Press Releases

10.18.21

Senator Burr Statement on Retirement of Rep. David Price

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the retirement of Rep. David Price (NC-04): "David and I have served together in North Carolina's congressional delegation for many years. He's someone who has always approached his work in Congress with deep respect for the institution and for the people he represents. He's also someone who believes in working across the aisle to get things done, a commitment we share and one that allowed us to work together on important is… Continue Reading


10.18.21

Senator Burr Statement on Passing of Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of retired four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Secretary Colin Powell. After 35 years of dedicated military service, where he rose to the rank of four-star general, Secretary Powell became a highly-respected and trusted counselor to multiple presidents. His historic career included serving as our nation's first Black National Security A… 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

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


09.15.21

Burr, Bipartisan Senators Reintroduce Bill to Protect Amateur Motorsports from Devastating EPA Regulations

This week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, legislation to protect American motorsports from unnecessary regulatory overreach by the federal government. For decades, amateur motorsport enthusiasts have converted street vehicles into dedicated racecars to race on non-public roads. However, in 2015, the Obama Administration proposed… Continue Reading


09.01.21

Senator Burr Statement on Mount Tabor High School Shooting

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the school shooting at Mount Tabor High School: "I'm deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a Mount Tabor High School student this afternoon. I commend local law enforcement and first responders for their quick and ongoing efforts to keep our community safe. My prayers are with the students and faculty during this time."… Continue Reading


08.31.21

Senator Burr Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member and former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "President Biden broke his word to American citizens and our allies. Plain and simple. Two weeks ago, the President pledged to get any American out of Afghanistan who wanted to leave. Today, he brazenly defended his decision to pull out of the country entirely, leaving an undetermined number of U.S. citizens behind at the mercy of the Taliban. "Presid… Continue Reading


08.26.21

Senator Burr Statement on Reports of Explosions Outside Afghanistan Airport

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member and former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the recent reports of explosions outside Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai International Airport: "I am closely monitoring the situation in Kabul as details continue to emerge. My prayers are with the victims of today's unconscionable attacks and the U.S. servicemen and women working around the clock to secure safe passage and evacuation for all U.S. cit… Continue Reading


08.16.21

Senator Burr Statement on Collapse of Afghanistan Following President Biden’s Withdrawal of U.S. Forces

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member and former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after President Biden's remarks regarding Afghanistan's fall to Taliban rule: "I disagreed with President Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, concerned that this Administration, like the last, had not fully considered the consequences. It was my hope, however, that in exercising his right as Commander-in-Chief, the President woul… 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


08.10.21

Senate Passes Historic, Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Today, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a historic, bipartisan bill to modernize America's aging infrastructure. The $1.2 trillion bill, which includes $550 billion in infrastructure funding, passed on a vote of 69-30. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and one of 22 Senators who helped negotiate the framework of the bill, released the following statement: "This bipartisan… Continue Reading


08.06.21

Senator Burr Criticizes Biden Admin Extension of Student Loan Repayment Freeze

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced its four-month extension of the COVID-19 student loan repayment freeze, the fourth such extension to date: "Every American over the age of 12 has had the opportunity to get vaccinated and return to school and work. Students and families faced immense challenges last year, but the American economy co… Continue Reading

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