Press Releases

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


05.09.17

Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Dismissal of FBI Director Comey

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the dismissal of James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: "I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee. In my interactions with the Director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and … Continue Reading


05.09.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement: "I am glad the Senate could come together and confirm Dr. Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is charged with regulating products that touch the lives of millions of Americans every day, and Dr. Gottlieb is well prepared for the job a… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

- Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2017. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "Veteran homelessness is a heartbreaking issue," said Senator Burr. "We are making progress in combating veterans' homel… Continue Reading


05.05.17

Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner Statement on Carter Page’s Participation in SSCI Investigation

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, released the following statement on Carter Page's participation in the investigation into the Russian activities surrounding the 2016 election: "Three days ago, Carter Page told Fox News he was cooperating with the Committee's investigation into Russian activities surrounding the 2016 Election. Today we have learned … Continue Reading


05.04.17

Senate Passes Intel Authorization in Omnibus Bill

Today, the Senate approved the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 as part of the omnibus spending bill. The IAA represents a bipartisan effort by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees to authorize the activities of the United States Intelligence Community and to ensure continued robust Congressional oversight of critical programs. "The passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act is necessary for Congress to maintain vigorous oversight of the Intelligence Commu… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Burr and Pittenger Reintroduce Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "I'm proud to reintroduce this legislation so that the 55,000 members of the Lumbee community in North Carolina receive the same rights and benefits as members of other federally recognized tribes," said Senator Burr. "The Lumbee tribe has… Continue Reading


04.27.17

Burr Statement on Senate Health Committee Vote to Advance FDA Nominee Gottlieb

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 14-9 to advance the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HELP Committee member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Dr. Gottlieb has the experience and knowledge necessary to guide the Food and Drug Administration toward achieving its public health mission. I was pleased to vote at Committee today, and look forward to a full Senate vote for Dr. Go… Continue Reading


04.26.17

Senate Health Committee Advances Bipartisan Mosquito Control Bill to Combat Zika

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously advanced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Marco Rubio (R-FL). The SMASH Act would reauthorize funding for public health tools that support communities in their mosquito surveillance and control efforts, especially those linked to the mosquitos that carry the Zika virus. "I am pleased the H… Continue Reading

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