Press Releases

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


03.09.17

Statement from Sens. Burr and Warner on Committee Vote of former Sen. Coats to Head DNI

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today voted 13-2 to advance to the full Senate the nomination of former Senator Dan Coats to become the Director of National Intelligence. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) both made statements after the conclusion of the vote. "I'm pleased the Committee was able to report out our former colleague Dan Coats and I look forward to supporting his nomination on the Senate floor," said Chair… Continue Reading


03.08.17

Sens. Burr, Cantwell & Tillis Reintroduce Bill to Identify Solutions for Inadequate Weather Radar, Rep. Pittenger Introduces House Companion

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reintroduced legislation to identify solutions for areas across the country that lack sufficient severe weather detection. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. This legislation would direct the National Weather Service (NWS) to study areas of the country, including the Charlotte metropolitan area, with inadequate weather radar and develop a p… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Authorize, Fully Fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund

- Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and 20 other senators introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which conserves and promotes access to America's national parks, forests and public lands. After expiring for the first time in 50 years, Congress voted in December 2015 to extend the program's authorization for only three years. "In Washington state, we are hikers, bikers, anglers, cl… Continue Reading


03.07.17

Burr Statement on House GOP’s American Healthcare Act

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the American Healthcare Act introduced last night by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and House Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden: "The House plan is a good first step toward providing relief from the broken promises, costly mandates, and government bureaucracy created by Obamacare. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fulfill our promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with soluti… Continue Reading


03.05.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Committee’s Ongoing Investigation into Russian Intelligence Activities

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the Committee's ongoing investigation into Russian intelligence activities: "As I've said since the beginning and have repeated since, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will follow the evidence where it leads, and we will continue to be guided by the intelligence and facts as we compile our findings."… Continue Reading


03.03.17

Senators Burr and Tillis React to North Carolina VA Wait Time Report

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reacted to a troubling report by the Veteran's Affairs Inspector General that found multiple VA medical facilities in North Carolina are not keeping adequate or consistent records on veterans' wait times and failing to provide veterans with timely care. "It is absolutely unacceptable that the scheduling system does not provide accurate information about wait times," said Senator Burr. "A significant percentage of veterans are still wait… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Energy Secretary Perry

Today, the Senate voted to confirm former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the United States Department of Energy. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "As Energy Secretary, Rick Perry will be responsible for maintaining the security and reliability of our nation's energy resources. I'm glad he has chosen to serve our nation and I look forward to working with him."… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Burr Statement on DOJ Investigation on Russian Active Measures

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and any Department of Justice investigation into Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 Election: "The Attorney General has said he would recuse himself when needed and I trust him to make what he feels is the appropriate decision as to his involvement in any investigation into Russian active measures and the 2016 election."… Continue Reading


03.02.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of HUD Secretary Carson

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Ben Carson to head the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I have no doubts about Dr. Carson's commitment to serving this nation. Dr. Carson will look at housing policy with fresh eyes and move forward with programs that will help communities thrive so that all Americans can reach their full potential."… Continue Reading

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