Press Releases

09.16.14

Burr, King Introduce Student Loan Repayment Reform

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. Current graduates face a maze of federal student loan repayment programs from which to choose that often leave students confused about which program best fits their needs. In addition, years of ad hoc changes and expansions have done little to ensure taxpayers are likewise best served. The Repay Act, which mirrors a discussion draft released by Senators Bu… Continue Reading


09.16.14

House Passes Child Care & Development Block Grant Program

Today, the House passed legislation to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, originally enacted as part of welfare reform of 1996, provides funds to states to promote self-sufficiency for low-income families seeking child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. "I want to thank Chairman Kline for his leadership while working with us on this bipartisan legislation," said Senator… Continue Reading


09.12.14

Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement Reached to Reform Child Care & Development Block Grant Program

A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders today announced a legislative agreement to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. Negotiated by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC), the agreement will enhance transparency, strengthen health and safety protections, and improve the quality of care… Continue Reading


09.11.14

Bill to Increase Veterans' Benefits Passes Senate

Today, legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. This bipartisan legislation will increase veterans' benefits to keep up with the cost of living. The bill would make a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) available to veterans at the same level as the increase provided to Social Security beneficiaries. This annual COLA legislation impacts veterans' disability payments and compen… Continue Reading


08.22.14

Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of August 25th

Monday, August 25, 2014 11:30am - Senator Burr to visit the Nesbitt Discovery Academy 175 Bingham Rd Asheville, NC 1:00pm - Senator Burr to tour GE Aviation 401 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Asheville, NC 2:30pm - Senator Burr to visit Continental One Quality Way Fletcher, NC 3:45pm - Senator Burr to visit Sierra Nevada 100 Sierra Nevada Way Mills River, NC Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:30pm - Senator Burr to speak at the American Legion Convention Charlotte Convention Center 501 S… Continue Reading


08.08.14

Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of August 11th

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Randolph, Guilford, Moore, Scotland, Robeson, and New Hanover counties during the week of August 11, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing press@burr.senate.gov. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:30am Senator Burr to visit Randolph Community College 629 Industrial Park Ave Asheboro, NC 12:00pmSenator Bur… Continue Reading


08.04.14

Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of August 4th

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Cumberland, Henderson, and Forsyth counties during the week of August 4, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing press@burr.senate.gov. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 8:00am Senator Burr to join the Defense Trade Show Breakfast Kiwanis Rec Center 352 Devers Street Fayetteville, NC 10:00amSenator Burr to c… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on Legislation to Commemorate Officer Jason Crisp

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after legislation to commemorate U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp cleared the Senate last evening. Officer Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros, lost their lives in the line of duty earlier this year. H.R. 4360, introduced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), would name a facility of the United States Forest Service in the Grandfather Ranger District after Officer Crisp -- the "Jason Crisp Forest Service Bu… Continue Reading


08.01.14

Ranking Member Burr Releases Statement on VA Reform Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. H.R. 3230 passed the Senate on a vote of 91-3. "I am pleased that both the House and Senate came together and voted on this crucial piece of legislation that will help begin to address some of the problems faced by the Department of Veterans Affairs," said … Continue Reading


07.31.14

House Ways and Means Committee Passes the ABLE Act

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2013, out of committee. The ABLE Act, introduced by Senators Burr (R-NC) and Casey (D-PA) in the Senate, would allow families with a severely disabled child the opportunity to save their own money in a tax-favored account, much like the 529 college savings account, to use toward covering their child's long-term expenses. Over three-quarters of the Congress has added their names to the… Continue Reading


07.29.14

VA Conference Committee Reaches Agreement on Legislation

Last evening, the Veterans Affairs Conference Committee signed an agreement on legislation that would help address the systemic issues plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee released the following statement. "I am pleased that the conference could come together and compromise on much needed legislation to help address the grave problems at the Department of Veteran Affairs," said Senator Richard Burr. "Our compromise will… Continue Reading


07.23.14

Committee Unanimously Supports Senate Confirmation of VA Nominee

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs unanimously voted to send the President's Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee, Robert McDonald, to the Senate floor for confirmation. The Ranking Member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee released the following statement. "I am pleased that Mr. McDonald's nomination moved quickly through the committee and it is my expectation he will swiftly receive Senate confirmation," said Senator Burr. "Mr. McDonald's private sector experience and his… Continue Reading


07.15.14

VA IG Witness Delivers Damning Testimony During House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Hearing

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement after the testimony of Linda Halliday, witness from the VA Office of Inspector General (IG), at last evening's House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing. Halliday's testimony outlines many troubling issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs, including a high rate of errors in processing claims, as mentioned in an IG report released yesterday; work that does … Continue Reading


07.14.14

New IG Report Finds VA Manipulating Claims Data

D.C.- Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) two-year-old claim initiative. This initiative was purportedly started by the Department to process long-pending claims more quickly, in part by issuing provisional decisions in cases where more evidence was required. The latest report was requested by several senators, including U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committ… Continue Reading


07.09.14

Senator Burr Offers Amendment to Protect Corolla Wild Horses

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) offered an amendment to the Sportsmen's bill to provide for the responsible management of the wild-horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. The Burr amendment is the same as HR. 126, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives on June 3, 2013. "The Corolla wild horses are one of the many natural treasures of our state, and people travel from across North Carolina and the co… Continue Reading


07.08.14

Senator Burr Offers Amendment to Ensure Access to Outer Banks Beaches

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) offered an amendment to S. 2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014, that would help tourists and sportsmen gain access to North Carolina's renowned Outer Banks beaches. The amendment would set rules and parameters for the National Park Service (NPS) to abide by when they consider limiting citizen access to beaches, including off-road vehicle (ORV) access. The Burr amendment is identical to S. 486, which passed unanimously through the Senate Com… Continue Reading


07.04.14

Fourth of July Message

Every year, we look forward to the Fourth of July holiday as an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends by grilling out, enjoying the warm weather, and viewing the community fireworks display.However, as we enjoy the day of fun, we must not let the significance of our nation's birthday escape us. Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.By signing the Declaration, a new nation was established, ruled by th… Continue Reading


06.30.14

Senator Burr’s Statement on White House Nomination of Robert McDonald

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after President Obama announced that he will nominate Robert McDonald as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. "The Department of Veterans Affairs needs a leader that will be able to address the deeply rooted, systemic issues in the organization, while also working with Congress to implement legislative solutions and provide oversight. I look forward to working with Mr. McDonald as he goes through the… Continue Reading


06.30.14

Senator Burr Statement on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Decision

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold Americans' religious freedom in this morning's ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. "Today's ruling is an affirmation of what we've known all along - that Obamacare is a massive federal overreach into Americans' private lives. I am pleased that the Court sided with conscience."… Continue Reading


06.27.14

Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of July 1

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Forsyth, Wilkes, Surry, and Wake counties during the week of July 1, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing press@burr.senate.gov. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:30pm Senator Burr to visit Southside United Health Center 3009 Waughtown St. Winston-Salem, NC 27107 Wednesday, July 2, 2014 … Continue Reading

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