Press Releases

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


07.04.15

Senator Burr's Fourth of July Message

On Independence Day we remember what our Founding Fathers accomplished 239 years ago by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence. Their bravery and commitment to freedom and independence created this great country, and they provided the foundation for the liberties we enjoy everyday. With freedom comes great responsibility, and the debates in Washington over the past few months continue to focus on issues important to all Americans. From the defense of our nation to the care… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Advisory: FBI Director Comey 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.) announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing, "Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and the Challenges of 'Going Dark'," with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey to testify next week. This open hearing will examine the growing terrorist and nation-state threats to the United States and our allies and how the proliferation of commercial … Continue Reading


06.25.15

Burr, Tillis Applaud North Carolina Inclusions in the DRIVE Act

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applaud the inclusion of their legislation to establish I-44 to Hampton Roads and US 70 corridors into the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. These additions were included as part of the Senate Environment and Public Works' (EPW) surface transportation bill which was reported out on Wednesday. "I am pleased that that the Chairman and committee included our legislation to improve the North Carolina's i… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Obamacare is not working for Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies: "Regardless of today's decision by the Supreme Court, the fact remains that Obamacare is not working for the American people," said Sen. Burr. "While the Court may have ruled on the issue of subsidies in the federal exchanges, this fundamentally flawed law continues to speak for itself in the form of broken promises, government mandates, a… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances FY2016 Authorization Bill

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the committee voted 15-0 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill's next step will be consideration before the full Senate. Senator Burr said: "Our nation is facing more threats every day. America's security depends on our intelligence community's ability to detect and thwart attacks on the homeland, our personnel and interests overseas, … Continue Reading

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