Press Releases

01.06.21

Senator Burr Statement on Congressional Vote to Certify the 2020 Presidential Election

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "For nearly 250 years, our nation's commitment to the peaceful transition of power has been the shining hallmark of our democracy. Today, America's core principles were threatened by those seeking to forcibly stop our electoral process and overturn the results of a presidential election with which they disagreed. "Let me be clear: these actions are not a defense of this country, but an attack on it. "I supported President T… Continue Reading


12.28.20

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of N.C. State Senator Marc Basnight

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the passing of former North Carolina State Senator Marc Basnight, who led the Senate for nearly two decades: "Marc Basnight was one of the most effective and influential political leaders in North Carolina's history. Marc was a powerful man, but everything he did was driven by a deep and genuine love of people that was evident to all. I always considered him to be one of my best friends. He will be missed."… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Congress Passes Additional $900 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Funding

Today, Congress passed a year-end appropriations package, which included a historic, bipartisan agreement delivering additional coronavirus relief funding for American families, businesses, health care providers, and schools. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of this relief funding, released the following statement after the Senate's passage. "As the number of coronavirus cases continues to mount, small businesses, restaurants, families, and health care workers are doing their … Continue Reading


12.21.20

Sens. Burr and Tillis Call on Senate to Give Lumbee Tribe Full Recognition

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis spoke on the Senate floor and urged their colleagues to pass the Lumbee Recognition Act, legislation they introduced that would officially give the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. The bill was blocked from passing by Senate Democrats. Watch a video of the speech here. Senator Burr: "Either before or after we swear in the new Congress, I promise my colleagues this place will come to a grinding halt, and we will t… Continue Reading


12.19.20

Congress Sends Bipartisan Child Care Protection Improvement Act to President’s Desk for Signature

Today, Congress unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, legislation authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). This bipartisan legislation, which will create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers, will now be delivered to the President's desk for signature. Senators Burr and Van Hollen applauded Congress' bipartisan work. "Our nation's child care workers serve an essential r… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Senate Passes Annual Defense Funding Bill for 60th Consecutive Year

Today, the Senate passed the Conference Agreement to the William M. "Mac" Thornberry National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation, which has been passed for 60 consecutive years, protects American national security interests, enhances Congressional oversight, and prioritizes service members and their families. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of the Conference Agreement, applauded the Senate's passage. "Providing a stro… Continue Reading


12.03.20

Senator Burr Applauds Department of Transportation’s Revised Rule of Service Animals on Flights

The Department of Transportation yesterday announced its revision to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation of service animals on aircraft to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who has led efforts to strengthen the standards of service animals on aircraft, applauded the Department of Transportation's final rule. "For too long, some people have taken advantage of the service animal program by fraudulently claiming disability needs so they … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Senator Burr Statement on CISA Director Christopher Krebs

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the departure of Christopher Krebs as Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): "Chris Krebs is a dedicated public servant who has done a remarkable job during a challenging time. Chris and his team at CISA have worked diligently to strengthen our election infrastructure, helping to shore up vulnerabilities and build trust between State and Federal Governments. T… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Burr Votes to Confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator Burr released the following statement after the Senate's 52-48 vote: "Judge Barrett has proven to be an exceptionally qualified and well-respected jurist. Throughout her distinguished career, she has demonstrated that she will faithfully serve as an impartial judge to defend the Constitution and rule of law. I am pleased to support Judge Barrett's confirmation today and I am… Continue Reading


09.30.20

Congress Enacts Bipartisan Bill Improving Intercountry Adoption Information

Today, the Senate unanimously passed H.R. 1952, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2019, led by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. The Senate companion bill was co-sponsored by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "Far too often, American families … Continue Reading


09.30.20

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to Name Piedmont Triad International ATC Tower After Late-Senator Kay Hagan

Today, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to honor the late Senator Kay Hagan by designating the air traffic control tower at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., as the "Senator Kay Hagan Airport Traffic Control Tower." Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who introduced this legislation earlier this month, applauded the Senate's bipartisan support and passage. "I'm pleased this bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading


09.30.20

Senators Burr, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Ensure Medicaid Coverage for Clinical Trial Participants

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the CLINCIAL TREATMENT Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure Medicaid programs cover routine care costs for individuals participating in clinical trials for serious or life-threatening conditions. "Clinical trials bring new hope to families battling devastating diagnoses and diseases," said Senator Burr. "These trials not only help advance medical research, but can also give some folks the opportunity to access prom… Continue Reading


09.26.20

Sen. Burr Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S Court of Appeals for the SeventhCircuit to fill the current vacancy on the United States Supreme Court: "President Trump has made a solid choice in nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett is a highly accomplished and respected candidate. She has led a distinguished career, serving over the years as a law clerk for Justice Antonin S… Continue Reading


09.22.20

Sen. Burr Statement on Filling Current Supreme Court Vacancy

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the current Supreme Court vacancy: "The President has every right under the Constitution to nominate the individual of his choosing to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy. The Senate's role is to provide its advice and consent. In this instance, unlike 2016, Americans voted to ensure the Senate and Presidency are both held by the same party. I believe the Senate should consider President Trump's nominee as early as poss… Continue Reading


09.18.20

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I am saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Throughout her life and career, Justice Ginsburg faced many challenges, but never let them serve as setbacks. She was a trailblazer and a tireless advocate for equality and opportunity for all Americans. While she and I may not have agreed on many policy issues, I know her unique voice will be greatly missed by… Continue Reading


09.10.20

Burr Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Name Piedmont Triad International ATC Tower After Late-Senator Kay Hagan

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation to honor the late Senator Kay Hagan by designating the air traffic control tower at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., as the "Senator Kay Hagan Airport Traffic Control Tower." "Kay Hagan was essential in securing federal funding for a much-needed new air traffic control tower here at her home airport," said Senator Burr. "Last year, Kay at… Continue Reading


09.10.20

Burr Votes to Deliver Additional Relief to American Families, Businesses, and Schools

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted in support of additional, targeted relief for American families, businesses, and schools still struggling during the current coronavirus pandemic. After the much-needed funding was blocked by Senate Democrats, Senator Burr released the following statement: "For months, Republicans have sought to work across the aisle to deliver additional support to American families, businesses, and schools still feeling the impact of the current pandemic. This targeted… Continue Reading


08.18.20

Burr Statement on Senate Intel Committee’s Fifth and Final Report in Bipartisan Russia Investigation

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final volume in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. The final chapter, titled "Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities," presents the Committee's complete counterintelligence findings and recommendations after an extensive, three-year examination. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who as Chairman oversaw the Committee's investigation, released the fo… Continue Reading


08.05.20

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


07.23.20

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

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