Press Releases


Burr Statement on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s Resignation

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today on the announced resignation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb: "I want to thank Scott Gottlieb for his leadership at the FDA, an agency that regulates 25 cents of every dollar in the U.S. economy. Scott has been one of the best commissioners I've seen in the 25 years I've been in Washington. I look forward to the Administration's next nominee, and hope they bring the same talents and passion… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr Applaud Confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing as Judge for the Fourth Circuit

Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Senate confirmation of North Carolina native Allison Jones Rushing as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. "I want to thank my Senate colleagues for voting to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to be a United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit," said Senator Tillis. "Ms. Rushing is from East Flat Rock, North Carolina and after 11 years practicing law is considered one of the risin… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Again Unanimously Passes Evanina Nomination

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence again favorably reported out the nomination of William R. Evanina to continue serving as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). The nomination was first passed by the Committee last May. "Director Evanina's ability to effectively lead the NCSC is not in doubt," Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said. "Over the years, he has proven time and again he has the real-world experience and professionalism our country needs … Continue Reading


Burr Praises House Vote to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

Legislation to save America's most successful conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), will head to the President's desk after passing the House late yesterday on a bipartisan, 363-62 vote. The measure to permanently reauthorize LWCF was included in S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which passed the Senate earlier this month. "I'm grateful my colleagues in the House voted today to bring us one step closer to making the Land and Water Conservation Fund perman… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Supports Attorney General Barr

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding confirmation of William Barr to be Attorney General of the United States: "Attorney General Barr has my full support as a well-qualified and experienced lawyer who is eminently capable of serving as the head of the Department of Justice. He is one of the most experienced nominees in history, having already served as Attorney General under President George H. W.… Continue Reading


Senate Votes to Make Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent

Today, the Senate voted to make permanent the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America's most successful conservation program, on a bipartisan vote of 92-8. The measure passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who has led the bipartisan fight to save the LWCF over the last decade, issued the following statement: "This victory was a long time in the making, and it is the result of the steadfast efforts of many who care deeply about Ame… Continue Reading


North Carolina Mourns Loss of Rep. Walter Jones

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (NC-03): "Brooke and I were terribly saddened to hear about Walter's passing. Walter and I came to Washington together in 1995. Having worked alongside him for nearly 25 years, I can tell you without hesitation that he left North Carolina, Congress, and our country better places than he found them. Walter will be remembered as a man of strong principles, willing to take … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on President Trump's State of the Union address: "Today, two years into the Trump Administration, our economy is booming, our job market is flourishing, and millions of Americans now get to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks each week. Unemployment is hovering steadily near record lows. Wages are on the rise. There are more open jobs than there are people to fill them. And employers and consumers alike feel confident abo… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Renews Push to Save LWCF

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), reintroduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), joined by a bipartisan coalition of members calling for the program's renewal with increased urgency since its lapse in September 2018. "The Land and Water Conservation Fund may cost taxpayers nothing, but Congress' failure to renew it would cost us all dearly," said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). "Without this program, every state in the … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Huawei Indictments

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to the indictments announced today against China's Huawei Technologies and its U.S. affiliates: "I am encouraged by the Justice Department's actions against Huawei Technologies, which detail the company's brazen efforts to steal corporate trade secrets, commit fraud, and obstruct justice. Huawei is a global bad actor operating at the behest of the Chinese gover… Continue Reading


Intel Committee to Hold Open Hearing on Worldwide Threats

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 its annual hearing on worldwide threats on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. The open hearing will feature testimony from the heads of U.S intelligence agencies on the global security threats currently facing the United States. Following the open session, the hearing will m… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Defense Secretary Mattis

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense James Mattis' announced retirement in February: "It has been my great honor to work with Secretary Mattis on some of the most pressing national security challenges facing America. I thank him for his lifetime of service to our great nation, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Statement on Treasury Department’s Sanctions on Oleg Deripaska, Companies

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement on the Treasury Department's announcement that it intends to delist companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska amid restructuring and corporate governance changes: "Today's announcement, which comes as a result of negotiated changes to the En+ corporate structure, does not change the fact that Mr. Deripaska, his employees, and his companies work at V… Continue Reading


Senate Confirms Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire to National Counterterrorism Center

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the confirmation of Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.) to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC): "I am pleased to see Vice Admiral Maguire confirmed to lead the National Counterterrorism Center. Vice Adm. Maguire's nearly four-decade career in the United States Navy - including commands in the Navy SEALs, the Naval Special Warfare Command, and as Deputy Dir… Continue Reading


New Reports Shed Light on Internet Research Agency’s Social Media Tactics

Today, third-party experts released two independent analyses of social media tactics used by Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) in their attempts to influence U.S. political discourse. The reports are the first comprehensive analyses of their kind conducted by entities other than social media companies themselves, and are based in part on data provided by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The reports, titled "The Tactics and Tropes of the Internet Research Agency" and "Th… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Announce BUILD Grants for GoTriangle, City of Hickory, NCDOT

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced they have secured three BUILD Transportation grants totaling more than $60 million for North Carolina: GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The project includes an off-street bus transfer facility, pedestrian bridge, BRT platform and other BRT infrastructure, on-street pedestrian improvements and wa… Continue Reading


Senator Burr on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush: "Brooke and I are saddened to hear of the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and our prayers are with the Bush family. President Bush was the last of the Greatest Generation to serve as president, and his legacy reflects the values learned through hardship and war: integrity, humility, and honor. He wore many hats during his long career, including Congressman,… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Michael Cohen Guilty Plea

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement: "Michael Cohen's indictment and guilty plea is once again an example that you cannot lie to Congress without consequences. It should be no surprise that Mr. Cohen has had in his possession for months a letter requesting return visits to the Committee."… Continue Reading


NC Congressional Delegation Continues Efforts to Secure Hurricane Florence Recovery Funding

Today, North Carolina's Congressional delegation received Governor Cooper's disaster funding request as it continues its work to secure additional Hurricane Florence recovery funding from congressional appropriators to assist in rebuilding efforts in areas affected by the storm. The North Carolina Congressional delegation previously secured more than a billion dollars for the state's long-term recovery in legislation passed in October. Click HERE to read the letter. "North Carolina suffered wi… Continue Reading


N.C., S.C. Senators to Request Additional Disaster Relief for Hurricane Florence Recovery

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) formally requested the next Senate appropriations bill include additional disaster relief for areas struggling in the wake of Hurricane Florence. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Senators praised the Committee's quick response following the hurricane, which led to a $1.68 billion down payment passed in Octob… Continue Reading

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