Press Releases

07.13.16

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


07.13.16

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


07.13.16

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


07.08.16

Senator Burr Statement on Shootings of Police Officers in Dallas

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the attack in Dallas that killed 5 police officers and injured 7 others: "My prayers are with the victims of this horrific attack, and with their families. Law enforcement needs to complete their investigation of these crimes, and I fully support them in their efforts. North Carolina's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe and I thank them for their work each day. After multiple acts of v… Continue Reading


07.06.16

Sen. Burr Statement on Senate Democrats’ Filibuster of Kate’s Law and Sanctuary Cities Bills

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate Democrats' filibuster of both Kate's Law (S. 2193) and the Sanctuary Cities (S. 3100) bills: "These two bills are important for both those who care about the rule of law and those who care about keeping law abiding Americans safe from repeat offender criminals. I'm disappointed Senate Democrats are voting to prevent these bills from going forward, and in doing so, they are continuing to put American lives at risk. Reg… Continue Reading


07.05.16

Deputy Commandant for Aviation Honors North Carolina’s Commitment to the Marine Corps

Friday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a parade honoring North Carolina's commitment to the Marine Corps at Marine Barracks Washington, DC. Community leaders from Havelock, NC, home to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point attended as well. The Marine Barracks Washington DC is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. Senator Burr streamed the event on Facebook live, and the video in two separate postings, reached more than 500,000 people over the Independe… Continue Reading


07.01.16

Burr: Student Loan Rate Decrease Puts $1.1 Billion in the Pockets of North Carolinians

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a video statement on the student loan interest rate decrease that goes into effect today. Student loan interest rates are dropping for the third year in a row to 3.76 percent, down from a high, government-set rate of 6.8 percent in 2012. This decrease will save North Carolina families more than a billion dollars in this year alone. In 2013, Senator Burr led the effort to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. This law allows students and th… Continue Reading


07.01.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attack in Bangladesh

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the attack in Bangladesh, which the Islamic State has claimed: "This is the second significant terror attack in one week, in vastly different parts of the world. Extremist groups are no longer challenged by the distance to their targets and we are likely no longer protected by the vast oceans beyond our borders. The terrorist threat is truly global. With each passing da… Continue Reading


06.29.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attack at Istanbul Airport

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the terror attack at the Istanbul airport in Turkey: "This attack, like others before it, shows the barbarity of the enemy we face. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. While it is too early to determine who is ultimately responsible, this attack does fit the model previously employed by ISIL. These attacks are tragic reminders that ISIL is … Continue Reading


06.28.16

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


06.24.16

Chairman Burr Statement on Britain’s Exit from the European Union

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the following statement on the United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union: "The people of the United Kingdom have just completed a historic referendum, and have rendered a decision on their future. While there will be a great deal of discussion in the coming days and weeks about what the 'Leave' win means for them and for us, our friends and allies in the UK should know this: we respect their decision… Continue Reading


06.24.16

Senator Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address on Terrorism in the United States

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will deliver the Republican response to the President's Weekly Address tomorrow morning at 6 AM Eastern. The address will be on radio stations across the country and will be available here. Senator Burr's remarks are focus on the terror threats to the United States as the Islamic State and Al-Qaida continue to press for attacks against the West. Sen Burr: "The challenge we face today is unlike one we have ever kno… Continue Reading


06.22.16

Senate Passes Burr Resolution Designating July 8th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a car enthusiast, released the following statement on the passage of his resolution to designate July 8th as Collector Car Appreciation Day: "My love of vintage cars is no secret," said Senator Burr. "I'm glad we could pass this resolution to recognize the folks who enjoy the classic American hobby of restoring collector cars. This resolution celebrates the enthusiasts who work to preserve iconic vehicles, even if it means getting a little grease on your hands." … Continue Reading


06.22.16

Senator Burr Delivers Remarks on Senate Floor in Support of Legislation to Enable Law Enforcement to More Effectively Combat Terrorism

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee made remarks on the Senate Floor on his legislation with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The amendment would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. The amendment failed to move forward on a vote of 58-38, but the Senate may reconsider the vote this week. WATCH Sen. Burr… Continue Reading


06.22.16

Senate Filibusters Legislation to Enable Law Enforcement to More Effectively Combat Terrorism

Today, by a vote of 58-38, the Senate failed to move forward with consideration of an amendment that would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered the amendment on Monday evening. "We must equip our law enforcement with the tools to combat te… Continue Reading


06.21.16

CHAIRMEN BURR AND MCCAIN ENHANCE COUNTERRORISM TOOLS TO TARGET LONE WOLF ATTACKERS, VOTE EXPECTED TOMORROW

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Cotton (R-NC) late yesterday in filing an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act that would clarify the authorities of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to allow it to obtain electronic communicati… Continue Reading


06.17.16

Sen. Burr Statement on Inclusion of NC Tourism Provisions in Appropriations Bill

Senator Burr made the following statement after yesterday's announcement that two North Carolina provisions were secured in the FY2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund federal land management agencies and environmental infrastructure accounts: "I am pleased the committee included the Burr-Tillis provisions to enhance two of NC's state treasures. These are significant steps forward for both the Corolla Horses and scenic Bald Head Island. Tourism i… Continue Reading


06.15.16

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


06.15.16

Burr Leads Child Care Oversight Hearing, Witnesses Report New Sex Offender Background Checks Protect Kids

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) chaired a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee hearing on the implementation of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014. HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Alexander (R-TN) requested that Sen. Burr chair this hearing because of his legislative leadership on early learning and child care policy. In 2014, Sen. Burr led the charge along with Sen. Barbra Mikulski (D-MD) to pass the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. This … Continue Reading


06.14.16

Intel Chairman Burr: Islamic State Has Created A Global Battlefield

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered remarks with his Senate colleagues to the media on the developing investigation into the terror attack in Orlando. WATCH "America is an open society. We value our freedom and diversity," said Sen. Burr. "ISIL has leveraged those freedoms to their advantage to attract misguided individuals who carry out acts of hate" A full transcript of Sen. Burr's remarks is available below. Video of the… Continue Reading

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