Press Releases


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Burr Statement on the Terror Attacks in Belgium

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the terror attacks in Belgium this morning: "I am saddened and angered by the senseless and barbaric attacks this morning in Brussels. Our government has offered robust support to our partners in Belgium and I will continue to track the events closely as they unfold. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Belgian people and all other nations who lost innocent civilians toda… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Tillis Statement on the Death of Lejeune Marine in Iraq Fighting ISIL

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) today made the following statement on the death of Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin who was killed in Iraq over the weekend in an attack by Islamic State militants: "We are deeply saddened that one of our U.S. Marines died fighting the Islamic State over the weekend. Based in Camp Lejeune, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin made the ultimate sacrifice battling ISIS. Our prayers are with him and his family."… Continue Reading


Senate and House Members Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand ABLE Accounts

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX) introduced a package of bills aimed at enhancing the ABLE Act. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for disabled people who work to save a portion of their income in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. These bills will also allow rollovers to and from 529 colle… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Tillis Urge CMS to Halt Medicare Advantage Cuts to Seniors in NC and Nationally

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) pressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reconsider cuts to the Medicare Advantage plans, which will drastically reduce access to Medicare Advantage for 135,000 seniors in North Carolina. The Medicare Advantage program is popular nationwide because of the quality care and choices it offers seniors. The Senators note that they share concern about the proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage (MA) Retiree Coverage included in the Febr… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Supreme Court Nominee: American People Deserve a Voice

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) commented following the President's announcement of his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court: "The American people deserve a voice in the nomination of the next Supreme Court Justice. This appointment could easily tip the balance of the court in a direction not supported by the American people as evidenced by 2014's election results giving Republicans both the Senate and House."… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Address Opioid Addiction: We Can Reverse This Trend

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524), a bipartisan bill to help communities combat the growing opioid epidemic in America. The legislation passed by a vote of 94-1. "Today, Americans suffering with opioid addiction are closer than ever before to getting the help they need," said Senator Burr. "There are thousands of North Carolina families currently grappling with this addiction and I am encouraged that the Senate has produced bipartisan … Continue Reading


Burr’s Pandemic Preparedness and Innovation Bills Pass Committee

Today, in the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved two innovation bills offered by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). Both the Advancing Breakthrough Medical Devices for Patients Act of 2015 and Medical Countermeasures Innovation Act of 2015 passed on a voice vote. Senators Burr, Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act in April of 2015. Senator Burr and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Medical Countermeasures … Continue Reading


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

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