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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


Sen. Burr on Democrats’ Attempt to Block Their Own Nominees in Finance Committee Nomination Hearing: Political Grandstanding

Today, Senator Burr made the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee Democrats' attempt to block President Obama's own nominees for the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees in a brazen attempt at political grandstanding: "Today, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee attempted to block President Obama's own nominees, Mr. Charles Blahous and Mr. Robert Reischauer, to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. They seem to have a selectively forgotten that both… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Votes to Maintain Commissary Benefit for Military Families in NC, Nationwide

Today, the Senate passed an amendment to block commissary privatization by a vote of 70-28. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a cosponsor of the legislation, released the following statement: "This important amendment will ensure that the hundreds of thousands of North Carolina's military families will continue to enjoy the benefits of the commissary, which these service members have already earned. Congress shouldn't rush to make changes that could drastically increase the cost of living for our mi… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Advances FY2017 Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the committee voted 14-1 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill's next step will be consideration before the full Senate. Senator Burr said: "The threats facing our nation continue to grow and this year's legislation provides the Intelligence Community the resourcing and authorities it needs to keep America safe. The bill… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Passage of Bill to Reauthorize National Sex Offender Registry

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate passage of legislation to reauthorize the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: "As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority," said Senator Burr. "Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable. Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message th… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Here’s The Law We Passed To Help Disabled Americans Work Towards The American Dream

You may not see it in the headlines, but there is a quiet revolution underway that is dramatically expanding opportunities available to Americans with disabilities. Sara Wolff, a disability advocate and young woman with Down syndrome, recently appeared on Amy Schumer's late night show to explain how the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act helps Americans living with disabilities. Her appearance on Comedy Central garnered both praise and awareness from viewers across the country. I'… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis on Today’s Vote Funding $297 Million in Critical Modernization Projects at NC Military Bases

Today, the Senate approved the military construction package, Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by a vote of 89 to 8. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted for the legislation, which funds projects in North Carolina at their Senate requested levels. North Carolina bases, including Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, and Fort Bragg, have the funding for projects totaling $297.140 million. … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr: We Must Combat Zika, Other Threats, Now

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke about the need to take appropriate steps to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the United States and abroad. Senator Burr authored the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act almost a decade ago to ensure our nation would be better prepared for the range of serious public health threats, such as Zika and Ebola. Senator Burr supports the bipartisan Zika amendment from Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA), because it will help protect th… Continue Reading


Education Committee Chairman Praises Burr Role to Secure Lowest Student Loan Rates in over a Decade

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) garnered praise from the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his work on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which was signed into law in 2013 and made possible today's news that student loan rates dropped to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent. This saves North Carolina students and families as much as $1.1 billion. Chairman Alexander praised the bipartisan team of Senators Bur… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on Today’s Student Loan Rate Decrease: Saves $1.08 Billion for North Carolina Families and Students Alone

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent, representing the best rates for students in 12 years: "This is great news for students in North Carolina and across the country. North Carolina students and families alone are set to save over a billion dollars. This additional reduction in student loan rates i… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Richard Burr: Fixing veterans' health care

In 2014, when I was serving as the ranking member of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. This law created the new Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans who face long waits or driving distances to see a doctor of their choice outside of the federal VA health care system. This legislation was in direct response to the disturbing revelation that many veterans who had bravely served our country and survived combat were dying… Continue Reading


Sens Burr, Nelson, and Tillis Fight for Health Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 2888, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2016, which requires the VA to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. The legislation also requires that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review all relevant scientific literature every three… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the White House’s Nomination for the Eastern District Judge

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement that the President nominated Patricia Timmons-Goodson to serve on the Eastern District Court of North Carolina: "Several years ago, when this seat first became vacant, I worked with former Senator Kay Hagan, other interested members of Congress, and the President to fill the vacancy in the Eastern District. After the agreement had been made, the President declined to honor it. I remain disappointed that the Preside… Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, Casey Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will enhance 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low-income and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, encourage employers to match the college savings of their employees, allow savings that aren't needed for college to be rolled over into a Roth IRA for retirement, and enab… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act

- On Tuesday a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introduced the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The House (H.R.5067) bill is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Senate (S.2854) companion bill is led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). WATCH: Sen. Burr delivers floor speech on the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Cri… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Encryption Without Tears

By Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein In an increasingly digital world, strong encryption of devices is needed to prevent criminal misuse of data. But technological innovation must not mean placing individuals or companies above the law. Over the past year the two of us have explored the challenges associated with criminal and terrorist use of encrypted communications. Two examples illustrate why the status quo is unacceptable. The first is the Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Wins Five Major Legislative Victories This Week

This week, the Senate advanced five key pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). An amendment protecting the Corolla Wild Horses passed by voice vote and a provision permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act, was passed by an 85-12 vote. Three Burr amendments were included in legislation passed by the Finance Committee on Wednesday: two amendments that will clean up misconduct at the Int… Continue Reading



Legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD) has passed the Senate Finance Committee. Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. Unfortunately, taxes on combat-related disability severance pay… Continue Reading


Finance Committee Passes Package of Burr Bills to Clean Up IRS

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed two of Sen. Burr's bills aimed at cleaning up misconduct at the Internal Revenue Service. The package included the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act and the IRS Accountability Act as amendments to larger taxpayer protection legislation. These bills will prevent the IRS from rehiring employees who were previously fired and will make it easier to fire senior executives for misconduct. "Americans are outraged by the constant stream of news stori… Continue Reading


Senate Permanently Reauthorizes Critical Conservation Fund, Senator Burr Leads Charge

Today, the Senate approved a permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), championed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill passed this morning as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, 85-12. Senator Burr has led the charge to bring awareness to the importance of LWCF and to ensure that this fund is renewed. Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America's most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recr… Continue Reading

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