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Burr Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Provide Veterans with Dental Care

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2016. This legislation reauthorizes the current veteran dental insurance pilot program, created by a Burr provision in the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, and expands access to all veterans who do not currently receive dental benefits. Senator John Tester (D-MT) is a cosponsor. "The veterans dental insurance pilot program is a success," said Senator Burr. "We know … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Bill

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. The legislation, which funds our nation's military and defense priorities, includes several provisions authored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). These provisions will prevent the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to Cuba without congressional approval, provides more stability for military families, and protects the military commissary benefit. "Today, the Senate passed needed legi… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Burr on Suspected Terror Attack in Florida

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the suspected terror attack that killed fifty at a nightclub in Orlando, FL: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this morning's horrific attack in Orlando and their loved ones. Law enforcement authorities are investigating the attack as a terrorist incident, and we should allow the investigation to unfold. I am confident the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its law enforc… Continue Reading


Hatch, Wyden and Burr Highlight GAO Work on Medicare Audit and Appeals Process

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Finance Committee member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today highlighted a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) detailing inefficiencies with the Medicare Audit and Appeals process and noted a bipartisan Finance Committee bill aimed to reform the process. The report details a dramatic increase in appeals at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), resulting in a backlog at… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: On Zika, the Administration Should Use the Tools We Gave Them

By U.S. Senator Richard Burr and Rear Admiral Craig Vanderwagen, M.D. (Retired) Recently, former Obama Ebola Czar Ronald Klain opined in the Washington Post that the Administration should set up an entirely new bureaucratic agency to handle biological threats like the Zika virus because current tools are not sufficient to ensure that our government is prepared. In his former role, Mr. Klain saw why we must be vigilant if we are going to be prepared to respond quickly to the next health emergenc… Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, King, Nelson Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Spread of Zika Virus

With the Zika virus continuing to spread further into the United States, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would help give states and localities the tools they need to fight back. The Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act would reauthorize critical public health tools that support states and localities in their mosquito surveillance and control efforts, especially those lin… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on Democrats’ Attempt to Block Their Own Nominees in Finance Committee Nomination Hearing: Political Grandstanding

Today, Senator Burr made the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee Democrats' attempt to block President Obama's own nominees for the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees in a brazen attempt at political grandstanding: "Today, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee attempted to block President Obama's own nominees, Mr. Charles Blahous and Mr. Robert Reischauer, to the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees. They seem to have a selectively forgotten that both… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Votes to Maintain Commissary Benefit for Military Families in NC, Nationwide

Today, the Senate passed an amendment to block commissary privatization by a vote of 70-28. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a cosponsor of the legislation, released the following statement: "This important amendment will ensure that the hundreds of thousands of North Carolina's military families will continue to enjoy the benefits of the commissary, which these service members have already earned. Congress shouldn't rush to make changes that could drastically increase the cost of living for our mi… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Advances FY2017 Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the committee voted 14-1 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill's next step will be consideration before the full Senate. Senator Burr said: "The threats facing our nation continue to grow and this year's legislation provides the Intelligence Community the resourcing and authorities it needs to keep America safe. The bill… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Passage of Bill to Reauthorize National Sex Offender Registry

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate passage of legislation to reauthorize the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: "As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority," said Senator Burr. "Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable. Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message th… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Here’s The Law We Passed To Help Disabled Americans Work Towards The American Dream

You may not see it in the headlines, but there is a quiet revolution underway that is dramatically expanding opportunities available to Americans with disabilities. Sara Wolff, a disability advocate and young woman with Down syndrome, recently appeared on Amy Schumer's late night show to explain how the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act helps Americans living with disabilities. Her appearance on Comedy Central garnered both praise and awareness from viewers across the country. I'… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis on Today’s Vote Funding $297 Million in Critical Modernization Projects at NC Military Bases

Today, the Senate approved the military construction package, Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, by a vote of 89 to 8. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted for the legislation, which funds projects in North Carolina at their Senate requested levels. North Carolina bases, including Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, and Fort Bragg, have the funding for projects totaling $297.140 million. … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr: We Must Combat Zika, Other Threats, Now

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke about the need to take appropriate steps to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the United States and abroad. Senator Burr authored the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act almost a decade ago to ensure our nation would be better prepared for the range of serious public health threats, such as Zika and Ebola. Senator Burr supports the bipartisan Zika amendment from Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA), because it will help protect th… Continue Reading


Education Committee Chairman Praises Burr Role to Secure Lowest Student Loan Rates in over a Decade

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) garnered praise from the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his work on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which was signed into law in 2013 and made possible today's news that student loan rates dropped to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent. This saves North Carolina students and families as much as $1.1 billion. Chairman Alexander praised the bipartisan team of Senators Bur… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on Today’s Student Loan Rate Decrease: Saves $1.08 Billion for North Carolina Families and Students Alone

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent, representing the best rates for students in 12 years: "This is great news for students in North Carolina and across the country. North Carolina students and families alone are set to save over a billion dollars. This additional reduction in student loan rates i… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Richard Burr: Fixing veterans' health care

In 2014, when I was serving as the ranking member of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. This law created the new Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans who face long waits or driving distances to see a doctor of their choice outside of the federal VA health care system. This legislation was in direct response to the disturbing revelation that many veterans who had bravely served our country and survived combat were dying… Continue Reading


Sens Burr, Nelson, and Tillis Fight for Health Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 2888, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2016, which requires the VA to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. The legislation also requires that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review all relevant scientific literature every three… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the White House’s Nomination for the Eastern District Judge

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement that the President nominated Patricia Timmons-Goodson to serve on the Eastern District Court of North Carolina: "Several years ago, when this seat first became vacant, I worked with former Senator Kay Hagan, other interested members of Congress, and the President to fill the vacancy in the Eastern District. After the agreement had been made, the President declined to honor it. I remain disappointed that the Preside… Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, Casey Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will enhance 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low-income and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, encourage employers to match the college savings of their employees, allow savings that aren't needed for college to be rolled over into a Roth IRA for retirement, and enab… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act

- On Tuesday a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introduced the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The House (H.R.5067) bill is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Senate (S.2854) companion bill is led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). WATCH: Sen. Burr delivers floor speech on the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Cri… Continue Reading

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