Press Releases

04.28.15

Burr, Tillis, Grassley Bill Puts Teeth Behind President Obama’s Pledge to Prioritize Removal of Alien Gang Members

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), today introduced legislation prohibiting people with gang ties from receiving deferred deportation and other immigration benefits. The bill also makes gang members deportable and inadmissible for immigration purposes. "The circumstances around this bill are incredibly sad - four are dead following this administration's inability to enforce their own ill-co… Continue Reading


04.27.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Action from VA to Provide Care and Benefits to Veterans Exposed to Toxic Agent Orange Residue

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote to Department of Veterans' Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald requesting that the department utilize its existing statutory authority to provide care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic herbicide residue decades ago while they served on aircraft used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam. "Justice for these veterans is … Continue Reading


04.24.15

Burr, Bennet, and Hatch Offer Legislation to Advance Breakthrough Devices for Patients

Yesterday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act, to help bring breakthrough devices to patients in as timely a manner as possible. The Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act builds on legislation, the Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Patients Act, that the Senate passed in 2012 from Senators Bennet, Hatch, and Burr. Both the 2012 legislation and the newly introdu… Continue Reading


04.23.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on the Deaths of Al-Qaida Hostages

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement of the deaths of two hostages held by al-Qaida: "Today's news from the White House is heartbreaking. This is a sad day for our country and for our Italian allies, and my prayers are with the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. In our grief, though, we should remember that al-Qaida is merciless in their capture and continued detainment of hostages who ha… Continue Reading


04.22.15

Burr Amendment to Close Loophole On Military Sexual Assault Reporting Passes Senate

Today, Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) amendment 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) passed the Senate. The amendment was added to S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and passed by a unanimous vote of 98 to 0. In August, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed an investigation of sexual offender tracking in the milit… Continue Reading


04.21.15

Burr and Heitkamp’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Resolution to Enrich Childhood Development Passes Senate

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution designating April 23rd as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" which passed later in the evening. The resolution was designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children and was cosponsored with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Today's resolution marks the 6th year that Senator Burr has introduced "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" as a day of national recognition. "Education and hard work are k… Continue Reading


04.16.15

Burr on Committee Markup of Education Bill: Bill to Fix 15 Year Disparity in Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC), made the following statement following the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): "Today, I was able to fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across our state. Because Congress didn't have the courage to fix this problem in 2001, funding that was intended … Continue Reading


04.16.15

North Carolina Delegation Introduces Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015

Today, Senator Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 to ensure that the US-70 Corridor in North Carolina would become part of the Interstate system once it is fully upgraded to interstate standards. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) introduced a companion bill in the House. … Continue Reading


04.15.15

Burr Student Loan Amendment Approved 97-0

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following an unanimous vote of 97-0 to include his amendment, based on the Repayment Act, to the budget agreement. Senator King (I-ME) joined Burr as an original cosponsor. "For the second time, my amendment with Senator King has passed with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senator Burr. "Americans are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars go to waste in a student loan program that doesn't adequately serve the interes… Continue Reading


04.15.15

Recent Air Force Report is a Disappointment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following yesterday's release of the United States Air Force's mandatory "Report on C-130 Force Structure" to Congress. The report outlines the Air Force's plan to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg. "The recent Air Force report is a complete disappointment. Closing one of the country's unique training and support elements for our airborne forces and special operators would be a terrible strategic decision. I will continue t… Continue Reading


04.04.15

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina discusses the growing threat from cyber criminals and foreign adversaries who are becoming increasingly adept at stealing personal information and intellectual property from American businesses, individuals and the government. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr outlines legislation his panel recently passed designed to address this problem. "This threat is real, and the increasing number of attacks has a ta… Continue Reading


04.02.15

Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Today, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the announcement that P5-plus-one nations have reached a political framework agreement with Iran: "It's unsettling that this agreement allows for key elements of Iran's nuclear program to remain in place. Congress needs to weigh in on any decision to soften sanctions on a country whose leader has recently said 'death to America,' while simultaneously requesting additional nuclear capability. This deal co… Continue Reading


03.27.15

Burr Statement on Passage of Republican Senate Budget

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on last night's passage of the Republican Senate budget 52-46: "Passage of a budget that balances in ten years is a critical step to getting our country in the right direction without raising taxes on American families. After hours of open debate on the issue, the Senate advanced a serious proposal that puts our country on the path to fiscal responsibility. North Carolinians understand the fundamental reality that you can't s… Continue Reading


03.26.15

Intel Chairman Burr on Saudi Airstrikes: Yemen “May Be Too Far Gone to Prevent Civil War”

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen: "Clearly, the Saudis and their gulf partners have determined the situation in Yemen presents further danger to regional stability and their own territorial integrity. I hope their intervention helps to restore some sense of security, but I fear Yemen may be too far gone to prevent an all-out civil war."… Continue Reading


03.23.15

Burr: Five Years of Broken Promises from Obamacare

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of Obamacare: "Five years ago Obamacare was enacted and I warned then that this law would be a disaster for our health care system, doctors, and patients. This law has put our country on an unsustainable path of increased costs, government mandates, and broken promises. North Carolinians have seen their health insurance premiums increase, their existing coverage cancelled, and lost access to their … Continue Reading


03.19.15

Burr Unveils New Senate Website

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) unveiled his new Senate website, redesigned and updated to better serve North Carolinians. The new website renovation includes information about Senator Burr's legislative accomplishments, pending legislation, issue areas critical to the Senator, and important press updates in a modern, easier to use format. It also includes information for constituents on how to receive help from Senator Burr's office -- whether it is with a federal agency, receiving a tour… Continue Reading


03.18.15

Senate Intelligence Committee Introduces Cybersecurity Bill, Addresses Privacy Concerns

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), approved Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on a 14-1 vote and introduced yesterday, creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability protection to the private sector. The bill includes a number of significant modifications from previous versions. These changes address a range of concerns, notably… Continue Reading


03.17.15

Burr and Tillis Statement on Meeting with NC NAACP

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made the following statement on their meeting with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, North Carolina State Conference (NC NAACP) to discuss the nomination of Loretta Lynch to head the Department of Justice: "Today, we had a thoughtful, thorough conversation with the NC NAACP, during which we discussed United States Attorney Loretta Lynch's nomination to be Attorney General. While we remain concern… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Burr and Tillis Mourn the Loss of Military Personnel in Florida Crash

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) made the following statement on the loss of seven U.S. Marines, stationed at Camp Lejeune (N.C.), and four Louisiana National Guard air crewmembers in a helicopter crash at the Florida panhandle: "This tragedy reminds us of the great risks our men and women in uniform take every day. We cannot forget the sacrifices they make on our behalf to defend our freedom. Our prayers are with their families and we will remember their se… Continue Reading


03.13.15

Cybersecurity Bill Passes Intel Committee 14-1

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) today voted the bill, "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015," through committee on a vote of 14 to 1. This original legislation, which is co-sponsored by SSCI Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), creates additional incentives to increase sharing of cybersecurity threat information while protecting individual privacy and civil liberties interests and offering liability protection to the private sector.… Continue Reading

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