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Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Federal Government from Devastating Amateur Motorsports

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016, or the RPM Act, which will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from cracking down on amateur race car mechanics and hobbyists. The rule proposed last year by the EPA runs counter to existing law and Congressional intent, and it would threaten the very existence of amateur motorsports in the United States. … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Votes No on Nomination of Common Core Champion

Today, in a session of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted against the nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner to be Secretary of Education. Sen. Burr released the following statement on the vote: "Today, I voted against John King's nomination for Secretary of Education because he is clearly the wrong person for the job. We need someone who will listen to teachers and parents. John King has demonstrated that he is not … Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, Ayotte, Daines, Hoeven, and Tillis Introduce Veterans Choice Improvement Act

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Boozman (R-AR) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016. This legislation makes the Veterans Choice Program, which was created in 2014 to allow veterans to get needed health care outside of the VA system, a permanent program with advance funding. It will also make needed changes and reforms to address the bureaucratic delays, hassl… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan: "Today, Americans mourn the loss of the former First Lady, who represented the United States with utmost dignity. I am saddened to hear of her passing, but find solace that she will once again join her husband. Let us remember her great contributions to this country, such as her commitment to stem the AIDS virus and her advocacy for a drug free country. Nancy Reagan led her life as a… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Pushes IRS to Provide Reasons for Taxpayer Audits

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bill to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to present a taxpayer clear reasons why an individual or business is chosen for an audit. The legislation, the Biased IRS Audit Systems (BIAS) Prevention Act, will ensure that the IRS is fairly administering the tax code by requiring that the IRS provide documented justification to taxpayers for the standard audits it conducts. Recent government watchdog studies found that the IRS needs better protoco… Continue Reading


Burr, Ayotte, Cotton, Rubio Introduce Bill to Stop Obama from Turning Over Gitmo Naval Base to Cuba

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) late yesterday introduced a bill to prevent President Obama from giving the United States Naval base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba without proper Congressional approval. The Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Protection Act, S. 2559, requires the President to notify Congress if he proposes to modify, terminate, abandon or transfer the lease of the land that currently contains Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. This… Continue Reading


Statement on the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Scalia. He was a staunch defender of the Constitution who understood and adhered to the vision our Founding Fathers had of a limited government. This is a profound loss for our nation. "In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For t… Continue Reading


Burr Confronts IRS Commissioner Koskinen, IRS Watchdog on the Rehiring of Previously Fired Employees

Following an exchange yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee hearing with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today asked the IRS watchdog to take a closer look at Koskinen's claims that the IRS is no longer rehiring employees who were previously fired from the agency. In a letter to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Senator Burr noted inconsistencies in Koskinen's testimony. Senator Burr wrote in his letter to the Ins… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Takes Steps to Better Protect Children at Military Child Care Facilities

This week, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Military Child Care Protection Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill would improve standards for child care centers on military bases by bringing them in line with the standards for other child care centers that receive federal dollars. "This is a common sense proposal," Senator Burr said. "Parents deserve the peace of mind that they are leaving their children in good hands when they drop them off at a military chil… Continue Reading


HELP Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Help Patients by Facilitating Faster Development of Drugs for Rare Diseases

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved a bipartisan bill help advance the development of targeted drugs for patients with serious or life-threatening rare genetic diseases. The Advancing Targeted Therapies for Rare Diseases Act of 2015 was introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in September. "Our conversations with Coloradans suffering the effects of Duchenne's muscular dys… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Making The Same Mistake Hundreds Of Times: The IRS Re-Hires Fired Employees

This week, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen is set to appear before the Senate Finance Committee, and yet again, the IRS is in a sorry state. As more reports of the IRS unfairly targeting Americans come to light, taxpayers are dumbfounded about what they see as a lack of accountability at the agency and its inability to clean out bad employees. But the problem is worse than that. In hundreds of cases over a three year period, the IRS has actually hired back employees it had pr… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr: Air Force Will Be Held Accountable Following Decision To Deactivate The 440th

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statements in response to a letter from leaders of the Air Force and Army certifying the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield: "I am surprised and deeply disappointed with the Army's decision to acquiesce to the Air Force's strategy for how they will complete training at Fort Bragg," said Senator Thom Tillis. "Now the burden is on the Fort Bragg commanders to demonstrate to Congress a… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Introduce Resolution Recognizing the Bravery of the Montagnard People During the Vietnam War

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam, and calling on the government of Vietnam to respect their human rights. The Montagnards fought shoulder to shoulder with the United States military during the Vietnam War and made many sacrifices alongside our troops. "I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank the Montagnards who joined with us in Vietnam and sa… Continue Reading


NC & CO Senators Put Their Pride On The Line With Super Bowl 50 Wager

Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have accepted Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr's (R-NC) challenge to put their NFL team pride on the line by wagering the delivery of a Senate floor speech on the outcome of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The wager requires the freshman Senator representing the losing team to deliver a speech on the Senate floor congratulating the Super Bowl champion that meets the following conditions: The… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Somalia Jet Explosion: al-Qaida Remains a Threat

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the plane explosion in Somalia earlier this week: "While it is too early to confirm that extremists associated with al-Shabaab were responsible for the explosion on board a Daallo Airlines plane on Tuesday, it fits with the group's public rhetoric, intent, and capabilities. It is a sobering reminder that while much of the public discourse on terrorist threats to the United Stat… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Presses HHS to Take Action on Zika Virus

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to use the tools created by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 (PAHPA) to accelerate the research of the Zika virus as well as the vaccines and medicines to combat it. This virus could represent a particularly serious public health threat to pregnant women and their unborn childre… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Conservation Fund benefits our state

Preserving North Carolina's precious landmarks and landscapes is one of the most important promises we can keep for our future and the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps us make good on those promises. Each year in North Carolina, this fund helps local communities preserve land for small-scale parks and ballfields, as well as grander plans like the recent addition of 70 acres to the Pilot Mountain site. Unfortunately, this year saw the expiration of this fund, and many in Congress were will… Continue Reading


Advisory: CIA Director Brennan 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.) will hold an open hearing next week with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan. This open hearing will examine the CIA's intelligence activities and its ability to meet diverse mission requirements in support of our national security. Details Hearing: Open Senate Intelligence Hearing with CIA Director John Brennan Witness: CIA Director John Brennan W… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Developments with Iran

Today, Senator Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the developments this weekend with Iran: "I am pleased that five innocent American hostages are finally coming home, but I remain convinced that the President's deal with Iran is just a clear and direct roadmap to a nuclear device and the means to deliver it. The President should never have traded away our leverage over a terrorist regime, a regime that is still holding Americans hostage."… Continue Reading


Senators to IRS: Stop Rehiring Fired Employees

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016. The Treasury watchdog found unsettling evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has repeatedly rehired employees who were fired for poor conduct and performance after a lengthy examination process. This legislation will require the IRS to stop this practice. The watchdog's report even found that an employee who had "Do No… Continue Reading

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