Press Releases

10.29.15

Burr and Tillis Applaud Air Force Decision to Establish New Flight Squadron in NC

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today applaud the United States Air Force's preliminary decision to establish a new KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in 2019. The Senators were informed of the Air Force's decision by the Chief of Staff of The Air Force, General Mark Welsh. Seymour Johnson will undergo an environmental impact study in the next nine months before the final basing decision in the spring of 2016. "The Air Force's p… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Senators Introduce Bill to Withhold Bonuses from Tax Cheat Bureaucrats

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators John Thune (R-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) yesterday introduced No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act, which withholds bonuses from federal employees who are delinquent on their taxes or have engaged in documented misconduct. "Today, we're taking the first step to prevent bureaucrats from getting paid bonuses while fleecing the taxpayers at the same time," said Senator Burr. "It's unconscionable that federa… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Senate Passes Landmark Cybersecurity Bill

Today, in a vote of 74-21, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The bill, which is sponsored by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), helps protect Americans' personal privacy by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen. This legislation creates an environment that encourages the sharing of information about cyber threats, allowing all participants to get a bet… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Burr & Tillis Applaud Selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the UNC Board of Governors for electing former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as the next UNC System President. "Margaret Spellings will make an outstanding president of the University of North Carolina system," said Senator Richard Burr. "Her years of commitment to college access and completion, particularly for traditionally underserved populations, and knowledge of the nexus between graduate success… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Burr & Tillis: President Undermines National Security, Vetoes Funding For Troops

Today, President Barack Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which recently passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support. Following the president's decision to veto the NDAA for FY16, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) released the below statement: "President Obama's veto today not only threatens the military readiness and security of our nation, but also represents a stunning rejection of the longstanding … Continue Reading


10.21.15

Senate Consensus Forming in Support of Cyber Bill

More than a dozen senators on Wednesday spoke about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a bill to promote the sharing of cybersecurity information between companies and with the government while safeguarding personal information. An overwhelming majority spoke in favor of the bill. A selection of statements from the floor today: McConnell: "Americans also know that a cyber-attack is essentially a personal attack on their own privacy. It's violating to think of strangers digging through … Continue Reading


10.20.15

Debunking Myths about Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a fact sheet on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 helps protect personal privacy, by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen, not after Americans personal, financial, and private information is stolen by foreign agents and criminal gangs. This legislation creates a … Continue Reading


10.19.15

Op-ed: Bring back millions for conservation

Every day, Americans are spending time in recreational areas made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This fund is well-loved and for good reason: It enables parks, outdoor spaces and national sites to remain accessible, protected and celebrated by all Americans. At this point, the fund has unfortunately expired, but my Senate colleagues and I would like to bring the LWCF, and all the conservation projects currently in limbo, back to life. Rather than using taxpayer money, … Continue Reading


10.09.15

Senator Burr Announces Opposition to Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership: Anything Less Than a Level Playing Field is Unacceptable

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The TPP deal was announced this week and has a number of problematic provisions. "While I believe that trade can open markets for American goods and services to be sold all over the world, the TPP is a bad deal for America," said Senator Burr. "The Obama administration is rigging the system to pick winners and losers in favor of industries that he and his allies support. I cannot support a d… Continue Reading


10.07.15

Burr & Tillis Congratulate NC Nobel Prize In Chemistry Winners

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued a joint statement congratulating Dr. Paul Modrich, a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Dr. Aziz Sancar, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their innovative work mapping how cells repair DNA: "We congratulate Dr. Paul Modrich and Dr. Aziz Sancar for their well-deserved Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their ground-breaking research in di… Continue Reading


10.02.15

As Major Hack Exposes Another 15 Million People, Intel Chairs Burr and Feinstein Call for Passage of Cyber Bill

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today made the following statement on the hack of T-Mobile and Experian: "We woke up this morning to news of the latest major breach of personal information through a cyber hack, with 15 million people's private information stolen from T-Mobile and Experian. For months, we have been trying to pass important, balanced legislation to help companies get the information they nee… Continue Reading


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

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