Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

On Tuesday, I voted against final passage of the Farm Bill. Not only does it carry a nearly $1 trillion price tag but most of the funding has nothing to do with farming, let alone providing any certainty to farmers. It also fails to include relief to farmers on burdensome GIPSA Restrictions and Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules. While I appreciate the efforts of the bill's authors, its failure to address the crucial needs of North Carolina farmers prevented me from supporting the bill.

Yesterday, I sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, along with Senators Grassley, Hatch, Roberts, and Cornyn, to condemn the IRS's decision to award $62.5 million of employee bonuses, despite government-wide budget cuts, and asked for reconsideration of the decision and an explanation of current and future bonus plans. The bonuses are an insult to taxpayers, especially given the IRS's deterioration in performance and its targeting of conservative organizations. What IRS employees need is accountability, not a pat on the back.Read our letter here.

In case you missed it, I made several media appearances this week, including a special report on Benghazi and two interviews on the Patient CARE Act. You can click below to watch the videos or visitmyYoutube page.

Finally, I will be giving this week's Republican address on Saturday, with a focus on veterans.All over our nation military veterans are going about their lives with the expectation that their sacrifices will be honored and their service will be reciprocated by the government and the people they ably served. It is up to us to make sure our promise to them is kept.