Press Releases

04.06.20

FAQ: Resources for N.C. Families, Small Businesses, and Travelers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a historic, $2 trillion emergency funding package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The CARES Act provides immediate relief for American families and small businesses struggling amid the current coronavirus crisis. If you have questions about unemployment benefits, direct economic payments, small business loans, or overseas travel for a U.S. citizen, please see the frequently asked questions below. … Continue Reading


04.04.20

Senator Burr Statement on ICIG Michael Atkinson

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I want to thank Michael Atkinson for his service as the Intelligence Community Inspector General. Over the last two years, he turned the Office of the ICIG around, restoring an important organization. I've appreciated his professionalism and responsiveness when working with the Senate Intelligence Committee on a wide range of issues and I wish him the best. "Like any political appointee, the Inspector General serves at the… Continue Reading


04.03.20

Paycheck Protection Program Now Accepting Applications from Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Today, small businesses across the U.S. can begin submitting their applications to the Paycheck Protection Program for forgivable loans to support payroll and other vital expenses. This program, which was created in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of liquidity to businesses who maintain their payroll during this public health emergency. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported this program… Continue Reading


03.28.20

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): "Tom Coburn was among my closest and dearest friends and I will greatly miss him. Everyone who knew Tom knew he juggled many roles - physician, public servant, husband, and father - but was, above all, a devoted Christian. The passion and intention he brought to his work was always a reflection of the faith that sustained him. I hope that same faith provides comfort to the Cob… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Senate Passes Historic $2 Trillion Coronavirus Emergency Relief Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passage of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third phase of coronavirus emergency funding: "Our ability to confront the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks depends on the action we take today. Doctors, nurses, small businesses, and families are all facing unprecedented strain and need immediate resources to weather this storm. This emergency funding package wil… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Burr Supports Bipartisan Coronavirus Relief Bill to Help N.C. Families and Small Businesses

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passed H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, on an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 90-8: "As the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, we have two critical goals: to slow the virus' spread and to provide immediate, targeted relief to those impacted. Stopping coronavirus isn't just a job for public health officials - it's a job for all of us. While we are taking necessary steps to protect… Continue Reading


03.16.20

CDC Awards North Carolina $13.8 Million to Support State and Local Coronavirus Response

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded North Carolina $13.8 million to support state and local health officials in their response to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who supported this critical funding in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, applauded the CDC's award. "The next few weeks are critical for our efforts to flatten the curve and stop the spread of coronavirus," said Senator Burr. "We… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Child Care Protection

Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers. "Keeping our children safe from harm must always be a top priority," said Senator Burr. "This commonsense legislation enhances child safety by helping states meet the employment requirements Congr… Continue Reading


03.05.20

Senator Burr Votes to Approve Coronavirus Emergency Funding to Assist Federal and Local Response

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passed nearly $7.8 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to respond to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus: "There is nothing more urgent than our nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies," said Senator Burr. "Luckily, we have a framework in place that has put us in a better position than any other country to respond to a public health threat, like the coronavirus. This… Continue Reading


03.05.20

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


03.03.20

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


03.03.20

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


02.28.20

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


02.21.20

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


02.13.20

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


02.10.20

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


02.07.20

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


02.06.20

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


02.05.20

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


02.04.20

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

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