Ranking Member's Press

12.08.21

Senators Burr, Cassidy Introduce Legislation to Combat Illegal Fentanyl, Improve Research

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced the Halt Lethal Trafficking (HALT) Fentanyl Act. This legislation makes permanent the temporary classification of fentanyl analogs under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). With fentanyl analog overdoses at an all-time high, making up 64 percent of total U.S. overdose deaths, its current Schedule I classification … Continue Reading


12.02.21

Burr: There Is a Better Way to Build on Successful, Existing Child Care Programs

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held an executive session to consider the nominations of Lisa Gomez to be the Assistant Secretary for the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the Department of Labor, James Rodriguez to be the Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training at the Department of Labor, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson to be the Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Shelly Lowe to be the Chair of the National Endowment for … Continue Reading


12.01.21

GOP Senators Lead Roundtable with Local Child Care Providers Under Threat by Dem Spending Bill Proposal

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) led a roundtable discussion to hear firsthand how the Democrats' ill-constructed child care proposal, which is included in their reckless tax-and-spending bill, will devastate existing child care programs, increase costs for families, and limit parental choice. The Senators were joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Mitt Romney… Continue Reading


12.01.21

Republican Roundtable with Child Care Providers

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), and other Republican Senators will host a roundtable with child care providers from around the country to hear their concerns about the impact Democrats' reckless spending bill would have on child care workers and families. To watch the event live on December 1st at 10:15 a.m. ET click here.… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Burr Releases New Report on Strengthening Security of Laboratories to Maintain Edge Against 21st Century Threats

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report with recommendations for strengthening the safety and security of biomedical research laboratories as we continue to build on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and historical biosafety lapses. "The COVID-19 pandemic, recent Ebola outbreaks, and advances in synthetic biology capabilities all demonstrate the ever-evolving landscape of biologi… Continue Reading


11.05.21

Ranking Members Crapo, Burr Issue Joint Statement on Biden Admin’s CMS Vaccine Mandate

Today, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following joint statement on the vaccine mandate issued by the Biden Administration for Medicare and Medicaid providers: "America's frontline health workers have done incredible, life-saving work throughout this pandemic, but the difficulties and challenges of the last two years have taken a … Continue Reading


11.04.21

Burr to Public Health Officials: What’s the Plan?

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled, "Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response," 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 fourth hearing with federal officials on the COVID-19 pandemic this year. Ranking Member Richard Burr's Prepared Opening Remarks… Continue Reading


10.29.21

Burr, Foxx Demand Answers on LCPS’ Inadequate Response to Sexual Assault Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Ranking Member of the House Education and Labor Committee, sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, and Loudoun County Schools Superintendent Scott Ziegler demanding more information about Loudoun County Public Schools' (LCPS) response to… Continue Reading


10.26.21

HELP Committee Republicans Press Democrats on Lack of Public Hearings on $726 Billion in Spending

Today, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee executive session, HELP Committee Republicans pressed for public hearings and transparency on the nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars the Committee has been tasked with spending through Democrats' partisan spending package. The Democrats' reckless tax and spending bill proposes spending more than $726 billion in the Committee's jurisdiction. To date, there have been no Committee mark-ups or hearings on this m… Continue Reading


10.26.21

Senator Burr Blasts Democrats’ One-Sided, Partisan Tax and Spending Spree

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held an executive session to consider multiple nominations to fill positions at the Department of Labor, Department of Education, AmeriCorps, and the National Mediation Board. Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) full prepared opening statement: "Thank you for holding this markup in our committee hearing room. "While these nominees may serve necessary roles, I'm very disappointed that we haven't yet had a hearing or marku… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Burr Strongly Opposes Lhamon Nomination to Lead Ed Dept. Office for Civil Rights

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement opposing the Senate's motion to discharge from Committee the nomination of Catherine Lhamon to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education: "Leading the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights should require a commitment to impartiality, fairness, and protecting the Constitutional right to d… Continue Reading


10.07.21

Burr Criticizes Democrats’ Reckless Tax and Spending Spree

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held itsnomination hearing for Lisa Gomez to be the Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security at the Department of Labor and Jose Javier Rodriguez to be the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the Department of Labor. Ranking Member Richard Burr's (R-NC) full prepared opening statement: "The purpose of this hearing is to consider the nominees to serve at the Employee Benefits Security Administratio… Continue Reading


10.05.21

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement on Dr. Francis Collins Stepping Down as NIH Director

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the announcement that Dr. Francis S. Collins will be stepping down as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after 12 years in the role: "I can't say enough about the incredible contributions Francis Collins has made to public health and the scientific community throughout his career. Dr. Collins is the only NIH director to be appoint… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Burr Releases New Report with Recommendations to Strengthen FDA’s Regulatory Readiness

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a new report with recommendations for strengthening the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulatory readiness, building on lessons learned from the pandemic to better prepare for the future. "As we take stock of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, we should build on FDA's leadership and experience to improve our readiness for future public health eme… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Senator Burr Criticizes Becerra, Cardona on Inadequate Response on School Reopening Plans

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing titled "School Reopening During COVID-19: Supporting Students, Educators, and Families" with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. This is the Committee's fourth hearing with federal officials on the continued pandemic response this year. Ranking Member Richard Burr's (R-NC) prepared opening statement: "Good morning, let's star… Continue Reading


09.29.21

Senator Burr Introduces NIL Scholarship Tax Act to Protect Integrity of Collegiate Sports Model

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, introduced the NIL Scholarship Tax Act, legislation to protect the integrity of amateur athletics at colleges and universities across the nation. This legislation would allow student-athletes to choose between receiving a tax-free scholarship for a post-secondary degree or the opportunity to earn outside compensation for their Name, Image, or Likeness (NIL). "Collegiate athle… Continue Reading


09.24.21

Burr Statement on CDC and FDA COVID-19 Booster Shot Recommendations

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot: "I'm glad Americans are going to be able to get vaccine boosters to help end this pandemic. The Administration was right to have the CDC follow the FDA's lead and the science to broaden the CDC ad… Continue Reading


09.22.21

HELP Ranking Member Burr Statement on FDA Approval of Pfizer Booster Shot for Some Americans

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's announcement issuing an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for booster shots of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for high-risk individuals and those over 65: "The FDA's decision to allow booster shots for vaccinated Americans at highest risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 is very welcome news, and I am gl… Continue Reading


09.22.21

Burr, McConnell, Crapo, Blunt Press White House for Updated Response Strategy as Delta Variant Continues to Surge

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, along with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, sent a letter calling on White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients to … Continue Reading


08.10.21

Senators Burr, Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Ensure Medicaid Access for Vulnerable Foster Care Children

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation would clarify existing law to ensure that the care provided for certain foster children in need of a higher level of care are covered by Medicaid. "Medicaid should not be a barrier for foster children with emotional or behavioral challenges to receive care in a setting that best meets their individual needs," said Senato… Continue Reading

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