Press Releases

09.15.16

Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr Statement on Reports More Gitmo Detainees Return to Battlefield

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on a report via Reuters that two more freed Guantanamo inmates have rejoined terrorist militant groups: "The President keeps putting his legacy before national security. By releasing Gitmo detainees back into the fight, we continue to stack the deck against our own security interests. Nothing is more important than keeping our country safe. Continuing to empty out the prison at Gitmo so … Continue Reading


09.14.16

Burr/Tillis Amendment to Protect Lake Fontana Houseboats Included in Infrastructure BillBurr/Tillis Amendment to Protect Lake Fontana Houseboats Included in Infrastructure Bill

Last night, the Senate voted to advance an amendment introduced by North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis that prevents the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA's proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in North Carolina. "This is an important step forward," said Senator Richard Burr. "Many of these folks have been living on the water for decades. I want to thank Congressman Mark Meadows for his … Continue Reading


09.09.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Commend OMB on Swiftly Completing Review of Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Rule

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today released the following statements on the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) review of the Camp Lejeune contaminated water rule, completed just three weeks after they sent a letter to Director Shaun Donovan urging the agency to grant disability benefits to poisoned Lejeune veterans: "Many North Carolina veterans have lost their ability to work and their ability to support themselves financially because of the disabilities caused by … Continue Reading


09.08.16

60 Plus Association Honors Senator Burr With Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association. Senator Burr receives award from the 60 Plus Association "I'm honored to receive this award from the 60 Plus Association," said Senator Richard Burr. "I'm committed to finding bipartisan solutions that strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare. America made a promise to seniors and I will keep that promise. Seniors have worked hard their whole lives and deserve peace of m… Continue Reading


09.08.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today introduced legislation to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) proposed ban on houseboats, which would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners on Fontana Lake in North Carolina. "TVA's proposed removal of houseboat owners from their homes would be devastating for many hardworking North Carolina families in Swain and Graham Counties," said Senator Burr (R-NC). "This amendment would stop this ill-conceived TVA proposal dead in its track… Continue Reading


09.07.16

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Considers Burr Bill to Recognize Lumbee Tribe, Tribe Chairman Godwin Testifies

Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considered a bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to federally recognize the Lumbee Tribe. Lumbee Tribe Chairman Harvey Godwin testified. "Decades of discrimination against the Lumbee have resulted in severe economic and societal consequences for their people," said Senator Burr. "Robeson County is one of the ten poorest counties in the United States. The 1956 law has put them on unequal footing compared to other federally recognized tribe… Continue Reading


09.07.16

Op-ed: How The Senate Is Working To Address Human Trafficking At Home and Abroad

In recent years, North Carolina has experienced a devastating wave of crime in the form of human trafficking. Just this past year, an eastern North Carolina man was convicted of transporting multiple women across state lines to force them into prostitution, after coercing them with threats of violence. This case is not an isolated incident. Sadly, North Carolina is among the top 10 states for reported cases of human trafficking, with 656 reported cases since 2007. Experts have cited our promine… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Giving our children a better future

By Senator Richard Burr September 6, 2016 As North Carolina's children return to school, it's a good time to remember the importance of making sure our public school students get a quality education. Our children are the future of North Carolina, and they represent the best of us. I am proud to be an avid defender of North Carolina students in the Senate. Last December, the Senate passed, and the president signed into law, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act - legislation to fix No Chil… Continue Reading


09.06.16

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


09.02.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Former Secretary of State Clinton’s Email Use

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the most recent in a long series of revelations about former Secretary Hillary Clinton's management of classified information via her personal email server: "These notes confirm, publicly, what we have known for some time: the emails contained classified information, and those sending the emails knew they contained classified information--they just refuse to take any resp… Continue Reading


08.30.16

Chairman Burr Statement on Reported Death of Islamic State Spokesman, Mass Graves Near Sinjar

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the reported death of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, official spokesman of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): "ISIL continues to ruthlessly kill innocent civilians across the world and is intent on attacking us at home," said Chairman Burr. "If the reports are accurate, the death of Adnani would remove a significant and influential senior operationa… Continue Reading


08.30.16

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


08.30.16

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


08.26.16

Senator Burr, Till Family, and Alvin Sykes Release Statements on Anniversary of the Tragic Emmett Till Murder

United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the Till family, and civil rights activist Alvin Sykes commemorated the 61st anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year old boy who was brutally murdered after whistling at a white woman at a store in Mississippi on August 28th, 1955. The woman's husband and brother-in-law were indicted for the murder and tried in Mississippi. After a 67-minute deliberation, both men were acquitted. However, both men would later confess to the murder in a 1956… Continue Reading


08.24.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Afghanistan American University Attack

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the attack on American University in Kabul, Afghanistan: "This tragic attack on a symbol of hope and progress is yet another reminder of the increasingly perilous security situation in Afghanistan."… Continue Reading


08.18.16

Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr Statement on State Dept. Admission that $400 Million Payment to Iran was Tied to Hostage Release

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the State Department's admission that the timing of the release of U.S. hostages in Iran was tied to a $400 million cash delivery: "Today, the Administration finally admitted what we all knew to be true, that the State Department 'timed' the release of $400 million to Iran to coincide with the release of American prisoners. This Administration continues to endanger Americans at home … Continue Reading


08.18.16

Burr & Tillis Urge Veterans Administration, Budget Office to Automatically Grant Disability Benefits to Poisoned Lejeune Veterans

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) wrote a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donavan urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant presumptive disability status to veterans suffering from diseases caused by poisoned water at Camp Lejeune, including Parkinson's Disease, Bladder Cancer and Leukemia, among others. "While affected veterans are receiving health care, many have lost their homes and their ability to work and financially support thems… Continue Reading


08.16.16

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Release of 15 Prisoners from Guantanamo Bay: Unconscionable

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the Obama administration's decision to release 15 terrorists back into the Middle East: "It is unconscionable that this administration continues to release known terrorists. Several terrorists released by the Obama administration have returned to the battlefield and re-engaged in attacks against coalition forces and our allies. The administration continues to put our nat… Continue Reading


08.15.16

Burr Pushes Back on Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) wrote a letter to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO William Johnson urging the agency to reconsider a proposal that would ban houseboats in some parts of North Carolina. The proposed rule, which would remove all houseboats from TVA reservoirs, would affect nearly 400 houseboats on Fontana Lake. "Fontana Lake helps support small businesses, tourism, and the surrounding communities," Senator Burr wrote. "Many of these houseboats have been passed down through … Continue Reading


08.12.16

Burr: Administration Should Use Tools We Created to Protect Pregnant Women and Infants from Zika

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on Health and Humans Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's declaration that the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico is a public health emergency: "I take seriously Secretary Burwell's declaration today that Zika represents a public health emergency in Puerto Rico. When I wrote the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, it strengthened our ability to respond to serious public … Continue Reading

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