Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement regarding joining the Senate Finance Committee:
“I am honored to be joining the Senate Finance Committee, and I thank Senator McConnell and the Republican Conference for allowing me the opportunity to serve on this important committee.
“There is no aspect of our daily lives that is not touched by the laws and regulations that fall under the committee’s jurisdiction, from the tax code and our nation’s trade laws to health care and retirement security. Regrettably, many of these laws and regulations have become so burdensome and complex that they are choking our nation’s economy, hampering job creation, and drowning our country in debt. I look forward to working with my committee colleagues to address these critical challenges which I believe are among the most important of our time.
“While taking the seat on Finance requires me to leave my seat on the Energy Committee, this new committee assignment will only serve to complement my current seat on the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, particularly on health care and retirement security issues. I have long made these issues a priority, and look forward to bringing my ideas and experience to the table at Finance.
“Given the broad scope of Finance’s jurisdiction, and the critical importance of these issues to the day-to-day lives of all North Carolinians and all Americans, I look forward to the challenges that this new opportunity brings.”