Press Releases

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


07.25.17

Burr Statement on Today’s Senate Health Care Vote

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's vote to proceed with debate on health care legislation: "I am glad the Senate has finally begun to build a solution to the health care crisis facing our nation. This debate will allow each and every Senator the opportunity to bring forward their ideas for consideration through an unlimited amendment process. It is my hope that at the end of this process we will pass legislation fulfilling our promise to the Amer… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Burr: No One Is Tougher Than John McCain

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding Senator John McCain's most recent battle: "John McCain is a tough, principled man and one of the most dedicated soldiers and civil servants I've ever had the pleasure to know. His love for country and family is unbreakable, and I know he will face this newest battle with the same passion and grit that he has shown time and again. Brooke and I join a grateful nation in sending our prayers and support to Senator McCain and h… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Burr & Tillis Welcome Nomination of Bobby Higdon as U.S. Attorney

Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Bobby Higdon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "Mr. Higdon is an excellent choice to serve as the U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District," said Senator Richard Burr. "He has extensive legal expertise, having served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolin… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Key Administration Intelligence Posts

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 a confirmation hearing next week on the nomination of Susan Gordon to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence preceded by Robert P. Storch to be Inspector General of the National Security Agency and Isabela… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Burr and Tillis Welcome Nomination of Thomas Farr as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina

Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Thomas Farr to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "I am pleased once again to support Thomas Farr for District Judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "Mr. Farr was previously nominated for this judgeship in 2006. His wealth of experience will serve North Carolina well." "Tho… Continue Reading


07.11.17

Senator Burr Statement on the Crash of KC-130 in Mississippi

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after a KC-130 that departed from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point crashed in Mississippi, leading to the deaths of 16 on board: "My prayers are with the families of the fifteen Marines and one Navy corpsman who lost their lives in yesterday's accident. Sadly, we fear that seven of these individuals hailed from Camp Lejeune. Every day, our bravest men and women put their lives on the line to ensure our freedoms. I'm heartbroken that … Continue Reading


06.29.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on President Trump’s Intent to Nominate Susan Gordon to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on President Trump's announced intent to nominate Susan M. Gordon to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence: "I know Sue well, and I am pleased that the President is nominating her to this crucial post. She has a wealth of experience and will provide valued support and counsel to Director Coats and her unmatched expertise on cyber issues will help the DNI lead our Intelligence Communit… Continue Reading


06.26.17

Senate Intel Committee to Hold Confirmation Hearing for DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis

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 a confirmation hearing on the nomination of David Glawe to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, June 28th at 8:30 am. Details Hearing: Hearing on the Nomination of David Glawe to be Under Secretary for Intell… Continue Reading


06.23.17

Senate Intel Committee to Hold Open Hearing Next Week on Russian Intervention in European Elections

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 June 28, 2017 to examine Russia's interference in recent and future European elections. The witnesses will address Russian activities in the French and Montenegrin elections and look forward to Germany's fall election. This will be the latest in a series o… Continue Reading


06.22.17

Sen. Burr Statement on Discussion Draft of Health Care Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate Republican health care discussion draft legislation that will help stabilize the collapsing insurance markets that have left millions of Americans with few options: "This draft legislation outlines a number of initiatives that are good for North Carolina. While not perfect, the bill does provide the funding we need to support our most vulnerable North Carolinians. I'm encour… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Senate Confirms NC Native Brock Long to Lead FEMA

Today, the U.S. Senate voted 95-4 to confirm North Carolina native William B. "Brock" Long to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Long is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and currently lives with his family in Hickory, North Carolina. "Having strong disaster preparedness and recovery infrastructure is critically important for North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "Brock Long understands that it is the work done before a storm that saves lives. Helping s… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Senate Intel Committee to Hold Open Hearing Next Week on U.S. Election Security and Outlook for 2018 and Beyond

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 June 21st to further examine Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The hearing will feature two panels and will focus closely on Russia's cyber efforts against our election systems in 2016, our response efforts, potential threats to our 2018 a… Continue Reading


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

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