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Senator Burr Delivers Remarks on Senate Floor in Support of Legislation to Enable Law Enforcement to More Effectively Combat Terrorism

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee made remarks on the Senate Floor on his legislation with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The amendment would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. The amendment failed to move forward on a vote of 58-38, but the Senate may reconsider the vote this week. WATCH Sen. Burr… Continue Reading


Senate Filibusters Legislation to Enable Law Enforcement to More Effectively Combat Terrorism

Today, by a vote of 58-38, the Senate failed to move forward with consideration of an amendment that would enable the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to more quickly obtain the electronic transaction records of suspected terrorists. U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered the amendment on Monday evening. "We must equip our law enforcement with the tools to combat te… Continue Reading



U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Tom Cotton (R-NC) late yesterday in filing an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Act that would clarify the authorities of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to allow it to obtain electronic communicati… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Inclusion of NC Tourism Provisions in Appropriations Bill

Senator Burr made the following statement after yesterday's announcement that two North Carolina provisions were secured in the FY2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a measure to fund federal land management agencies and environmental infrastructure accounts: "I am pleased the committee included the Burr-Tillis provisions to enhance two of NC's state treasures. These are significant steps forward for both the Corolla Horses and scenic Bald Head Island. Tourism i… Continue Reading


Burr, Alexander: Government Watchdog Finds FDA Lacks Plan to Keep Pace with Science, Efficiently Review Life-Saving Medical Products

, June 15 - Senior members of the Senate health committee today released two separate reports from the government's independent watchdog finding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks a clear plan to help the agency keep pace with the science behind the drugs and medical devices it regulates and to ensure its three centers are working together to efficiently review life-saving medical products. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: "These reports demonstrate the… Continue Reading


Burr Leads Child Care Oversight Hearing, Witnesses Report New Sex Offender Background Checks Protect Kids

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) chaired a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee hearing on the implementation of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014. HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Alexander (R-TN) requested that Sen. Burr chair this hearing because of his legislative leadership on early learning and child care policy. In 2014, Sen. Burr led the charge along with Sen. Barbra Mikulski (D-MD) to pass the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. This … Continue Reading


Intel Chairman Burr: Islamic State Has Created A Global Battlefield

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered remarks with his Senate colleagues to the media on the developing investigation into the terror attack in Orlando. WATCH "America is an open society. We value our freedom and diversity," said Sen. Burr. "ISIL has leveraged those freedoms to their advantage to attract misguided individuals who carry out acts of hate" A full transcript of Sen. Burr's remarks is available below. Video of the… Continue Reading


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

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