Press Releases

10.02.17

Senator Burr’s Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada: "My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning's tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America. As we wait for a full accounting of events, Brooke and I will be praying for those lost and their families."… Continue Reading


09.29.17

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Leaders to Hold Press Conference Next Week

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 they will hold a press conference on the status of the Committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections on Wednesday, October 4th at 12:15 pm. Details Press Conference: Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner to provide update on Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry into… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Burr Statement on Tax Reform: Time to Reform Our Broken Tax Code Is Now

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the recently released tax reform framework: "I'm very encouraged by the tax reform framework released today. With roughly half of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, the time to reform our broken tax code is now. We have a rare opportunity to bring relief to those who need it most by simplifying the code, unleashing the economy, promoting growth, and putting money back in the pockets of millions of North Carolinians and h… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senate Intel Committee Invites Cohen to Appear Before the Committee in Open Session

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Committee has invited Michael Cohen to appear before the Committee for an open hearing on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senate Intel Leaders’ Statement on the Postponing of Michael Cohen’s Interview

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today made the following announcement on the testimony of Michael Cohen: "We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today's interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee's requests that he refrain from public comment. As a result, we declined to move forward with today's interview and will reschedule Mr. Cohen's appeara… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Senator Burr’s Military Child Care Amendment Included in National Defense Authorization Act

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senator from North Carolina, I understand the wide-range of threats that face our nation and how versatile our military must be to fight them. We cannot stand idly by as Iran, North Korea, Russia, ISIL, Al-Qaeda an… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Burr Statement on Incident at Fort Bragg Leaving One Dead and Seven Injured

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made the following statement on yesterday's training accident at Fort Bragg, NC, leaving one special operations solider dead and seven soldiers injured: "My prayers go out to the family of Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida who lost his life too soon in his service to our country. I am also praying for the other seven service members who were injured in yesterday's tragic event. Those who serve take risks every day in their quest to keep our country safe. I'm remembe… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Sens. Burr, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Promote Innovation in America’s Transportation Projects

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation or the Moving FIRST Act, a bill that will enhance the transportation systems of American communities through the use of innovative technology. This legislation will establish and build on the successes of the 2015 Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Cities Challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Trans… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Burr Statement on Stationing of New Tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the decision to station the new KC-46A tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base: "Yesterday, I was notified by the Secretary of the Air Force of the final decision to base the KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. These 12 new KC-46A aircraft will serve as a vital tool for our military, providing any fixed-wing aircraft with mid-air refueling capabilities a prolonged amount of time in the … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Sens. Burr, Casey and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will provide crucial new options for 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save more for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low- and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, incentivize employers to match employee contributions to their college savings, allow unused savings to be rolled over into a R… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Sen. Burr Praises Interior Dept’s Announcement to Pay Swain County Overdue $4 Million Settlement

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Department of Interior's decision to release $4 million in appropriated funds to Swain County, North Carolina: "The Department of Interior's decision to compensate Swain County is well overdue, as it was initially appropriated in 2011. I support the Department's decision and count it as a step in the right direction, but I will continue to press the Department to fully match Swain County's expectations dating back to a decad… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Burr Statement on President’s Plan to Reform Broken Tax Code

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding President Trump's speech today in Springfield, Missouri. "I'm pleased by the President's first steps forward in reforming our broken tax code. Americans have suffered for far too long under an increasingly complicated and burdensome system that suppresses growth and takes money out of the pockets of hard-working families. I have advocated for years in Congress for simplifying our tax code, lowering rates for everyone, and al… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Terror Attacks in Spain

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding yesterday's terror attacks in Spain. "My prayers are with the families of those killed and wounded in yesterday's horrific attacks in Spain. I was saddened to hear that an American citizen was one of those killed and I stand in solidarity with the Spanish people and of all those nations who were affected. Terrorists are continuing to use simple weapons to inflict great har… Continue Reading


08.11.17

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr to Present Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Additional Decorations, to Sergeant Ronnie Whitlow at Winston-Salem Office

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will present Sergeant Billy Ronald (Ronnie) Whitlow from Yanceyville, NC, with multiple decorations for his service to the country including the Bronze Star for heroic achievement of service and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on 30 October 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam. Media wishing to attend should contact Sen. Burr's office at press@burr.senate.gov Details WHERE: Senator Richard Burr's Office, 2000 W. First Street, Suite 508, Winston-Salem, NC … Continue Reading


08.02.17

Burr and Tillis Statement on Recent VA Watchdog Findings at Salisbury VA Hospital

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) made the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report finding shortcomings at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina: "This report serves as an important reminder of the necessary work that remains to be done to improve VA facilities in North Carolina and across the country. We're grateful to the Office of Inspector General for catching these issues so they can be directly add… Continue Reading


08.01.17

Sen. Burr Statement on Confirmation Hearing of Dr. Bob Kadlec to HHS Role

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on Dr. Robert Kadlec, the President's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness and Response, testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: "I have worked with Bob in various capacities over the last few years and I am more than confident that he will bring consistent and strong leadership to the role of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response… Continue Reading


07.28.17

Burr Statement on Health Care Legislation Vote: Senate Failed to Provide Relief from Obamacare

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding last night's vote on health care legislation: "I am disappointed that the Senate could not pass legislation to address the health care crisis facing our country. Though we were unable to come to a resolution, our health care system is still broken, costs continue to rise, and Americans have fewer options for health care coverage. I will continue to keep my promise to North Carolinians by working to provide relief to families… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Burr Reintroduces Bill to Clean up IRS Following Disastrous IG Report

Today, following the critical report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) reintroduced a commonsense bill to improve accountability at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). S. 1643, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act, will bar the IRS Commissioner from rehiring employees who separated from the agency due to substantiated conduct or performance issues. The report, The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employee… Continue Reading


07.27.17

2018 Intel Authorization Act Clears Committee

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced the committee voted 14-1 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill's next step will be consideration before the full Senate. Senator Burr: "As a nation, we are facing an unprecedented range of threats. State actors like Iran and North Korea continue their provocative missile programs while non-state terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qa'ida are redo… Continue Reading


07.27.17

IRS Watchdog’s Report Finds New Cases of Repeated Hiring Abuses

Today, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the findings of their report: The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues. The independent watchdog found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to rehire employees who were previously terminated from the agency for documented misconduct or performance issues. In fact, the watchdog found that between January 2015 and March 2016, the IRS rehired hundre… Continue Reading

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