Burr: Net Neutrality, Keystone XL, and College Costs

Senator Richard Burr
2015-02-28 22:08:51
Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina This week was another busy week in Washington DC. I introduced legislation to peel back bureaucratic red tape that�s increasing education costs for families; the President vetoed his first bill; and I chaired a Senate hearing on whether the federal government is as ready as it can be for national emergencies like Ebola. � *A bill to reduce red tape for colleges, and reduce cost on families:* � This week I unveiled the "*Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act*. [link 1]� This legislation cuts the red tape that has been placed on colleges and universities over the last six years of the President�s administration. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's overreach in higher education was high, costing families more every year to educate their children. � Bureaucrats at the Department of Education have become addicted to micromanaging nearly every aspect of campus life, wading into issues Congress never authorized and most commonsense Americans don't support. Worse, these reporting requirements ultimately are passed down to students and parents in the form of higher tuition, as colleges and universities become compliance-driven organizations, rather than institutions of learning. My legislation rolls back much of this burdensome red tape. Read the legislation here [link 2] and access the report here [link 3]. � *President�s vetoes Energy Bill: * � The President has vetoed Congress�s first jobs bill of 2015, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President�s State Department. It passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support -- 62 to 36 in the Senate and 266 to 153 in the House. � It's clear from the President's first veto that he has no intention on working with Congress to create jobs here at home. � *My replacement for Obamacare:* *�* Monday, Senator Hatch, Representative Upton, and I sent a letter [link 4] to the nation�s governors seeking feedback on our recently released Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act [link 5]. The Patient CARE Act is a patient-focused legislative blueprint that devolves power from Washington to empower families, small businesses, and states. � We believe health care reform will be most successful when accomplished in a transparent and inclusive manner, which is why we want to hear directly from the states. You can ready more about our letter and about the Patient CARE Act here [link 6]. � The Patient CARE Act, which would replace Obamacare, also received an excellent write-up in the President's�home town paper, calling it �the best blueprint we�ve seen.� The Chicago Tribune went on to say �Their proposal, called the Patient CARE Act, strips away much of Obamacare's overreach� Individual responsibility would be rewarded� Consumers would have more flexibility in choosing insurance.� They ended the article saying �Burr-Hatch-Upton could be the framework for Plan B, as in bipartisan.� Read the full article here [link 7]. � *Hearing on public health preparedness, no more Ebola catastrophes:* � On Thursday, I chaired a Senate committee�hearing on medical and public health preparedness and response in the event of a situation like the Ebola crisis. The basic question of our hearing asked if our nation is ready for future threats. The American people expect us to do all that we can to protect them from the full range of threats we may face, whether they are naturally occurring, like Ebola, or are deliberate man-made biological attacks.� Regardless of the source of these threats, we must be well prepared to respond and protect the American people. � Our witnesses at the hearing included individuals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). � You can watch the hearing in full here [link 8] or a compilation of my question and answers here [link 9]. *�* *Government takes over the Internet: * � Thursday, the FCC ruled along party lines to regulate the Internet. This is another sad abuse of executive power to heave more regulations on one of our most innovative industries. I intend to work with like-minded colleagues to see what actions we can take to roll back this overreach in federal power. � *Reverend Randy Cash opens the Senate with a prayer:* � Reverend Randy Cash, National Chaplain for The American Legion�and a North Carolinian, led the Senate in prayer on Tuesday. Thank you Rev Cash for your powerful words. � [image = burr.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/randycash.png] [link 10] Click here to watch Rev Cash's Prayer [link 11] *Snow in DC and NC:* Finally, I hope all of you have been keeping safe and warm. While DC didn�t get quite as much snow as some places in North Carolina [link 12], we still received enough to put a decent coating on my car, inside and out. 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February 28, 2015
This week was another busy week in Washington DC. I introduced legislation to peel back bureaucratic red tape that�s increasing education costs for families; the President vetoed his first bill; and I chaired a Senate hearing on whether the federal government is as ready as it can be for national emergencies like Ebola.
 
A bill to reduce red tape for colleges, and reduce cost on families:
 
This week I unveiled the ".� This legislation cuts the red tape that has been placed on colleges and universities over the last six years of the President�s administration. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's overreach in higher education was high, costing families more every year to educate their children.
 
Bureaucrats at the Department of Education have become addicted to micromanaging nearly every aspect of campus life, wading into issues Congress never authorized and most commonsense Americans don't support. Worse, these reporting requirements ultimately are passed down to students and parents in the form of higher tuition, as colleges and universities become compliance-driven organizations, rather than institutions of learning. My legislation rolls back much of this burdensome red tape. Read the legislation here and access the report here.
 
President�s vetoes Energy Bill:
 
The President has vetoed Congress�s first jobs bill of 2015, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President�s State Department. It passed both chambers with overwhelming bipartisan support -- 62 to 36 in the Senate and 266 to 153 in the House.
 
It's clear from the President's first veto that he has no intention on working with Congress to create jobs here at home.
 
My replacement for Obamacare:
 
Monday, Senator Hatch, Representative Upton, and I sent a letter to the nation�s governors seeking feedback on our recently released Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Patient CARE Act is a patient-focused legislative blueprint that devolves power from Washington to empower families, small businesses, and states.
 
We believe health care reform will be most successful when accomplished in a transparent and inclusive manner, which is why we want to hear directly from the states. You can ready more about our letter and about the Patient CARE Act here.
 
The Patient CARE Act, which would replace Obamacare, also received an excellent write-up in the President's home town paper, calling it �the best blueprint we�ve seen.� The Chicago Tribune went on to say �Their proposal, called the Patient CARE Act, strips away much of Obamacare's overreach� Individual responsibility would be rewarded� Consumers would have more flexibility in choosing insurance.� They ended the article saying �Burr-Hatch-Upton could be the framework for Plan B, as in bipartisan.� Read the full article here.
 
Hearing on public health preparedness, no more Ebola catastrophes:
 
On Thursday, I chaired a Senate committee hearing on medical and public health preparedness and response in the event of a situation like the Ebola crisis. The basic question of our hearing asked if our nation is ready for future threats. The American people expect us to do all that we can to protect them from the full range of threats we may face, whether they are naturally occurring, like Ebola, or are deliberate man-made biological attacks.  Regardless of the source of these threats, we must be well prepared to respond and protect the American people.
 
Our witnesses at the hearing included individuals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
You can watch the hearing in full here or a compilation of my question and answers
 
Government takes over the Internet:
 
Thursday, the FCC ruled along party lines to regulate the Internet. This is another sad abuse of executive power to heave more regulations on one of our most innovative industries. I intend to work with like-minded colleagues to see what actions we can take to roll back this overreach in federal power.
 
Reverend Randy Cash opens the Senate with a prayer:
 
Reverend Randy Cash, National Chaplain for The American Legion and a North Carolinian, led the Senate in prayer on Tuesday. Thank you Rev Cash for your powerful words.
 

Snow in DC and NC:

Finally, I hope all of you have been keeping safe and warm. While DC didn�t get quite as much snow as , we still received enough to put a decent coating on my car, inside and out.

While we all think warm weather thoughts, check out this piece which features Southport, NC.

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