Press Releases

12.16.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Committee’s Review of Russian Intelligence

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), made the following statement on the planned review of Russian intelligence activities: "The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) was established to oversee the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government, and to ensure that the appropriate departments and agencies provide informed and timely intelligence to our nation's leaders. The threats and challenges facing our c… Continue Reading


12.12.16

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passed by Congress

- On Saturday December 10th in its final session of the 114th Congress, the Senate passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S.2854/H.R.5067). In the Senate the bill was led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the House, original sponsors were Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). BACKGROUND Before the passage of major civ… Continue Reading


12.10.16

Legislation Protecting Western N.C. Houseboats Passes Senate

Oversight, the Senate passed Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis' (R-NC) legislation to prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA's original proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in Western North Carolina. The language was included in the Water Resources Development compromise bill which is now headed to President Obama's desk. "This legislation will prevent the Tennessee Valley Auth… Continue Reading


12.09.16

Senator Burr Statement on $330 million in Disaster Relief for NC in CR

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) praised the Senate for passing legislation today by a vote of 63 to 36 that included over $330 million for disaster relief for North Carolina. Voting today on both the Continuing Resolution and the Water Resources Development Act, these pieces of legislation provide assistance for parts of North Carolina devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Additionally, WRDA maintains over $50 million in funding for natural disasters. "I've worked with Sen. Thom Tillis to make sure that… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senator Burr Statement on Meeting with Rep. Tom Price for HHS Secretary

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today met with Representative Tom Price, M.D., whom President-Elect Donald Trump has named as his pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services: "I look forward to getting Congressman Price through the confirmation process in the Senate. His knowledge of the healthcare system is a true benefit to the American people. I know he will be a superb HHS Secretary and promptly find solutions to the broken Obamacare system. As a doctor, I know he will work to prov… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senate Approves Nearly $300 Million for N.C. Military Construction Projects

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act conference report. The legislation, which works out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization bills that passed earlier this year, funds our nation's military including $297.1 million for military construction projects in North Carolina. The conference report also includes provisions sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to prevent the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to C… Continue Reading


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

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