Press Releases

01.05.16

Sen. Burr Statement on President’s Gun Grab

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after the President released his plan to limit the sale of firearms to, and by, law abiding citizens: "I've been committed to protecting the Second Amendment rights of Americans since I was elected. I will continue to defend our constitutional rights, regardless of President Obama's personal preferences."… Continue Reading


12.30.15

Sen. Burr Recaps Strategic Legislative Accomplishments for 2015

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) revisited several of his high profile legislative accomplishments for 2015 including an important conservation program renewal, education funding for low-income families, military reforms and transportation improvements. Senator Burr said: "Over the last year, I successfully wrote several bills that have since become law. These new laws will enhance the lives of our veterans, help children from low-income families get better education and enable transportation… Continue Reading


12.24.15

Senators Burr and Tillis Recap North Carolina Military and Veterans Related Legislative and Policy Gains for 2015

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today recapped the significant gains for veterans, military bases and the military organizations that call North Carolina home. Senators Burr and Tillis worked over the year to secure critical military upgrades that will ensure that America and the state remain prepared amid growing terrorist threats, as well as important legislation for veterans who have suffered from exposure to toxic chemicals at both Camp Lejeune and aboard C-123s in Vietna… Continue Reading


12.23.15

Op-ed: The Debate Over Encryption: Stopping Terrorists From ‘Going Dark’

While the terrorist attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, Calif., and Garland, Texas, have brought discussions about encryption to the front pages, criminals in the U.S. have been using this technology for years to cover their tracks. The time has come for Congress and technology companies to discuss how encryption-encoding messages to protect their content-is enabling murderers, pedophiles, drug dealers and, increasingly, terrorists. Consumer information should be protected, and the development of… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Burr Statement on Omnibus

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (HR.2029): "Today, I voted against the large scale spending in the Omnibus bill. There was much in this bill that I have supported, championed and voted for as standalone measures, including vital defense and intelligence related bills and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Unfortunately, these critical national priorities were buried in a massive 2,00… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Burr, Tillis Welcome Charlotte Courthouse Improvements

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcome the inclusion of funding that will allow for long-awaited judicial infrastructure priorities in appropriations legislation. This will allow for an annex to the Jonas courthouse in Charlotte which opened in 1934 and is not large enough to meet current needs. North Carolina's Senators released the following statement on the funding: "We applaud Senator Boozman's work to secure sufficient funding for our courthouse system, includi… Continue Reading


12.17.15

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


12.17.15

Burr and Tillis Applaud Dept. of Veterans Affairs Decision to Finally Grant Disability Status to Camp Lejeune Veterans

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) made the following statements on today's U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announcement that victims of Camp Lejeune's poisoned water who are diagnosed with one of eight illnesses will be granted disability status: "The VA has conceded that it will no longer deny disability benefits to Camp Lejeune victims based on ridiculous scientific claims," said Sen. Burr. "This is victory for those who have long suffered as a result of the toxi… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Burr, Feinstein: Committee Is Not Investigating Debate Comments

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), today released the following statement: "The Committee is not investigating anything said during last night's Republican Presidential debate."… Continue Reading


12.09.15

$24 Million per Year for NC Schools, Common Core Repeal Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a 85-12 vote, sending the bill to President Obama's desk. ESSA ends the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and also revamps education programs across the country. In addition to repealing the common core mandate, ESSA includes language sponsored by Burr that will fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Feinstein, Burr Legislation Would Require Tech Companies to Report Online Terrorist Activity

—Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act, a bill to require technology companies to report online terrorist activity to law enforcement. The bill would not require companies to monitor customers or undertake any additional action to turn up terrorist activity. Rather, it requires that if companies become aware of terrorist activity such as attack planning,… Continue Reading


12.04.15

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


12.02.15

Senators Fight to Hold IRS Bureaucrats Accountable with New Legislation

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R- IA), Dean Heller (R-NV) Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation will keep IRS bureaucrats accountable to the American people by giving the IRS Commissioner new authority to fire senior executives who have failed in their performance or committed misconduct. This legislation is based on a law Congress passed last year in the wake … Continue Reading


12.02.15

NC Road and Infrastructure Improvements Clear Hurdle in Highway Bill Conference

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives conferees yesterday approved a final version of the five-year highway bill, H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) authorizing federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020. 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 Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the followin… Continue Reading


11.20.15

Burr and Tillis Question Obama Administration On Release Of GITMO Prisoner

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AR), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., expressing concern over the Obama Administration's recent release of Shaker Aamer from the detention facility at… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Senator Burr Votes to End Common Core Mandate in Education Conference Vote, Fights for $24 Million to NC Schools

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted to approve the conference report for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA will end the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and will also revamp education programs across the country. The conference report takes dramatic steps away from Washington's ever-growing influence in K-12 education by empowering teachers and principals to make better education choices on behalf of students. The report includes language spo… Continue Reading


11.19.15

Sen. Burr Congratulates the Senate Energy Committee’s Bipartisan Vote to Renew Conservation Fund

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed a full reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) within the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015: "I applaud the Committee for their vote to include the Murkowski-Cantwell compromise language that renews this important and popular conservation program. The legislation the Committee supported on a bipartisan basis makes some critical reforms to … Continue Reading


11.18.15

Burr, Bennet Lead Senators Urging LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before End of the Year

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led a bipartisan coalition of 14 senators requesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year. In a letter to Senators McConnell and Reid, the lawmakers wrote, "The LWCF is funded with offshore oil roy… Continue Reading


11.17.15

Senator Burr Introduces Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, Senator Burr introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. "The Lumbee tribe has been seeking federal recognition for more than a century," said Sen. Burr. "I am proud to reintroduce this legislation so that 55,000 members of the Lumbee community in North Carolina receive the same rights and benefits as members of other federally recognized tribes. Federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe is long-overdue and I will… Continue Reading


11.16.15

Senator Burr: Suspend the Syrian Refugee Program

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement regarding President Obama's program to bring Syrians to the United States, including North Carolina, after the news that an Islamic State fighter made his way into France as a part of the Syrian refugee wave: "The Syrian refugee program should be suspended until the American people are satisfied that they know exactly who the President is admitting into the country via this program… Continue Reading

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