Press Releases

09.17.18

Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of H.R. 6, the Opioid Treatment and Recovery Act: "Today marks a significant step forward in the fight against the opioid crisis that has devastated families and communities across the country. Over the past seventeen years, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from an opioid overdose; in just… Continue Reading


09.14.18

NC Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Approval of Hurricane Florence Major Disaster Declaration

Today, North Carolina's entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration swiftly approve Governor Cooper's request for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration as Hurricane Florence brings historic flooding and destruction to counties across North Carolina. "The severity of damage and number of areas impacted is rapidly increasing and is forecast to worsen drastically in the coming days," the member… Continue Reading


09.12.18

Burr: Executive Order Strengthens Response to Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to President Trump signing an Executive Order authorizing sanctions against entities and individuals determined to have interfered in a U.S. election: "The Executive Order signed today by President Trump strengthens our ability to quickly and appropriately hold responsible anyone who interferes in our elections. It also sends a clear message that America can a… Continue Reading


09.11.18

Sen. Burr Urges North Carolinians to Take Hurricane Florence Threat Seriously

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina this week as a Category 4 hurricane: "Hurricane Florence threatens to be a serious and dangerous weather event for North Carolina. Our state has seen devastating natural disasters in recent years, and many communities are still recovering from previous storms. I want to thank President Trump for approving Governor Cooper's request for an Emergency Declar… Continue Reading


09.10.18

Hurricane Florence Resources and Updates for North Carolina Residents

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina. We encourage all residents to follow the advice of local officials, and comply with any evacuation recommendations and mandates. Additionally, you can find the Red Cross' hurricane preparedness tips here. The following resources are available for statewide updates on the storm and emergency preparedness: NC Emergency Management: Follow NC Emergency Management on T… Continue Reading


08.29.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing with Social Media Executives

Today, 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, announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to examine social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations on social media platforms. The hearing follows an August 1 open hearing that featured testimony from third-party social media experts. Hearing Details … Continue Reading


08.25.18

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ): "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, John McCain. John was a true patriot, who placed his duty to his family and his country above all else. He faced this battle, which would be his last, with the courage that defined his career and the grace that comes from a life well-lived. He will be remembered as he hoped to be remembered: as a man who served his cou… Continue Reading


08.22.18

Senator Burr Continues Call for Senate to Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) upheld his promise to keep pressing the Senate to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Speaking on the Senate floor, he called for unanimous consent to open debate and vote on an amendment permanently reauthorizing the successful conservation program before it expires next month. "Today we are only 39 days out until the September 30th expiration, and I'm more committed than ever to getting LWCF reauthorization across the finish line," Senator Burr… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Senate Intel Committee Statement on Testimony of Michael Cohen

Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement: "We have obviously followed today's reporting about Michael Cohen with great interest. He appears to be pleading guilty to very serious charges, however, we have no insight into any agreements he and his legal team have allegedly reached with prosecutors in New York. "What we can say is that we recently reengaged with Mr. Cohen and his team following press re… Continue Reading


08.21.18

Burr Statement on Facebook’s Identification of Additional Political Influence Pages

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to Facebook's announcement that it has identified and removed additional accounts involved in a coordinated political influence campaign: "This announcement reinforces what the Committee established in our recent, bipartisan hearing on the issue. Namely, that the goal of these foreign social media campaigns is to sow discord, that Russia is not the only hostile… Continue Reading


08.16.18

Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Comments by Former CIA Director John Brennan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on comments made in The New York Times by former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan: "Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan's statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn't he include it in the Intelligence Co… Continue Reading


08.02.18

Burr Leads Bipartisan Group Urging Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before its expiration on September 30, 2018. "The LWCF is one of the country's best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas," the letter states. "For the last half century, it has protected lands, historic sites, national pa… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Burr Votes in Favor of Service Members, North Carolina Bases in Bipartisan Defense Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage by a vote of 87-10 of the Conference Report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "The National Defense Authorization Act ensures those who volunteer to defend our nation have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs and I'm pleased to vote in favor of this critical funding measure," s… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Statement from Senators Burr, Warner Following Senate Intel Social Media Hearing

Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) convened an open hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms, featuring the testimony of third-party social media experts. "Today, we learned that foreign campaigns to sow discord and disinformation through social media began well before the 2016 U.S. elections and continue to this day," said Senator Burr following the hearing. "The Kremlin began testing thi… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Burr Statement on Facebook’s Identification of Political Influence Campaign

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to Facebook's announcement that it has identified and removed accounts involved in a political influence campaign: "I am glad to see that Facebook is taking a much-needed step toward limiting the use of their platform by foreign influence campaigns. The goal of these operations is to sow discord, distrust, and division in an attempt to undermine public faith in… Continue Reading


07.27.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Announces Open Hearing with Social Media Experts on Foreign Influence Operations

Today, 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, announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, to examine foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms. The Committee will hear testimony from third-party social media experts (additional witnesses may be added). Hearing Details What: "Foreign In… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Senator Burr Honors Life of Former UNC President C.D. “Dick” Spangler

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor to remember and honor the life of Clemmie Dixon "Dick" Spangler, Jr., native North Carolinian and the beloved former President of the University of North Carolina system: "I rise today to honor and to celebrate the life of C.D. 'Dick' Spangler, a great North Carolinian who passed away this week. The true mark of a great man, a great contributor to our society is the fact that there's several acts in that indi… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senators Honor Intelligence Professionals for Service to Nation

The Senate Intelligence Committee is honoring the courage and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, July 26, 2018, as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day." A Senate resolution thanking intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism in protecting the United States was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intellig… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senator Burr Calls on Senate to Allow LWCF Reauthorization Vote

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) urged the Senate to allow a vote on the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and pledged to continue bringing the issue up for consideration. "I've tried since the beginning of this Congress to bring this legislation up," Senator Burr said in a floor speech. "I've only asked for an up or down vote at a 60 vote threshold. I'm not trying to short the process in the United States Senate by one vote. I'm not trying to piggyback… Continue Reading


07.20.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Confirmation Hearing on Two Key Intel Positions

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced today that the Committee will hold an open confirmation hearing on Wednesday, July 25th on the nominations of two officials to key intelligence positions in the Administration. Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.) has been nominated to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Ellen E. McCarthy has been nominated to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Sta… Continue Reading

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