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Senators Burr, Tillis Issue Joint Statement on Release of Footage Related to John Neville’s Death

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statement in response to footage released regarding the death of John Neville after a medical emergency at the Forsyth County Detention Center: "The footage released today is deeply disturbing. Our hearts go out to the Neville family, who deserve a full accounting of what happened and answers about John Neville's tragic death. As this matter moves forward with appropriate due process, we want to thank Forsyth Cou… Continue Reading


Burr Votes in Support of Bipartisan Defense Bill

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, the 60th consecutive year the Senate has passed the annual defense funding bill. This bipartisan legislation includes the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, which authorizes funding for the Intelligence Community, protects American national security interests, and enhances Congressional oversight. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of the NDAA, applauded the Senate's… Continue Reading


Senators Burr & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Small Business Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand small business and non-profits' access to federal COVID-19 relief. The bipartisan Employer Assistance Coordination Act would allow eligible small employers to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit to help keep workers on payroll and pay for their health care coverage. Currently, small employers cannot participate in both of these progr… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Passing of Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (GA-05): "Throughout his life, John Lewis was a fighter. Standing alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington and in Selma, John was considered one of the Big Six Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He was unwavering in his fight for equality and worked tirelessly to ensure that America's God-given freedoms are enjoyed by all. I had the honor of working with John on the… Continue Reading


Burr Congratulates Peter Hans on Being Named UNC System President

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the appointment of Peter Hans as President of the University of North Carolina System: "Peter Hans is an excellent choice to serve as the next President of the UNC System. Leading one of the best and most respected university systems in the country is the opportunity of a lifetime. Peter has the experience, insight, and passion necessary to navigate the challenges facing our state, our students, and the higher education syst… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Historic, Bipartisan Conservation Bill

Today, the Senate passed the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, landmark conservation legislation that will fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the deferred maintenance backlog for national parks and public lands across the country. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a longtime champion of the LWCF who last year led a successful effort to permanently renew the program, applauded the Senate's passage of this historic conservation bill. "Today is a g… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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