Sen. Burr Statement on Confirmation Hearing of Dr. Bob Kadlec to HHS Role

August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on Dr. Robert Kadlec, the President’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness and Response, testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee:

“I have worked with Bob in various capacities over the last few years and I am more than confident that he will bring consistent and strong leadership to the role of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act I authored with Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Reauthorization Act I authored with Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) provide the ASPR with necessary tools to protect Americans against public health threats we may face, whether naturally occurring or the result of a deliberate attack.  Bob’s service to our country as an Air Force veteran and a physician make him well positioned to bring a deep understanding of the daily focus and urgency necessary to fulfill the role of the ASPR in leveraging these tools and managing our nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities. I am proud to see Bob move through the nomination process, and look forward to his confirmation.”