Press Releases

02.24.15

Burr Statement on Obama's Veto of Keystone XL

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. The Keystone Bill passed the Senate 62 to 36 and passed the House 266 to 153. "The President has vetoed Congress's first jobs bill of 2015, Keystone XL. The legislation is a bipartisan, commonsense measure that garnered support with the American people and was granted a favorable ruling by the President's State Department." "It's clear from the President's fi… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Upton, Hatch, and Burr Seek Ideas from Governors on Patient CARE Act

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC),House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today sent a letter to the nation's governors seeking feedback on their recently released Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act. The Patient CARE Act is a patient-focused legislative blueprint that devolves power from Washington to empower families, small businesses, and states. "We believe health care reform wil… Continue Reading


02.18.15

Senator Burr Statement On The Passing Of Former Rep. Cass Ballenger

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the passing of former Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC): "It was my honor to count Cass as a mentor, friend and colleague," said Senator Burr. "Cass was wholly dedicated to serving the people of North Carolina and I often look to the example he set in his sincere attention to his constituents. As a lawmaker, he was knowledgeable and careful, insisting on understanding all angles of an issue before making a plan, as evidenced … Continue Reading


02.13.15

Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating The Life Of North Carolina Legend, Dean Smith

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution (S. Res 79), honoring the life of Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina's basketball team. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the resolution this week following his passing on Sunday. Smith led the UNC Chapel Hill basketball team to multiple national championships and remained a beloved leader in North Carolina after his retirement. "Coach Smith was a leader on and off the court," said … Continue Reading


02.12.15

Bipartisan group Of Senators Announces Report On Simplifying Federal Regulations For America's 6,000 Colleges And Universities

, Feb. 12 - A bipartisan group of senators on the Senate education committee, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), today announced a report detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, while protecting students and taxpayers. Chairman Alexander also announced a hearing to discuss the findings of the report on Febru… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Veteran's Assistance Bill, "Clay Hunt SAV Act," Becomes Law

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Presidential signing of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, into law. "Our veterans have made countless sacrifices on behalf of this country and they deserve better. The Clay Hunt SAV Act will provide much-needed resources to combat the epidemic of veteran suicide," said Senator Burr. "I could not be more pleased to see my legislation signed into law today and I will continue to suppo… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Finance Committee Approves Bennet-Burr Bill To Level Playing Field For LNG

The Senate Finance Committee today approved a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to put liquefied natural gas (LNG) on equal footing with diesel fuel under the federal highway excise tax. The bill would allow LNG to compete fairly with diesel by taxing LNG on energy output rather than per gallon. Congress shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers - this legislation would ensure that natural gas is on the same playing field … Continue Reading


02.11.15

Burr Statement On The Deaths Of Three In Chapel Hill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after news of three deaths in Chapel Hill, NC yesterday evening: "Last night's tragic events have left three dead and our community in mourning. My prayers are with their families. I have faith that law enforcement will assemble the facts and ensure that justice is carried out on behalf of those murdered."… Continue Reading


02.11.15

Veterans Bill Heads To The President's Desk, McConnell Praises Burr's Leadership

Yesterday, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) attended the signing of H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, in an enrollment ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Clay Hunt's parents, Susan and Richard Selke. This bipartisan legislation addresses the epidemic of veteran suicide, expanding veterans' access to critical mental health care and resources. "Our veterans deserve the best care, and it's all too frequent that our … Continue Reading


02.10.15

As Trade Talks Continue, Bipartisan Group of Senators Unveils Bill to Stand Up For American Jobs by Addressing Currency Manipulation

As Congress prepares to review the Administration's trade agenda, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation to stand up for American jobs and American manufacturers by holding accountable countries - like China - that cheat trade law by manipulating their currency. U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), outlined The Currency Undervaluation Investigation Act,legislation tha… Continue Reading


02.09.15

Senator Burr's Statement On The Passing Of Dean Smith

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Dean Smith: "Dean Smith's accomplishments as coach, mentor, and teacher made him a legend in our state, and far beyond Tobacco Road. Brooke and I are deeply saddened to hear of his passing, but he left his indelible mark on this state. Under his stewardship, UNC became the formidable college basketball powerhouse that it is today. While he was a winning coach, he also encouraged his players to excel in th… Continue Reading


02.06.15

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Legislation To Close Loophole On Military Sexual Assault Reporting

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced legislation to close a legal loophole that currently enables sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR). In August, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed an investigation of sexual offender tracking in the military, noting the alarmingly low self-reporting rates and providing a list of suggested solutions for impr… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Burr, Hatch, Upton Unveil Obamacare Replacement Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act-a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with common-sense, patient-focused reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care. In contrast with Obamacare and its government-centered mandates and regulation… Continue Reading


02.05.15

Burr, Hatch, Upton Unveil Obamacare Replacement Plan

- Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act-a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with common-sense, patient-focused reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care. In contrast with Obamacare and its government-centered mandates and regulati… Continue Reading


02.04.15

Following Study Confirming Agent Orange Exposure, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call On VA Secretary To Ensure Post Vietnam Air Force Veterans Receive Proper Benefits And Compensation

- A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today called on VA Secretary Robert McDonald to ensure that veterans long denied care for exposure to Agent Orange receive timely and proper benefits and compensation. The letter follows a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) study that provides new and compelling evidence on exposure to Agent Orange of veterans who flew contaminated aircraft after the Vietnam war. Burr and Merkley were joined in a letter… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Look To Gain Permanent Reauthorization Of The Land And Water Conservation Fund

- U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "Last week, the Senate showed significant bipartisan support to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)," said Senator Burr. "LWCF has a pr… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Burr Praises Unanimous Senate Passage Of Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act today by a vote of 99-0. The SAV Act seeks to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American veterans. "The suicide rate among veterans is tragically high and the programs and resources available to veterans are overdue for modernization. Today, the Senate took action to rectify this troubling trend. We must do a be… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Bill To Strengthen, Enhance College Savings Plans

Yesterday, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.Va.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. "These college savings accounts are an important tool for parents investing in their children's future," Burr said. "Our bill will allow some additional flexibility to help these accounts administratively function better. I hope that my colleagues will… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Burr: Obama Budget Is A $2.1 Trillion Tax Hike, Doesn't Fix Country's Fiscal Problems

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to the President's budget: "Today, the President released another tax and spend budget that never balances. This time, it's $2.1 trillion in new taxes for Americans while increasing the debt. The President's budget is less of budget and more of a wish list for pricey spending programs favored by Democrats. The President continues to signal to the American people and Congress that he has no interest in working t… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Burr Applauds Passage Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the final passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation: "I am proud that this job-creating legislation passed the Senate in a bipartisan manner that allowed for a lengthy debate and votes on many amendments," said Senator Richard Burr. "This is how the Senate should run. It is my hope that the President does not ignore the wishes of the majority of Americans and signs this bill into law when it reaches his desk."… Continue Reading

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