Press Releases

08.06.15

Burr on Finance Committee’s IRS Report: IRS Damaged Americans’ Trust

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following statement on the Committee's release of the bipartisan report on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of organizations applying for tax-exempt status based on political affiliation: "The Internal Revenue Service has seriously damaged the trust of the American people, as evidenced by the Finance Committee's bipartisan report. Personal politics of IRS employees, including Lois Lerner, have no plac… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Burr on Iran Deal: American People Aren’t Buying Into Bad Deal

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to the President's speech at American University on the deal with Iran: "Today, the President badly mischaracterized what the nuclear agreement with Iran would accomplish. The President is trying to sell the American people a bad deal and we aren't buying it. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is dangerously limited in the safeguards it provi… Continue Reading


08.04.15

After Years of Denials, VA to Give Disability Status to Veterans Poisoned by Camp Lejeune Water

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the VA would begin the process to grant presumptive disability status to veterans of service at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina who have certain cancers and conditions known to be associated with long term exposure to the chemicals that contaminated the base water system from 1953-1987. VA is conceding that it will no longer deny benefits to eligible veterans based on VA's faulty and selective interpretations of science. The VA's use of… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Burr: Veterans Choice Program Improvements Are a Welcome Addition

Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that makes improvements to the Veterans Choice program. Along with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) authored the Veterans Choice program, signed into law last year, in his role as then Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Senator Burr made the following statement on today's vote: "As one of the authors of the Veterans Choice Act, I'm encouraged by some of the improvements that this bill makes to this popular … Continue Reading


07.30.15

Burr and Bennet Bill to Lower Tax on Cleaner Alternative Fuels Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a provision to modify the federal excise tax on Liquefied Natural Gas and Propane as part of the three month highway funding extension. The provision, introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), will make modifications to the Excise Tax for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), allowing natural gas to compete fairly with diesel by taxing the fuel on an energy output basis rather than per gallon. Under the cur… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Burr, Tillis Applaud Passage Of Highway Bill With Provisions To Improve North Carolina’s Infrastructure

Today, the Senate passed a six-year highway bill that includes provisions previously introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the following North Carolina highways as high priority corridors: • Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor from Raleigh, North Carolina, through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia. • U.S. Route 117/Interstate Ro… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Burr, Tillis Host NC’s Defense & Economic Development Trade Show

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) will host the 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) next week. The 14th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show will take place on August 3th, 2015 at FTCC's Horace Sisk Gymnasium (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC) from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Both Senator Burr and Senator Tillis will be in attendance to kick-off the DTS on the t… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Burr and Bennet Applaud Bipartisan Agreement on Funding Nation’s Parks

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today applauded the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and the Committee's Ranking Member, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash), on their announcement of an agreement on legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This legislation would ensure LWCF can fully realize its promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the be… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Burr Addresses Domestic Energy, Savings Accounts for the Disabled, and Education in Amendments to Tax Bill

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced several amendments to a bill before the Senate Finance Committee, including legislation that incentivizes cleaner fuel sources like Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), an improvement to the ABLE Act, and a provision that allows homeschoolers claim the Educator Expense Deduction. Senator Burr also joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) to offer an amendment that updates the Educator Expense Deduction for current costs of… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Senate Passes Older Americans Act, Bipartisan Legislation for Nearly 12 Million U.S. Seniors

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine), commend the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation to continue social and nutrition services-from home-delivered meals to senior centers-for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors. This week marks the 50th anniversary … Continue Reading


07.17.15

Burr Legislation to Increase North Carolina Education Funding Clears the Senate

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statements on the passage of not one but two pieces of legislation accompanying the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) that will increase funding for education children in North Carolina. "I'm beyond thrilled that North Carolinians will see a significant increase in education funding for our children as a result of these two pieces of legislation," said Burr. "For the future of our state, it is imperative that we do all we can to assist our stud… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Burr Statement on Events in Chattanooga TN

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the tragic events today in Chattanooga TN: "Today's events in Chattanooga are deeply troubling. I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of our dedicated service members who were killed in this senseless act of violence. I have closely monitored these events through continuous engagement with our law enforcement and intelligence community officials. We must remain vigilant in our effor… Continue Reading


07.16.15

Burr-Bennet Legislation to Better Fund Education for Impoverished Children Passes Senate

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) today made the following statements on the passage of the bipartisan amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) by a vote of 59 to 39. "The passage of this amendment will finally start to properly fund education for impoverished children across the country, as was the original intent of the legislation in 1965," said Burr. "Under the new formula, all kids in the United States will receive eq… Continue Reading


07.15.15

Burr Speaks on Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Education Funding for America’s Poorest Children

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke on his bipartisan amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) on the floor last night. The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. Watch Burr's Floor Speech here Senator Burr on the Senate Floor: "For decades, this [amendment] penalized poorer states who spend high shares of their tax revenue o… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Burr Offers Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Education Funding for North Carolina’s Poorest Children

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced their amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act,to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) yesterday. The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. The legislation clarifies the Title 1-A section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to end a discriminatory policy that unfairly favors a… Continue Reading


07.14.15

Burr Statement on Iran Deal: I Have Deep Concerns about Any Nuclear Deal with Iran

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the announcement of a final nuclear deal with Iran: "I have deep concerns about the President's Iranian nuclear deal and anticipate a thorough Congressional review of the agreement. Several Americans are currently held in Iran, and the regime continues to be the largest supporter of terrorism in the world. Through the work of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the American people and Congress have the right to evaluat… Continue Reading


07.13.15

Important Airlift Wing in NC Remaining Open through 2016 as a Result of Burr Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Air Force confirmed that the 440th Airlift Wing will remain active through 2016 as a result of the amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act offered by Senators Burr and Tillis and Congresswoman Ellmers: "While not the end of this fight, the Air Force's announcement that the airlift wing will be kept open through 2016 is good for North Carolina and the country. This announcement means that there is more time t… Continue Reading


07.10.15

Burr and Bennet to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Fund All Low-Income Children Equally, Increasing Funding to Poor Children in 75% of the United States

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced they plan to introduce their amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ESEA). The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. The legislation clarifies the Title 1-A section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to end a discriminatory policy that … Continue Reading


07.09.15

Troop Cuts Are a Poor National Security Choice by the Administration

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Army announced troop cuts, including 842 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina: "The administration's decision to cut troops is the latest in a string of poor national security choices. General Dempsey just characterized the global security environment as the most unpredictable he has seen in 40 years of service," said Burr. "FBI Director Comey yesterday reiterated that the Islamic State is continuing to make enormous gains i… Continue Reading


07.08.15

Chairman Burr's Opening Remarks

Good afternoon. I would like to welcome our witness today, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey. I would note that Director Comey appeared this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jim, I appreciate your appearing before us now and enduring a long day of Congressional testimony. As we often conduct our hearings in closed session, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly commend Director Comey and the men and women of the FBI for their outstanding effort… Continue Reading

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