Newsletters

09.25.09

A Message from Senator Burr

This week, the Senate has been voting on an appropriations bill to fund the Department of Interior. Although this was the main bill on the floor, most eyes have been on the Senate Finance Committee as they continue to work on a health care reform proposal introduced by Senator Baucus (D-MT) last week. An amendment introduced by Senator Bunning (R-KY) that required the health care reform bill and estimates of its costs to be available to the public 72 hours before the final vote in the Fina… Continue Reading


09.18.09

A Message from Senator Burr

Earlier this week, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform proposal. I agree that the need for health care reform is clear and appreciate the Finance Committee chairman's commitment to working across the aisle on this important issue, but the proposal he put forth fails several crucial tests. In addition to increasing spending and raising taxes, it also cuts Medicare by nearly half a trillion dollars. It makes no sense to jeopardize health coverage … Continue Reading


09.11.09

A Message from Senator Burr

Thisis the Senate's first week back in session after the August recess, during which I enjoyedtraveling throughout North Carolina. Much as it was when the Senate adjourned for the recess, health care reform is the main issue on the minds of the American people. It also remains the largest issue facing Congress. On Wednesday night, the President addressed Congress on this very topic. I applaud thePresident's call for action on health care reform, and agree that we must do something.Over the … Continue Reading


08.07.09

A Message from Senator Burr

Despite intense debate over the past few weeks, there is still no agreement in Congress on how to reform our health care system. I am hopeful that over the August recess, Members of Congress will seek the input of their constituents and study the pending legislation very carefully. There is too much at stake for Congress to get this wrong. I will carefully review and evaluate any health care reform bill that is considered by the Senate, and I will continue to fight for a plan that is fiscall… Continue Reading


07.31.09

Senator Burr's Week in Review

This week, I introduced the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2009. My bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care to veterans and their family members who have experienced adverse health effects as a result of exposure to well water contaminated by carcinogens at Camp Lejeune. Thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their families who lived on Camp Lejeune have become ill with a variety of cancers and diseases believed to be attributable to their se… Continue Reading


07.24.09

Senator Burr's Week in Review

This week, the Senate considered the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes funding for our nation's military and defense initiatives. I offered several amendments to the bill, including the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, which was approved by voice vote. I am very pleased by the passage of this amendment, which allows spouses of servicemembers to maintain residency in their home state. Under current law, active-duty personnel can keep a home state of residence no matter whe… Continue Reading


06.29.09

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! As you have probably heard and read in the news lately, Congress is currently working on health care reform legislation. I am a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which is one of the committees working on this legislation. While some politicians support a government-run health care program, I have a different approach. News Update Reforming Health Care for Americans Today, nearly 50 million people… Continue Reading


03.03.09

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! The past few weeks in Washington have proven to be very monumental. From the controversial economic "stimulus" bill, to the president's $410 billion omnibus spending bill, the 111th Congress has started off with a spending spree unrivaled in our history. News Update Fiscal Responsibility in Washington Over the weekend, I delivered the Republican response to President Obama's weekly address to the nation. I addressed the lack of fi… Continue Reading


01.12.09

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! I hope that you and your loved ones had a safe and happy Holiday Season. Despite the cold weather, things have really been heating up in our nation's capitol over the past few months. As we enter the 111th Congress, I anticipate very important votes that will impact the future of our nation, including the possibility of a second economic stimulus package. From the economic crisis to veterans health care access, there is a lot going on in… Continue Reading


07.24.08

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! Earlier this month, our nation's capital was filled with people from all across the country who were celebrating the 4th of July. Throughout the year, but especially on Independence Day, we are reminded of what our Founding Fathers accomplished 232 years ago by signing their name to the Declaration of Independence. Their bravery and commitment to freedom and independence created this great country, and they provided the foundation for the … Continue Reading


04.07.08

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! It has been a busy Spring in our nation's capital. I've been pleased to see that thousands of North Carolinians have visited my Washington, DC office and the U.S. Capitol. I am continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress to find solutions to many of the problems facing North Carolinians today, including improving the lives of our nation's veterans and soldiers, addressing the growing concerns about our economy and making sure we are pro… Continue Reading


12.21.07

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! Congress recently concluded the first session of the 110th Congress, and I am looking forward to 2008. We have accomplished much, but there is still a lot to do. Next year, I will work on many of the issues that are important to North Carolina including growing our economy, providing better care and benefits for our veterans, improving education for our children and finding solutions to make sure all Americans have access to health care. Vet… Continue Reading


11.30.07

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! It has been a busy few months in our nation's capital. In September, I had the honor to be named ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This is an important issue for North Carolina, a state home to about 750,000 veterans and military bases representing every branch of the armed forces. In addition to issues pertaining to our nation's veterans, I continued to focus on important issues like health care, education, agr… Continue Reading


08.08.07

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Hello from Washington! I hope you and your family are enjoying your summer. Last week Congress concluded its work before the August recess. In this issue of my quarterly newsletter, I hope to provide you an update on health care, education, veterans and the military, homeland security, and agriculture issues. News Update Health Care Providing Access to Health Insurance for All One of my greatest fears is that continuing high health care costs will force companies… Continue Reading


04.02.07

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! 2007 has already proven to be a busy year. Each spring, thousands of North Carolinians visit Washington, DC for conferences, meetings or vacation. I so enjoy meeting with visitors and look forward to this exciting season each year. This year I continue to focus on issues that directly affect North Carolina such as supporting our military and veterans, increasing access to affordable health care, strengthening public education, and reform… Continue Reading


12.15.06

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Hello from Washington! The Senate recently completed its work for the 109th Congress. It was a busy ending to the year and I look forward to January 8th, when the Senate begins its work for the 110th Congress. We will continue to focus on issues such as supporting our military and veterans, increasing access to affordable health care, strengthening public education, reforming immigration, and improving public health emergency preparedness and response. News Update … Continue Reading


07.28.06

Capitol News from the Office of Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr Greetings from Washington! I hope you are traveling to our coasts, mountains, and parks to enjoy the sun and the fun that go with North Carolina's summer weather. In the second edition of my quarterly newsletter, I am highlighting some of the issues in the U.S. Senate directly affecting North Carolinians. These issues include: supporting our military and veterans, increasing access to affordable health care, improving public health emergency preparedness and respons… Continue Reading


04.27.06

Capitol News from Senator Richard Burr

Message From Senator Burr In this first edition of my quarterly newsletter, I am highlighting some of the issues under debate in the Senate that directly affect North Carolinians. These issues include: supporting our military and veterans, increasing access to affordable health care, improving emergency public health preparedness, strengthening public education, comprehensive immigration reform, and soaring gas prices. News Update The Military Iraq The election for a permanent Iraqi gover… Continue Reading

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