Press Releases

07.20.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Confirmation Hearing on Two Key Intel Positions

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced today that the Committee will hold an open confirmation hearing on Wednesday, July 25th on the nominations of two officials to key intelligence positions in the Administration. Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.) has been nominated to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Ellen E. McCarthy has been nominated to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Sta… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Senator Burr Introduces N.C. Advocate at Hearing on Self-Sufficiency for Americans with Disabilities

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Benjamin Wright, a father, small business owner and advocate from Wilmington, N.C, at a Senate Aging Committee hearing titled, "Supporting Economic Stability and Self-Sufficiency as Americans with Disabilities and their Families Age." Ben and his wife, Amy, opened Bitty & Beau's Coffee in 2016, named after their two youngest children who have Down syndrome. Today, Bitty & Beau's employs more than 70 adults with intellectual and developmental… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Trump-Putin Summit

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement: "The Senate Intelligence Committee has reviewed the 2017 IC assessment and found no reason to doubt its conclusion that President Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 U.S. elections with the goal of undermining faith in our democratic process. Russia has conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems, and hacked critical infrastructure. They have used soci… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Burr, Republican Senators Reintroduce Bill to Hold Senior IRS Officials Accountable

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the IRS Accountability Act of 2018, which gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner clear authority to fire senior officials for misconduct or poor performance. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-IV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). In a statement, Senator Burr said, "In most workplaces in America, failing to do your job means you lose your job - plain and simp… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Burr Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States: "In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh's credentials are impeccable, and as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.… Continue Reading


07.03.18

Intel Committee Releases Unclassified Summary of Initial Findings on 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the Committee's unclassified summary of its initial findings on the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee finds that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong. The course of the Committee's investigation has shown that the Russian cyber operations were more extens… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Law to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018 which would help remove information barriers Americans frequently face while seeking to adopt children from other countries. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "American families trying to adopt a child from abroad should have robust and relevant in… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Sen. Burr Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court: "As the longest serving member of the current Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has played a defining role in shaping our modern legal framework. I want to thank him for his 43 years of service on the federal bench, and wish him and his family a long and happy retirement. "The Senate will now do its job by considering and voting to confirm the President's no… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act Unanimously

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced the Committee approved the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 15-0. The bill authorizes funding, provides appropriate legal authorities and enhances Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is named after Matt Pollard, a dedicated Committee staffer who passed away … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Education Panel Approves Career & Technical Education Bill Renewal

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's unanimous vote to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: "Our economy is enjoying a record high number of available jobs and record low unemployment. Americans should have the tools and training they need to take advantage of these new opportunities. The Perkins Act historically partners with states and local educational authori… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on Family Separations at the U.S. Border

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "The president is enforcing a longstanding law that requires adults crossing the border illegally face criminal penalties. The previous Administration ignored the law, and as a result family border crossings increased by 400 percent in President Obama's last three years in office. The fact is that any changes to current law must be made by Congress. I am open and willin… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on H.R. 3, the Rescissions Package

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement: "Today's vote was about keeping our promises. Funded exclusively by royalties, the Land and Water Conservation Fund costs taxpayers nothing and benefits them entirely. It was never meant to be a piggy bank. "I urge my colleagues to support the great work carried out by the LWCF - not just for Americans today, but for future generations." Background: The Land and Wate… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Burr Praises North Carolina Commitments in Annual Defense Spending Law

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "Today, I voted in favor of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which makes sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect our national defense. This bill authorizes $367 million in funding for several North Carolina military installatio… Continue Reading


06.18.18

ADVISORY: Bipartisan Congressional, Conservation Leaders to Launch 100-Day #SaveLWCF Campaign

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) announced today that they would hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:30 a.m. to mark 100 days until the authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires. Press Conference Details What: Bipartisan press conference to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Who: Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwe… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing on Policy Response to Russian Election Interference

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. This hearing will be the first to examine the policy response to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee will move into a closed session immediately following the open hearing. Hearing Details What: "Policy R… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Burr, Tillis Announce $147 Million Infrastructure Grant for Eastern North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $147 million grant for key infrastructure projects across Eastern North Carolina's highway corridors. The grant, which will be the largest infrastructure project in the state, will help widen up to 25 miles of road along I-95 and upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 70 to interstate grade, allowing the freeway to become I-42. "I am pleased that North Carolina will rece… Continue Reading


05.23.18

HELP Committee Approves Critical Law to Prepare for and Respond to Bioterror Attacks and Pandemics, Moves to Full Senate

Today, the Senate Health Committee approved the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation authored by Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray to ensure our country is prepared for the threats we are facing, both naturally occurring like pandemic influenza and man-made, such as a bioterror attack. The Senators released the following statements regarding the Committee's passage of the legislation: "I'm pleased by the Committee's passage of this important … Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senate Intel Unanimously Approves Evanina to Continue as NCSC Director, Nomination Moves to Full Senate

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee has reported the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman released the following statements regarding the Committee's favorable vote: "I… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Applauds Confirmation of CIA Director Gina Haspel

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "I'm pleased to see Gina Haspel confirmed today to be the Director of CIA," said Chairman Richard Burr. "Perhaps the most qualified individual ever nominated for this role, Ms. Haspel has earned the respect of her peers, predecessors, and members of Congress from both sides o… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate HELP Committee Leaders Introduce 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) released the following statements regarding the introduction of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, a bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act: "This legislation holds true to the spirit of our initial law, supporting a nimble, flexible, and fast approach to the threats we are facing, whether they are naturally occurring or th… Continue Reading

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