Press Releases

05.05.21

Burr Statement on Intellectual Property Protections for COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement in response to the Biden Administration's announcement it will support waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines: "The partnerships developing and manufacturing the COVID-19 vaccines have been one of the biggest scientific success stories in generations - one that's already impacting other areas of medical resear… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Senator Burr Statement on FDA Announcement it Intends to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is committed to prohibiting menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars: "I had a productive conversation with Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock this morning about the FDA's announcement. The concern I raised with Acting Commissioner Woodcock is the same I've raised for years: the FDA has yet to provide sufficient new scientific data justifying a ban on menth… Continue Reading


04.29.21

Ranking Member Burr Questions Unprecedented Firings, Partisan Actions and Qualifications of Biden Labor Nominees

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held its nomination hearing for Jennifer Abruzzo to serve as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Seema Nanda to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labor. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) criticized the Biden Administration for its abrupt and unprecedented firing of NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. Additionally, Ranking Member Burr e… Continue Reading


04.28.21

Senate HELP Committee Examines Unprecedented Mental Health Consequences Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Examining Our Covid-19 Response: Using Lessons Learned to Address Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders." This is the fourth hearing on the coronavirus pandemic the Committee has held in the 117th Congress. WATCH: Ranking Member Burr delivers opening remarks before Committee hearing to examine the mental health consequences amid the COVID-19 pandemic Ranking Member Burr's Prepared Opening S… Continue Reading


04.27.21

Burr: Parent Choice, State Flexibility Paramount in Any Bipartisan Child Care Solution

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Supporting Children, Workers, and Families by Strengthening America's Child Care Sector." In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the critical role of child care providers to families across the nation, especially during the coronavirus pandemic when essential workers were vital to the nation's response. Additionally, Ranking Member Bur… Continue Reading


04.26.21

Sens. Burr, Tillis Reintroduce Lumbee Federal Recognition Bill

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reintroduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, legislation to grant long-overdue federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "For more than 130 years, the Lumbees have sought the same federal recognition that other tribes across the nation enjoy," said Senator Burr. "This federal recognition will help the Lumbee people not only improve their economy, but enhance their health care systems and schools. "Despite broad bipartisan … Continue Reading


04.22.21

Burr: U.S. Must Foster Greater Innovation at Home, Mitigate Potential Foreign Influence Risks to Maintain Edge

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "Protecting U.S. Biomedical Research: Efforts to Prevent Undue Foreign Influence." This is the first hearing the Committee has held with Administration officials to examine foreign threats to American biomedical research in the 117thCongress. In his prepared opening statement, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) detailed the credible, ongoing threats to America's biomedical res… Continue Reading


04.20.21

Burr: Workforce Development Should Continue to Be Space for Bipartisan Solutions

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing entitled, "COVID-19 Recovery: Supporting Workers and Modernizing the Workforce Through Quality Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities." This is the first hearing the Committee has held on workforce development amid the coronavirus pandemic in the 117th Congress. In his prepared opening remarks, Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted the opportunity for bipartisanship… Continue Reading


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

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