Press Releases

01.30.18

Senator Burr Statement Following State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement following the State of the Union address from President Trump: "A little over one year ago, the American people voted for a change. Following eight years of abdicated global leadership and the slowest economic recovery in history, the new administration has delivered that change in spades. Our stock markets are setting records on a daily basis, ISIS is on the run, and unemployment rates are at record lows. The new president and this C… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law

Over the last several weeks, Senator Richard Burr, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired multiple hearings on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). As the original sponsor of the 2006 PAHPA legislation, Senator Burr has been one of the foremost leaders in preparing our country for the public health threats we face, both naturally occurring like pandemic flu and those that may be the result of a deliberate at… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair 2nd HELP Committee Hearing Tuesday on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead the second in a series of HELP Committee hearings to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats next Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part 2' Witnesses: Tom Inglesby, MD, Director, Center f… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on Senate Passage of Crucial FISA Sec. 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the passage of S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Today, the Senate took this important step in reauthorizing what I believe is our single most important national security tool. This bill will help us to fulfill our most important duty as Senators: keeping Americans safe. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been reviewed t… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Intel Chairman Burr: “702 Is the Single Most Important National Security Tool We Have”

Today, the Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the successful vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the House amendment to accompany S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Let me be clear: this (Section 702 of FISA) has been tested in the courts and the courts have ruled that this program is lawful and constitutional. So any claim outside of that is not a claim from the jud… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair HELP Committee Hearing Tomorrow on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead a HELP Committee hearing to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part I' Witnesses: Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Prepare… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Intel Watchdog, DNI’s General Counsel

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 Michael Atkinson to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community and Jason Klitenic to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Details Hearing: Open hearing … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on House Passage of FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the House voted 256-164 to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "I am pleased by the House passage of legislation to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. These authorities are critical to the Intelligence Community's understanding of terrorists, cyber criminals, and foreign intelligence services. I loo… Continue Reading


12.22.17

Senate Passes Bill to Assist in Locating Missing Autism, Alzheimer’s Patients

Last night, the Senate passed Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 (S.2070) by unanimous consent. Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 helps families locate missing relatives with Autism, Alzheimer's disease and other related conditions. The bill reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding also to be used for the purchase of tracking technology that helps the families of a child with developmental disabilities recover their child in the event they become separat… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Sen. Burr on Historic Tax Reform: Let’s Get the Government out of Your Pockets

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate's passage of historic tax reform legislation: "Today, we voted to jump-start our economy and save the average American family thousands each year. For far too long, our tax system has been a burden to the millions of middle-class class citizens that make up a majority of this country. This tax overhaul starts to get the government out of your pockets, and puts Main Street in the driver's seat of the economy, not Washi… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Sen. Burr on House Passage of Tax Reform, Including ABLE Act Enhancements

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, made the following statement on the House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act: "It has been three years to the day since the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law and I'm incredibly proud that the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act are included in the historic, soon-to-be passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. … Continue Reading


12.18.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr’s Statement on President’s National Security Speech

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on President Trump's national security speech: "Today, President Trump spoke to the threats facing the United States, including a growing extremist threat and ongoing competition from Russia and China. The threats against our country and our citizens include not only acts of violence but also insidious cyber-attacks that undermine our democracy and ongoing economic espiona… Continue Reading


12.14.17

Senators Burr, Tillis Introduce Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis released the following statements regarding the introduction of S. 2225, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act of 2017: "I'm excited today to take a critical step forward in extending the authorization for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area," said Senator Burr. "This program has boosted the tourism economy in our state by billions with only a fraction of that coming from federal coffers. By extending this authori… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Burr Praises Nielsen Confirmation to be Secretary of Homeland Security

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of Homeland Security: "I'm very encouraged to see Kirstjen Nielsen, who is eminently qualified to lead the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed by the Senate today. Her prior experience under President George W. Bush at the White House Homeland Security Council, the Transportation Security Administration, and more recently, DHS, have prepared her well to take ove… Continue Reading


12.02.17

Sen. Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Historic Tax Reform

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "I'm incredibly pleased to see the Senate's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this morning. This bill is an historic opportunity to reform a broken tax code that hasn't worked for the people of this country in years. We have a responsibility to get our economy moving and put more money back in the pockets of the hard-working Americans who earned it in the first place. I l… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Sens. Burr, Harris, Klobuchar and Rep. Speier Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Against Online Exploitation of Private Images

. D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), alongside Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced the Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that will address the malicious exploitation of private, explicit images, such as "revenge porn" and "sextortion." Rep. Speier previously introduced a version of this bill in the 114th Congress, the Intimate Privacy Protection Act of 2016. "It's ti… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Burr, McCaskill Aim to Close Health Care Law Loophole with Bipartisan Bill

U.S. Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are teaming up on the bipartisan Hospital Payment Fairness Act to fix a problematic provision in the Affordable Care Act that causes the majority of states, like Missouri and North Carolina, to unfairly subsidize high wages at a handful of hospitals through Medicare reimbursements. "I'm pleased to work with my colleague from Missouri to repeal this problematic provision of Obamacare. Today, this policy benefits a h… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Sen. Burr Statement on Finance Committee Approval of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Historic Opportunity

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a historic bill to overhaul the nation's tax code. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), as a senior member of the Committee, made the following statement: "Americans need a break. Our sluggish economy over the last fifteen years has meant that their paychecks aren't increasing as fast as they should be, and too many jobs have left their communities to set up shop in other countries where their tax code is less complicated. Thi… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Burr, Alexander: Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation to Help FDA Better Equip Warfighters with Lifesaving Treatments

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statements after the Senate today sent to the president legislation that would speed safe drugs and devices for use in battlefield emergencies: Burr said: "With final passage of today's legislation, we can better protect our troops by improving emergency access to drugs that will help save and enhance lives of those who serve. Ultimately, this bill w… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Burr Praises Unanimous Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which authorized $692.1 billion to start rebuilding our military that was decimated by the previous administration. This legislation includes $293 million for Military Construction in North Carolina, including a new Water Treatment Plant at … Continue Reading

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