Press Releases

06.24.15

Burr Bill Clears Hurdle to Increase Access to New Medical Technologies for Seniors

Today, the Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) legislation, S.1253, the Patient Access to Disposable Medical Technology Act of 2015. This bill, co-sponsored with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), will make innovative medical technologies more readily available for seniors through better Medicare reimbursement for these new technologies and improved patient access to them. "Medicare doesn't always recognize innovations in health care, which is leaving our seniors behind… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Burr Recognizes Military Caregivers

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senators Murray (D-WA) and Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced a resolution recognizing the daisy as the flower for military caregivers: "Military caregivers play an important role in caring for injured veterans, both physically and emotionally, and often at great personal sacrifice," Burr said. "The family members and loved ones who serve as primary caregivers are rarely acknowledged for their hard work and compassion. The daisy symbolizes unwa… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Burr on Passage of the Defense Authorization Bill: Armed Forces Must Have the Resources They Need

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016 by a vote of 71-15: "I'm pleased that the Senate has acted to ensure that our military has sufficient resources to combat America's enemies and provide security across the globe, and ensured our troops are properly compensated. Every day, service members fight to secure our freedoms and our forces must have the resources they need to keep our countr… Continue Reading


06.18.15

Burr, Franken Introduce Bill to Bring Medical Devices to Patients Faster

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the FDA Device Accountability Act. The Device Act would eliminate the unnecessary burdens that are slowing down the FDA's consideration of new, innovative medical devices. This legislation would allow Americans to benefit from new medical devices as quickly as possible. "America is a global leader in medical research, development, and innovation," said Senator Burr. "Ensuring that safe medical devices are developed and … Continue Reading


06.18.15

Following Push by Burr and Merkley, C-123 Veterans Will Receive Care and Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure

Following a years-long push by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will reverse previous policies that had denied veterans' claims and allow veterans who flew on Agent Orange-contaminated C-123 planes following the Vietnam War to receive related care and benefits from the VA.‎ Burr and Merkley have led a bipartisan Senate effort to get justice for these veterans, repeatedly urging the VA to recognize … Continue Reading


06.16.15

Burr Presses Veterans Affairs Secretary on VA Clinic Failures in North Carolina

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) continued to press Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on the recent failures to provide medical services to Veterans at the Wilmington, North Carolina, VA Health Care Center (HCC) due to water safety problems. On March 19, 2015, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority received a water quality complaint from the Wilmington HCC. The utility tested the water inside the clinic, determined there was an interior plumbing problem, and advised the HCC to stop using t… Continue Reading


06.15.15

Burr Applauds Plan to Update Bonner Bridge Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after news that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have come to an agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association that will allow the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet to be replaced, along with vulnerable portions of NC 12. "I applaud the efforts of … Continue Reading


06.11.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Today’s Cybersecurity Amendment Cloture Vote

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate vote to end the filibuster of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015: "The American people deserve the privacy protections included in this legislation. Those entrusted with personal information, from banks to telecommunications companies, know those protections are included and offered their support in an effort to combat the threats against this country. In oppos… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Addition of Cybersecurity Bill to the Defense Authorization Bill

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on offering the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: "The recent cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management was a serious attack on our government and we cannot continue to have citizens' personal information needlessly exposed to foreign adversaries and criminals. In passing the Cybersecurity In… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Burr Effort to Save 440th Airlift Wing from Closure Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after an amendment that would keep open the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg passed the Senate. The amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 and was cosponsored by Senators Burr and Tillis. "I am tremendously pleased that Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg will remain the premier training ground for our nation's combat ready paratroopers. They are the tip of the spear for our intelligence and spe… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Senate Passage of USA Freedom Act

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on today's USA Freedom Act vote, which he opposed: "The evening news is a nightly reminder that our country is under constant threat from terrorist groups and established nations who will stop at nothing to see us fall," said Chairman Burr. "We have a dedicated intelligence community, staffed by patriotic Americans, that does everything it can to protect our nation using tools that are legal… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Proposed Premium Hikes Further Evidence of how the President’s Health Care Law is Failing to Lower Health Care Costs

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after health insurers offering plans in North Carolina announced significant premium increases to Obamacare health plans. "Today's announcements regarding the proposed rate filings are further evidence of how the President's health care law is failing to lower health care costs," said Senator Burr. "Despite being promised that Obamacare would lower premiums, it is doing the exact opposite. These skyrocketing premiums are … Continue Reading


06.01.15

Burr’s Legislation Cracking Down on Sex Offenders Signed into Law

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement following Friday's news that the President signed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in this bill was a Burr amendment to close a legal loophole that had enabled sex offenders convicted under the military justice system to evade registration with the Department of Justice and the public sex offender registry. "I am proud that this incredibly important piece of legislation has now been signed into law," said … Continue Reading


05.31.15

Burr Releases Statement on Beau Biden's Passing

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the news of Beau Biden's untimely passing: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Beau Biden. My prayers are with the Vice President and his family in this heartbreaking time. Beau served his country with distinction. I had known of Beau's fight against cancer but I did not realize that it would take his life so soon. I know his family will find peace in the life he lived."… Continue Reading


05.29.15

529 Accounts Help Families in NC Save for Children’s Future

Today marks National 529 College Savings Day to increase awareness of 529 plans. In February, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.VA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced companion legislation to H.R. 529 to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. The bill recently passed 26-0 out of the Senate Finance Committee. H.R. 529 was introduced by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS.) and Ron Kind (D-WI.) in th… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Burr Gives Memorial Day Address at USS North Carolina

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke at the USS North Carolina's Memorial Day Program. His remarks included the following: "Memorial Day is a day of remembrance," said Senator Burr. "It's not the start of summer. It's not the day the pools open. It's a day to remember the sacrifices of so many." Burr continued: "It's the individuals that built this vessel [USS North Carolina], it's those who served on it, it's those who really committed to the acts of World War II that are the rea… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Burr Releases Statement on Trade Promotion Bill

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Trade Promotion bill. "After much consideration and many conversations with constituents, I decided it was ultimately important that our leaders have the ability to negotiate with other countries to sell American-made products overseas. I am pleased to hear that North Carolina employers and farmers support this provision and will benefit. An additional factor was the Senate's pas… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Burr Proposes Path Forward with Patriot Act Reform Bill

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released a framework of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Improvements Act of 2015, which incorporates portions of the House's USA Freedom Act but better supports our national security by extending the transition period of the bulk telephony metadata collection from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the telecommunications carriers. "It's clear that the USA Freedom Act doesn't protect our nation… Continue Reading


05.21.15

Burr Statement on Court’s Interrogation Report Ruling

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on yesterday's ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that there is no obligation to release an unabridged version of the SSCI interrogation report: "I am pleased by the court's ruling which affirms that this document is a congressional document under congressional control. Further release of this highly classified document will compromise the national securit… Continue Reading


05.21.15

ICYMI: Burr Fixes Inequity in Education Funding for Low-income Children

In Case You Missed It…. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) penned an op-ed for The Hill on fixing a funding flaw in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Earlier this year, Senator Burr introduced an amendment, which was adopted by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and fixed a 15 year disparity in funding. The Hill: Let's fix education funding for low income children By Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) 05/21/15 08:00 AM EDT Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Elem… Continue Reading

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