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NC Road and Infrastructure Improvements Clear Hurdle in Highway Bill Conference

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives conferees yesterday approved a final version of the five-year highway bill, H.R. 22, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) authorizing federal surface transportation programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020. Included in the final legislation are provisions previously introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) that amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the followin… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Question Obama Administration On Release Of GITMO Prisoner

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AR), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., expressing concern over the Obama Administration's recent release of Shaker Aamer from the detention facility at… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to End Common Core Mandate in Education Conference Vote, Fights for $24 Million to NC Schools

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted to approve the conference report for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA will end the unpopular No Child Left Behind Program, Common Core mandate and will also revamp education programs across the country. The conference report takes dramatic steps away from Washington's ever-growing influence in K-12 education by empowering teachers and principals to make better education choices on behalf of students. The report includes language spo… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Congratulates the Senate Energy Committee’s Bipartisan Vote to Renew Conservation Fund

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed a full reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) within the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015: "I applaud the Committee for their vote to include the Murkowski-Cantwell compromise language that renews this important and popular conservation program. The legislation the Committee supported on a bipartisan basis makes some critical reforms to … Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet Lead Senators Urging LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before End of the Year

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led a bipartisan coalition of 14 senators requesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year. In a letter to Senators McConnell and Reid, the lawmakers wrote, "The LWCF is funded with offshore oil roy… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, Senator Burr introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. "The Lumbee tribe has been seeking federal recognition for more than a century," said Sen. Burr. "I am proud to reintroduce this legislation so that 55,000 members of the Lumbee community in North Carolina receive the same rights and benefits as members of other federally recognized tribes. Federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe is long-overdue and I will… Continue Reading


Senator Burr: Suspend the Syrian Refugee Program

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement regarding President Obama's program to bring Syrians to the United States, including North Carolina, after the news that an Islamic State fighter made his way into France as a part of the Syrian refugee wave: "The Syrian refugee program should be suspended until the American people are satisfied that they know exactly who the President is admitting into the country via this program… Continue Reading


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

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