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Burr Statement on Zika Funding Filibuster, Ft. Bragg Zika Infections

Today, Democratic leadership in the Senate voted to filibuster $1.1 billion in funding to fight the Zika virus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the filibuster: "This is the third time Democratic leadership has put politics before people and blocked $1.1 billion in funding to fight the Zika virus. We had the opportunity to pass this funding months ago. There are no winners in this political game; there are only losers. The women, children, and now members of our m… Continue Reading


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


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


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


Burr Statement on Democratic Zika Filibuster: Zika is Here Now, Congress Must Act

Today, Democratic Senate leadership voted again to block the Zika funding bill that would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the vote: "I am deeply disappointed that Democratic leaders continue to play political games with American lives," said Senator Burr. "We know that the Zika virus can cause devastating birth defects and that it is spread by mosquitoes that can be found in large portions of the country, including N… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage of Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction

Today, the Senate voted 92-2 to send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to President Obama's desk. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passage of the bill: "Opioid addiction touches far too many lives," said Senator Burr. "Thousands of North Carolina families are grappling with the heartbreaking disease of addiction. I'm glad Congress could come together to pass this legislation that will save lives. Families need these treatment resources."… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr Bill to Provide Veterans with Dental Coverage

Today, the Senate passed Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) bill to continue providing veterans with access to dental coverage. The bipartisan VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016 will continue the current veteran dental insurance pilot program that was established by legislation authored by Senator Burr in 2010. This legislation will also expand eligibility for the program to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits from the VA. Senator John Tester (D-MT) is a cosponsor.… Continue Reading


Thune Leads Senate REBOOT Members in Introducing Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use Program

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to providers and hospitals operating under the meaningful use program. "Health information technology, especially the advancements in electronic health records, is an integral part of the fu… Continue Reading


Burr: Senate Should Approve Funding Now on Zika, Veterans, Military

This morning, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Democrat leadership's filibuster of legislation to combat the Zika virus, provide health care for veterans, and fund military construction priorities for North Carolina: "This legislation provides the funding for Zika that every Democrat Senator voted for six weeks ago," said Senator Burr. "It also allocates a record level of funding for our veterans, providing every cent that the President himself asked fo… Continue Reading


Burr, Alexander: Government Watchdog Finds FDA Lacks Plan to Keep Pace with Science, Efficiently Review Life-Saving Medical Products

, June 15 - Senior members of the Senate health committee today released two separate reports from the government's independent watchdog finding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks a clear plan to help the agency keep pace with the science behind the drugs and medical devices it regulates and to ensure its three centers are working together to efficiently review life-saving medical products. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "These reports demonstrate the… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: On Zika, the Administration Should Use the Tools We Gave Them

By U.S. Senator Richard Burr and Rear Admiral Craig Vanderwagen, M.D. (Retired) Recently, former Obama Ebola Czar Ronald Klain opined in the Washington Post that the Administration should set up an entirely new bureaucratic agency to handle biological threats like the Zika virus because current tools are not sufficient to ensure that our government is prepared. In his former role, Mr. Klain saw why we must be vigilant if we are going to be prepared to respond quickly to the next health emergenc… Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, King, Nelson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Spread of Zika Virus

With the Zika virus continuing to spread further into the United States, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would help give states and localities the tools they need to fight back. The Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act would reauthorize critical public health tools that support states and localities in their mosquito surveillance and control efforts, especially those lin… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Richard Burr: Fixing veterans' health care

In 2014, when I was serving as the ranking member of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. This law created the new Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans who face long waits or driving distances to see a doctor of their choice outside of the federal VA health care system. This legislation was in direct response to the disturbing revelation that many veterans who had bravely served our country and survived combat were dying… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Fights for Americans Suffering from Rare Diseases

Today, Senator Burr (R-NC) spoke before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the need for rare disease treatments. WATCH: Sen. Burr speaks on treatments for rare diseases Senator Burr highlighted the example of Taylor King from Charlotte, NC who suffers from Batten disease, a rare genetic condition for which no treatments are currently available. Taylor's mother, Sharon King, started Taylor's Tale, an advocacy group dedicated to combatting Batten disease and advocati… Continue Reading


Obamacare is not working for Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies: "Regardless of today's decision by the Supreme Court, the fact remains that Obamacare is not working for the American people," said Sen. Burr. "While the Court may have ruled on the issue of subsidies in the federal exchanges, this fundamentally flawed law continues to speak for itself in the form of broken promises, government mandates, a… Continue Reading


Burr Bill Clears Hurdle to Increase Access to New Medical Technologies for Seniors

Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) legislation, S.1253, the Patient Access to Disposable Medical Technology Act of 2015. This bill, co-sponsored with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), will make innovative medical technologies more readily available for seniors through better Medicare reimbursement for these new technologies and improved patient access to them. "Medicare doesn't always recognize innovations in health care, which is leaving our seniors behind… Continue Reading


Burr, Franken Introduce Bill to Bring Medical Devices to Patients Faster

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the FDA Device Accountability Act. The Device Act would eliminate the unnecessary burdens that are slowing down the FDA's consideration of new, innovative medical devices. This legislation would allow Americans to benefit from new medical devices as quickly as possible. "America is a global leader in medical research, development, and innovation," said Senator Burr. "Ensuring that safe medical devices are developed and … Continue Reading


Proposed Premium Hikes Further Evidence of how the President’s Health Care Law is Failing to Lower Health Care Costs

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after health insurers offering plans in North Carolina announced significant premium increases to Obamacare health plans. "Today's announcements regarding the proposed rate filings are further evidence of how the President's health care law is failing to lower health care costs," said Senator Burr. "Despite being promised that Obamacare would lower premiums, it is doing the exact opposite. These skyrocketing premiums are … Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet Bill to Help Seniors Access Innovative Medical Technologies

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Patient Access to Disposable Medical Technology Act of 2015, a bill that would fix current federal policy that keeps Medicare patients from receiving the most-cutting-edge medical technologies. "Seniors shouldn't have to live with bulky, outdated medical technologies when there are better, modern options available to them," said Burr. "This relatively simple bill will help seniors get new technologies tha… Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet, and Hatch Offer Legislation to Advance Breakthrough Devices for Patients

Yesterday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act, to help bring breakthrough devices to patients in as timely a manner as possible. The Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act builds on legislation, the Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Patients Act, that the Senate passed in 2012 from Senators Bennet, Hatch, and Burr. Both the 2012 legislation and the newly introdu… Continue Reading

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