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04.26.18

Senate HELP Committee Members Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

Today, Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray released a bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), making targeted improvements to the tools at our nation's disposal to prepare for and respond to the threats that we face, whether naturally occurring like pandemic flu, or as a result of a deliberate attack on our country. PAHPA was enacted in 2006 and reauthorized in 2013 to establish and build upon an all-hazards framework for respons… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Senate Intel Committee’s Initial Recommendations on Election Security for 2018 Election Cycle

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, in advance of today's press conference with Committee members, made available the Committee's initial recommendations on election security after investigating Russian attempts to target election infrastructure during the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, on the … Continue Reading


03.19.18

Advisory: Senate Intel Committee Members to Hold Press Conference Tuesday to Preview Election Security Findings

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, today announced that the Committee will hold a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, to preview the Committee's findings and recommendations on threats to election infrastructure. The Committee will hold a previously announced hearing the next day which will cover attempted attacks on state elect… Continue Reading


03.19.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing on Election Security

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, today announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, on the threats to election infrastructure. The hearing will cover attempted attacks on state election infrastructure in 2016, DHS and FBI efforts to improve election security, and the view from the states on their cybersecurity … Continue Reading


03.15.18

Joint Statement: Senate Intel Committee Leaders on Russian Nerve Agent Attack on British Soil

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, today made the following statement on Russia's culpability in the nerve agent attack in England: "We stand with our British allies and the rest of the civilized world in denouncing the brazen and brutal chemical attack carried out against the United Kingdom. It has become clear that Russia is behind this effort to ki… Continue Reading


03.05.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Security Clearance Reform Hearing This Week

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, today announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing on security clearance reform on March 7, 2018 at 9:30 am. This hearing will address the complexities in the security clearance process for both government and industry alike and further inform the Committee as it continues its oversight of the intelligence co… Continue Reading


02.07.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Worldwide Threats Hearing Next Week

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, today announced that the Committee will hold the Committee's annual Worldwide Threats hearing on February 13, 2018 at 9:30 am. DNI Coats, CIA Director Pompeo, NSA Director Rogers, FBI Director Wray, DIA Director Ashley, and NGA Director Cardillo will all testify in open session. The hearing will move into closed sess… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law

Over the last several weeks, Senator Richard Burr, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired multiple hearings on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). As the original sponsor of the 2006 PAHPA legislation, Senator Burr has been one of the foremost leaders in preparing our country for the public health threats we face, both naturally occurring like pandemic flu and those that may be the result of a deliberate at… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair 2nd HELP Committee Hearing Tuesday on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead the second in a series of HELP Committee hearings to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats next Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part 2' Witnesses: Tom Inglesby, MD, Director, Center f… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on Senate Passage of Crucial FISA Sec. 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the passage of S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Today, the Senate took this important step in reauthorizing what I believe is our single most important national security tool. This bill will help us to fulfill our most important duty as Senators: keeping Americans safe. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been reviewed t… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Intel Chairman Burr: “702 Is the Single Most Important National Security Tool We Have”

Today, the Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the successful vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the House amendment to accompany S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Let me be clear: this (Section 702 of FISA) has been tested in the courts and the courts have ruled that this program is lawful and constitutional. So any claim outside of that is not a claim from the jud… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair HELP Committee Hearing Tomorrow on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead a HELP Committee hearing to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part I' Witnesses: Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Prepare… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Intel Watchdog, DNI’s General Counsel

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, today announced that the Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Michael Atkinson to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community and Jason Klitenic to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Details Hearing: Open hearing … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on House Passage of FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the House voted 256-164 to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "I am pleased by the House passage of legislation to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. These authorities are critical to the Intelligence Community's understanding of terrorists, cyber criminals, and foreign intelligence services. I loo… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr’s Statement on President’s National Security Speech

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on President Trump's national security speech: "Today, President Trump spoke to the threats facing the United States, including a growing extremist threat and ongoing competition from Russia and China. The threats against our country and our citizens include not only acts of violence but also insidious cyber-attacks that undermine our democracy and ongoing economic espiona… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Burr Praises Nielsen Confirmation to be Secretary of Homeland Security

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of Homeland Security: "I'm very encouraged to see Kirstjen Nielsen, who is eminently qualified to lead the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed by the Senate today. Her prior experience under President George W. Bush at the White House Homeland Security Council, the Transportation Security Administration, and more recently, DHS, have prepared her well to take ove… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Retirement of NCTC Director Rasmussen

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the announced retirement of the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Nick Rasmussen: "I thank Nick Rasmussen for his almost thirty years of dedicated and honorable service to our nation. Nick led the National Counterterrorism Center ably during a challenging period and worked tirelessly to keep us safe from terrorist threats at home and abroad. I congratulate him … Continue Reading


11.08.17

Burr, Alexander, Walden Request Bicameral Leadership Delay Signing of NDAA Conference Report

Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statement regarding a provision within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could endanger U.S. military personnel by exposing them to treatments without the critical oversight of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA): "The men and women… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Burr Decries Partisan Stalling on Qualified Nominees after Today’s Vote

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the confirmation of John Gibson to be the Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense: "Senate Democrats, still reeling from their 2016 election loss, are forcing roll call votes on qualified nominees like Gibson, who was confirmed by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. Since this position was created, the Senate has approved this position by prompt voice vote but that is not the case this year. The longer ou… Continue Reading


10.27.17

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Justice Dept’s Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division

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, today announced that the Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of John C. Demers to be Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division at the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 9:30 am. Details Hearing: Hearing on the Nomination of John C. Demers to be Ass… Continue Reading

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