Press Releases

12.07.16

Senate Passes 21st Century Cures Legislation, Includes Key Health Care Innovation Bills Championed by Burr

Today, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The bipartisan legislation includes several health care provisions written by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as well as $4.8 billion in targeted funding for the National Institutes of Health to accelerate key research initiatives, including the Precision Medicine Initiative and the Vice President's Cancer Moonshot. The 21st Century Cures Act also provides $1 billion to help states combat our nation's tragic opioid abuse epidemi… Continue Reading


12.06.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Today’s Meeting with Rep. Pompeo

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after meeting with Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Representative Pompeo and I had a productive and engaging conversation today as we discussed his nomination to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mike's intellectual rigor, honorable service, and outstanding judgment make… Continue Reading


12.02.16

Charlotte Weather Radar Study Passes Senate

Last night, the Senate unanimously passed an amended version of The Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), directs the National Weather Service (NWS) to study areas of the country, including the Charlotte metropolitan area, with inadequate weather radar and develop a plan to improve radar coverage. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is a cosponsor of the final bill. "Our nation has an excellent weather radar system, but there are holes… Continue Reading


12.01.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Iran Sanctions Act Vote

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on today's Senate passage of the Iran Sanctions Act: "Today the Republican led Senate voted to reauthorize sanctions against Iran through 2026. Iran remains the number one state sponsor of terrorism, and we cannot allow this regime to grow stronger under President Obama. We must continue to hold Iran accountable for their threats against America and our allies."… Continue Reading


11.26.16

Senator Burr Statement on Death of Dictator Fidel Castro

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the death of Fidel Castro: "Fidel Castro was a despot whose main legacy is the oppression of his people. The communist government he reigned over deprived the citizens of Cuba many basic rights. In order to flee his murderous regime, many Cubans chose to risk their lives so that they might live freely in the United States. My hope is that with the death of Castro, Cub… Continue Reading


11.18.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Nomination of Pompeo to CIA

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the proposed appointment of Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to the Central Intelligence Agency: "Congressman Pompeo is well equipped to handle the demands of CIA Director. I respect him as a colleague, and he is more than capable of handling this challenging role. I look forward to working with him to ensure that the CIA is well positioned to reinforce our national security in th… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Retirement Announcement of DNI Clapper

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on today's retirement announcement of Director of National Intelligence, Jim Clapper: "Director Clapper has served our country honorably and with distinction in every capacity requested of him, and I thank him for his service to our nation. Jim's depth of experience gave him the unique ability to fully understand the range of challenges to our national security. Amidst evolving c… Continue Reading


11.16.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Congratulates Vice Chairman Feinstein on New Post, Welcomes Warner as Top Democrat on Intel

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) new post as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "I congratulate my colleague Senator Feinstein on her new post as the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. I have enjoyed engaging with her as a valued partner to conduct necessary oversight of the intelligence community over the last two years, and I look forward to wor… Continue Reading


11.04.16

Hurricane Matthew: Assistance for North Carolina Families and Businesses

Assistance for North Carolina Families and Businesses The following counties have been designated for Individual Assistance by the President: Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, … Continue Reading


10.28.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on FBI’s Decision to Review Newly Uncovered Sec. Clinton Emails

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey's letter to Sen. Burr, and other chairmen, on the FBI's decision to investigate new and potentially classified emails that may be connected to the personal server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "I believe the American people deserve to have a full accounting of Secretary Clinton's practices and a… Continue Reading


10.27.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Strikes Targeting Senior Al-Qaeda Leaders

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the follow statement on Department of Defense reports that precision strikes have targeted senior Al-Qaeda leaders, Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi, in Afghanistan: "I'm pleased by reports that the Department of Defense removed from the battlefield Faruq al-Qatani and Bilal al-Utabi, two of al-Qaeda's most senior leaders in Afghanistan?. If confirmed, the loss of these senior external operation… Continue Reading


10.17.16

Following Request from Burr and Tillis, IRS Grants Flexibility to Taxpayers Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today granted additional flexibility to North Carolina taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Matthew after Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to extend the quarterly tax filing deadline for residents affected by the devastating storm. Hurricane Matthew victims in many North Carolina counties now have until March 15, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns. "This is welcome ne… Continue Reading


10.17.16

Intel Chairman Burr: Allegations of a Potential Quid Pro Quo by Clinton State Department Are Serious

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on allegations that senior State Department employees tried to renegotiate the labeling of classified information after it was transmitted over an unsecure email server: "We continue to debate this matter solely because Secretary Clinton and her team deliberately chose to set up a personal server on which to conduct official, and often classified, government business. Classified informat… Continue Reading


10.17.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Urge Treasury Secretary Lew to Postpone Tax Filing Deadline for NC Residents Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to extend the quarterly tax filing deadline for North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Matthew. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "As we have witnessed firsthand by visiting these areas, the disaster in North Carolina is still ongoing, making it very difficult to begin the recovery process or fully assess the damages inflicted on our state. Many taxpayers in… Continue Reading


10.09.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Urge FEMA to Grant North Carolina’s Request for Emergency Assistance Following Hurricane Matthew

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in support of Governor Pat McCrory's request for President Obama to declare an expedited Major Disaster for the state of North Carolina in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "This disaster is still ongoing and has forced nearly 5,000 residents into shelters, necessitated over 1,000 swift water rescues, and left nearly 800,000 North Caroli… Continue Reading


10.05.16

Burr & Tillis Respond to IG Reports on Salisbury VA Radiology Care and Wait Time Manipulation

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports detailing radiology exam backlogs and wait time manipulation at the VA medical facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. This Inspector General report uncovered the following troubling findings about radiology care: A backlog of 3,300 radiology exams in 2014. Failure to effectively manage radiology workload and carry out timely exams. 15 patients… Continue Reading


10.05.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Urge FEMA to Grant North Carolina’s Request for Emergency Assistance for Hurricane Matthew

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urging the agency to grant the State of North Carolina's request for federal emergency assistance before Hurricane Matthew begins to affect NC this weekend. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "Over the last month the state has faced a strain on its resources due to the Colonial Pipeline leak, protests in Charlotte, and flooding across central and northeastern North Carolina… Continue Reading


10.03.16

Funding For Low-Income Students Increases Across NC This Week Via Burr Legislation

Legislation authored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that increases K-12 education funding for schools serving low-income children will take effect this week, increasing federal funding to every school district in the state. Senator Burr's amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 will add $24 million in yearly Title II education funding for North Carolina, with low-income students seeing a significant increase of 47 percent in education funding. The nonpartisan Congressional Resource S… Continue Reading


10.03.16

Senator Burr Statement on This Year’s Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted a few of his many 2016 bipartisan Senate accomplishments to date, which included legislation such as the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, the successful implementation of additional education funding for children from low-income families in North Carolina, and Senate Intelligence hearing findings from directors of major intelligence agencies. "After working for North Carolinians in the United States Senate this … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Burr Statement on Passing of Larry Stogner

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the death of former news anchor Larry Stogner: "Larry Stogner was beloved by all who knew him through his television career with ABC 11 and later in life as an advocate for people suffering from ALS. His legacy will live on through the researchers and activists who have dedicated their lives to finding a cure for ALS. Larry Stogner was the ultimate professional and I'm proud to call him my friend."… Continue Reading

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