Press Releases

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


04.24.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I'm pleased the Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is a vital part of North Carolina's economy, and I know Secretary Perdue will work to promote policies that help our farmers and rural communities thrive."… Continue Reading


04.20.17

Nomination Hearing for CIA 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 the confirmation hearing for Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel nominee Courtney Simmons Elwood will occur in open session next Wednesday, April 26th 2017. Details Hearing: Confirmation Hearing for Courtney Simmons Elwood, Nominee for Director of Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel W… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Burr Statement on Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Today, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Unites States Supreme Court.Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Neil Gorsuch is a trusted mainstream jurist who is ready to shoulder the incredible responsibility of serving on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch will serve the American people well as a defender of the Constitution. I congratulate Justice Gorsuch on his confirmation, and I thank him for answering the call to serve this great nation."… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Bipartisan Group of Senators Look to Gain Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

- U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and others today introduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) also cosponsored the legislation. "The LWCF has a proven track record of ma… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Syria Military Strikes

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the military strikes against Syria: "The United States has always been a global leader in fighting genocide. This week, Bashar al-Assad once again committed genocide against the Syrian people with one of the most horrific weapons known to man. I am encouraged that the President decided to take action. The United States is once again asserting its leadership responsibility in eliminating genocide.… Continue Reading


04.06.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Announcement by House Intel Chairman Nunes

- Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to temporarily step away from his Committee's Russia investigation: "Chairman Nunes has made the move he felt necessary to protect the viability of his Committee and its investigation going forward."… Continue Reading


04.04.17

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand ABLE Accounts

- Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a package of bills aimed at enhancing the ABLE Act. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for disabled people who work to save a portion of their income in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. These bills will also allow rollovers from 529 college savings plans as well as raise the age for eligibility from 26 to 46. Representatives Cathy McMorri… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Charlotte Weather Radar

Last night, the Senate passed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 which includes a provision instructing the National Weather Service (NWS) to identify solutions for improving inadequate weather radar covering the Charlotte area and other parts of the country. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the legislation earlier this month. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Rep… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day. "When called upon, our Vietnam veterans served this nation with honor and distinction, but many did not get the recognition they deserve," said Senator Burr. "Vietnam Veterans Day is an opportunity to show our gratitude as a nation. I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect upon their service and sacrifice." "West Virginia has mo… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Sens Burr, Nelson, Rubio and Tillis Fight for Health Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Janey Ensminger Act of 2017, which 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. The legislation also requires that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review all rele… Continue Reading


03.27.17

Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner Statement on Kushner’s Voluntary 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, today announced that Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner has voluntarily agreed to be interviewed as part of the Committee's investigation into the Russian activities surrounding the 2016 election. Sens. Burr and Warner made the following statement on the announcement: "From the beginning of this investigat… Continue Reading


03.22.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Attack in London

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the tragedy in London, England that has left three dead: "My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless acts of violence in London. I will continue to track the events closely and to ensure that our Intelligence Community is providing all requested support to our friends in the United Kingdom. Together we must continue to face down terrorism and track d… Continue Reading


03.17.17

Senate Intel Committee Announces Open Hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities

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 an open hearing related to the Committee's inquiry into Russian intelligence activities will take place on March 30, 2017. The hearing, Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns, will consist of two panels and will provide a foundational understanding of Russian active… Continue Reading


03.16.17

Joint Statement from Senate Intel Committee Leaders on Wiretapping Evidence at Trump Tower

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) made the following joint statement regarding evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped during the 2016 election: "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016."… Continue Reading


03.15.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Senate Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the Senate confirmed former Senator Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence on a bipartisan vote of 85-12: "Today, the Senate voted to confirm our colleague Dan Coats to become the Director of National Intelligence. Dan has the experience and judgment necessary to effectively lead the Intelligence Community. He understands well the unique nature of intelligenc… Continue Reading


03.14.17

Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Begins Providing Compensation to Lejeune Veterans Affected by Tainted Water

Today, a Department of Veteran's Affairs rule granting compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune went into effect. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more from 1953 to 1987 and are suffering from a service connected illness are now eligible to receive disability compensation. "It has been a long fight for these veterans to get the compensation they deserve," said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). "I want to thank Jerry Ensminger fo… Continue Reading


03.13.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "As a member of the Finance Committee, I have been proud to support Seema Verma's nomination to be CMS Administrator throughout the confirmation process in the Senate. Ms. Verma's knowledge and leadership abilities will serve the American people well at CMS, an agency that touches the lives of millions every day. She will… Continue Reading

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