Press Releases

08.30.16

Zika is a public health emergency; we need to work together to confront this head on

By Richard Burr August 30, 2016 Americans are deeply concerned about the Zika virus. Now that mosquitos in the continental United States are actively spreading the virus, we are going to see more cases of Zika infection unless we quickly take action to combat this virus and the mosquitos that spread it. Based on what we know about the virus so far, pregnant women and their babies are at the greatest risk from the devastating impacts of Zika. Even a baby who is exposed to the virus while in ut… Continue Reading


08.30.16

Sen. Burr offers update on opioid fight

August 30, 2016 By Senator Richard Burr There's an ongoing public health crisis with prescription painkillers in North Carolina that is devastating thousands of families every year -- the opioid abuse epidemic. It's a heartbreaking trend that cannot be fixed from Washington, but it can be addressed with the help of effective policies passed by Congress. For a good start, the Republican-led U.S. Senate recently passed and President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill to assist doctors, EMT… Continue Reading


08.26.16

Senator Burr, Till Family, and Alvin Sykes Release Statements on Anniversary of the Tragic Emmett Till Murder

United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Till family, and civil rights activist Alvin Sykes commemorated the 61st anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year old boy who was brutally murdered after whistling at a white woman at a store in Mississippi on August 28th, 1955. The woman's husband and brother-in-law were indicted for the murder and tried in Mississippi. After a 67-minute deliberation, both men were acquitted. However, both men would later confess to the murder in a 1956… Continue Reading


08.24.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Afghanistan American University Attack

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the attack on American University in Kabul, Afghanistan: "This tragic attack on a symbol of hope and progress is yet another reminder of the increasingly perilous security situation in Afghanistan."… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr Statement on State Dept. Admission that $400 Million Payment to Iran was Tied to Hostage Release

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the State Department's admission that the timing of the release of U.S. hostages in Iran was tied to a $400 million cash delivery: "Today, the Administration finally admitted what we all knew to be true, that the State Department 'timed' the release of $400 million to Iran to coincide with the release of American prisoners. This Administration continues to endanger Americans at home … Continue Reading


08.18.16

Burr & Tillis Urge Veterans Administration, Budget Office to Automatically Grant Disability Benefits to Poisoned Lejeune Veterans

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) wrote a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donavan urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant presumptive disability status to veterans suffering from diseases caused by poisoned water at Camp Lejeune, including Parkinson's Disease, Bladder Cancer and Leukemia, among others. "While affected veterans are receiving health care, many have lost their homes and their ability to work and financially support thems… Continue Reading


08.16.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Release of 15 Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay: Unconscionable

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the Obama administration's decision to release 15 terrorists back into the Middle East: "It is unconscionable that this administration continues to release known terrorists. Several terrorists released by the Obama administration have returned to the battlefield and re-engaged in attacks against coalition forces and our allies. The administration continues to put our nat… Continue Reading


08.15.16

Burr Pushes Back on Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) wrote a letter to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO William Johnson urging the agency to reconsider a proposal that would ban houseboats in some parts of North Carolina. The proposed rule, which would remove all houseboats from TVA reservoirs, would affect nearly 400 houseboats on Fontana Lake. "Fontana Lake helps support small businesses, tourism, and the surrounding communities," Senator Burr wrote. "Many of these houseboats have been passed down through … Continue Reading


08.12.16

Burr: Administration Should Use Tools We Created to Protect Pregnant Women and Infants from Zika

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on Health and Humans Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's declaration that the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico is a public health emergency: "I take seriously Secretary Burwell's declaration today that Zika represents a public health emergency in Puerto Rico. When I wrote the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, it strengthened our ability to respond to serious public … Continue Reading


08.12.16

Burr Supports ECU Effort to Join Big 12 Conference

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in support of East Carolina University's desire to join the Big 12 conference: "East Carolina University has earned the distinction of being a high-quality academic and intercollegiate athletic institution not only in our state, but nationally. I'm proud to add my name to those supporting ECU's desire to join the Big 12, and urge the conference to give full and fair consideration to their inclusion in the conference. Go Pirates… Continue Reading


08.09.16

Senator Burr Receives AARP Champion for the 50 Plus Award

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), received the Champion for the 50 Plus Legislative Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). "It's an honor to receive this award from the AARP," said Senator Richard Burr. "Seniors have worked hard their entire lives, and they deserve to live their golden years in dignity and independence. I'm proud to fight for the services and resources that make this possible. And I will continue to work in a bipartisan w… Continue Reading


08.03.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Reported US Payments to Iran

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on reports that the Obama Administration paid Iran $400 million: "This has been and will continue to be a bad deal for the United States. The administration, including President Obama and Secretary Clinton, is responsible for leading America into a deal that will arm Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism."… Continue Reading


07.31.16

Proposal to reduce basic housing allowance is wrong

Today, I'm in Fayetteville to attend the Defense Trade Show. North Carolina is a critically important military hub, with nearly a million residents who have either served or are active duty. The Airborne and Special Operations Forces who call Fort Bragg home have consistently been called upon to lead the fight against America's enemies and soon the 18th Airborne Corps headquarters will deploy to lead Operation Inherent Resolve and the fight against the Islamic State. The men and women of our mi… Continue Reading


07.29.16

Burr Bill to Expand Dental Care for Veterans Becomes Law

Today, President Obama signed Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) legislation to ensure veterans continue to have access to dental coverage into law. The bipartisan VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016 will continue the current veteran dental insurance program that was established by legislation authored by Senator Burr in 2010. This legislation also expands eligibility for the program to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits from the VA. Senator John Tester (D-MT) is a … Continue Reading


07.15.16

Senate Passes Three Burr Bills This Week

This week, the Senate passed three pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) including the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act, the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act, and Kevin and Avonte's Law. "We've had a very productive week in the Senate," said Senator Richard Burr. "Congress does come together to work on bipartisan legislation that makes a difference for American families. The passage of my bills to address unsolved civil right crimes, p… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Senate Intel Committee Leaders on Release of “28 Pages” of 9/11 Report

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) made the following statement on the administration's declassification of the "28 pages" of the report compiled by Joint Inquiry into the Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (the Joint Inquiry) to examine the tragic attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001: "We agree with the decision to declassify more than two dozen pa… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Terror Attack in Nice, France

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the terror attack in Nice, France: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in Nice, France. Unfortunately, this fight is no longer about individual attacks. We are at war with terrorists who have the intent and capability to kill innocent people across the globe. If the United States, along with our coalition partners, does not eliminate the ex… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Tillis & Burr Praise Passage of Kevin And Avonte’s Law

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Kevin and Avonte's Law, legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that provides resources to help families locate loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, autism, or other related conditions that make them prone to wander-sometimes with tragic results. Kevin and Avonte's Law reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding to be used for the purchase of tracking tech… Continue Reading


07.15.16

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes Senate

Last night, the Senate approved the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, S.2854. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced this bipartisan, bicameral legislation in April of this year. The House bill, H.R. 5067, is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Before the passage of major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, hundreds … Continue Reading


07.14.16

Burr, Merkley Introduce Bill to Support Nurses

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced the bipartisan Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016, legislation to reauthorize, update and improve programs that help to grow and support the nursing workforce in the United States. With many nurses retiring and baby boomers projected to increase the demand for medical care in the coming years, the nursing workforce in the United States is facing a critical juncture. To help meet these increasing needs, … Continue Reading

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