Press Releases

05.19.20

Sen. Burr Pays Tribute to the Late Sen. Tom Coburn

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) paid tribute to his close friend and former colleague, the late Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), during a floor speech following Senator Coburn's passing on March 28, 2020. Sen. Burr recognizes the work and life of his friend Sen. Tom Coburn Excerpts: "For a guy that was perceived as the right of the right hardliner, Tom was probably one of the most compassionate individuals. He was one of the individuals that understood the common person because he was one, in… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Senate Intelligence Committee Submits Fifth and Final Volume in Russia Investigation for Declassification Review

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement: "The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has submitted the fifth and final volume of its bipartisan investigative report into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to the Office of Director of National Intelligence for classification review. In addition to submitting the full, classified report, and in order to help facilitate the Intell… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Statement from Senator Burr on Senate Intel Committee Chairmanship

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "This morning, I informed Majority Leader McConnell that I have made the decision to step aside as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee until this investigation is resolved. The work the Intelligence Committee and its members do is too important to risk hindering in any way. I believe this step is necessary to allow the Committee to continue its essential work free of external distractions."… Continue Reading


05.12.20

CDC Again Fails to Answer Critical Questions on Status of Biosurveillance Capabilities

In today's Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) questioned U.S. public health officials on the federal government's continued efforts to respond to COVID-19. During the hearing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield was unable to answer whether the CDC has filled any of the 30 staff positions Congress created to develop U.S. biosurveillance strategy and capabilities, despite Senator Burr's efforts… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Burr Applauds Senate Confirmation of Evanina to Serve as Director of National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm William R. Evanina to continue serving as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC): "Director Evanina has led the NCSC with the utmost professionalism and expertise. Bill's leadership and insight will continue to be critical as our nation confronts significant and wide-ranging counterintelligence threats. The Senate Intell… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Nomination Hearing of Rep. Ratcliffe to Serve as DNI

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held its open hearing on the nomination of Rep. John L. Ratcliffe to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after today's hearing: "The role our Intelligence Community plays in keeping America safe often goes unseen, but it should never be underestimated. It is essential that these men and women have the resources, leadership, and support they need to do their jobs well, p… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Senate Intel to Hold Nomination Hearing for Director of National Intelligence

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) will hold an open hearing Tuesday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. on the nomination of Rep. John L. Ratcliffe to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Rep. Ratcliffe currently represents Texas' Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was formally nominated to serve as DNI by President Trump on March 2, 2020. Hearing Details: What: "Nomination of John L… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Senate Passes Additional $484 Billion in Coronavirus Emergency Relief Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passed H.R. 266, which provides $484 billion in additional coronavirus emergency relief funding to further support American small businesses and health care providers: "Americans expect Congress to not only provide relief in a time of need, but to work together to get it done. I'm proud the Senate has passed this bipartisan agreement as our nation continues to fight an unprecedented public health battle. This… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Senate Intel Releases New Report on Intel Community Assessment of Russian Interference

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a new report, titled "Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment," the fourth and penultimate volume in the Committee's bipartisan Russia investigation. The latest installment examines the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work behind the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) that determined Russia conducted an unprecedented, multi-faceted campaign to interfere… Continue Reading


04.06.20

FAQ: Resources for N.C. Families, Small Businesses, and Travelers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a historic, $2 trillion emergency funding package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The CARES Act provides immediate relief for American families and small businesses struggling amid the current coronavirus crisis. If you have questions about unemployment benefits, direct economic payments, small business loans, or overseas travel for a U.S. citizen, please see the frequently asked questions below. … Continue Reading


04.04.20

Senator Burr Statement on ICIG Michael Atkinson

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I want to thank Michael Atkinson for his service as the Intelligence Community Inspector General. Over the last two years, he turned the Office of the ICIG around, restoring an important organization. I've appreciated his professionalism and responsiveness when working with the Senate Intelligence Committee on a wide range of issues and I wish him the best. "Like any political appointee, the Inspector General serves at the… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Paycheck Protection Program Now Accepting Applications from Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Today, small businesses across the U.S. can begin submitting their applications to the Paycheck Protection Program for forgivable loans to support payroll and other vital expenses. This program, which was created in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of liquidity to businesses who maintain their payroll during this public health emergency. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported this program… Continue Reading


03.28.20

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): "Tom Coburn was among my closest and dearest friends and I will greatly miss him. Everyone who knew Tom knew he juggled many roles - physician, public servant, husband, and father - but was, above all, a devoted Christian. The passion and intention he brought to his work was always a reflection of the faith that sustained him. I hope that same faith provides comfort to the Cob… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Senate Passes Historic $2 Trillion Coronavirus Emergency Relief Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third phase of coronavirus emergency funding: "Our ability to confront the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks depends on the action we take today. Doctors, nurses, small businesses, and families are all facing unprecedented strain and need immediate resources to weather this storm. This emergency funding package wil… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Burr Supports Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Bill to Help N.C. Families and Small Businesses

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 90-8: "As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, we have two critical goals: to slow the virus' spread and to provide immediate, targeted relief to those impacted. Stopping coronavirus isn't just a job for public health officials - it's a job for all of us. While we are taking necessary steps to protect… Continue Reading


03.16.20

CDC Awards North Carolina $13.8 Million to Support State and Local Coronavirus Response

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded North Carolina $13.8 million to support state and local health officials in their response to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported this critical funding in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, applauded the CDC's award. "The next few weeks are critical for our efforts to flatten the curve and stop the spread of coronavirus," said Senator Burr. "We… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Child Care Protection

Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers. "Keeping our children safe from harm must always be a top priority," said Senator Burr. "This commonsense legislation enhances child safety by helping states meet the employment requirements Congr… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Burr Votes to Approve Coronavirus Emergency Funding to Assist Federal and Local Response

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passed nearly $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to respond to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus: "There is nothing more urgent than our nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies," said Senator Burr. "Luckily, we have a framework in place that has put us in a better position than any other country to respond to a public health threat, like the coronavirus. This… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Burr, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Bring Diagnostic Testing into the 21st Century

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Verifying Accurate Leading-Edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act. This bipartisan legislation would establish a new paradigm for the review of diagnostic tests, protecting innovation and ensuring that patients can rely on the test results they receive. "As the number and complexity of diagnostic tests grow in the U.S., it's essential we have a regulatory framework that supports innovation and prepares us for the next gener… Continue Reading


03.03.20

Senator Burr Statement on First Reported Coronavirus Case in North Carolina

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the first reported coronavirus case in North Carolina: "As North Carolina responds to its first reported case of coronavirus, my number one priority remains protecting public health and safety. The U.S. is in a better position than any other nation to handle a public health emergency like coronavirus. But Congress must continue working to make sure first responders have the resources they need and the federal government is u… Continue Reading

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