Press Releases

04.16.21

Senators Burr, Klobuchar Reintroduce 9-1-1 Saves Act, Highlight Dispatchers’ Life-Saving Work

In recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) this week reintroduced the 9-1-1 SAVES Act, which would update the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) to better reflect the life-saving work 9-1-1 telecommunicators and dispatchers perform each day. "This week, we recognize the life-saving work of 9-1-1 dispatchers across North Carolina and the country," said Senator Burr. "As the co-chair of the Congressional Next Gene… 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


04.13.21

Senator Burr Statement on Announced Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Afghanistan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to the announcement that President Biden intends to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021: "The Biden Administration is within its rights to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but I'm concerned this Administration, like the last, has made this decision without fully considering the consequences. A complete withdrawal of U.S. troops will have long-term security ramifications, regionally … Continue Reading


04.05.21

Burr and Manchin Lead Senate Resolution to Designate April 5th ‘Gold Star Wives Day’

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R- NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), honored members of the Gold Star Wives of America, after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution led by the Senators to designate April 5, 2021, as "Gold Star Wives Day." Since 1945, the Gold Star Wives of America has provided support and services to thousands of widows and survivors of fallen military members. The bipartisan resolution was passed on March 15 by unanimous consent. "For more than 75 years, the Gold Star Wives of America … Continue Reading


04.01.21

Senator Burr Statement on the Retirement of Coach Roy Williams

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding UNC Men's Basketball Coach Roy Williams' announced retirement: "When Roy Williams first stepped onto the court in Chapel Hill as a college freshman, I doubt anyone, even the great Dean Smith, could predict the Hall of Fame career he was about to start," said Senator Burr. "After 48 seasons as a basketball coach - that included leading the Tar Heels to three national championships - Coach Williams can look back on his … Continue Reading


03.29.21

Senators Burr, Manchin Lead Senate Resolution Designating March 29th ‘Vietnam Veterans Day’

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), recognized the sacrifice and service of Vietnam veterans across the nation, after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution led by the Senators to designate March 29, 2021 'Vietnam Veterans Day.' The bipartisan resolution was passed on March 15 by unanimous consent. "America lost nearly 60,000 servicemen and women during the war in Vietnam," said Senator Burr. "The veterans who did return home often didn't receive the recognition they deser… Continue Reading


03.29.21

Senator Burr Statement on Health Announcement from Senator Tillis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after today'sannouncement from Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC): "Brooke and I send our love to Thom and Susan, and we're praying for a smooth and speedy recovery. I'm confident Thom will tackle this latest challenge the way he approaches everything in life: with plenty of energy, good spirits, and the support of his friends and family. "Thom is exactly right that routine health screenings are critical for catching certain conditio… 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


03.10.21

Sens. Burr, Tillis Vote to Confirm N.C.’s Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to confirm Michael Regan, a native North Carolinian, to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Senators Burr and Tillis, who introduced Regan before his Senate confirmation hearing last month, applauded the Senate's bipartisan vote of 66-34. "Secretary Regan will bring the right expertise, leadership, and experience to the EPA," said Senator Burr. "During his time working for North Carolina, Secr… Continue Reading


03.10.21

Sens. Burr, Tillis Introduce Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reintroduced the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (BRNHA) Reauthorization Act. This legislation extends the authorization of BRNHA through 2036 to preserve Western North Carolina's cultural, historic, and natural resources while continuing to develop economic opportunities in the region. The Senators first introduced the bill in July 2020. "Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country," said Se… 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


03.01.21

Senate Confirms Dr. Miguel Cardona to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

Today, the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis of 64-33 to confirm Dr. Miguel Cardona as Secretary for the U.S Department of Education. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported Dr. Cardona's nomination before the Senate HELP Committee earlier this month, applauded the Senate's confirmation of this critical role. "School closures across the nation have left many students stuck at home, disconnected from their peers and strugg… Continue Reading

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