Press Releases

08.14.19

Sens. Burr, Tillis Applaud Nomination of Richard E. Myers as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina

Today, at the recommendation of Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), President Trump announced his intent to nominate Richard E. Myers to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "I applaud President Trump for selecting Richard Myers to fill this important seat in Eastern North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "Professor Myers is not only a distinguished academic scholar at the University of North Carolina, but is also an alumnus, … Continue Reading


08.02.19

Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Burr on ODNI Nomination

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement: "I respect John Ratcliffe's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for Director of National Intelligence, and I appreciate him considering serving his nation in a new role. I am grateful that he will continue serving the people of Texas in the House. As the White House determines its next nominee, I'm heartened by the fact that ODNI has an experienced and capable leadership … Continue Reading


07.29.19

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Departure of Director Coats

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the departure of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats: "America is better prepared for the threats we face thanks to Dan Coats' leadership of our Intelligence Community. Over the last two years, he has served this Administration with integrity and sound judgment, making significant progress in addressing the shortcomings that left us vulnerable to foreign interference in our ele… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Senate Intel Releases Election Security Findings in First Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released "Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure," the first volume in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Today's installment builds upon the unclassified summary findings on election security released by the Committee in May 2018. This was the first volume completed due to the fundamental importance and… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Sen. Burr Votes to Confirm Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Mark Esper to serve as Secretary for the Department of Defense: "It has never been more important that we have a strong, proven leader at the helm of the Department of Defense," said Senator Burr. "We must continue to modernize our military and leverage new technological advancements to remain agile against our nation's adversaries. Dr. Esper i… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Burr, Warner Praise Senate Passage of Intel Authorization Act

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statements on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which included the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020: "Today's passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) marks a significant investment in the men and women of ou… Continue Reading


06.25.19

Burr Makes Case for Intel Authorization Act on Senate Floor

Today, on the Senate floor, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) discussed the importance of passing the three-year Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Click here or the image above to watch Chairman Burr's full remarks. Full statement from Senator Burr: "Mr. President, I want to thank Chairman Inhofe and Ranking Member Reed for accommodating the Intelligence Committee's intel a… Continue Reading


06.24.19

President Signs Into Law Senator Burr’s Legislation to Defend Nation from Pandemics and Bioterrorism

Today, President Trump signed into law the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA). The legislation is a reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), authored by Senator Burr and first enacted in 2006. "Whether it's a disease outbreak, natural disaster, or biological attack, it's essential our nation is prepared to address the ever-growing variety of public healt… Continue Reading


06.06.19

Senator Burr Honors the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day: "Seventy-five years ago today, more than 150,000 Allied troops sat on ships and on airfields across England waiting anxiously. They were preparing to embark on an extraordinary campaign, to storm the beaches of Normandy with unprecedented force and to march across Europe against Nazi tyranny. Early that morning, General Eisenhower address… Continue Reading


06.03.19

Senators Burr, Tillis Applaud House Passage of Critical Disaster Relief Funding

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the House's passage of H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, or disaster relief funding, after a week of House obstruction: "Americans across the nation desperately need this disaster relief funding, especially in North Carolina where many are still struggling after Hurricane Florence," said Senator Burr. "It's a shame this critical legislation was needlessly delayed in the House by political… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Senators Burr, Tillis Secure Disaster Relief Funding for North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, or disaster relief funding. "After months of stonewalling from Congressional Democrats, I am glad the Senate has finally passed critical disaster relief funding that Americans across the country desperately need," said Senator Burr. "This funding is long overdue, and will help thousands of North Carolinian families and small busines… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Senate Confirms Kenneth D. Bell to Serve as Western North Carolina District Judge

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate confirmation of Kenneth D. Bell to be a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. "I'm pleased the Senate filled an important judicial vacancy by confirming Ken Bell to serve as North Carolina's newest district judge," said Senator Burr. "Ken's impressive background and extensive experience, in both the private and public sectors, will be a benefit to our citizens and to the judi… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Senators Continue Bipartisan Fight for Victims of Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jon Tester (D-MT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced S. 1563, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2019, to ensure individuals with diseases scientifically linked to toxic chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina receive proper medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA). The bill is named for Janey Ensminger, daughter of Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, who was born at Camp Lejeune and died as a result of exposure t… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Senate HELP Committee Leaders Applaud Passage of Legislation to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the Senate passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which supports and strengthens America's ability to prepare for and respond to the full range of public health threats we face, both naturally occurring or as a result of a deliberate attack on our country. "When it comes to combatting pandemics or biological attacks, being prepared is ever… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Senate Intel Committee Unanimously Passes Intelligence Authorization Act

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020 on a unanimous and bipartisan 15-0 vote. The bill authorizes funding and enables comprehensive, Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). It is named for two dedicated staff members on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Damon Nelson and Matt Pollard, who passed away last year. "I… Continue Reading


05.09.19

Burr, Van Hollen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Child Care Protection

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Child Care Protection Improvement Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing background check requirements for child care workers. "Protecting our children's safety has always been, and will always be, a top priority for me," said Senator Burr. "This commonsense legislation will help states meet the standards for implementing these practical requiremen… Continue Reading


05.01.19

Bipartisan Bill Helps Protect Access to Life-Saving Transplants

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Patient Access to Cellular Transplant (PACT) Act, which would protect access to bone marrow and cord blood transplants for Americans on Medicare. The bill would better align payment policies for hospitals that treat seniors with different types of blood cancers, like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell disease. "Americans suffering from life-threatening blood diseases shouldn't… Continue Reading


04.29.19

ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Nomination Hearing for National Reconnaissance Office

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, May 1st on the nomination of Dr. Christopher Scolese to serve as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Dr. Christopher Scolese currently serves as the Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Scolese was appointed to serve as Director of NRO by President Trump on February 7, 2019. Hearing Details What: "Nomination of… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Burr Statement on Release of Mueller Report

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Department of Justice's release of Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "I appreciate Attorney General Barr's commitment to publicly releasing the full report, excepting material that would compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing DOJ prosecutions, or legally protected grand jury information. The American people have a right to review as much of the report as possible to und… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Burr: Assange Should Now Face Justice

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice's charge against Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange: "Under the guise of transparency, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have effectively acted as an arm of the Russian intelligence services for years. Mr. Assange engaged in a conspiracy to steal classified information, putting millions of lives at risk all over the world. Hopefully, he will now face justice."… Continue Reading

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