Press Releases

06.03.14

Senators Richard Burr, John McCain, Tom Coburn, and Jeff Flake Introduce the Veterans Choice Act

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), John McCain (R-AZ), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today introduced the Veterans Choice Act to address the most pressing issues raised by the continuing VA scandal by providing veterans with greater choice and flexibility in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to the VA Inspector General (IG) report issued last week, 42 VA medical facilities across the n… Continue Reading


05.30.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on Secretary Shinseki's Resignation

, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement following news of Secretary Shinseki's resignation from the Department of Veterans Affairs: "I know this was a difficult decision for a decorated veteran. Secretary Shinseki built a career on tackling the tough challenges placed in front of him, and I thank him for his long and distinguished service to our nation. However, it was the right de… Continue Reading


05.28.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on Veterans' Life Center

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement on the recent federal grant to establish the Veterans' Life Center in Butner, North Carolina. "I am incredibly pleased to know that the Veterans' Life Center is going to become a reality. The announcement of the grant to fund the first stage of this worthwhile veterans' project marks a major milestone toward building a safe harbor where North Carolina's… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Senator Burr Releases an Open Letter to America’s Veterans

, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans'Affairs, released the following open letter to America's veterans: May 23, 2014 To the Nation's Veterans, Over the course of the last few weeks, there has been a great deal of media coverage-rightly so-of the still-unfolding story coming out of the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding secret wait lists and other problems related to appointment scheduling at … Continue Reading


05.22.14

Senate VA Committee GOP Request Oversight Hearings

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans'Affairs, Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), John Boozman (R-AR), and Dean Heller (R-NV) signed a letter calling on Chairman Sanders of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to hold several oversight hearings on numerous topics including, but not limited to, the Veterans Health Administration, the quality of VA healthcare, and the integrity of the VA's data and perf… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Senator Burr Announces Event for Friday, May 23

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Durham on Friday, May 23rd. 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. Friday, May 23, 2014 10:00am Senator Burr to attend the Durham VA Research Building ribbon cutting 508 Fulton Street Durham, NC 27705… Continue Reading


05.22.14

GOP Senators Welcome Administration’s Major Reversal on Electronic Health Records Deadlines

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) welcomed the administration's reversal this week on electronic health records deadlines, after officials earlier this year refused to grant providers additional time to comply with regulations as groups nationwide requested. In a proposed rule released Tuesday night, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would give hospitals and physicians … Continue Reading


05.21.14

Senator Burr Introduces Legislation Affecting Brunswick County

U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC) introduced legislation to correct a mistake by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) that is hurting eastern North Carolina. A year ago, OMB issued new delineations for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that arbitrarily separated Brunswick County from the Wilmington metropolitan area. MSAs are commonly used by businesses to determine the size of new markets and to analyze the workforce. Separating Brunswick County from Wilmington has led to a… Continue Reading


05.21.14

Senator Burr: Veterans Want Action, Not Words

U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, released the following statement in response to this morning's White House press conference: "I listened with great interest to the President's remarks on the unfolding VA scandals. Quite frankly, I am shocked that the President feels he needs to wait for the results of yet another Office of Inspector General (IG) investigation to take action. As we discussed in our committee hearing with the Secretary last w… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Burr, Fischer Introduce Bill Banning Bonuses to Veterans Health Administration Employees

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, andDeb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today they have introduced legislation to prohibit the payment of bonuses to employees at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) through Fiscal Year 2015. The VHA, which manages medical centers across the country, is under investigation for placing veterans on "secret wait lists" to allegedly hide the … Continue Reading


05.20.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on new VA Inspector General Report

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (IG) released a report on the Veterans Benefits Administration's(VBA)Quick Start Program. The Quick Start Program was designed to help servicemembers smoothly transition to civilian life by beginning the disability claims process for veterans prior to their separating from the Armed Forces. However,this newly releasedIG report reflects that numerous factors, such as ineffective use of resources, inadequate training, and insuff… Continue Reading


05.20.14

President Signs Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 Into Law

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the President signing the Kilah DavenportChild ProtectionAct of 2013intolaw. "I ampleased that this important legislation has been signed intolaw," said Senator Burr. "The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013 will help ensure the care and protection of our children.While I regret thatKilah did not survive to see her issue championed,her law will helpprotectother children. I also would like to than… Continue Reading


05.16.14

Burr Releases a Statement on Petzel's Retirement

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, releases the following statement following the news of Under Secretary Petzel's retirement. "This is hardly breaking news. Dr. Petzel had already announced his retirement, and his successor is already being vetted. Any suggestion that Dr. Petzel's earlier-than-expected departure somehow changes things at VA should be met with a skeptical eye - at best. We do, however, wish D… Continue Reading


05.14.14

Burr, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reform Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Contracting Program

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Angus King (I-Maine) today introduced legislation that would make it easier for service-disabled veterans to do business with the federal government by eliminating confusing differences between veterans contracting programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Small Business Administration. "Our nation's disabled veterans and their families have sacrificed much for our cou… Continue Reading


05.12.14

Senator Burr Mourns the Loss of Keith Crisco

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the news of the sudden passing of former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Keith Crisco. "Brooke and I were shocked to hear the news of Keith Crisco's untimely death. I considered Keith a close, personal friend and I know how much he cared for the state of North Carolina. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Keith's family at this difficult time.&qu… Continue Reading


05.08.14

Senator Burr Applauds the Passage of Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauds the Senate's passage of the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013. Senator Burr introduced the legislation, which mirrors H.R. 3627, in December of 2013 and wrote to the Senate Judiciary Chairman and Ranking Member urging its swift consideration. Having passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, this legislation will now move to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I am pleased that the Senate passed the Kilah Dave… Continue Reading


05.06.14

Senator Burr Demands IRS Address Rewards for IRS Employees Violating Tax Law

U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC) joined his Republican colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee in sending a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen demanding answers as to how the IRS plans to prevent future bonus payments from being given to employees with conduct, performance, and tax compliance issues. Last year, Senator Burr wrote the IRS demanding that bonuses be suspended agency-wide in light of the IRS abuse of the Constitutional rights of conservative or… Continue Reading


04.30.14

Burr, Begich, Sanders Lead on Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Benefits to Veterans

, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs', joined the Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) to introduce bipartisan legislation to increase benefits to veterans 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. The annual … Continue Reading


04.30.14

Senators Burr and Manchin Introduce No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act

, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act. This legislation is in response to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report, which brought to light the $2.8 million in bonuses that the IRS gave to employees who were delinquent on their taxes or who had committed serious misconduct, including fraud and drug use. The No Bonuses for Tax Cheats Act would bar the IRS from paying out bonuses to empl… Continue Reading


04.24.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, based on a resolution passed in March which was designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children. "America is in the midst of a dropout crisis unlike we have ever seen, and one way we can combat that is making sure our children are exposed to the opportunities that are available to them after they complete their education," Senator Burr said. "This prog… Continue Reading

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