Press Releases

01.13.15

Burr Releases Statement Following Report on Post-Vietnam Agent Orange Exposure in C-123 Aircraft

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement after reviewing the report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which examined the potential that C-123 aircraft flown and maintained by Air Force Reserve crews from 1972 to 1982 were contaminated by Agent Orange residue from their service in Vietnam and that those crews and maintainers were likely exposed to unsafe levels of Agent Orange dioxin. The IOM's report concurs with earlier findings from the CDC, which found that the c… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Burr Releases Statement on Higher Education Proposals

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement after the President's proposal to offer free tuition at community colleges for students striving for a four-year degree and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher: "If the President has found the billions of dollars in new money that would be required for this latest idea, I'd prefer we use it to shore up Pell Grant's finances so that assistance is available for years to come for North Carolina's neediest students. Pell Grants provide … Continue Reading


01.08.15

Senator Richard Burr Named Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has been named the new Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Chairman Burr served on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during his tenure in the House of Representatives and became a member of the Senate Committee on Intelligence in 2007. "I am honored to assume the role of Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 114th Congress. I have spent the better part of two decades overseeing the work of our … Continue Reading


01.08.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Cut 108-Question Student Aid Form to 2 Questions

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), with Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Angus King (I- Maine) today introduced the FAST Act, a bill to simplify the process of applying for and receiving federal financial aid to attend college, allow year-round use of Pell Grants, discourage over-borrowing and simplify repayments. The bill would reduce to a single postcard-called the "Student Aid Short Form"-the questions 20 million Amer… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Burr, King Lead Bipartisan Push To Reform Student Loan Repayment Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine), along with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. The Repay Act, which Senators Burr and King originally introduced last Congress, would simplify the complex maze of federal student loan repayment programs by consolidating many of the benefits of current repayment programs into two plans… Continue Reading


01.07.15

Burr Comments On Terrorist Attack On Charlie Hebdo

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the attack on Charlie Hebdo. This terrorist attack will not go unanswered. Our intelligence community will work with our partners around the world to find those who planned and carried out this attack and any others who plan similar attacks in the future."… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Burr Comments on President’s Cuba Announcement

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's announcement regarding Cuba: "I am glad that the Cuban Government has finally released Alan Gross, a man who committed no crime and has lost five years of his life. I am also heartened that we were able to secure the release of a man incarcerated for 20 years who was incredibly helpful to our nation." "Regarding what the President said on normalizing our nation's relationship with Cuba, I will listen… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Burr-Casey ABLE Act Passes Senate, Heads to the President’s Desk to Become Law

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the Senate has passed their Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The bill will allow families who have a child with a disability to save for their long-term care through 529-style savings accounts. The ABLE Act passed the House last week with a final vote of 404-17. This legislation has been called "...the broadest legislation to help the disabled in nearly a quarter-century." "Some have called the ABLE Act … Continue Reading


12.13.14

Senate Passes 2015 Ominbus Appropriations Bill

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the final vote on the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill which passed the Senate this evening. "Today, I voted, with a bipartisan majority of my Senate colleagues, to pass the appropriations bill that will fund the government through fiscal year 2015. This legislation, while not perfect, will allow the federal government to continue to run, bringing us into the new year with a new majority. As imperfect as this legisla… Continue Reading


12.12.14

Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Beach Access Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauds the Senate passage of H.R. 3979, a bill that includes legislation he authored known as the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act (S. 486). After successful bipartisan negotiations last year, an amended version of Senator Burr's bill was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. With Senator Burr's urging, the amended version of S. 486 was included as part of larger legislation that the House of Representatives passed… Continue Reading


12.10.14

TOMORROW: Bicameral, Bipartisan Press Conference on ABLE Act

In advance of this week's Senate vote on the ABLE Act, a group of bicameral, bipartisan Members of Congress will hold a press conference on this crucial piece of legislation that will empower millions of Americans with disabilities. PARTICIPANTS: • Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) • House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) • House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) • Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) • Rep. Chris Van… Continue Reading


12.09.14

Burr: Intel Report Endangers Officers and Allies, Smear on Bush Administration

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) had the following reaction to today's release of the majority Intel report: "In April, I voted to submit the Democrat's study to the Executive Branch for redaction and, if appropriate, release. Rather than go through a thorough, thoughtful redaction process that would ensure the protection of our intelligence professionals and international allies, the Committee Democrats chose instead to pressure the White House and our Intelligence Community to release more … Continue Reading


12.04.14

Burr Applauds House Passage of Beach Access Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauds the House passage of H.R. 4435, a bill that includes legislation he authored known as the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act (S. 486). After successful bipartisan negotiations last year, an amended version of Senator Burr's bill was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. With Senator Burr's urging, the amended version of S. 486 was included as part of larger legislation that the House of Representatives passed… Continue Reading


12.04.14

Senators Burr, Casey to Call on Senate to Take Up and Pass ABLE Act that Would Allow Families Who Have a Child with a Disability to Save for their Long Term through 529-Style Savings Accounts

Following a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives U.S. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) will call on the Senate to take up and pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that will allow families who have a child with a disability to save for their long-term care through 529-style savings accounts, TOMORROW, Thursday, December 4th at 2:15pm during a conference call. Burr and Casey will be joined by one of the nation's leading advocates for the ABLE Act- Scra… Continue Reading


12.01.14

Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Recognizing the Bravery of the Montagnard People in the Vietnam War

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam. This resolution is a historic first in the Senate, which has not previously honored these brave individuals who fought alongside the United States military during the Vietnam War. "I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank and remember the Montagnards who joined us in Vietnam and saved thousands of lives with their heroic actions," sai… Continue Reading


11.27.14

Senator Burr's Thanksgiving Message

This Thanksgiving my family and I are reflecting on all the things our nation has to be grateful for and I hope your family will join us in doing so. I want to give thanks for our brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom here and in far-away places. Thank you to those who came before us and served selflessly for our nation. I want to thank those in uniform and the civilian volunteers that are risking bodily harm to provide care for those in African countries affected by Ebola. Let … Continue Reading


11.25.14

Burr, Wyden, 39 Other Senators Urge Funding Solution for LWCF

U.S. Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and a bipartisan coalition of 39 of their Senate colleagues urged Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to work with them to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund before the end of the current Congress on Dec. 31, in a letter sent yesterday. The LWCF program, which helps ensure access to outdoor recreation areas by providing funding to protect public lands and matching state gran… Continue Reading


11.24.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on Secretary Hagel's Resignation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding Secretary Hagel's resignation: "It is clear that Secretary Hagel is taking the fall for the Administration's mismanagement of the international challenges facing our nation, from Ebola to ISIL and the lingering questions about our future role in Afghanistan. Rather than looking across the Potomac to find someone to blame, the President should be looking at his own inner circle - something it is clear Secretary Hagel was… Continue Reading


11.20.14

Senator Burr: A Dangerous Shift From a Nation of Laws to a Nation of Men

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's announcement: "Tonight the President announced his intention to pursue amnesty for illegal immigrants through executive action. This decision, counter to his own statements over the last few years, represents the very height of Presidential arrogance and signifies a dangerous shift from a nation of laws to a nation of men. In order to achieve some sort of gain for his political party, the President risks dam… Continue Reading


11.17.14

Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will expand access to and improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children and families that benefit from the federal child care subsidy program. The law has been due for reauthorization since 2002. Harkin and Alexander are chairman and … Continue Reading

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