Press Releases


Senators Burr and Tillis Urge Treasury Secretary Lew to Postpone Tax Filing Deadline for NC Residents Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging him to extend the quarterly tax filing deadline for North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Matthew. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "As we have witnessed firsthand by visiting these areas, the disaster in North Carolina is still ongoing, making it very difficult to begin the recovery process or fully assess the damages inflicted on our state. Many taxpayers in… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Tillis Urge FEMA to Grant North Carolina’s Request for Emergency Assistance Following Hurricane Matthew

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in support of Governor Pat McCrory's request for President Obama to declare an expedited Major Disaster for the state of North Carolina in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "This disaster is still ongoing and has forced nearly 5,000 residents into shelters, necessitated over 1,000 swift water rescues, and left nearly 800,000 North Caroli… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Respond to IG Reports on Salisbury VA Radiology Care and Wait Time Manipulation

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports detailing radiology exam backlogs and wait time manipulation at the VA medical facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. This Inspector General report uncovered the following troubling findings about radiology care: A backlog of 3,300 radiology exams in 2014. Failure to effectively manage radiology workload and carry out timely exams. 15 patients… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Tillis Urge FEMA to Grant North Carolina’s Request for Emergency Assistance for Hurricane Matthew

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate urging the agency to grant the State of North Carolina's request for federal emergency assistance before Hurricane Matthew begins to affect NC this weekend. In their letter, Senators Burr and Tillis write: "Over the last month the state has faced a strain on its resources due to the Colonial Pipeline leak, protests in Charlotte, and flooding across central and northeastern North Carolina… Continue Reading


Funding For Low-Income Students Increases Across NC This Week Via Burr Legislation

Legislation authored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that increases K-12 education funding for schools serving low-income children will take effect this week, increasing federal funding to every school district in the state. Senator Burr's amendment to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 will add $24 million in yearly Title II education funding for North Carolina, with low-income students seeing a significant increase of 47 percent in education funding. The nonpartisan Congressional Resource S… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on This Year’s Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted a few of his many 2016 bipartisan Senate accomplishments to date, which included legislation such as the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, the successful implementation of additional education funding for children from low-income families in North Carolina, and Senate Intelligence hearing findings from directors of major intelligence agencies. "After working for North Carolinians in the United States Senate this … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Passing of Larry Stogner

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the death of former news anchor Larry Stogner: "Larry Stogner was beloved by all who knew him through his television career with ABC 11 and later in life as an advocate for people suffering from ALS. His legacy will live on through the researchers and activists who have dedicated their lives to finding a cure for ALS. Larry Stogner was the ultimate professional and I'm proud to call him my friend."… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Respond To IG Report On Fayetteville VA Medical Center Surgical Services

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report detailing healthcare inspections of the surgical services at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. The OIG report substantiated that: Some VA patients were not properly evaluated prior to surgery, causing surgical delays and cancellations. Prior to September 2014, patient deaths that occurred within 30 days of surgery were not reviewed as r… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Commemorates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today commemorated the upcoming beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October: "There are still too many barriers in our society that prevent Americans with Down Syndrome from realizing the full potential of their God-given gifts. Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a good time to remember that we must keep fighting to tear those walls down," said Senator Burr. "I am proud to have sponsored the landmark ABLE Act with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) which … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Continuing Resolution Passage

Today, the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 9, provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, an additional $37 million to combat opioid addiction, $297 million for critical projects at North Carolina military bases, $74.4 billion to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA hospital system, and a Burr provision that prevents President Obama from handing over the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to Cuba. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) releas… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis, Carper Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President Obama’s Desk

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the House's passage of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. The bipartisan legislation is authored by Senators Tillis and Carper and co-sponsored by Senators Burr, Warner, Kaine, and Feinstein. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate last year and will now head to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. The Treatment of Ce… Continue Reading


Senators Urge Inclusion of Permanent Conservation Fund Reauthorization in Final Energy Bill

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a group of eight Senators calling on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to keep the full, permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the final legislation that emerges from the Energy bill conference. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rob Portman (R-OH) joined Sen. Burr (R-NC) in the letter dated Friday. Fr… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Obamacare is imploding

Obamacare is imploding. With each passing day, we see more evidence that the program that promised Americans affordable health care is on the verge of total collapse. The failures of Obamacare are well documented in the media. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing for both families and employers, insurers are withdrawing from the exchanges, and consumers are seeing their health care options rapidly disappear. Under Obamacare, families are paying much more and getting way less. Based on the pr… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis, Butterfield, Jones Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Improve Eastern North Carolina Transportation

Last night, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Walter Jones (R-NC), introduced the Eastern North Carolina Gateway Act of 2016 - legislation to improve Eastern North Carolina's highway system by designating portions of US Highway 264 as an interstate highway and by creating north-south interstate access for a new Eastern North Carolina Gateway Corridor generally along US Highway 13 and NC Highway 11. "The strength of North Carolin… Continue Reading


Senate Advances Small Business Retirement Legislation Sponsored by Senators Burr and Bennet

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to make it easier for small businesses to set up retirement programs for employees. The Small Business Employee Retirement Savings Act increases the retirement plan start up tax credit to $5,000, incentivizes auto enrollment, and removes restrictions to increase employee participation in retirement plans. This bill was included as a part of the Retirement Enhance… Continue Reading


Senate Advances Bipartisan Legislation Sponsored by Senators Burr and Casey to Enhance the ABLE Act

The Senate Finance Committee today advanced the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act - two bills sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) aimed at enhancing ABLE accounts. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for people with disabilities who work to save an additional amount in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. The ABLE Financial Planning Act will allow financial rollovers from 529 college sa… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Bring New Veterans’ Medical Facility to Raleigh, North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and lawmakers from both parties introduced bipartisan legislation to bring a new Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to Raleigh, North Carolina in addition to new facilities in other parts of the country. The Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act includes funding for a new VA outpatient facility for Raleigh, North Carolina, which would be the 29th VA medical facility in North Carolina, and the 20th delivered during Senator Burr's… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Events in Charlotte

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on last night's series of events in Charlotte, NC: "The investigation continues to develop on the series of events in Charlotte last night. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department needs the space to conduct their investigation. I think we can all agree there is no place in America for violence in our streets. We can and will come together to overcome these events."… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attacks: “Tremendous Amount of Pre-planning” Required

This evening, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss the recent terror attacks in the United States. Chairman Burr called the multiple acts terrorism and highlighted that "Whether it was inspired, whether it was directed, I can tell you this, that the pressure cookers look like they were matched out of 'Inspire' magazine, which was an Al Qaeda publication." Additionally, Chairman Burr noted that Whit… Continue Reading


Burr and Bennet Introduce Small Business Employee Retirement Savings Act

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced bipartisan legislation to make it easier for small businesses to set up retirement programs for employees. The Small Business Employee Retirement Savings Act increases the retirement plan start up tax credit to $5,000, incentivizes auto enrollment, and removes restrictions to increase employee participation in retirement plans. "I am proud to join Senator Bennet in introducing this bipartisan legislation to help more small… Continue Reading

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