Press Releases

02.01.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Rex Tillerson to Serve as Secretary of State

Today, the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Rex Tillerson as the next Secretary of State. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I'm glad the Senate was able to come together and confirm Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State. As our nation's top diplomat, the Secretary of State will be in charge of leading U.S. diplomatic efforts around the world. At this critical time, I am confident Rex Tillerson has the experience to rise to the challenge."… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Burr Statement on Committee Vote of Rep. Tom Price to Lead Health and Human Services Dept.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after voting at the Senate Finance Committee in support of Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "I know that Rep. Tom Price is well prepared to lead this important agency at this critical time for our nation's health care system. I was pleased to vote at Committee today, and look forward to a full Senate vote for him to lead HHS. Senate Democrats should stop running side shows and honor the resul… Continue Reading


02.01.17

Burr Statement on Committee Vote of Mnuchin to Head Treasury Dept.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after voting at the Senate Finance Committee in support of Steven Mnuchin to head the United States Department of the Treasury: "Even though the Democrats are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at President Trump's nominees, Mnuchin proceeds today to a full Senate vote on his confirmation. Mnuchin's credentials are self-evident proof that he is more than qualified to lead the Department of Treasury. It's time for the Democrats… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Burr Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States: "I applaud President Trump's selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. In 2006, the Senate confirmed him without opposition to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Gorsuch is a judge who will continue to operate in accordance with the rule of law and respect for the Constitution. Senate Minority… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Burr Statement on Committee Vote on DeVos to Head Education Department

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after voting at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in support of Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education: "Betsy DeVos is going to put our children first. Too much time has passed where children have received a poor education that simply does not stack up. I believe Mrs. DeVos is committed to helping our children succeed academically. I support her nomination and will work with her to ensure that eve… Continue Reading


01.31.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Elaine Chao to Serve as Secretary of Transportation

Today, the Senate voted 93-6 to confirm Elaine Chao as the next Secretary of Transportation. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Elaine Chao is an experienced public servant and I am delighted that Congress will have the opportunity to work with her again as she leads the Department of Transportation. She has the drive and the determination to usher in a new era of infrastructure renewal."… Continue Reading


01.26.17

Burr Celebrates Launch of NC Program to Help Children with Disabilities

Today, the state of North Carolina launched its ABLE account program. The North Carolina program was authorized by Senator Burr's Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. "This is an important day for the families of children with disabilities," said Senator Burr. "ABLE accounts are a game changer for people living with disabilities. Now families will be able to save to give their children a better future. The ABLE program is an example of what is working in Washington, what we can accomp… Continue Reading


01.24.17

SSCI Statement on Inquiry into Russian Intelligence Activities after Committee Meeting Today

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, issued a joint statement regarding the Committee's inquiry into Russian intelligence activities after a closed meeting today: "The Committee today agreed to move forward, under terms of reference proposed by Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner, with its inquiry into Russian efforts directed against the 2016 US elec… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Burr Statement on the Senate Confirmation of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the Senate confirmation of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations: "Nikki Haley will bring a fresh perspective to the United Nations. She has a record of success in South Carolina and is well prepared to engage with world leaders and craft solutions to the world's most difficult humanitarian crises and political conflicts. Her pledge to … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Burr Introduces Bill to Keep EPA from Devastating Amateur Motorsports

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today reintroduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, which would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from cracking down on amateur race car mechanics and hobbyists. In 2015, for the first time ever, the Obama administration proposed a rule that would have enabled the EPA to fine amateur motorsports enthusiasts for converting their personal vehicles to racecars. This proposal ran counter to nearly a half century of clear congressional … Continue Reading


01.24.17

Burr, King Unite to Renew Push for Affordable Childcare

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) renewed their push to make childcare more affordable for families across the country by reintroducing the PACE Act. The legislation would update the federal government's childcare-related tax credits to make them more useful to American families at a time when the costs of childcare remain prohibitively high. "Childcare tax credits work," said Senator Burr. "This is an issue that I've been working on with Sen. King for years, a… Continue Reading


01.23.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on the Senate Confirmation of CIA Director Pompeo

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Today, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. While I'm disappointed Senate democrats insisted on delaying his vote, I'm pleased he is in place and ready to help keep our country safe. He … Continue Reading


01.23.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement after Meeting with Former Sen. Coats, Nominee for Director of National Intelligence

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after meeting with former Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) whom President Donald Trump has nominated to be the next Director of National Intelligence: "President Trump could not have selected a more qualified or distinguished individual to lead our Intelligence Community than my friend and colleague Dan Coats. Dan's honorable military service, time as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and … Continue Reading


01.20.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on the Delay of Pompeo Vote to Lead CIA

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the delay of the floor vote for Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after a Senate vote to proceed to his nomination passed overwhelmingly this evening: "It's unfortunate that after hours in a public hearing and hours in a closed hearing, having answered more than 150 questions for the record and volunteering to meet personally with every… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Commits to Burr Plan to Clean Up IRS Misconduct

Today, the Senate Committee on Finance held a confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin. Committee member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) questioned Mnuchin about his plans to clean up misconduct by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees. Cleaning up IRS misconduct, especially the practice of rewarding IRS employees who do not pay their personal taxes and rehiring employees that were previously fired for misconduct, has long been a priority for Senator Burr. WATCH: FINA… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Burr Statement Following Confirmation Hearing for Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions yesterday held a confirmation hearing for Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Committee member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I'm glad that we had a lively discussion with Betsy DeVos about her vision for the Department of Education," said Senator Burr. "Her commitment to improving education and expanding opportunity for our students is unmatched. Betsy DeVos is the person we need for this job an… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Joint Statement on Committee Inquiry into 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 issued a joint statement regarding the Committee's inquiry into Russian intelligence activities: "As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United St… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Senate Intel Committee Advances Intelligence Authorization Bill

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 by unanimous consent. This legislation authorizes funding for the U.S. intelligence community. "Our action yesterday represents an effort by the Committee to complete the unfinished legislative business of the 114th Congress," said Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA). "We look forward to its expeditious consideration by the full Senate." The bill au… Continue Reading


01.13.17

Dept. of Veterans Affairs Announces Compensation for Lejeune Veterans Affected by Tainted Water

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a regulation announcing compensation payments to Marines suffering from health problems caused by tainted water at Camp Lejeune. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has long fought for medical coverage and compensation for Lejeune veterans suffering from medical conditions including multiple kinds of cancer and Parkinson's disease. "It's about time, these veterans put their lives on the line for our nation and they were negligently poisoned by the gov… Continue Reading


01.10.17

Hearing for CIA Director Nominee Pompeo Moved to Thursday

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 hearing for Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Michael R. Pompeo will take place on January 12th, 2017, one day later than previously scheduled. Details Hearing: Hearing for Rep. Michael R. Pompeo, Nominee for Director of Central Intelligence Agency Witness: Rep. Michael R. Pompeo (R-KS… Continue Reading

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