Ranking Member's Press

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


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

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