Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the incoming ranking member of the Senate HELP committee, signaled his intent to support Miguel Cardona’s nomination to serve as Education secretary.
“I expect by the end of this hearing, I’ll be able to support your nomination,” Burr said during opening remarks at Cardona’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday. “And I will encourage all of my colleagues on my side to support you as well, and to move expeditiously to have you sworn in as the next Secretary of Education. I look forward to working with you.”
Burr’s support could open a path to bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the federal education agency, though significant disagreements are still on the horizon.
Burr, for example, suggested on Wednesday that federal academic testing requirements should continue their pause as Covid-19 continues to upend schooling across the country. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) the committee’s incoming chair, has said continuing federally-required state assessments this year is “a moral imperative.”
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