opportunity for bipartisanship… Continue Reading


04.15.21

Burr: Cancelling Extraordinary Amounts of Student Loan Debt ‘Wrong Solution’ for Borrowers, Taxpayers

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for James Kvaal to serve as the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) underscored his disapproval of massive student loan debt forgiveness and offered his legislation, the Repay Act, as an alternative and sustainable bipartisan policy solution that simplifies repayment options for borrowers b… Continue Reading


03.25.21

Burr: Our COVID-19 Response Must Leverage Technology to Improve Decision Making, Address Public Health Disparities

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Examining Our COVID-19 Response: Improving Health Equity and Outcomes by Addressing Health Disparities." This is the third hearing on the coronavirus pandemic the Committee has held in the 117th Congress. In his prepared opening remarks, Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) acknowledged the shortfalls in the nation's pandemic response in underserved communities, including seniors, children, American… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Ranking Member Burr Supports Deputy Secretary of Education Nominee, Urges Democrats to Follow Suit Despite Historical Practice

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Cindy Marten to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted Ms. Martin's experience in elementary and secondary education and underlined the importance of having experience in the higher education system, especially as federal student loan debt has taken on a new urgency. … Continue Reading


03.23.21

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 … Continue Reading


03.23.21

Burr: Encouraging Innovation is Essential for Developing Cutting-Edge Treatments and Cures

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security held a hearing entitled "Why Does the U.S. Pay the Highest in the World for Prescription Drugs?" In his submitted statement for the record, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the critical role American innovation plays in bringing new treatments and cures to market, as demonstrated by the development of three highly effective coronav… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Senate Confirms Marty Walsh to Serve as Secretary of Labor

Today, the Senate confirmed Marty Walsh as Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor on a bipartisan vote of 68-29. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), who expressed his support of Marty Walsh's nomination ahead of today's vote, applauded the Senate's confirmation of this important role. "America is in the midst of immense economic challenges," said Senator Burr. "We need a Senate-confirmed Secretary in place at the Department of L… Continue Reading


03.18.21

HELP Ranking Member Burr Votes Against Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary

Today, the Senate voted 50-49 to confirm California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Last month, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) raised significant concerns about Mr. Becerra's lack of qualifications to lead the nation's largest federal health agency in the middle of a global pandemic. Senator Burr released the following statement after voting against Mr. Becerra's confirmat… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Burr Urges Public Health Officials to Better Prepare for Next Pandemic Threat

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: An Update from Federal Officials." This is the Committee's first hearing on the coronavirus pandemic in this Congress with Administration officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his prepared opening r… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Burr, King Renew Bipartisan Effort to Reform Student Loan Repayment Programs

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) reintroduced the Repay Act, bipartisan legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. This legislation simplifies and streamlines the current repayment programs by establishing two, easy-to-navigate repayment plans: a fixed, 10-year repayment plan and a single, simplified income-driven repayment option. "The rise in federal student loan debt has been a cause for concern for years, but the issue has taken on a new urgency … Continue Reading


03.16.21

Ranking Member Burr Questions Labor Nom Julie Su on Failures, Fraud in CA’s Massive Unemployment Crisis

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Julie Su, the California and Workforce Development Agency Secretary, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) outlined California's economic failures, which include its high unemployment rate and its mass evacuation by businesses to better markets, such as Texas and North Carolina. Ranking Member Burr als… Continue Reading


03.09.21

Sen. Burr: Current Moment Critical for Learning from COVID-19 Response and Letting States Lead

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled "Examining Our COVID-19 Response: An Update from the Frontlines." This is the first hearing focused on the response to the coronavirus pandemic the Committee has held this Congress. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) underscored the critical role that state and local officials play in leading the response to the pandemic. Additionally, Ranking M… Continue Reading

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