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Burr on Conservation Fund and Senate Passage of Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: "As a co-sponsor and longtime supporter of the Lautenberg bill, I applaud the tireless efforts of Senators Inhofe and Udall to finally update our chemical safety standards that keep Americans safe. I'm also pleased that we reached bipartisan agreement to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund for three years after Congress let it expi… Continue Reading


NC Road and Infrastructure Improvements Head to the President’s Desk, Soon to Become Law

The U.S. Senate last night voted on the final version of the five-year highway bill, H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which authorizes federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020. In a vote of 83-16, the bill now heads to the President's desk and will be signed into law. Included in the final legislation are provisions previously introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) that amend the Intermodal Surface Transport… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis: President Undermines National Security, Vetoes Funding For Troops

Today, President Barack Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which recently passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support. Following the president's decision to veto the NDAA for FY16, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) released the below statement: "President Obama's veto today not only threatens the military readiness and security of our nation, but also represents a stunning rejection of the longstanding … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Opposition to Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership: Anything Less Than a Level Playing Field is Unacceptable

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The TPP deal was announced this week and has a number of problematic provisions. "While I believe that trade can open markets for American goods and services to be sold all over the world, the TPP is a bad deal for America," said Senator Burr. "The Obama administration is rigging the system to pick winners and losers in favor of industries that he and his allies support. I cannot support a d… Continue Reading


Burr& Tillis Respond To Administration’s Partisan TPP Tobacco Carve-Out

The Obama Administration has formally proposed tobacco carve-out language in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a provision that would single out a specific agricultural product and strip it of rights afforded to all other agricultural products in the trade agreement. "Over the last seven years, this Administration has consistently picked winners and losers by rigging the rules in favor of the organizations and industries they like best," said Senator Burr. "Agricultural trade is critical to … Continue Reading


Burr Praises North Carolina’s Passage of the ABLE Act

Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law. The bill implements in North Carolina the federal ABLE Act, the bill that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) steered through the United States Senate and was signed into law by the President last year. "The ABLE Act has been called the most significant piece of legislation affecting the disabled since passage of the American Disabilities Act 25 years ago. I got involved in this effort nearly … Continue Reading


Burr and Bennet Bill to Lower Tax on Cleaner Alternative Fuels Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a provision to modify the federal excise tax on Liquefied Natural Gas and Propane as part of the three month highway funding extension. The provision, introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), will make modifications to the Excise Tax for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), allowing natural gas to compete fairly with diesel by taxing the fuel on an energy output basis rather than per gallon. Under the cur… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis Applaud Passage Of Highway Bill With Provisions To Improve North Carolina’s Infrastructure

Today, the Senate passed a six-year highway bill that includes provisions previously introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the following North Carolina highways as high priority corridors: • Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor from Raleigh, North Carolina, through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia. • U.S. Route 117/Interstate Ro… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis Host NC’s Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) will host the 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) next week. The 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show will take place on August 3th, 2015 at FTCC's Horace Sisk Gymnasium (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC) from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis will be in attendance to kick-off the DTS on the t… Continue Reading


Burr Addresses Domestic Energy, Savings Accounts for the Disabled, and Education in Amendments to Tax Bill

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced several amendments to a bill before the Senate Finance Committee, including legislation that incentivizes cleaner fuel sources like Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), an improvement to the ABLE Act, and a provision that allows homeschoolers claim the Educator Expense Deduction. Senator Burr also joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to offer an amendment that updates the Educator Expense Deduction for current costs of… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis Applaud North Carolina Inclusions in the DRIVE Act

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applaud the inclusion of their legislation to establish I-44 to Hampton Roads and US 70 corridors into the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. These additions were included as part of the Senate Environment and Public Works' (EPW) surface transportation bill which was reported out on Wednesday. "I am pleased that that the Chairman and committee included our legislation to improve the North Carolina's i… Continue Reading


529 Accounts Help Families in NC Save for Children’s Future

Today marks National 529 College Savings Day to increase awareness of 529 plans. In February, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.VA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced companion legislation to H.R. 529 to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. The bill recently passed 26-0 out of the Senate Finance Committee. H.R. 529 was introduced by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS.) and Ron Kind (D-WI.) in th… Continue Reading


Burr Releases Statement on Trade Promotion Bill

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Trade Promotion bill. "After much consideration and many conversations with constituents, I decided it was ultimately important that our leaders have the ability to negotiate with other countries to sell American-made products overseas. I am pleased to hear that North Carolina employers and farmers support this provision and will benefit. An additional factor was the Senate's pas… Continue Reading


NC, VA Senators Introduce Bipartisan Road to Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Act of 2015

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Road to Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991, designating the Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor as a future part of the interstate system, while creating opportunities for increased commerce and investment in infrastructure and jobs. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), a… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis, and Rouzer Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Reunite North Carolina County, Arbitrarily Split by Washington Bureaucracy

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with Representative David Rouzer (R- N.C. 7), introduced legislation to correct a mistake by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) that is adversely affecting eastern North Carolina. Two years ago, OMB issued new delineations for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that arbitrarily separated Brunswick County from the Wilmington metropolitan area. MSAs are commonly used by businesses to determin… Continue Reading


Burr and Heitkamp’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Resolution to Enrich Childhood Development Passes Senate

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution designating April 23rd as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" which passed later in the evening. The resolution was designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children and was cosponsored with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Today's resolution marks the 6th year that Senator Burr has introduced "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" as a day of national recognition. "Education and hard work are k… Continue Reading


North Carolina Delegation Introduces Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015

Today, Senator Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 to ensure that the US-70 Corridor in North Carolina would become part of the Interstate system once it is fully upgraded to interstate standards. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) introduced a companion bill in the House. … Continue Reading


Burr Unveils Legislation To Ease Red Tape On Colleges

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) late yesterday introduced his"Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act", a bill that eases the recent regulations placed on colleges and universities over the last six years. Traditionally, states and independent accrediting bodies handled these issues but the recent wave of new regulations have imposed federal standards that unnecessarily restrict choice and increase costs. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Obama's Veto of Keystone XL

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Keystone Bill passed the Senate 62 to 36 and passed the House 266 to 153. "The President has vetoed Congress's first jobs bill of 2015, Keystone XL. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President's State Department." "It's clear from the President's fi… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Loan repayment changes will aid students and taxpayers, senators say

By Senators Richard Burr and Angus King Imagine, for a minute, if America's highway system were constructed like our nation's federal student loan repayment programs. Vacationers seeking Maine's iconic coastline or North Carolina's beautiful beaches would be confronted with a dozen options of indirect paths that vary wildly in time from departure-to-arrival, went in roundabout routes and were so confusing to navigate that families got lost multiple times before arriving. Obviously - and thankf… Continue Reading

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