Press Releases

02.04.15

Following Study Confirming Agent Orange Exposure, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call On VA Secretary To Ensure Post Vietnam Air Force Veterans Receive Proper Benefits And Compensation

- A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today called on VA Secretary Robert McDonald to ensure that veterans long denied care for exposure to Agent Orange receive timely and proper benefits and compensation. The letter follows a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) study that provides new and compelling evidence on exposure to Agent Orange of veterans who flew contaminated aircraft after the Vietnam war. Burr and Merkley were joined in a letter… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Look To Gain Permanent Reauthorization Of The Land And Water Conservation Fund

- U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "Last week, the Senate showed significant bipartisan support to permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)," said Senator Burr. "LWCF has a pr… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Burr Praises Unanimous Senate Passage Of Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act today by a vote of 99-0. The SAV Act seeks to improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American veterans. "The suicide rate among veterans is tragically high and the programs and resources available to veterans are overdue for modernization. Today, the Senate took action to rectify this troubling trend. We must do a be… Continue Reading


02.03.15

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Bill To Strengthen, Enhance College Savings Plans

Yesterday, Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) Bob Casey (D-Penn.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.Va.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. "These college savings accounts are an important tool for parents investing in their children's future," Burr said. "Our bill will allow some additional flexibility to help these accounts administratively function better. I hope that my colleagues will… Continue Reading


02.02.15

Burr: Obama Budget Is A $2.1 Trillion Tax Hike, Doesn't Fix Country's Fiscal Problems

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to the President's budget: "Today, the President released another tax and spend budget that never balances. This time, it's $2.1 trillion in new taxes for Americans while increasing the debt. The President's budget is less of budget and more of a wish list for pricey spending programs favored by Democrats. The President continues to signal to the American people and Congress that he has no interest in working t… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Burr Applauds Passage Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the final passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation: "I am proud that this job-creating legislation passed the Senate in a bipartisan manner that allowed for a lengthy debate and votes on many amendments," said Senator Richard Burr. "This is how the Senate should run. It is my hope that the President does not ignore the wishes of the majority of Americans and signs this bill into law when it reaches his desk."… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Burr-Bennet-Ayotte Amendment To Continue A Vital Conservation Program Garners 59 Votes In The Senate

Today, an amendment introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) received 59 votes in the United States Senate, sending a clear signal that the Senate supports a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). While the amendment needed 60 votes in order to meet a procedural hurdle, today's vote proves that a bipartisan majority of the Senate supports the LWCF. "Today's vote is a strong statement that a majority of the… Continue Reading


01.29.15

Burr, Alexander Release "Innovation For Healthier Americans" Report

Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released a report on the challenges to getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively, examining what is working, and what isn't, at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The senators are soliciting feedback on their report as Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) begin a major initiative in the Senate health committee -including a bip… Continue Reading


01.22.15

Bipartisan Group of Senators Look to Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced Amendment 92 to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which would fully realize LWCF's promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "I have seen firsthand the role that the Land and Water Conservation Fund plays in acquiring land and maintaining North Carolina's reputation as one of the mos… Continue Reading


01.21.15

Burr, Gillibrand Bill Empowers American Families to Better Meet Child Care Needs

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced the Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act, a bill that strengthens dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for American families by increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars that families can put into these accounts from $5,000 to $7,500. The bill will also index this new cap to inflation so that the value of dependent care FSAs keeps up over time as the cost of child care continues to increase. … Continue Reading


01.21.15

Burr, Alexander, Murray, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Support Social and Nutrition Services For Nearly 12 Million U.S Seniors

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C), with Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, legislation that supports social and nutrition services-from Meals on Wheels to senior centers-for nearly 12 million seniors. "The Older Americans Act is an important law for many of our seniors, particularly our most vulnerable," said Burr. "I'm pleased that … Continue Reading


01.20.15

Burr: Missed Opportunities by POTUS

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: "The President began the year with an opportunity to work with Congress on policies that would help restore economic prosperity to our nation. Yet, before the State of the Union could even take place, he threatened to veto multiple bipartisan initiatives without ever seeing legislative text." "It is clear that the President is once again proposing to raise taxes for new Washi… Continue Reading


01.16.15

Burr, Bipartisan Group of Senators Announce Legislation to End Tax on Medical Devices

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with a bipartisan group of Senators, led by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), introduced the Medical Device Access and Innovation Protection Act, S. 149, a bill to repeal the medical device tax that was implemented as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under PPACA, manufacturers of medical devices are required to pay a 2.3 percent excise tax on products ranging from surgical tools to bed pan… Continue Reading


01.13.15

Burr, Ayotte, Mccain, Graham Intoduce Legislation Restricting Transfers Of Guantanamo Bay Detainees

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced legislation that would restrict transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay in order to best protect Americans and our national security. The Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015 would suspend international transfers of high and medium risk detainees, prohibit transfers of Guantanamo detainees to Yemen, extend the current prohibition on transfers to the U.S., and… Continue Reading


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

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