Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina
This week the Senate
passed, 62-36, the Keystone XL pipeline legislation. �I am proud that this
job-creating legislation passed the Senate in a bipartisan manner that
allowed for lengthy debate and votes on many amendments. �This is how
the Senate should run. It is my hope that the President does not
ignore the wishes of the majority of Americans and signs this bill into
law when it reaches his desk.
During the amendment process, I
introduced an amendment to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation
Fund (LWCF), [link 1] which I mentioned in last week�s newsletter. �On
Tuesday evening, I took to the floor to talk about the importance of
LWCF. You can watch my remarks here [link 2] or below.
Yesterday, the Senate voted on my amendment and it received 59
votes, sending a clear signal that the Senate supports a permanent
reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). While the
amendment needed 60 votes in order to meet a procedural hurdle, it proved
that a bipartisan majority of the Senate supports the LWCF.
colleagues and I have all seen LWCF protect iconic sites in our states,
and I believe most of us can agree that the LWCF is the best
dollar-for-dollar conservation program this body has ever created.� I will
continue to champion this worthy program.
Thursday, Senator Alexander
and I released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments,
devices, and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining
what is working, and what isn�t, at the Food and Drug Administration
and the National Institutes of Health.
For decades, our nation has
led the world in medical innovation, but the challenges of maintaining
this edge have never been greater. Our report, �Innovation for
Healthier Americans,� asks a simple but critical question � how can we do it
better?� We are in an exciting era of medicine that holds tremendous
potential to improve treatments and outcomes for patients.� But to
realize this potential, we must ensure that our nation�s discovery and
development processes are working as well as possible.� I am committed to
working with my colleagues to ensure that the work of North Carolina�s
researchers and innovators is reaching America�s patients in as
timely a manner as possible, so that patients across our nation are able to
benefit from cutting-edge medical products. Read more about the
�Innovation for Healthier Americans� report here [link 4].
Tuesday the HELP committee held a hearing on fixing No Child Left
Behind. During the hearing, I had a chance to hear from and question
educators, administrators, and experts in the education field. You can watch
the questioning period here [link 5] or below and the full hearing
here [link 6].
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