Press Releases


Statement on the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Scalia. He was a staunch defender of the Constitution who understood and adhered to the vision our Founding Fathers had of a limited government. This is a profound loss for our nation. "In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For t… Continue Reading


Burr Confronts IRS Commissioner Koskinen, IRS Watchdog on the Rehiring of Previously Fired Employees

Following an exchange yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee hearing with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today asked the IRS watchdog to take a closer look at Koskinen's claims that the IRS is no longer rehiring employees who were previously fired from the agency. In a letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Senator Burr noted inconsistencies in Koskinen's testimony. Senator Burr wrote in his letter to the Ins… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Takes Steps to Better Protect Children at Military Child Care Facilities

This week, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Military Child Care Protection Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill would improve standards for child care centers on military bases by bringing them in line with the standards for other child care centers that receive federal dollars. "This is a common sense proposal," Senator Burr said. "Parents deserve the peace of mind that they are leaving their children in good hands when they drop them off at a military chil… Continue Reading


HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Help Patients by Facilitating Faster Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved a bipartisan bill help advance the development of targeted drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases. The Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015 was introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in September. "Our conversations with Coloradans suffering the effects of Duchenne's muscular dys… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Making The Same Mistake Hundreds Of Times: The IRS Re-Hires Fired Employees

This week, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is set to appear before the Senate Finance Committee, and yet again, the IRS is in a sorry state. As more reports of the IRS unfairly targeting Americans come to light, taxpayers are dumbfounded about what they see as a lack of accountability at the agency and its inability to clean out bad employees. But the problem is worse than that. In hundreds of cases over a three year period, the IRS has actually hired back employees it had pr… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr: Air Force Will Be Held Accountable Following Decision To Deactivate The 440th

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statements in response to a letter from leaders of the Air Force and Army certifying the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield: "I am surprised and deeply disappointed with the Army's decision to acquiesce to the Air Force's strategy for how they will complete training at Fort Bragg," said Senator Thom Tillis. "Now the burden is on the Fort Bragg commanders to demonstrate to Congress a… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Bravery of the Montagnard People During the Vietnam War

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam, and calling on the government of Vietnam to respect their human rights. The Montagnards fought shoulder to shoulder with the United States military during the Vietnam War and made many sacrifices alongside our troops. "I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank the Montagnards who joined with us in Vietnam and sa… Continue Reading


NC & CO Senators Put Their Pride On The Line With Super Bowl 50 Wager

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have accepted Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr's (R-NC) challenge to put their NFL team pride on the line by wagering the delivery of a Senate floor speech on the outcome of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The wager requires the freshman Senator representing the losing team to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the Super Bowl champion that meets the following conditions: The… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Somalia Jet Explosion: al-Qaida Remains a Threat

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the plane explosion in Somalia earlier this week: "While it is too early to confirm that extremists associated with al-Shabaab were responsible for the explosion on board a Daallo Airlines plane on Tuesday, it fits with the group's public rhetoric, intent, and capabilities. It is a sobering reminder that while much of the public discourse on terrorist threats to the United Stat… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Presses HHS to Take Action on Zika Virus

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to use the tools created by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 (PAHPA) to accelerate the research of the Zika virus as well as the vaccines and medicines to combat it. This virus could represent a particularly serious public health threat to pregnant women and their unborn childre… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Conservation Fund benefits our state

Preserving North Carolina's precious landmarks and landscapes is one of the most important promises we can keep for our future and the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps us make good on those promises. Each year in North Carolina, this fund helps local communities preserve land for small-scale parks and ballfields, as well as grander plans like the recent addition of 70 acres to the Pilot Mountain site. Unfortunately, this year saw the expiration of this fund, and many in Congress were will… Continue Reading


Advisory: CIA Director Brennan to Testify in Open Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing Next Week

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will hold an open hearing next week with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan. This open hearing will examine the CIA's intelligence activities and its ability to meet diverse mission requirements in support of our national security. Details Hearing: Open Senate Intelligence Hearing with CIA Director John Brennan Witness: CIA Director John Brennan W… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Developments with Iran

Today, Senator Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the developments this weekend with Iran: "I am pleased that five innocent American hostages are finally coming home, but I remain convinced that the President's deal with Iran is just a clear and direct roadmap to a nuclear device and the means to deliver it. The President should never have traded away our leverage over a terrorist regime, a regime that is still holding Americans hostage."… Continue Reading


Senators to IRS: Stop Rehiring Fired Employees

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016. The Treasury watchdog found unsettling evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has repeatedly rehired employees who were fired for poor conduct and performance after a lengthy examination process. This legislation will require the IRS to stop this practice. The watchdog's report even found that an employee who had "Do No… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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

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