Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Tax Day The issue foremost on Americans' minds this week was taxes. Each year, tax day serves as a harsh reminder of our broken tax code and the punitive nature of our tax system. In fact, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study recently found that Americans spend $107 billion a year just to make sure they are in compliance with the tax code and IRS rules. The process of filling out tax returns is simply too complicated and acts as a tax in its own right. What's worse, the tax code as … Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Yesterday, I introduced a bill encouraging the President to designate March 29 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in honor of our armed service members who served in Vietnam. I am proud that President Obama proclaimed yesterday, March 29, 2012, Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. You can read more about the bill in thispress release. American troops served bravely and faithfully during the Vietnam War, and these veterans deserve our recognition and grat… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Buff

2 Year Anniversary of Obamacare doesn't call for much celebration Today marks the two year anniversary of Obamacare's enactment, and in the last two years we have learned a great deal about this bill - unfortunately, it is not good. President Obama and his allies in Congress made a lot of promises when they attempted to sell this massive bill to the American people. Many of us said at the time that those promises were empty ones. Now, a lot of those empty promises are coming home to roost.… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

NAT GAS Act With traditional fuel prices on the rise and approaching $4 per gallon nationwide, the President blocking construction of projects like the Keystone XL pipeline (which Idiscussed with Bill LuMaye on WPTFon Monday), and dangerous unrest in the Middle East, it makes sense to do what we can to transition our commercial trucks and fleet vehicles to a cheaper, more stable, American-made energy source. That is why I introduced the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutio… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Veterans' Affairs On Wednesday, I attended a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. We had the chance to review the President's FY 2013 budget request for the Department of Veterans Affairs with the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and his leadership team. During the hearing, I asked Secretary Shinseki direct questions about this budget request, which includes a 4.5% increase in discretionary spending. It is important that we continue to prov… Continue Reading


Weekly Update from Senator Richard Burr

NORTH CAROLINA VISIT The Senate was in recess this week, and I was grateful to spend the week in North Carolina visiting with constituents and learning about many exciting new projects going on in our state. You can see my full schedule of eventshere, but I have highlighted a few of them for you below. On Monday, I had the chance to attend an award ceremony for Rodney Cress, who served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. It was an honor to watch as he proudly accepted the… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Seniors' Choice Act: A Proposal to Save Medicare Yesterday, I, along with Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), unveiled theSeniors' Choice Act, a legislative proposal to help America's seniors by building a stronger, more sustainable Medicare program through immediate and longer-term reforms, many rooted in long-standing, bipartisan ideas. Non-partisan experts have warned the current Medicare program is facing insolvency due to unsustainable growth, and the Seniors' Choice Act would fix its short… Continue Reading


Washington Update from Senator Richard Burr

This Week in Washington: Unemployment Benefits Reform Act This week, I introduced a bill called theUnemployment Benefits Reform Act of 2012which would individuals who have been unemployed for six months or more to complete 20 hours of public service and 20 hours of active job search or other work related activities per week as conditions for receipt of federal extended unemployment benefits. The United States economy is suffering, and we are experiencing record levels of sustained unemploymen… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

Votes this Week: STOCK Act Our country is facing a grave economic crisis, unemployment is rampant and continues to rise, and our country is further in debt than ever before. Unfortunately, Congress seems unwilling to tackle these pressing, vital issues. The American people are counting on the federal government to pass legislation that will improve our economy and create jobs, and Washington should be voting on policies that will attract capital and get investors off the sidelines so they can… Continue Reading


Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

It's been a busy week in Washington. Below is a summary of what I've been up to since I left NC on Monday. HELP COMMITTEE On Tuesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing on the importance ofensuring that children are free from abuse and neglect. As Ranking Member of this Subcommittee, I delivered opening remarks on the issue. To truly ensure our children are safe, both children and adults must break the silence of abu… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

This week, I joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce theTaxpayers Right to Know Act, a bill to increase accountability and efficiency in government by requiring every federal agency to provide an annual report card for each of its programs detailing how taxpayer dollars are being spent. The American people deserve to know where their hard-earned money goes when they send it to Washington. With all the waste and abuse that occurs at the federal level, it is no wonder the American peopl… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

While today's announcement that the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6% is more encouraging than reports we have seen in recent months, we are still very far away from the kind of job growth needed to get our country back on track. Instead of focusing on expensive short-term stimulus policies that have not worked, we need to give job creators the certainty and predictability they need to thrive, grow and hire; and that starts with reforming our tax code and reigning in excessive, job-killing r… Continue Reading


Happy Thanksgiving & Weekly Update from Senator Richard Burr

On Tuesday, I returned from a short trip to Afghanistan where I was fulfilling my role as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to meet with officials on the ground and learn first hand about the progress being made there. I had the opportunity to meet with senior Afghan and U.S. officials who provided us with updates on the security situation in the region. While I was in Afghanistan, I received word about the inability of the supercommittee to reach a deal to reduce our de… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

Our national debt hit $15 trillion for the first time in American history this week. This alarming number reinforces the pressing need to pass legislation that will rein in government spending and create an environment that allows our country's economy to grow. As the November 23 deadline of the deficit-cutting Congressional supercommittee approaches, I am hopeful that Democrats will work with Republicans to find common sense solutions to reduce our nation's deficits. There are items that both p… Continue Reading


Veterans Day Message & Legislative Update from Senator Richard Burr

While our primary focus today is honoring our nation's veterans, I did want to highlight a couple of legislative items from this week. Yesterday, I introduced a bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to ensure that our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear terrorist attack. The threats facing our nation are serious and we must … Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

It was a pleasure to be in North Carolina last week traveling across the state, visiting with North Carolinians and discussing their concerns and the issues they would like to see us address in Washington, but it was back to business as usual in Congress this week. Despite the urgency of the issues we are working on in Congress, there was little progress made on behalf of the American people this week. Even though it is clear that the first stimulus bill did not create the jobs it promised, s… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr, October, 28, 2011

The Senate was in recess this week, and I returned to North Carolina where I traveled across the state visiting with students at five high schools, touring local businesses and meeting with the hard-working men and women of our state, and listening to the concerns and advice of North Carolinians all along the way. I also had the opportunity to tour non-profit community wellness facilities, including one devoted to serving homeless veterans, and presented a Congressional Medal to Moriah Glady, a … Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr, October 21, 2011

This was a week of passionate debate both on the Senate floor and in committee hearings on the need to reform our nation's K-12 education system and the future of No Child Left Behind. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee began its markup of the Education Reform Bill. As we continue work on the bill, I am committed to giving states and local communities the flexibility essential to meeting the unique and varied educational needs of their st… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr, October 14, 2011

As I travel across our state and meet with North Carolinians back home and in my Washington office, the primary concern of everyone I talk to is creating jobs and growing the economy. Although the Majority Leader has largely ignored these concerns lately, we did have the opportunity to vote on several pieces of legislation this week that will increase job growth and stimulate our economy. On Tuesday, a bill I cosponsored aimed at preserving American jobs and increasing the competitiveness of … Continue Reading


A Message From Senator Richard Burr, October 7, 2011

Following a Congressional recess, the Senate was back in session this week with a busy agenda. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made official what we have expected for some time now, that trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical that was present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for decades, is a known human carcinogen and represents a grave health risk to those exposed to it. This designation raises serious questions about the National Academy of Science's 2009 review o… Continue Reading

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