Press Releases

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


02.25.21

Burr Supports Qualified Secretary of Education Pick, Underscores Importance of Reopening Schools

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, expressed his support of Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education and stressed the importance of following science to bring students back to the classroom. WATCH: Senator Burr delivers remarks on the Senate floor ahead of Dr. Miguel Cardona's confirmation vote Key excerpts: "[Dr. Cardona] has the background, qualifications, and temperament to serve i… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Sens. Burr, Booker Introduce Legislation to Posthumously Award Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced legislation for the 117th Congress to posthumously award Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor. The Senators first introduced the bill in September 2020. "Sixty-five years after his horrific murder and the acquittal of his killers, Emmett Till's life and legacy continues to reverberate throughout this country," said Senator Burr. "It is only right that we posthum… Continue Reading


02.25.21

Ranking Member Burr Raises Concerns about Biden’s Assistant HHS Secretary and Surgeon General Picks

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearings for Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as the Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service and the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC), questioned Dr. Levine's challenges with testing, treat… Continue Reading


02.23.21

Burr to Becerra: “I’m Not Sold Yet”

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) expressed his concerns regarding Mr. Becerra's lack of experience in the health care sector, especially as America continues to face the unprecedented public health challenges of a pandemic. … Continue Reading


02.13.21

Senator Burr Statement on Vote to Convict Former President Trump on Article of Impeachment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted in favor of convicting former President Donald J. Trump on the article of impeachment presented against him. After the Senate vote, Senator Burr released the following statement: "January 6th was a grim day in our nation's history. The attack on the U.S. Capitol was an attempt to undermine our democratic institutions and overrule the will of the American people through violence, intimidation, and force. "Seven lives were tragically lost as a result of t… Continue Reading


02.11.21

Ranking Member Burr Votes to Support Cardona and Walsh Nominations

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to confirm the nominations of Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education and Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Today's vote advances both nominations to the full Senate for consideration. After the Committee's vote, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Committee's top Republican, released the following statement on supporting both nominations. "As we enter a new Administrati… Continue Reading


02.09.21

Senator Richard Burr Named Top Republican on Senate HELP Committee

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was named Ranking Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) for the 117th Congress. Senator Burr released the following statement: "I am honored to be selected to serve as Ranking Member on the Senate HELP Committee. Our nation is in the middle of a global pandemic that has posed some of the greatest public health, educational, and economic challenges we've ever faced. This is a critical moment. The decisions we make… Continue Reading


02.04.21

Senator Richard Burr Underscores Importance of Skilled American Workforce, Reopening Economy

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. In his prepared opening remarks, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Committee's top Republican, underscored the need for a skilled American workforce in an increasingly competitive and global economy. Ranking Member Burr also stressed the importance of reopening the economy and supporting policies that strengthen job creation. WATC… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Sens. Burr, Tillis Introduce EPA Administrator Nominee Michael Regan at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced Michael Regan, a native North Carolinian and President Biden's nominee to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), before his Senate confirmation hearing. His nomination is being considered by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. WATCH: Sens. Burr and Tillis introduce EPA Administrator Nominee Michael Regan before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. "It's al… Continue Reading


02.03.21

Senator Richard Burr Highlights HELP Committee Priorities, Calls on Schools to Safely Reopen

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a nomination hearing for Dr. Miguel Cardona to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Education. In his prepared opening remarks, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Committee's top Republican, highlighted his priorities for the Committee as the nation continues to face a global pandemic. Additionally, Ranking Member Burr expressed his desire to work with Dr. Cardona to reopen schools quickly and safely and tackle student debt … Continue Reading


01.20.21

Burr Statement on Senate Confirmation of DNI Haines

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the Senate's confirmation of Avril Haines to serve as Director of National Intelligence: "I want to congratulate Avril Haines on her historic appointment to serve as Director of National Intelligence. Director Haines brings not only extensive experience to the role, but also a sincere appreciation for the work the men and women of our Intelligence Community do every day to keep our nation safe. I am pleased the Senate priorit… Continue Reading


01.06.21

Senator Burr Statement on Congressional Vote to Certify the 2020 Presidential Election

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "For nearly 250 years, our nation's commitment to the peaceful transition of power has been the shining hallmark of our democracy. Today, America's core principles were threatened by those seeking to forcibly stop our electoral process and overturn the results of a presidential election with which they disagreed. "Let me be clear: these actions are not a defense of this country, but an attack on it. "I supported President T… Continue Reading


12.28.20

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of N.C. State Senator Marc Basnight

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the passing of former North Carolina State Senator Marc Basnight, who led the Senate for nearly two decades: "Marc Basnight was one of the most effective and influential political leaders in North Carolina's history. Marc was a powerful man, but everything he did was driven by a deep and genuine love of people that was evident to all. I always considered him to be one of my best friends. He will be missed."… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Congress Passes Additional $900 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Funding

Today, Congress passed a year-end appropriations package, which included a historic, bipartisan agreement delivering additional coronavirus relief funding for American families, businesses, health care providers, and schools. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of this relief funding, released the following statement after the Senate's passage. "As the number of coronavirus cases continues to mount, small businesses, restaurants, families, and health care workers are doing their … Continue Reading


12.21.20

Sens. Burr and Tillis Call on Senate to Give Lumbee Tribe Full Recognition

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis spoke on the Senate floor and urged their colleagues to pass the Lumbee Recognition Act, legislation they introduced that would officially give the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. The bill was blocked from passing by Senate Democrats. Watch a video of the speech here. Senator Burr: "Either before or after we swear in the new Congress, I promise my colleagues this place will come to a grinding halt, and we will t… Continue Reading


12.19.20

Congress Sends Bipartisan Child Care Protection Improvement Act to President’s Desk for Signature

Today, Congress unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, legislation authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). This bipartisan legislation, which will create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers, will now be delivered to the President's desk for signature. Senators Burr and Van Hollen applauded Congress' bipartisan work. "Our nation's child care workers serve an essential r… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Senate Passes Annual Defense Funding Bill for 60th Consecutive Year

Today, the Senate passed the Conference Agreement to the William M. "Mac" Thornberry National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation, which has been passed for 60 consecutive years, protects American national security interests, enhances Congressional oversight, and prioritizes service members and their families. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of the Conference Agreement, applauded the Senate's passage. "Providing a stro… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Senator Burr Applauds Department of Transportation’s Revised Rule of Service Animals on Flights

The Department of Transportation yesterday announced its revision to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation of service animals on aircraft to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who has led efforts to strengthen the standards of service animals on aircraft, applauded the Department of Transportation's final rule. "For too long, some people have taken advantage of the service animal program by fraudulently claiming disability needs so they … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Senator Burr Statement on CISA Director Christopher Krebs

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the departure of Christopher Krebs as Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): "Chris Krebs is a dedicated public servant who has done a remarkable job during a challenging time. Chris and his team at CISA have worked diligently to strengthen our election infrastructure, helping to shore up vulnerabilities and build trust between State and Federal Governments. T… Continue Reading

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