Press Releases


Senate Confirms Vice Adm. Joseph Maguire to National Counterterrorism Center

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the confirmation of Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.) to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC): "I am pleased to see Vice Admiral Maguire confirmed to lead the National Counterterrorism Center. Vice Adm. Maguire's nearly four-decade career in the United States Navy - including commands in the Navy SEALs, the Naval Special Warfare Command, and as Deputy Dir… Continue Reading


New Reports Shed Light on Internet Research Agency’s Social Media Tactics

Today, third-party experts released two independent analyses of social media tactics used by Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) in their attempts to influence U.S. political discourse. The reports are the first comprehensive analyses of their kind conducted by entities other than social media companies themselves, and are based in part on data provided by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI). The reports, titled "The Tactics and Tropes of the Internet Research Agency" and "Th… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Announce BUILD Grants for GoTriangle, City of Hickory, NCDOT

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced they have secured three BUILD Transportation grants totaling more than $60 million for North Carolina: GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The project includes an off-street bus transfer facility, pedestrian bridge, BRT platform and other BRT infrastructure, on-street pedestrian improvements and wa… Continue Reading


Senator Burr on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former President George Herbert Walker Bush: "Brooke and I are saddened to hear of the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and our prayers are with the Bush family. President Bush was the last of the Greatest Generation to serve as president, and his legacy reflects the values learned through hardship and war: integrity, humility, and honor. He wore many hats during his long career, including Congressman,… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Michael Cohen Guilty Plea

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement: "Michael Cohen's indictment and guilty plea is once again an example that you cannot lie to Congress without consequences. It should be no surprise that Mr. Cohen has had in his possession for months a letter requesting return visits to the Committee."… Continue Reading


NC Congressional Delegation Continues Efforts to Secure Hurricane Florence Recovery Funding

Today, North Carolina's Congressional delegation received Governor Cooper's disaster funding request as it continues its work to secure additional Hurricane Florence recovery funding from congressional appropriators to assist in rebuilding efforts in areas affected by the storm. The North Carolina Congressional delegation previously secured more than a billion dollars for the state's long-term recovery in legislation passed in October. Click HERE to read the letter. "North Carolina suffered wi… Continue Reading


N.C., S.C. Senators to Request Additional Disaster Relief for Hurricane Florence Recovery

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) formally requested the next Senate appropriations bill include additional disaster relief for areas struggling in the wake of Hurricane Florence. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Senators praised the Committee's quick response following the hurricane, which led to a $1.68 billion down payment passed in Octob… Continue Reading


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

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