Press Releases


Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on Terror Attack in Nice, France

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the terror attack in Nice, France: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in Nice, France. Unfortunately, this fight is no longer about individual attacks. We are at war with terrorists who have the intent and capability to kill innocent people across the globe. If the United States, along with our coalition partners, does not eliminate the ex… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr Praise Passage of Kevin And Avonte’s Law

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Kevin and Avonte's Law, legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that provides resources to help families locate loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, autism, or other related conditions that make them prone to wander-sometimes with tragic results. Kevin and Avonte's Law reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding to be used for the purchase of tracking tech… Continue Reading


Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes Senate

Last night, the Senate approved the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, S.2854. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced this bipartisan, bicameral legislation in April of this year. The House bill, H.R. 5067, is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Before the passage of major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, hundreds … Continue Reading


Burr, Merkley Introduce Bill to Support Nurses

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) introduced the bipartisan Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2016, legislation to reauthorize, update and improve programs that help to grow and support the nursing workforce in the United States. With many nurses retiring and baby boomers projected to increase the demand for medical care in the coming years, the nursing workforce in the United States is facing a critical juncture. To help meet these increasing needs, … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Democratic Zika Filibuster: Zika is Here Now, Congress Must Act

Today, Democratic Senate leadership voted again to block the Zika funding bill that would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the vote: "I am deeply disappointed that Democratic leaders continue to play political games with American lives," said Senator Burr. "We know that the Zika virus can cause devastating birth defects and that it is spread by mosquitoes that can be found in large portions of the country, including N… Continue Reading



The U.S. Senate is honoring the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by designating July 26, 2016 as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day." U.S. Sen. Warner (D- VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced a resolution that was unanimously approved by the Senate, acknowledging intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism in protecting the United States from those who wish to do us harm… Continue Reading


Burr, King Fight for More Affordable Childcare for American Families

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduce the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, legislation that merges two previous bills they introduced that would improve the major federal tax policies that help make childcare more affordable for families across the country. "Childcare is becomingly increasingly more difficult for families to afford, and that's not only bad for them, it's bad for the economy," Senator King said. "We need to ensure th… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage of Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction

Today, the Senate voted 92-2 to send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to President Obama's desk. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passage of the bill: "Opioid addiction touches far too many lives," said Senator Burr. "Thousands of North Carolina families are grappling with the heartbreaking disease of addiction. I'm glad Congress could come together to pass this legislation that will save lives. Families need these treatment resources."… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr Bill to Provide Veterans with Dental Coverage

Today, the Senate passed Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) bill to continue providing veterans with access to dental coverage. The bipartisan VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016 will continue the current veteran dental insurance pilot program that was established by legislation authored by Senator Burr in 2010. This legislation will also expand eligibility for the program to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits from the VA. Senator John Tester (D-MT) is a cosponsor.… Continue Reading


Thune Leads Senate REBOOT Members in Introducing Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use Program

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today introduced the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173), legislation that would provide regulatory flexibility and hardship relief to providers and hospitals operating under the meaningful use program. "Health information technology, especially the advancements in electronic health records, is an integral part of the fu… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Shootings of Police Officers in Dallas

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the attack in Dallas that killed 5 police officers and injured 7 others: "My prayers are with the victims of this horrific attack, and with their families. Law enforcement needs to complete their investigation of these crimes, and I fully support them in their efforts. North Carolina's law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe and I thank them for their work each day. After multiple acts of v… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Senate Democrats’ Filibuster of Kate’s Law and Sanctuary Cities Bills

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate Democrats' filibuster of both Kate's Law (S. 2193) and the Sanctuary Cities (S. 3100) bills: "These two bills are important for both those who care about the rule of law and those who care about keeping law abiding Americans safe from repeat offender criminals. I'm disappointed Senate Democrats are voting to prevent these bills from going forward, and in doing so, they are continuing to put American lives at risk. Reg… Continue Reading


Deputy Commandant for Aviation Honors North Carolina’s Commitment to the Marine Corps

Friday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a parade honoring North Carolina's commitment to the Marine Corps at Marine Barracks Washington, DC. Community leaders from Havelock, NC, home to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point attended as well. The Marine Barracks Washington DC is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. Senator Burr streamed the event on Facebook live, and the video in two separate postings, reached more than 500,000 people over the Independe… Continue Reading


Burr: Student Loan Rate Decrease Puts $1.1 Billion in the Pockets of North Carolinians

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a video statement on the student loan interest rate decrease that goes into effect today. Student loan interest rates are dropping for the third year in a row to 3.76 percent, down from a high, government-set rate of 6.8 percent in 2012. This decrease will save North Carolina families more than a billion dollars in this year alone. In 2013, Senator Burr led the effort to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. This law allows students and th… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attack in Bangladesh

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the attack in Bangladesh, which the Islamic State has claimed: "This is the second significant terror attack in one week, in vastly different parts of the world. Extremist groups are no longer challenged by the distance to their targets and we are likely no longer protected by the vast oceans beyond our borders. The terrorist threat is truly global. With each passing da… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Terror Attack at Istanbul Airport

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the terror attack at the Istanbul airport in Turkey: "This attack, like others before it, shows the barbarity of the enemy we face. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. While it is too early to determine who is ultimately responsible, this attack does fit the model previously employed by ISIL. These attacks are tragic reminders that ISIL is … Continue Reading


Burr: Senate Should Approve Funding Now on Zika, Veterans, Military

This morning, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Democrat leadership's filibuster of legislation to combat the Zika virus, provide health care for veterans, and fund military construction priorities for North Carolina: "This legislation provides the funding for Zika that every Democrat Senator voted for six weeks ago," said Senator Burr. "It also allocates a record level of funding for our veterans, providing every cent that the President himself asked fo… Continue Reading


Chairman Burr Statement on Britain’s Exit from the European Union

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made the following statement on the United Kingdom's vote to exit the European Union: "The people of the United Kingdom have just completed a historic referendum, and have rendered a decision on their future. While there will be a great deal of discussion in the coming days and weeks about what the 'Leave' win means for them and for us, our friends and allies in the UK should know this: we respect their decision… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address on Terrorism in the United States

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will deliver the Republican response to the President's Weekly Address tomorrow morning at 6 AM Eastern. The address will be on radio stations across the country and will be available here. Senator Burr's remarks are focus on the terror threats to the United States as the Islamic State and Al-Qaida continue to press for attacks against the West. Sen Burr: "The challenge we face today is unlike one we have ever kno… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr Resolution Designating July 8th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a car enthusiast, released the following statement on the passage of his resolution to designate July 8th as Collector Car Appreciation Day: "My love of vintage cars is no secret," said Senator Burr. "I'm glad we could pass this resolution to recognize the folks who enjoy the classic American hobby of restoring collector cars. This resolution celebrates the enthusiasts who work to preserve iconic vehicles, even if it means getting a little grease on your hands." … Continue Reading

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