Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Burr Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Provide Veterans with Dental Care

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016. This legislation reauthorizes the current veteran dental insurance pilot program, created by a Burr provision in the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, and expands access to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits. Senator John Tester (D-MT) is a cosponsor. "The veterans dental insurance pilot program is a success," said Senator Burr. "We know … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Bill

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. The legislation, which funds our nation's military and defense priorities, includes several provisions authored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). These provisions will prevent the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to Cuba without congressional approval, provides more stability for military families, and protects the military commissary benefit. "Today, the Senate passed needed legi… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Burr on Suspected Terror Attack in Florida

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the suspected terror attack that killed fifty at a nightclub in Orlando, FL: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this morning's horrific attack in Orlando and their loved ones. Law enforcement authorities are investigating the attack as a terrorist incident, and we should allow the investigation to unfold. I am confident the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its law enforc… Continue Reading


Hatch, Wyden and Burr Highlight GAO Work on Medicare Audit and Appeals Process

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Finance Committee member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today highlighted a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailing inefficiencies with the Medicare Audit and Appeals process and noted a bipartisan Finance Committee bill aimed to reform the process. The report details a dramatic increase in appeals at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), resulting in a backlog at… 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

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