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Senator Burr Leads Bipartisan Tax Relief Effort for Victims of Hurricane Florence, Recent Natural Disasters

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced S. 3648, the Hurricanes Florence and Michael and California Wildfire Tax Relief Act, to aid victims of recent natural disasters. "The historic hurricanes that hit Florida and the Carolinas this year devastated communities across the Southeast," said Senator Burr. "Homes were destroyed, businesses swept away and savings… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on FDA Seeking to Ban Menthol

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it will seek to ban menthol cigarettes: "This is not the first time the FDA has tried to ban menthol, but these efforts have been unsuccessful in the past. It is troubling, however, that an Administration that pledges to put America first is targeting legal, American-made products instead of focusing its attention on states that flout federal drug laws. If the U… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities in World War I. Nearly ten million troops were killed and millions more were wounded in a conflict of such magnitude it was called 'the war to end all wars.' Yet in many ways World War I was the beginning, not the end, of the struggle for freedom and human rights that has shaped the last century.… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Release of N.C. Pastor Andrew Brunson

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who had been unjustly detained in Turkey for the last two years: "I am incredibly grateful that Pastor Brunson has finally been released from his long and unjust detainment in Turkey. President Trump and his Administration made Pastor Brunson's unconditional release a top priority, and I want to thank them for their tireless work … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court

Today, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Justice Kavanaugh has proven himself to be a fair, serious and qualified jurist, who will continue his distinguished record of service on the U.S. Supreme Court. It is deeply disappointing that this confirmation process has been marred by unnecessary delays and bitter personal attacks. The Senate's constitutional r… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Statement on DOJ Russian Hacking Charges

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following joint statement on the Department of Justice's indictment of seven Russian GRU officers for international hacking and disinformation operations: "Today's charges further highlight the illegal and aggressive tactics Russia uses to undermine international institutions and wage disinformation campaigns. In recent years, Russia has reportedly hacked or attempted to… Continue Reading


Florence Disaster Relief Funding Passes Congress as Down Payment for Recovery

Today, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina released the following statements regarding the passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which includes $1.68 billion in disaster relief funding for North and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence: "This funding is an important step on the long road to recovery for the thousands of North Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence," said Senator Burr. "With $1.14 billion allocated for North Carolina,… Continue Reading


Burr: The Time is Now to Vote on LWCF

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passage of S. 569, a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: "Today's affirmative vote in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is a step toward our goal of permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund with full funding. Although it's unfortunate that it took LWCF's expiration to finally spur the S… Continue Reading


Burr, Daines, Gardner Lead LWCF Colloquy on Senate Floor

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) led a colloquy today on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Without congressional action, the program is set to expire at the end of the month. Watch HERE Download HERE "As an avid outdoorsman myself, I know first-hand the importance of our public lands… LWCF ensures that our booming outdoor economy can continue to grow. It allows hun… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Judge Kavanaugh Nomination

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the status of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "Democrats made it clear they would stop at nothing to block President Trump's Supreme Court pick before Judge Kavanaugh was even chosen as the nominee. President Trump has every right to nominate the individual of his choosing to the Supreme Court, and the Senate should go through the normal advice and consent process, as it has done for the last 12… Continue Reading


Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief and Recovery Information

Important Hurricane Florence Information: For Life Threatening Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1 For Non-Life Threatening Situations and the Latest Information on Hurricane Florence: Dial 2-1-1 U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue: Dial 1-757-398-6700 Evacuation Orders: Go to NCDPS.Gov/Florence for the latest evacuation updates and check for the most recent information on road closures. This information is changing quickly, so please stay safe and up to date. Dialysis Service… Continue Reading


Carolina Senators Lead Push For Florence Federal Assistance

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) applauded the House for granting their request for a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The relief includes $1.14 billion for North Carolina and $540 million for South Carolina. The senators made the formal request for a $1.68 billion down payment in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (C… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Join President Trump in North Carolina

Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr joined President Trump during his visit to North Carolina to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. "We are now moving towards the next step, which is getting the initial funding for recovery. We've made a request, and we'll be moving forward and working with Governor Cooper with trying to get the money in place for some of the initial recovery," said Senator Tillis. "I want to thank all the volunteers as well who have come to… Continue Reading


IRS Issues Tax Relief for Hurricane Florence Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended tax filing deadlines for North Carolina victims of Hurricane Florence, following the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Major Disaster Declaration. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statements in response: "As North Carolinians deal with Hurricane Florence's devastating impact, it's critical they have fast access to the Federal assistance they need and are entitled to," said Senator Burr in a stat… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Commends Presidential Action on Biodefense

Today, President Donald J. Trump released a National Security Presidential Memorandum directing the implementation of a National Biodefense Strategy to better protect Americans from biological threats. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "Biological threats, whether manmade or naturally occurring, pose a grave risk to our public health and our national security. I'm pleased to see the President take action to co… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of H.R. 6, the Opioid Treatment and Recovery Act: "Today marks a significant step forward in the fight against the opioid crisis that has devastated families and communities across the country. Over the past seventeen years, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from an opioid overdose; in just… Continue Reading


NC Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Approval of Hurricane Florence Major Disaster Declaration

Today, North Carolina's entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration swiftly approve Governor Cooper's request for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration as Hurricane Florence brings historic flooding and destruction to counties across North Carolina. "The severity of damage and number of areas impacted is rapidly increasing and is forecast to worsen drastically in the coming days," the member… Continue Reading


Burr: Executive Order Strengthens Response to Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to President Trump signing an Executive Order authorizing sanctions against entities and individuals determined to have interfered in a U.S. election: "The Executive Order signed today by President Trump strengthens our ability to quickly and appropriately hold responsible anyone who interferes in our elections. It also sends a clear message that America can a… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Urges North Carolinians to Take Hurricane Florence Threat Seriously

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina this week as a Category 4 hurricane: "Hurricane Florence threatens to be a serious and dangerous weather event for North Carolina. Our state has seen devastating natural disasters in recent years, and many communities are still recovering from previous storms. I want to thank President Trump for approving Governor Cooper's request for an Emergency Declar… Continue Reading


Hurricane Florence Resources and Updates for North Carolina Residents

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina. We encourage all residents to follow the advice of local officials, and comply with any evacuation recommendations and mandates. Additionally, you can find the Red Cross' hurricane preparedness tips here. The following resources are available for statewide updates on the storm and emergency preparedness: NC Emergency Management: Follow NC Emergency Management on T… Continue Reading

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