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November 20, 2009 - 5:29 PM

Senator Burr Discusses Democrats Health Care Plan on the Senate Floor


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November 19, 2009 - 3:39 PM

Senator Burr on the Senate Floor 11/19/09


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Today, Senator Burr spoke on the floor advocating for the Senate to pass the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009. 



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November 18, 2009 - 9:33 PM

Democrats Health Care Bill


 

Last night, Majority Leader Reid unveiled the Democrats' health care reform bill. It is expected we will have an initial, procedural vote on the bill sometime this weekend. While I have not yet had time to review this 2074 page bill in its entirety, I will read -- and hope all Americans will read -- it carefully. As I have said before, there is too much at stake to get this wrong. To read through the bill, please click here.

In May, I introduced my own piece of health care reform legilsation titled the Patients Choice Act. To read more about my bill, please click here.

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November 17, 2009 - 3:24 PM

Setting the record straight on my bill to protect veterans' Second Amendment rights


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr

There has been a good deal of talk lately about my bill, S. 669, to protect the Second Amendment rights of our nation’s veterans.  Much of the ‘discussion’ has been inaccurate, some of it deliberately so.  In fact, some newspapers (the Charlotte Observer and the Baltimore Sun) have run disingenuous editorials in opposition to my bill, claiming that I want to provide firearms to mentally unstable individuals.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Let me explain the reason I introduced this bill.  Under current rules, a veteran who goes to the VA for help and is appointed a fiduciary to help manage their own finances is immediately reported, along with members of their household, to the FBI for inclusion on the NICS list (alongside convicted felons) and are prohibited from purchasing a firearm.  To date, the names of over 100,000 veterans have been arbitrarily included on this list despite the fact that they have not been proven to be a danger to themselves or anyone else.

 

My bill seeks to do one thing, and one thing only: provide that a judge or other judicial authority determine whether a veteran poses a potential danger to themselves or others before they are denied the ability to own or purchase a firearm.

 

S. 669 was approved by the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on a 14-0 vote earlier this year.  I hope that critics of my bill will actually read it before deliberately misrepresenting it in the press.  While the Administration worries about due process for terrorists, we should instead be concerned about due process for our veterans. They risked their lives to uphold the Constitution and they deserve to enjoy the rights they fought so hard to protect.

 

You can read my response to the editorial boards here.  You can read S. 669 here.  And the VA Committee report can be read here. 

 

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November 13, 2009 - 3:49 PM

9/11 Terrorists to the U.S.


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr

I am disappointed to learn of the President's decision to bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his co-defendants to New York to be tried in federal court.  These are some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world; I find it shocking that the Administration would choose to bring the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks to our shores. 

Military Commissions were designed in a bipartisan effort specifically to provide terrorists a fair trial in a secure facility - without bringing them to our neighborhoods - and without undermining national security with exposure of sensitive information in civilian courts.  Release of that information, including the possible disclosure of the sources and methods used to gather intelligence, puts American lives - civilian and military - at risk.

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November 12, 2009 - 3:00 PM

Western NC Veterans Memorial Dedication and Military Spouse Bill Signing


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr 

I had the opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day yesterday by participating in the dedication of the Western North Carolina Veterans' Memorial at Pack Square in Asheville, NC.   I was honored to take part in the dedication of such an important memorial that will serve as a constant reminder to all North Carolinians of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. I was proud to be present at such an important event commemorating those men and women who unselfishly answered the call to service and sacrificed so much for our freedom.

I was pleased to see the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, a bill I introduced in the Senate earlier this year, was signed into law yesterday. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act gives a military spouse who moves out of state because of military orders the option to claim one state of domicile, regardless of where they move. Throughout my travels across North Carolina, I have heard from service members and their families about the obstacles they face while relocating to a new assignment.  This new law will help make the move from station to station easier for military families.

The men and women who serve our country in the Armed Services make daily sacrifices in order to defend our country. At a time when we are demanding so much from our military families, I believe this bill will make their lives and constant transitions a little easier.

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November 10, 2009 - 10:27 AM

Service Medal Presentation to Lester Thomas


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to honor distinguished World War II and Korean War Veteran Lester Thomas by presenting his daughter with medals he earned while serving in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve.  Lester served at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii during the Japanese attack on the Island of Oahu, as well as the Luzon Campaign for the liberation of the Philippine Islands. Throughout his service he earned thirteen medals including the notable Bronze Star Medal and two bronze oak leaf clusters for heroic achievement of service, as well as the Good Conduct Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity while on active duty.

I was honored to be part of such a historic moment and present these long overdue medals to a true American hero.

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November 3, 2009 - 5:16 PM

Health Care Reform Update


I agree with the President and the American people that health care reform is needed, but a Washington takeover of the system is not the right reform.  As we wait for Senate Democrats to emerge from behind closed doors and unveil the latest health care reform bill, it is important to take a closer look at what a "government-run public option" would mean.  In addition to breaching the sacred doctor/patient relationship that is the foundation of our health care system, preliminary analysis of the House health reform bill (H.R. 3962) by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a "public option" would have higher premiums than private plans.  Americans have been promised lower health care costs, but more and more analysis is reaching the same conclusion about the Democrats' plan: it will raise costs, not lower them.  So the question remains, why would Congress implement a plan that makes health care more expensive? 

I believe there is a better approach to health care reform, including portability, changes to our tort process, and incentivizing wellness, prevention, and disease management to provide greater access and lower health care costs for Americans. 

For CBO's analysis, please click here.

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October 29, 2009 - 5:10 PM

Senator Burr on the Senate Floor 10/29/09


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr

Today, Senator Burr spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act. This legislation would prohibit VA from sending the names of veterans and other VA beneficiaries to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System - a government database used to deny individuals the ability to purchase a firearm - unless an appropriate judicial authority first makes the determination that these individuals pose a danger to themselves or others.



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October 29, 2009 - 4:20 PM

Aaron Burr Association Visits D.C.


Posted by: Sen. Richard Burr

Today, the Aaron Burr Association visited Washington D.C. to celebrate the memory of such a historic figure and see firsthand his impact on our nation’s history.  Members of the Association went on a tour of the Capitol, which included going into the Senate Gallery to see the bust of Aaron Burr up close. The members also got the opportunity to speak with the Senate Historian and discuss in detail Aaron Burr’s time as Vice President under Thomas Jefferson.  As a distant relative of Aaron Burr, it was a honor for me to get to speak with people so dedicated in honoring his legacy. [read more]

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