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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


Burr on Conservation Fund and Senate Passage of Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate's passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act: "As a co-sponsor and longtime supporter of the Lautenberg bill, I applaud the tireless efforts of Senators Inhofe and Udall to finally update our chemical safety standards that keep Americans safe. I'm also pleased that we reached bipartisan agreement to extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund for three years after Congress let it expi… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Applaud Dept. of Veterans Affairs Decision to Finally Grant Disability Status to Camp Lejeune Veterans

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) made the following statements on today's U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announcement that victims of Camp Lejeune's poisoned water who are diagnosed with one of eight illnesses will be granted disability status: "The VA has conceded that it will no longer deny disability benefits to Camp Lejeune victims based on ridiculous scientific claims," said Sen. Burr. "This is victory for those who have long suffered as a result of the toxi… Continue Reading


Burr, Feinstein: Committee Is Not Investigating Debate Comments

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), today released the following statement: "The Committee is not investigating anything said during last night's Republican Presidential debate."… Continue Reading


$24 Million per Year for NC Schools, Common Core Repeal Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a 85-12 vote, sending the bill to President Obama's desk. ESSA ends the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and also revamps education programs across the country. In addition to repealing the common core mandate, ESSA includes language sponsored by Burr that will fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low… Continue Reading


Feinstein, Burr Legislation Would Require Tech Companies to Report Online Terrorist Activity

—Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced the Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act, a bill to require technology companies to report online terrorist activity to law enforcement. The bill would not require companies to monitor customers or undertake any additional action to turn up terrorist activity. Rather, it requires that if companies become aware of terrorist activity such as attack planning,… Continue Reading


NC Road and Infrastructure Improvements Head to the President’s Desk, Soon to Become Law

The U.S. Senate last night voted on the final version of the five-year highway bill, H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which authorizes federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020. In a vote of 83-16, the bill now heads to the President's desk and will be signed into law. Included in the final legislation are provisions previously introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) that amend the Intermodal Surface Transport… Continue Reading


Senators Fight to Hold IRS Bureaucrats Accountable with New Legislation

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R- IA), Dean Heller (R-NV) Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation will keep IRS bureaucrats accountable to the American people by giving the IRS Commissioner new authority to fire senior executives who have failed in their performance or committed misconduct. This legislation is based on a law Congress passed last year in the wake … Continue Reading


NC Road and Infrastructure Improvements Clear Hurdle in Highway Bill Conference

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives conferees yesterday approved a final version of the five-year highway bill, H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) authorizing federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020. Included in the final legislation are provisions previously introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) that amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the followin… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Question Obama Administration On Release Of GITMO Prisoner

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AR), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., expressing concern over the Obama Administration's recent release of Shaker Aamer from the detention facility at… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to End Common Core Mandate in Education Conference Vote, Fights for $24 Million to NC Schools

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted to approve the conference report for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA will end the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and will also revamp education programs across the country. The conference report takes dramatic steps away from Washington's ever-growing influence in K-12 education by empowering teachers and principals to make better education choices on behalf of students. The report includes language spo… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Congratulates the Senate Energy Committee’s Bipartisan Vote to Renew Conservation Fund

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed a full reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) within the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015: "I applaud the Committee for their vote to include the Murkowski-Cantwell compromise language that renews this important and popular conservation program. The legislation the Committee supported on a bipartisan basis makes some critical reforms to … Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet Lead Senators Urging LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before End of the Year

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led a bipartisan coalition of 14 senators requesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year. In a letter to Senators McConnell and Reid, the lawmakers wrote, "The LWCF is funded with offshore oil roy… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, Senator Burr introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. "The Lumbee tribe has been seeking federal recognition for more than a century," said Sen. Burr. "I am proud to reintroduce this legislation so that 55,000 members of the Lumbee community in North Carolina receive the same rights and benefits as members of other federally recognized tribes. Federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe is long-overdue and I will… Continue Reading


Senator Burr: Suspend the Syrian Refugee Program

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement regarding President Obama's program to bring Syrians to the United States, including North Carolina, after the news that an Islamic State fighter made his way into France as a part of the Syrian refugee wave: "The Syrian refugee program should be suspended until the American people are satisfied that they know exactly who the President is admitting into the country via this program… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr on Terror Attacks in Paris

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Islamic State's terror attacks in Paris yesterday in which over 120 people were slaughtered: "We are reminded once again of ISIL's brutality -- a brutality that is not only a feature of daily life inside their so-called caliphate, but also is rapidly becoming their leading export and their vision for the world. We share not only in the grief of the French people but also in their resolve to confront,… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr Votes to Prohibit President from Closing Guantanamo Bay

Today, through the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress voted to prohibit President Obama from making a dangerous decision to bring terrorists currently housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States. Sen. Richard Burr(R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after voting with 90 other senators from both parties to prevent the transfer of enemy combatants to U.S. soil: "The President signaled again today the he in… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Howard Coble

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the passing of former Representative Howard Coble (NC-6): "Howard Coble was a friend, colleague and a mentor. He was a true statesman and represented his constituents with passion and effectiveness. Howard will be missed but never forgotten by all who called him friend. It's a sad day for North Carolina but it is a joyous occasion that Howard is once again with his parents he loved so much."… Continue Reading


Jones, Tillis, and Burr Take Action to Preserve Taxpayers’ Access to Cape Lookout

Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), Senator Richard Burr (NC), and Senator Thom Tillis (NC) are raising strong concerns with the National Park Service's push for increased restrictions on public access to Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Park Service's preferred alternative for a rule governing off-road vehicle (ORV) use at the seashore would, among other things, impose an $80 fee for a short term permit to take a vehicle to Cape Lookout, place restrictions on nighttime driving, and implemen… Continue Reading


Rouzer, Burr, Jones, Tillis send letter to FEMA urging for disaster relief

This week, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) joined Senator Richard Burr, Congressman Walter Jones (NC-03) and Senator Thom Tillis in writing a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate urging support of Governor Pat McCrory's request for a Public Assistance disaster declaration in the amount of $31.7 million for Brunswick, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender Counties and statewide Hazard Mitigation as a result of severe storms … Continue Reading

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