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Burr, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Bring Diagnostic Testing into the 21st Century

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Verifying Accurate Leading-Edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act. This bipartisan legislation would establish a new paradigm for the review of diagnostic tests, protecting innovation and ensuring that patients can rely on the test results they receive. "As the number and complexity of diagnostic tests grow in the U.S., it's essential we have a regulatory framework that supports innovation and prepares us for the next gener… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on First Reported Coronavirus Case in North Carolina

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the first reported coronavirus case in North Carolina: "As North Carolina responds to its first reported case of coronavirus, my number one priority remains protecting public health and safety. The U.S. is in a better position than any other nation to handle a public health emergency like coronavirus. But Congress must continue working to make sure first responders have the resources they need and the federal government is u… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Burr: PAHPA Passed ‘With This Day in Mind,’ Should Guide Coronavirus Response Framework

In Case You Missed It: Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) questioned U.S. public health officials on the federal government's current efforts to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Senator Burr is the author of the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), which created the modern framework for responding to pandemics and biothreats. At yesterday's hearing, Senator Burr urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fully leverag… Continue Reading


Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe to DNI

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "The work our Intelligence Community does is vital for ensuring America's safety, security, and success. I've appreciated the dedication and skill the men and women of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have shown over the last several months during a period of transition. As I've said before, however, there is no substitute for having a permanent, Senate-confirmed Dire… Continue Reading


Chairman Burr on Resignations of Acting DNI Joseph Maguire, Principal Executive Andrew Hallman

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the resignation of Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.), who most recently served as Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI): "For nearly four decades, Joe Maguire has dedicated his career to securing our country, both in and out of uniform. During a distinguished career with the United States Navy and in leadership roles in our Intelligence Community, he has demonstrated a … Continue Reading


Burr, Warner Statement on Eastern District of New York Indictment Against Huawei

Today, the U.S. Eastern District of New York announced charges against Huawei Technologies Co., LTD and several of its subsidiaries. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement: "Today's announcement by the Eastern District of New York is an important step in combatting Huawei's state-directed and criminal enterprise. The indictment paints a damning portrait of an illegitimate organization that lacks… Continue Reading


North Carolina Senators Introduce Legislation to Honor Late Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced legislation to honor the legacy of the late Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (NC-03) by renaming the U.S. Postal Service located at 3703 North Main Street in Farmville, N.C. as the "Walter B. Jones, Jr. Post Office." "As we commemorate Walter's passing one year ago today, we reflect on the lasting impact he had on North Carolina and this country," said Senator Burr. "Walter was a dedicated public servant who practiced a stead… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Sen. Alexander & Sen. Burr: Coronavirus prevention steps the U.S. government is taking to protect you

Americans are rightfully concerned about the coronavirus -- there are 12 confirmed cases of this new infectious disease in the United States, and the ability of the virus to rapidly spread in China, where it has infected more than 24,300 people and left 491 dead, is alarming. In an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, China has locked down 16 cities where an estimated 45 million people live. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Releases Bipartisan Report on Obama Admin Response to Russian Election Interference

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today released the third volume in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russian election interference, "U.S. Government Response to Russian Activities." The report examines the Obama Administration's reaction to initial reports of election interference and the steps officials took or did not take to deter Russia's activities. Today's installment is the third of five volumes in the … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to Acquit President Donald J. Trump on Both Articles of Impeachment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate's vote to acquit President Donald J. Trump on both articles of impeachment: "In my 25 years representing North Carolina in Congress, I have cast thousands of votes, each with their own significance. I approached today's vote with sober and deliberate consideration, conscious of my Constitutional responsibility to serve as an impartial juror. The Senate's role is to determine whether the House has proven its case b… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following President Trump's State of the Union address: "President Trump's address tonight underscored his commitment to delivering commonsense reforms that energize our economy, empower American workers, shape our judiciary, and more. "Today, Americans of all backgrounds have more opportunities than ever before. We're in the middle of a 'blue collar reform,' where Americans who have traditionally been among the lowest earners… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on U.K. Allowing Huawei to Help Build 5G Network

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the National Security Council of the United Kingdom announcement that it will allow Huawei to build non-critical components of the country's 5G infrastructure: "I'm deeply troubled by the U.K. government's decision to allow Huawei to build components of the country's 5G network. The risks Huawei poses are well-documented and impossible to ignore; once the door is opened, they may also… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Applauds Department of Transportation’s Proposed Rulemaking of Service Animals on Flights

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation of service animals on aircraft. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who led efforts to strengthen the standards of service animals on aircraft, welcomed the Department of Transportation's announcement. "When individuals are trying to bring any variety of animals on flights by fraudulently claiming disability needs, we have a problem," said Senator Burr. "It isn… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Statement on Status of Security Clearance Reform

Today, following a closed-door hearing held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the federal government's security clearance reform efforts, Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statements: Statement from Chairman Burr: "I am pleased to say that we are seeing significant improvements in the security clearance process. The investigation backlog has come down from 725,000 cases in early 2018 to a steady-state level of just over 20… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Senate Passage of USMCA

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate's passage of President Trump's landmark trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): "Congress's passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is long-awaited and welcome news for North Carolina's farmers and manufacturers," said Senator Burr. "North Carolina is one of the biggest manufacturing and agricultural producers in the nation. Our small business … Continue Reading


National Security Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Develop 5G Alternatives to Huawei

Today, a bipartisan group of leading national security Senators introduced legislation to encourage and support U.S. innovation in the race for 5G, providing over $1 billion to invest in Western-based alternatives to Chinese equipment providers Huawei and ZTE. Heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, Huawei is poised to become the leading commercial provider of 5G, with far-reaching effects for U.S. economic and national security. With close ties to the Communist Party of China, Chinese s… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Announce $15 Million to Study Flood Prevention Around NC Rivers and Beaches

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the Army Corps of Engineers will award $15 million to study flood and storm damage reduction around North Carolina's rivers and beaches. This allocation is in addition to yesterday's announcement of a $321 million investment in North Carolina for storm damage reduction projects in Surf City/North Topsail Beach, Carteret County, and Princeville, N.C. Following Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, eastern North Carolina experienced … Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Announce $321 Million in Funding to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the Army Corps of Engineers will award an additional $281 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and Carteret County, N.C. for storm damage reduction projects as the communities continue to recover from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The news follows Thursday's announcement that the Corps has allocated $39.6 million for a long-awaited Princeville, N.C. flood mitigation project, bringing the total investment in North Carolin… Continue Reading


Princeville to Receive $39.6 Million for Flood Mitigation Project, Army Corp of Engineers Announces

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the allocation of $39.6 million for a critical flood and storm damage reduction project in Princeville, North Carolina. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed today's announcement. "After the historic damage inflicted by recent hurricanes, it's clear that it's not enough to simply rebuild," said Senator Burr. "We have to rebuild in a way that applies the lessons of the past to mitigate future risks. This $39.6 mill… Continue Reading


Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Death of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the death of Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization: "Qassem Soleimani was the personification of a state sponsor of terrorism. At his direction, hundreds of American servicemen were killed and thousands more injured. At his urging, U.S. allies were attacked repeatedly and undermined by Iran's Quds Force an… Continue Reading

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