07.11.14

Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

This week the Senate spent most of the work period on S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014. I introduced two amendments to the bill - an amendment that would help stop federal restrictions on access to North Carolina's beaches and an amendment to protect the Corolla wild horses.

You can read about each of these amendments here:

Senator Burr Offers Amendment to Ensure Access to Outer Banks Beaches

Senator Burr Offers Amendment to Protect Corolla Wild Horses

Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) once again blocked my amendments - which are very important to North Carolina - from getting an up or down vote in the United States Senate. Instead of allowing Senators of both parties to debate and shape legislation through an open amendment process, Reid attempted to jam the Sportsmen's bill through the Senate without a single amendment being considered. All Senate Republicans and 11 Senate Democrats — many of them, including myself, supporters of the underlying bill --voted against Reid's procedural maneuver.

Because he failed in his attempt to jam the bill, Reid then opted to pull the bill from the Senate floor rather than simply allow votes on amendments. As a result, the voices of North Carolinians were shortchanged on yet another piece of legislation.