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Senate Intel Committee Chairman Burr on Terror Attacks in Paris

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Islamic State's terror attacks in Paris yesterday in which over 120 people were slaughtered: "We are reminded once again of ISIL's brutality -- a brutality that is not only a feature of daily life inside their so-called caliphate, but also is rapidly becoming their leading export and their vision for the world. We share not only in the grief of the French people but also in their resolve to confront,… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr Votes to Prohibit President from Closing Guantanamo Bay

Today, through the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress voted to prohibit President Obama from making a dangerous decision to bring terrorists currently housed at Guantanamo Bay to the United States. Sen. Richard Burr(R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after voting with 90 other senators from both parties to prevent the transfer of enemy combatants to U.S. soil: "The President signaled again today the he in… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Howard Coble

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the passing of former Representative Howard Coble (NC-6): "Howard Coble was a friend, colleague and a mentor. He was a true statesman and represented his constituents with passion and effectiveness. Howard will be missed but never forgotten by all who called him friend. It's a sad day for North Carolina but it is a joyous occasion that Howard is once again with his parents he loved so much."… Continue Reading


Jones, Tillis, and Burr Take Action to Preserve Taxpayers’ Access to Cape Lookout

Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3), Senator Richard Burr (NC), and Senator Thom Tillis (NC) are raising strong concerns with the National Park Service's push for increased restrictions on public access to Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Park Service's preferred alternative for a rule governing off-road vehicle (ORV) use at the seashore would, among other things, impose an $80 fee for a short term permit to take a vehicle to Cape Lookout, place restrictions on nighttime driving, and implemen… Continue Reading


Rouzer, Burr, Jones, Tillis send letter to FEMA urging for disaster relief

This week, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) joined Senator Richard Burr, Congressman Walter Jones (NC-03) and Senator Thom Tillis in writing a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate urging support of Governor Pat McCrory's request for a Public Assistance disaster declaration in the amount of $31.7 million for Brunswick, Carteret, Dare, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, and Pender Counties and statewide Hazard Mitigation as a result of severe storms … Continue Reading


Burr Votes Against Budget Bill that Relies on Accounting Gimmicks

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after voting against H.R. 1314 early this morning: "I'm disappointed in this bill. Instead of actually offsetting the cost of $80 billion in additional spending, this budget deal relies on accounting gimmicks to make the numbers work. And because it does not address our fundamental fiscal imbalances, it is estimated that this bill will increase our national debt by another $1.3 trillion over the next year and a half. We owe our children … Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Applaud Air Force Decision to Establish New Flight Squadron in NC

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today applaud the United States Air Force's preliminary decision to establish a new KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in 2019. The Senators were informed of the Air Force's decision by the Chief of Staff of The Air Force, General Mark Welsh. Seymour Johnson will undergo an environmental impact study in the next nine months before the final basing decision in the spring of 2016. "The Air Force's p… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bill to Withhold Bonuses from Tax Cheat Bureaucrats

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Senators John Thune (R-SD), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) yesterday introduced No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act, which withholds bonuses from federal employees who are delinquent on their taxes or have engaged in documented misconduct. "Today, we're taking the first step to prevent bureaucrats from getting paid bonuses while fleecing the taxpayers at the same time," said Senator Burr. "It's unconscionable that federa… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Landmark Cybersecurity Bill

Today, in a vote of 74-21, the Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015. The bill, which is sponsored by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), helps protect Americans' personal privacy by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen. This legislation creates an environment that encourages the sharing of information about cyber threats, allowing all participants to get a bet… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Applaud Selection of Margaret Spellings as UNC System President

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the UNC Board of Governors for electing former United States Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as the next UNC System President. "Margaret Spellings will make an outstanding president of the University of North Carolina system," said Senator Richard Burr. "Her years of commitment to college access and completion, particularly for traditionally underserved populations, and knowledge of the nexus between graduate success… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis: President Undermines National Security, Vetoes Funding For Troops

Today, President Barack Obama vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, which recently passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support. Following the president's decision to veto the NDAA for FY16, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) released the below statement: "President Obama's veto today not only threatens the military readiness and security of our nation, but also represents a stunning rejection of the longstanding … Continue Reading


Senate Consensus Forming in Support of Cyber Bill

More than a dozen senators on Wednesday spoke about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, a bill to promote the sharing of cybersecurity information between companies and with the government while safeguarding personal information. An overwhelming majority spoke in favor of the bill. A selection of statements from the floor today: McConnell: "Americans also know that a cyber-attack is essentially a personal attack on their own privacy. It's violating to think of strangers digging through … Continue Reading


Debunking Myths about Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a fact sheet on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 helps protect personal privacy, by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen, not after Americans personal, financial, and private information is stolen by foreign agents and criminal gangs. This legislation creates a … Continue Reading


Op-ed: Bring back millions for conservation

Every day, Americans are spending time in recreational areas made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This fund is well-loved and for good reason: It enables parks, outdoor spaces and national sites to remain accessible, protected and celebrated by all Americans. At this point, the fund has unfortunately expired, but my Senate colleagues and I would like to bring the LWCF, and all the conservation projects currently in limbo, back to life. Rather than using taxpayer money, … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Opposition to Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership: Anything Less Than a Level Playing Field is Unacceptable

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The TPP deal was announced this week and has a number of problematic provisions. "While I believe that trade can open markets for American goods and services to be sold all over the world, the TPP is a bad deal for America," said Senator Burr. "The Obama administration is rigging the system to pick winners and losers in favor of industries that he and his allies support. I cannot support a d… Continue Reading


Burr & Tillis Congratulate NC Nobel Prize In Chemistry Winners

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued a joint statement congratulating Dr. Paul Modrich, a professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Dr. Aziz Sancar, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, for winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their innovative work mapping how cells repair DNA: "We congratulate Dr. Paul Modrich and Dr. Aziz Sancar for their well-deserved Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their ground-breaking research in di… Continue Reading


As Major Hack Exposes Another 15 Million People, Intel Chairs Burr and Feinstein Call for Passage of Cyber Bill

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today made the following statement on the hack of T-Mobile and Experian: "We woke up this morning to news of the latest major breach of personal information through a cyber hack, with 15 million people's private information stolen from T-Mobile and Experian. For months, we have been trying to pass important, balanced legislation to help companies get the information they nee… Continue Reading


Burr& Tillis Respond To Administration’s Partisan TPP Tobacco Carve-Out

The Obama Administration has formally proposed tobacco carve-out language in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a provision that would single out a specific agricultural product and strip it of rights afforded to all other agricultural products in the trade agreement. "Over the last seven years, this Administration has consistently picked winners and losers by rigging the rules in favor of the organizations and industries they like best," said Senator Burr. "Agricultural trade is critical to … Continue Reading


Burr Pushes for 60 Day Lifeline on Conservation Fund

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) pushed for a deal to guarantee a 60 day short term reauthorization to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). If approved by unanimous consent, the agreement would extend funding for the LWCF for 60 more days. Funding for the LWCF will expire today, September 30, 2015, if no action is taken. Earlier this month, Sen. Burr and 52 of his Republican and Democratic colleagues sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid encouraging … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr: Inclusion of Amendment to Defense Authorization that Maintains Fort Bragg’s Critical Pope Airfield Is Critical

Today, a select House-Senate Conference Committee released the final Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The conference committee included language from Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Burr that preserves the C-130H presence at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield in North Carolina pending analysis by the Army on the impact of shuttering the 440th on the readiness of airborne forces. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has relentlessly advocated for the maintenance of the airfield and… Continue Reading

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