Press Releases

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


04.09.19

Burr Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Push for Permanent LWCF Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act. The legislation will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million. The bill's co-sponsors include Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jon Tester (D-MT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Susan Collins (R… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Burr, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reclassify 9-1-1 Dispatchers

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Next Generation 9-1-1 Caucus, introduced the Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act, or the 9-1-1 SAVES Act, which would update the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) to better reflect the life-saving work 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers perform each day. "From dispatching first responders to using advanced technology to retrieve locations, the work 9-1-1 operators do is essentia… Continue Reading


04.03.19

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on NATO’s 70th Anniversary

Today, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a joint address to Congress on the eve of the organization's 70th anniversary. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement: "I appreciate Secretary General Stoltenberg appearing before Congress today to discuss NATO's history and future. For 70 years, NATO has helped protect freedoms and promote peace throughout Europe, North America, and the … Continue Reading


03.28.19

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Today, Senator Richard Burr reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. This bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "Far too often, American families trying to adopt a child abroad face difficulties n… Continue Reading


03.24.19

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Summary of Special Counsel Report

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on Attorney General William Barr's summary of the report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: "I appreciate the Attorney General's quick turnaround in sharing his summary of the Special Counsel's report. The Attorney General should release as much of the report as possible, without jeopardizing U.S. intelligence sources and methods or ongoing Department of Justice prosecutions. In t… Continue Reading


03.22.19

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Special Counsel Report

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the filing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's completed report: "I trust Special Counsel Mueller has conducted a fair and thorough investigation, and I look forward to reviewing his report."… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Burr Statement on Senate Vote on President’s Emergency Declaration

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today issued the following statement on the Senate's vote on H.J. Res. 46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval: "Securing America's borders is one of our government's basic responsibilities, and essential for ensuring the safety of our nation. After reviewing the emergency declaration with my counsel, I believe the President's efforts to secure our Southern border are lawful based on the authorities passed by Congress."… Continue Reading

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