Press Releases

06.15.17

Joint Statement from Senate Intel Committee Leaders after Meeting with DNI Coats

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 made the following statement after a closed Committee hearing with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: "The Committee today met with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to clear up a number of questions that remained from his appearance in open session last Wednesday. He also briefed the Committ… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Veterans Committee Considers Bill to Provide Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee considered the The Janey Ensminger Act of 2017. Sponsored by Senators Richard Bur (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), the bill requires the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are also sponsors. The legislation is named for Janey Ensminger, the daughter of Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, w… Continue Reading


06.14.17

Joint Statement from Senate Intel Committee Leaders after Meeting with Special Counsel Mueller

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 made the following statement after meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller: "We had a constructive meeting with the Special Counsel today and we look forward to future engagements."… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Attorney General Sessions to Testify at Senate Intel Committee Tomorrow

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 Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Committee on June 13, 2017. The hearing will begin at 2:30 pm in open session. Details Hearing Topic: Open Testimony of Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions Witness: Attorney General Jeff Sessions When: Open session on T… Continue Reading


06.07.17

Notification: SSCI Releases Comey Written Statement for the Record

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, have made available on the Committee's website the opening statement of former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey in advance of the Committee's open hearing on Thursday morning at 10 am EST. The statement is available here.… Continue Reading


06.06.17

Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Confirmation of CIA General Council Courtney Simmons Elwood

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Courtney Simmons Elwood to serve as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Courtney Simmons Elwood is a distinguished attorney who helped guide our nation though the national security challenges following the attacks on September 11, 2001. I am confident she will ensure that the CIA is operating in a lawful, ethical, and moral manner as we continue … Continue Reading


06.02.17

Senate Intel Committee to Hold FISA Hearing 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 the Committee will hold an open hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Appearing before the Committee will be Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats; Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McCabe; Natio… Continue Reading


06.01.17

Former FBI Director Comey to Testify at Senate Intel Committee 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 former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey will testify before the Committee on June 8th, 2017. The hearing will begin at 10 am in open session. The open session will be followed by a closed session at 1 pm. Details Hearing Topic: Russian Federation Efforts to Interfer… Continue Reading


05.25.17

Notification: Senate Intel Committee Grants Chairman and Vice Chairman Authority to Issue Subpoenas

Today, as part of the ongoing Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, the Committee voted unanimously to grant Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) blanket authority to issue subpoenas as they deem necessary.… Continue Reading


05.22.17

Intel Committee Joint Statement on Flynn’s Refusal to Comply with SSCI’s Subpoena

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today made the following statement after the Committee received notification from Lieutenant General Michael Flynn's (Ret.) counsel that he would decline the request for an interview and the production of subpoenaed documents: "While we recognize General Flynn's constitutional right to invoke the Fifth Amendmen… Continue Reading


05.19.17

Former FBI Director Comey Agrees to Testify in Open Session at Senate Intel Committee

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 former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey has committed to testify in open session before the Committee. The Committee will schedule the open hearing after Memorial Day. "The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of… Continue Reading


05.18.17

King, Burr Renew Bipartisan Push to Simplify Student Loan Repayment Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), along with Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), today reintroduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. The Repay Act, which Senators King and Burr originally introduced in 2014, would simplify the complex maze of federal student loan repayment programs by consolidating many of the benef… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Joint Statement from Senate Intel Committee Leaders on Special Counsel Appointment

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 made the following statement on the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel: "The appointment of former FBI Director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigatio… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Call For Continued Funding of Land and Water Conservation Program

() - A bipartisan coalition of 48 senators are urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Forest Legacy Program, the nation's federal conservation program, as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jon Tester (D-MT). The LWC… Continue Reading


05.17.17

Notification: Senate Intel Committee Seeks Additional Information from Comey, McCabe

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 made the following notification on ongoing investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 US elections: Today, the Committee sent two additional letters seeking information related to the Committee's ongoing investigation. The first was sent to former FBI Director James Comey seeking his appearance b… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Burr, Tillis, and Jones Work to Protect Corolla Wild Horses

- Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, a bill to provide for the responsible management of the wild-horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "The Corolla horses are one of our many natural state treasures and I am proud to introduce legislation that will provide for the preservation of these… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of USTR Lighthizer

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the Senate approval of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative: "I am pleased by the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in support of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative. Mr. Lighthizer has decades of trade experience and understands the importance of enforcing our trade rules. I look forward to working with him to open new opportunities for American workers and business to sell their… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Notification: Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Former National Security Advisor Flynn for Documents Regarding Russia Probe

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, announced that Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today issued a subpoena for former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. The subpoena requests documents relevant to the Committee's investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election. The Committee first requested these documents… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Bipartisan Law Maintains Low Student Loan Interest Rates

Today, the Treasury Department announced that federal student loan interest rates will remain near a historic low at 4.45 percent, down from a peak of 6.8 percent in 2012. In 2013, when government-set student loan interest rates were scheduled to double, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act to let student borrowers take advantage of lower marketplace interest rates. The law, which went into effect in 2013, has sav… Continue Reading


05.10.17

UPDATED Senate Intelligence Committee to Hold World Wide Threats Hearing 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, updated the witness list for the annual World Wide Threats hearing in open session on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Witnesses will include Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo; Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew McC… Continue Reading

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