Press Releases

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


10.03.16

Burr & Tillis Respond To IG Report On Fayetteville VA Medical Center Surgical Services

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report detailing healthcare inspections of the surgical services at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. The OIG report substantiated that: Some VA patients were not properly evaluated prior to surgery, causing surgical delays and cancellations. Prior to September 2014, patient deaths that occurred within 30 days of surgery were not reviewed as r… Continue Reading


10.03.16

Senator Burr Commemorates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today commemorated the upcoming beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October: "There are still too many barriers in our society that prevent Americans with Down Syndrome from realizing the full potential of their God-given gifts. Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a good time to remember that we must keep fighting to tear those walls down," said Senator Burr. "I am proud to have sponsored the landmark ABLE Act with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) which … Continue Reading


09.28.16

Burr Statement on Continuing Resolution Passage

Today, the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 9, provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, an additional $37 million to combat opioid addiction, $297 million for critical projects at North Carolina military bases, $74.4 billion to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA hospital system, and a Burr provision that prevents President Obama from handing over the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to Cuba. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) releas… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Burr, Tillis, Carper Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President Obama’s Desk

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the House's passage of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. The bipartisan legislation is authored by Senators Tillis and Carper and co-sponsored by Senators Burr, Warner, Kaine, and Feinstein. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate last year and will now head to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. The Treatment of Ce… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Senators Urge Inclusion of Permanent Conservation Fund Reauthorization in Final Energy Bill

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a group of eight Senators calling on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to keep the full, permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the final legislation that emerges from the Energy bill conference. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rob Portman (R-OH) joined Sen. Burr (R-NC) in the letter dated Friday. Fr… Continue Reading

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