Press Releases

10.01.15

Burr& Tillis Respond To Administration’s Partisan TPP Tobacco Carve-Out

The Obama Administration has formally proposed tobacco carve-out language in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a provision that would single out a specific agricultural product and strip it of rights afforded to all other agricultural products in the trade agreement. "Over the last seven years, this Administration has consistently picked winners and losers by rigging the rules in favor of the organizations and industries they like best," said Senator Burr. "Agricultural trade is critical to … Continue Reading


10.01.15

Burr Pushes for 60 Day Lifeline on Conservation Fund

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) pushed for a deal to guarantee a 60 day short term reauthorization to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If approved by unanimous consent, the agreement would extend funding for the LWCF for 60 more days. Funding for the LWCF will expire today, September 30, 2015, if no action is taken. Earlier this month, Sen. Burr and 52 of his Republican and Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid encouraging … Continue Reading


09.29.15

Sen. Burr: Inclusion of Amendment to Defense Authorization that Maintains Fort Bragg’s Critical Pope Airfield Is Critical

Today, a select House-Senate Conference Committee released the final Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The conference committee included language from Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Burr that preserves the C-130H presence at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield in North Carolina pending analysis by the Army on the impact of shuttering the 440th on the readiness of airborne forces. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has relentlessly advocated for the maintenance of the airfield and… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Holding bureaucrats accountable for Camp Lejeune failures

This week, when I testify along with retired Marine Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger about the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) response to the Camp Lejeune (N.C.) water contamination, I will once again tell the American people of the hardships these veterans and their families have suffered, not once, but twice - the first time when they were diagnosed with debilitating illnesses, often cancers, and the second time when the Department of Veterans Affairs denied their veterans benefits claims… Continue Reading


09.29.15

Sen. Burr, Master Sergeant Ensminger Testify on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination on Behalf of Victims

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) testified before the Veterans' Affairs Committee on toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune (NC). Senator Burr discussed his efforts to hold the VA accountable, his recent meetings with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and his success drawing attention to a troubling practice where the VA was ignoring science in denying benefits claims to victims. Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, US Marine Corps-Retired, whose nine year old daughter was born on the… Continue Reading


09.23.15

Burr & Tillis: Shuttering 440th Airlift Wing Would Harm Combat Readiness

Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) wrote to Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley, expressing concern that the Air Force's plan to dismantle the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield would undermine the training and readiness of America's Global Response Force. The senators compared the strategically-flawed decision to a failed business model in which a supplier (the Air Force) dictates to a customer (the Army) how and when a service (airborne training) is de… Continue Reading


09.22.15

Advisory: NSA Director Rogers to Testify in Open Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing This Week

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will hold an open hearing this week on the National Security Agency (NSA) with NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers to testify. This open hearing will examine NSA's activities and its ability to meet its diverse mission requirements. Details Hearing: Open Senate Intelligence Hearing with NSA Director Michael Rogers Witness: National Security Agency Director, Admiral Michae… Continue Reading


09.21.15

Advisory: NSA Director Rogers to Testify in Open Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing This Week

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will hold an open hearing this week on the National Security Agency (NSA) with NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers to testify. This open hearing will examine NSA's activities and its ability to meet its diverse mission requirements. Details Hearing: Open Senate Intelligence Hearing with NSA Director Michael Rogers Witness: National Security Agency Director, Admiral Michae… Continue Reading


09.18.15

Sens Burr and Casey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Better Protect Americans from Threat of Biological Attacks and Pandemics

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) yesterday introduced the Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act of 2015. This legislation encourages the development of medical countermeasures, including drugs, devices and preventative treatments, needed to protect the American people in the event of a global pandemic or biological weapon attack. Despite recent improvements in America's readiness and response capabilities, the Ebola crisis and other emergencies at home and abroad make it … Continue Reading


09.18.15

Sens. Burr and Tillis, Reps. Adams and Pittenger Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Weather Hazard Detection

Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) and Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced the Metropolitan Weather Hazards Protection Act of 2015, which will enhance the Doppler radar system in North Carolina. This legislation requires the Secretary of Commerce to operate and maintain a National Weather Service (NWS) Doppler radar within 55 miles of a city with a population over 700,000, addressing a serious public safety deficienc… Continue Reading


09.17.15

Burr and 52 Senators Call on Senate to Fund Popular, Soon-to-Expire Conservation Program

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and 52 of his Republican and Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid encouraging them to take action on funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Funding for the LWCF will expire on September 30, 2015 if no action is taken. Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America's most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recreation opportunities throu… Continue Reading


09.15.15

Senators Burr, Bennet, Warren, Hatch Introduce Bill to Help Patients by Facilitating Faster Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases

Today U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill will help advance the development of targeted drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases. "This is an exciting era of medicine that holds great potential for personalizing treatments to improve and save lives," said Burr. "This bipartisan legislation will he… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Chairman Burr Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the anniversary of September 11th, 2001: "Today's grim anniversary marks fourteen years since terrorists attacked our homeland. Let us remember both the sacrifices of those who died as well as the heroism on that day, and the days that followed. Every day, our military and our intelligence community is working to keep Americans safe, so that we may never again experience … Continue Reading


09.03.15

Senator Burr Statement on Loss of Camp Lejeune Marine

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the news that a U.S. Marine died during a training exercise conducted at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina: "Every day, our service men and women face countless dangers to keep Americans safe. We are once again reminded of the risks these brave individuals take and that they are paying the cost for the freedoms we enjoy. The Marine who lost his life and his family will remain in my prayers."… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Burr Praises North Carolina’s Passage of the ABLE Act

Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law. The bill implements in North Carolina the federal ABLE Act, the bill that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) steered through the United States Senate and was signed into law by the President last year. "The ABLE Act has been called the most significant piece of legislation affecting the disabled since passage of the American Disabilities Act 25 years ago. I got involved in this effort nearly … Continue Reading


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

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