Press Releases


Burr and Bennet to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Fund All Low-Income Children Equally, Increasing Funding to Poor Children in 75% of the United States

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced they plan to introduce their amendment, Full Educational Opportunity Act, to the Every Child Achieves Act (ESEA). The Full Educational Opportunity Act makes more federal educations dollars available to low income children across the United States by treating poor children the same. The legislation clarifies the Title 1-A section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to end a discriminatory policy that … Continue Reading


Troop Cuts Are a Poor National Security Choice by the Administration

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Army announced troop cuts, including 842 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina: "The administration's decision to cut troops is the latest in a string of poor national security choices. General Dempsey just characterized the global security environment as the most unpredictable he has seen in 40 years of service," said Burr. "FBI Director Comey yesterday reiterated that the Islamic State is continuing to make enormous gains i… Continue Reading


Chairman Burr's Opening Remarks

Good afternoon. I would like to welcome our witness today, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey. I would note that Director Comey appeared this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jim, I appreciate your appearing before us now and enduring a long day of Congressional testimony. As we often conduct our hearings in closed session, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly commend Director Comey and the men and women of the FBI for their outstanding effort… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Fourth of July Message

On Independence Day we remember what our Founding Fathers accomplished 239 years ago by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence. Their bravery and commitment to freedom and independence created this great country, and they provided the foundation for the liberties we enjoy everyday. With freedom comes great responsibility, and the debates in Washington over the past few months continue to focus on issues important to all Americans. From the defense of our nation to the care… Continue Reading


Advisory: FBI Director Comey to Testify in Open Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing Next Week

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing, "Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and the Challenges of 'Going Dark'," with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey to testify next week. This open hearing will examine the growing terrorist and nation-state threats to the United States and our allies and how the proliferation of commercial … Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis Applaud North Carolina Inclusions in the DRIVE Act

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applaud the inclusion of their legislation to establish I-44 to Hampton Roads and US 70 corridors into the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. These additions were included as part of the Senate Environment and Public Works' (EPW) surface transportation bill which was reported out on Wednesday. "I am pleased that that the Chairman and committee included our legislation to improve the North Carolina's i… Continue Reading


Obamacare is not working for Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Supreme Court handed down a ruling on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies: "Regardless of today's decision by the Supreme Court, the fact remains that Obamacare is not working for the American people," said Sen. Burr. "While the Court may have ruled on the issue of subsidies in the federal exchanges, this fundamentally flawed law continues to speak for itself in the form of broken promises, government mandates, a… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Advances FY2016 Authorization Bill

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the committee voted 15-0 to approve the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill's next step will be consideration before the full Senate. Senator Burr said: "Our nation is facing more threats every day. America's security depends on our intelligence community's ability to detect and thwart attacks on the homeland, our personnel and interests overseas, … Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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