Press Releases


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


Education Committee Chairman Praises Burr Role to Secure Lowest Student Loan Rates in over a Decade

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) garnered praise from the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his work on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which was signed into law in 2013 and made possible today's news that student loan rates dropped to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent. This saves North Carolina students and families as much as $1.1 billion. Chairman Alexander praised the bipartisan team of Senators Bur… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on Today’s Student Loan Rate Decrease: Saves $1.08 Billion for North Carolina Families and Students Alone

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent, representing the best rates for students in 12 years: "This is great news for students in North Carolina and across the country. North Carolina students and families alone are set to save over a billion dollars. This additional reduction in student loan rates i… Continue Reading


Op-Ed: Richard Burr: Fixing veterans' health care

In 2014, when I was serving as the ranking member of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act. This law created the new Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans who face long waits or driving distances to see a doctor of their choice outside of the federal VA health care system. This legislation was in direct response to the disturbing revelation that many veterans who had bravely served our country and survived combat were dying… Continue Reading


Sens Burr, Nelson, and Tillis Fight for Health Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced S. 2888, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2016, which requires the VA to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. The legislation also requires that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review all relevant scientific literature every three… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the White House’s Nomination for the Eastern District Judge

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement that the President nominated Patricia Timmons-Goodson to serve on the Eastern District Court of North Carolina: "Several years ago, when this seat first became vacant, I worked with former Senator Kay Hagan, other interested members of Congress, and the President to fill the vacancy in the Eastern District. After the agreement had been made, the President declined to honor it. I remain disappointed that the Preside… Continue Reading


Sens. Burr, Casey Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will enhance 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low-income and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, encourage employers to match the college savings of their employees, allow savings that aren't needed for college to be rolled over into a Roth IRA for retirement, and enab… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act

- On Tuesday a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introduced the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The House (H.R.5067) bill is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Senate (S.2854) companion bill is led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). WATCH: Sen. Burr delivers floor speech on the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Cri… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Encryption Without Tears

By Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein In an increasingly digital world, strong encryption of devices is needed to prevent criminal misuse of data. But technological innovation must not mean placing individuals or companies above the law. Over the past year the two of us have explored the challenges associated with criminal and terrorist use of encrypted communications. Two examples illustrate why the status quo is unacceptable. The first is the Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Wins Five Major Legislative Victories This Week

This week, the Senate advanced five key pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). An amendment protecting the Corolla Wild Horses passed by voice vote and a provision permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act, was passed by an 85-12 vote. Three Burr amendments were included in legislation passed by the Finance Committee on Wednesday: two amendments that will clean up misconduct at the Int… Continue Reading



Legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not improperly taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DoD) has passed the Senate Finance Committee. Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DoD. Unfortunately, taxes on combat-related disability severance pay… Continue Reading


Finance Committee Passes Package of Burr Bills to Clean Up IRS

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed two of Sen. Burr's bills aimed at cleaning up misconduct at the Internal Revenue Service. The package included the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act and the IRS Accountability Act as amendments to larger taxpayer protection legislation. These bills will prevent the IRS from rehiring employees who were previously fired and will make it easier to fire senior executives for misconduct. "Americans are outraged by the constant stream of news stori… Continue Reading


Senate Permanently Reauthorizes Critical Conservation Fund, Senator Burr Leads Charge

Today, the Senate approved a permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), championed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). The bill passed this morning as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, 85-12. Senator Burr has led the charge to bring awareness to the importance of LWCF and to ensure that this fund is renewed. Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America's most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recr… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr/Tillis Amendment to Save the Corolla Wild Horses

Today, the Senate approved the Corolla Wild Horse Protection Act, an amendment sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC). The amendment takes actions to ensure the genetic diversity and viability of the herd so that these horses are not lost forever. The amendment also allows the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to manage the herd at no cost to taxpayers. The amendment passed by voice vote. "I'm glad the Senate approved this amendment," said Sen. Burr. "The Corolla Wild Horses ha… Continue Reading


Law Enforcement Announces Support for Burr/Feinstein Draft Encryption Proposal

Several law enforcement advocacy groups and senior law enforcement officials have recently announced their support of draft legislation from Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) which reinforces that all entities must comply with court orders to protect Americans from criminals and terrorists. The draft legislation, Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, will ensure that no one is above the law. Those who have announce… Continue Reading


Intelligence Committee Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Encryption Legislation

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today released the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016; draft legislation which reinforces that all entities must comply with court orders to protect Americans from criminals and terrorists. The senators will now solicit input from the public and key stakeholders before formally introducing the bill. "I have long believed that data is too insecure, and feel strongly that consumers… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Presses Education Secretary on Funding for Low-Income Children, King Has No Answers

Today, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) questioned Secretary of Education John King about federal funding designed to help low-income children. King repeatedly dodged Sen. Burr's questions about Title I education funding, which is supposed to support the educational needs of children living in poverty. The formula governing Title I funding has not been updated since 2001 and does not reflect current population levels. As a… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Fights for Americans Suffering from Rare Diseases

Today, Senator Burr (R-NC) spoke before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on the need for rare disease treatments. WATCH: Sen. Burr speaks on treatments for rare diseases Senator Burr highlighted the example of Taylor King from Charlotte, NC who suffers from Batten disease, a rare genetic condition for which no treatments are currently available. Taylor's mother, Sharon King, started Taylor's Tale, an advocacy group dedicated to combatting Batten disease and advocati… Continue Reading


Burr and Boxer Introduce Resolution to Honor Military Families

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today introduced a resolution to mark April 5th as "Gold Star Wives Day." This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts. Members of Gold Star Wives, both women and men, have lost someone extremely important to them in service to our co… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Toomey Bet on NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have placed a friendly bet on the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game this evening. The game will feature a matchup between the Villanova University Wildcats and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The agreed-to terms of the wager are as follows: The losing senator must wear the victorious team's hat and t-shirt and post photos prominently on social media in order to properly bask in the sting of defeat. "North Carolin… Continue Reading

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