A Message from Senator Richard Burr

As another busy week in Washington comes to a close, I wanted to update you on what we have been working on in the Senate. Over the past 2 weeks, the Senate has been working on the "extenders bill." This legislation is designed to extend expiring unemployment and tax provisions as well as a large number of other items. These extensions enjoy broad bipartisan support. The debate we are currently having in the Senate is whether or not we pay for them. The extenders bill introduced by Senator Ma… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

While the Senate was in recess last week, I enjoyed traveling throughout the state speaking with North Carolinians about the issues affecting them. I had the opportunity to tour manufacturing facilities, visit with students, and speak with the employees and employers who are directly impacting our economy. I also participated in some unique events that I thought you would be interested in hearing about. Memorial Day was filled with opportunities to celebrate our veterans and show our appreci… Continue Reading


A Memorial Day Message from Senator Richard Burr

I recently spent a morning with a group of World War Two veterans from North Carolina on an once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage organized by the Honor Flight Network to the national war memorial built in their honor in Washington, DC. These men were from my father's generation, and while most walk with a cane or need a wheelchair, they still possess the quiet confidence and wry humor that helped them through the dark days of their youth in Europe and the Pacific. Ask any one of them if they consid… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

This has been another busy week in Washington, and the U.S. Senate tackled some important issues. First, the good news. Two amendments that I introduced and are of particular interest to North Carolina were approved in committee this week. The first amendment responds to the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry's (ATSDR) discovery that the Department of Navy has failed to disclose significant information and documents about the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The Navy must no… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

As we wrap up another week in Washington, I hope you will take a moment to read over some of this week's events and how they impact you and our fellow North Carolinians. As a Senator, one of my most significant responsibilities is to ensure the protection of America's citizens from those who wish to do us harm.This week, the Senate Committee on Intelligence released a report on how the intelligence community failed to identify Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the individual charged with attempting… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

Another week in Washington comes to a close, but before I return to North Carolina for the weekend, I'd like to update you on a number of happenings here in the nation's capital. On Monday, I introduced the Children of Fallen Warriors AMT Relief Act, a bill that will remove the punitive burden that is currently imposed on the children of fallen servicemembers by our outdated tax code. Under our current tax laws, the children of a fallen servicemember who receive an annuity from the Uniforme… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Richard Burr

As you know, this newsletter has been on a temporary hiatus since March due to Senate rules which prohibit Senators from sending out a newsletter for 60 days prior to an election. With the North Carolina primary behind us, I can once again communicate with you via this newsletter. April and May in Washington have been big months for veterans. On Wednesday, May 5,at a White House ceremony, the President signed the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010into law. The bill e… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

Health Care Update The Senate continues to debate a health care reform proposal that will likely not be voted on until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. In an attempt to secure the 60 votes needed to pass a bill, Majority Leader Reid is crafting proposals and making deals with members of his party who are seen as on-the-fence, particularly on the issues of abortion coverage and a government plan. Unfortunately, this process continues to take place behind closed doors. It is our understandin… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

This week, the Senate continued debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Throughout this debate, numerous amendments have been offered by members from both sides of the aisle, but very few have been adopted. At last count, 393 amendments have been offered to this bill but only 16 have received a vote. A tiny percentage of the amendments offered will ever get a vote because of procedurals blocks. The majority of the amendments considered so far have focused on the Medicare cu… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

December 4, 2009 Afghanistan This week, the President revealed his strategy for the war in Afghanistan and the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to the region. I am encouraged that President Obama supports an increase in American troop levels in Afghanistan, in accordance with the requests of our commanders and to reinforce our troops on the ground. What is even more important than the overall number committed, however, is that they be the right blend of troops with t… Continue Reading


Thanksgiving Message from Senator Burr

As we enter the Thanksgiving season, we take time to gather with our friends and families to give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us and our nation. During these trying times, we find comfort in the time-honored and uniquely American Thanksgiving tradition. Since 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and their native neighbors shared their first Thanksgiving feast, people have gathered to give thanks. Thanksgiving is the very first national holiday, proclaimed by President George Washingt… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

Health Care Update As many of you are aware, Senate Democrats unveiled the latest version of the health care bill this week. The Senate will be voting on a motion to proceed to debate on this health care bill at 8pm tomorrow evening. This vote will require 60 votes to move the bill forward. I encourage my fellow North Carolinians to tune in to C-SPAN to watch the Senate debate today and tomorrow. While I have not yet had time to review this 2,074 page bill in its entirety, what I have … Continue Reading


A Veterans Day Message from Senator Burr

This past May, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery, and stood on the emerald green bluffs overlooking what is still called "Omaha Beach". For over six decades, the cold water of the English Channel has ebbed and flowed over the stretch of sand that once bore the weight of young American soldiers. Many of those courageous men never made it off the beach, and many more did not survive the bloody skirmishes and grueling battles in the weeks and months that laid ahead. Their buddies, … Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

The shootings at Fort Hood yesterday are a national tragedy, and, like all Americans, I am shocked and deeply saddened by what transpired. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time. I am confident that the investigation of this horrific tragedy will be expeditious and thorough, and I anxiously await the results of that investigation. On Monday, a major victory for military families was achieved when the House of Representatives passed S. 475,… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

As many of you who read this update regularly may know, I recently traveled to Afghanistan where I had the opportunity to witness first-hand our military situation on the ground and meet with top American and Afghan military and political officials. I was also able to have lunch with soldiers from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division. The courage and dedication of these men and women who put themselves in harm's way every day was inspiring. I left our lunch feeling confident that with men and wom… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Visits Afghanistan

Early this morning, I returned from a short trip to Afghanistan where I got the chance to survey military conditions on the ground first hand. I had the opportunity to meet with some of America's highest ranking military and political officials in Afghanistan, including General McChrystal and Ambassador Eikenberry. In my discussion with them, I was heartened by some of the headway being made by our military forces, but I agree with General McChrystal that we need to expand our forces on the grou… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

Last week, I wrote about the Senate passing the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act. On Thursday, the President signed this important piece of legislation into law. This new law will give the Veterans' Health Administration the ability to plan its budget one year ahead of the regular federal funding process. For a budget that has been delayed 18 times in 22 years, this is great news. I am proud to have co-sponsored this legislation and applaud the President for signing it int… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing to determine how health care reform could impact women across North Carolina and the nation. As I have stated before, I agree that we need health care reform so that Americans, regardless of whether they are male or female, can access affordable coverage. That is why I joined my colleague Senator Tom Coburn earlier this year to introduce a reform bill called the Patients' Choice Act. Rather than creatin… Continue Reading


Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2009

This week, I attended a Veterans Affairs' Committee hearing on veterans who have been exposed to toxic substances, such as water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Because of Camp Lejeune's location in our state, this issue is very personal to me. Thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their families who lived on Camp Lejeune have contracted various forms of cancer and other diseases believed to be attributable to their service at the base before it was designated a Superfun… Continue Reading


A Message from Senator Burr

This week, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and I introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act. This bill would provide federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. I am proud to introduce this legislation to help the Lumbee Tribe receive the federal recognition they deserve. Currently, this can only happen through an act of Congress. I hope that the Senate will fulfill its commitment to achieve fairness and justice for the Lumbees. Also this week, during their consideration of health care le… Continue Reading

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