Press Releases

04.16.15

Burr on Committee Markup of Education Bill: Bill to Fix 15 Year Disparity in Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC), made the following statement following the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): "Today, I was able to 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-income students they serve across our state. Because Congress didn't have the courage to fix this problem in 2001, funding that was intended … Continue Reading


04.16.15

North Carolina Delegation Introduces Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015

Today, Senator Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 to ensure that the US-70 Corridor in North Carolina would become part of the Interstate system once it is fully upgraded to interstate standards. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) introduced a companion bill in the House. … Continue Reading


04.15.15

Burr Student Loan Amendment Approved 97-0

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following an unanimous vote of 97-0 to include his amendment, based on the Repayment Act, to the budget agreement. Senator King (I-ME) joined Burr as an original cosponsor. "For the second time, my amendment with Senator King has passed with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senator Burr. "Americans are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars go to waste in a student loan program that doesn't adequately serve the interes… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Recent Air Force Report is a Disappointment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following yesterday's release of the United States Air Force's mandatory "Report on C-130 Force Structure" to Congress. The report outlines the Air Force's plan to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg. "The recent Air Force report is a complete disappointment. Closing one of the country's unique training and support elements for our airborne forces and special operators would be a terrible strategic decision. I will continue t… Continue Reading


04.04.15

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina discusses the growing threat from cyber criminals and foreign adversaries who are becoming increasingly adept at stealing personal information and intellectual property from American businesses, individuals and the government. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr outlines legislation his panel recently passed designed to address this problem. "This threat is real, and the increasing number of attacks has a ta… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Today, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the announcement that P5-plus-one nations have reached a political framework agreement with Iran: "It's unsettling that this agreement allows for key elements of Iran's nuclear program to remain in place. Congress needs to weigh in on any decision to soften sanctions on a country whose leader has recently said 'death to America,' while simultaneously requesting additional nuclear capability. This deal co… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Burr Statement on Passage of Republican Senate Budget

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on last night's passage of the Republican Senate budget 52-46: "Passage of a budget that balances in ten years is a critical step to getting our country in the right direction without raising taxes on American families. After hours of open debate on the issue, the Senate advanced a serious proposal that puts our country on the path to fiscal responsibility. North Carolinians understand the fundamental reality that you can't s… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Intel Chairman Burr on Saudi Airstrikes: Yemen “May Be Too Far Gone to Prevent Civil War”

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen: "Clearly, the Saudis and their gulf partners have determined the situation in Yemen presents further danger to regional stability and their own territorial integrity. I hope their intervention helps to restore some sense of security, but I fear Yemen may be too far gone to prevent an all-out civil war."… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Burr: Five Years of Broken Promises from Obamacare

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare: "Five years ago Obamacare was enacted and I warned then that this law would be a disaster for our health care system, doctors, and patients. This law has put our country on an unsustainable path of increased costs, government mandates, and broken promises. North Carolinians have seen their health insurance premiums increase, their existing coverage cancelled, and lost access to their … Continue Reading


03.19.15

Burr Unveils New Senate Website

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) unveiled his new Senate website, redesigned and updated to better serve North Carolinians. The new website renovation includes information about Senator Burr's legislative accomplishments, pending legislation, issue areas critical to the Senator, and important press updates in a modern, easier to use format. It also includes information for constituents on how to receive help from Senator Burr's office -- whether it is with a federal agency, receiving a tour… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Senate Intelligence Committee Introduces Cybersecurity Bill, Addresses Privacy Concerns

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), approved Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on a 14-1 vote and introduced yesterday, creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability protection to the private sector. The bill includes a number of significant modifications from previous versions. These changes address a range of concerns, notably… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Burr and Tillis Statement on Meeting with NC NAACP

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made the following statement on their meeting with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, North Carolina State Conference (NC NAACP) to discuss the nomination of Loretta Lynch to head the Department of Justice: "Today, we had a thoughtful, thorough conversation with the NC NAACP, during which we discussed United States Attorney Loretta Lynch's nomination to be Attorney General. While we remain concern… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Burr and Tillis Mourn the Loss of Military Personnel in Florida Crash

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made the following statement on the loss of seven U.S. Marines, stationed at Camp Lejeune (N.C.), and four Louisiana National Guard air crewmembers in a helicopter crash at the Florida panhandle: "This tragedy reminds us of the great risks our men and women in uniform take every day. We cannot forget the sacrifices they make on our behalf to defend our freedom. Our prayers are with their families and we will remember their se… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Cybersecurity Bill Passes Intel Committee 14-1

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) today voted the bill, "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015," through committee on a vote of 14 to 1. This original legislation, which is co-sponsored by SSCI Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability protection to the private sector.… Continue Reading


03.11.15

Senate Intel Committee to Consider Cybersecurity Bill Tomorrow

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will hold a closed business meeting to mark up the bill, "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015," on Thursday, March 12th at 2:30 p.m. This original legislation, which is co-sponsored by SSCI Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability p… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Burr and Manchin Introduce Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2015. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "It is heartbreaking that we still have almost 50,000 homeless veterans in this country," said Senator Burr. "This legislation will help us red… Continue Reading


03.10.15

Burr Condemns ATF Framework Limiting Sporting Ammo

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and 51 colleagues in expressing concern with a new proposal that would severely limit access to rifle ammunition primarily used for sporting purposes. This class of ammunition is protected from prohibition under a 1986 Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act exemption. The framework, proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), would set arbitrary guideline… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr: “Unfortunate that Netanyahu had to Ask” for US Support

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), made the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the United States Congress: "Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked for America's unwavering support for Israel, our friend and ally in a tumultuous region. It's unfortunate the Prime Minister even had to ask. Over the last six years, I have watched this Administration's foreign policy failures in the Middle Eas… Continue Reading


03.02.15

Analysis Shows Patient CARE Act Better For Patients And Taxpayers Than Obamacare

=Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) issued the following statement regarding the release of the independent Center for Health and Economy analysis of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Center for Health and Economy found that the Patient CARE Act would lower premiums, improve access to providers, increase medical productivity, and reduce the n… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Burr Unveils Legislation To Ease Red Tape On Colleges

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) late yesterday introduced his"Supporting Academic Freedom through Regulatory Relief Act", a bill that eases the recent regulations placed on colleges and universities over the last six years. Traditionally, states and independent accrediting bodies handled these issues but the recent wave of new regulations have imposed federal standards that unnecessarily restrict choice and increase costs. This month, an independent report found that the cost of Washington's … Continue Reading

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