Sen. Burr: Current Moment Critical for Learning from COVID-19 Response and Letting States Lead

March 9, 2021

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 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 Member Burr urged the Committee to exercise its oversight responsibility by regularly holding COVID-19 hearings to receive updates from Administration officials on the nation’s ongoing response efforts.

Ranking Member Burr Raises Concerns about Xavier Becerra's Lack of Qualifications for HHS Role

February 23, 2021

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.

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

February 4, 2021

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 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.

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

February 3, 2021

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 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 in a bipartisan way. February 3, 2021