Press Releases


Burr, Franken Introduce Bill to Bring Medical Devices to Patients Faster

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced the FDA Device Accountability Act. The Device Act would eliminate the unnecessary burdens that are slowing down the FDA's consideration of new, innovative medical devices. This legislation would allow Americans to benefit from new medical devices as quickly as possible. "America is a global leader in medical research, development, and innovation," said Senator Burr. "Ensuring that safe medical devices are developed and … Continue Reading


Following Push by Burr and Merkley, C-123 Veterans Will Receive Care and Benefits for Agent Orange Exposure

Following a years-long push by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will reverse previous policies that had denied veterans' claims and allow veterans who flew on Agent Orange-contaminated C-123 planes following the Vietnam War to receive related care and benefits from the VA.‎ Burr and Merkley have led a bipartisan Senate effort to get justice for these veterans, repeatedly urging the VA to recognize … Continue Reading


Burr Presses Veterans Affairs Secretary on VA Clinic Failures in North Carolina

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) continued to press Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald on the recent failures to provide medical services to Veterans at the Wilmington, North Carolina, VA Health Care Center (HCC) due to water safety problems. On March 19, 2015, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority received a water quality complaint from the Wilmington HCC. The utility tested the water inside the clinic, determined there was an interior plumbing problem, and advised the HCC to stop using t… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Plan to Update Bonner Bridge Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after news that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have come to an agreement with Defenders of Wildlife and the National Wildlife Refuge Association that will allow the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet to be replaced, along with vulnerable portions of NC 12. "I applaud the efforts of … Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Today’s Cybersecurity Amendment Cloture Vote

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate vote to end the filibuster of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015: "The American people deserve the privacy protections included in this legislation. Those entrusted with personal information, from banks to telecommunications companies, know those protections are included and offered their support in an effort to combat the threats against this country. In oppos… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on the Addition of Cybersecurity Bill to the Defense Authorization Bill

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on offering the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act: "The recent cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management was a serious attack on our government and we cannot continue to have citizens' personal information needlessly exposed to foreign adversaries and criminals. In passing the Cybersecurity In… Continue Reading


Burr Effort to Save 440th Airlift Wing from Closure Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after an amendment that would keep open the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg passed the Senate. The amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 and was cosponsored by Senators Burr and Tillis. "I am tremendously pleased that Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg will remain the premier training ground for our nation's combat ready paratroopers. They are the tip of the spear for our intelligence and spe… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Senate Passage of USA Freedom Act

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on today's USA Freedom Act vote, which he opposed: "The evening news is a nightly reminder that our country is under constant threat from terrorist groups and established nations who will stop at nothing to see us fall," said Chairman Burr. "We have a dedicated intelligence community, staffed by patriotic Americans, that does everything it can to protect our nation using tools that are legal… Continue Reading


Proposed Premium Hikes Further Evidence of how the President’s Health Care Law is Failing to Lower Health Care Costs

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after health insurers offering plans in North Carolina announced significant premium increases to Obamacare health plans. "Today's announcements regarding the proposed rate filings are further evidence of how the President's health care law is failing to lower health care costs," said Senator Burr. "Despite being promised that Obamacare would lower premiums, it is doing the exact opposite. These skyrocketing premiums are … Continue Reading


Burr’s Legislation Cracking Down on Sex Offenders Signed into Law

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement following Friday's news that the President signed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in this bill was a Burr amendment to close a legal loophole that had enabled sex offenders convicted under the military justice system to evade registration with the Department of Justice and the public sex offender registry. "I am proud that this incredibly important piece of legislation has now been signed into law," said … Continue Reading


Burr Releases Statement on Beau Biden's Passing

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the news of Beau Biden's untimely passing: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Beau Biden. My prayers are with the Vice President and his family in this heartbreaking time. Beau served his country with distinction. I had known of Beau's fight against cancer but I did not realize that it would take his life so soon. I know his family will find peace in the life he lived."… Continue Reading


529 Accounts Help Families in NC Save for Children’s Future

Today marks National 529 College Savings Day to increase awareness of 529 plans. In February, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mark Warner (D.VA), Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced companion legislation to H.R. 529 to enhance the already successful Section 529 college savings plans. The bill recently passed 26-0 out of the Senate Finance Committee. H.R. 529 was introduced by Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS.) and Ron Kind (D-WI.) in th… Continue Reading


Burr Gives Memorial Day Address at USS North Carolina

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) spoke at the USS North Carolina's Memorial Day Program. His remarks included the following: "Memorial Day is a day of remembrance," said Senator Burr. "It's not the start of summer. It's not the day the pools open. It's a day to remember the sacrifices of so many." Burr continued: "It's the individuals that built this vessel [USS North Carolina], it's those who served on it, it's those who really committed to the acts of World War II that are the rea… Continue Reading


Burr Releases Statement on Trade Promotion Bill

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the Trade Promotion bill. "After much consideration and many conversations with constituents, I decided it was ultimately important that our leaders have the ability to negotiate with other countries to sell American-made products overseas. I am pleased to hear that North Carolina employers and farmers support this provision and will benefit. An additional factor was the Senate's pas… Continue Reading


Burr Proposes Path Forward with Patriot Act Reform Bill

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released a framework of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Improvements Act of 2015, which incorporates portions of the House's USA Freedom Act but better supports our national security by extending the transition period of the bulk telephony metadata collection from the National Security Agency (NSA) to the telecommunications carriers. "It's clear that the USA Freedom Act doesn't protect our nation… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Court’s Interrogation Report Ruling

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on yesterday's ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that there is no obligation to release an unabridged version of the SSCI interrogation report: "I am pleased by the court's ruling which affirms that this document is a congressional document under congressional control. Further release of this highly classified document will compromise the national securit… Continue Reading


ICYMI: Burr Fixes Inequity in Education Funding for Low-income Children

In Case You Missed It…. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) penned an op-ed for The Hill on fixing a funding flaw in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Earlier this year, Senator Burr introduced an amendment, which was adopted by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and fixed a 15 year disparity in funding. The Hill: Let's fix education funding for low income children By Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) 05/21/15 08:00 AM EDT Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Elem… Continue Reading


Burr Sponsored Amendment Passes House in Human Trafficking Bill, Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in S. 178, is a bipartisan provision written by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) 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). The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment is in response to a Department of Defense Inspector General investi… Continue Reading


Burr Pays Tribute to Two of North Carolina’s Finest During National Police Week

During National Police Week, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the deaths of two North Carolinian police officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2014: "It's with great sadness that I commend Sergeant Jeffrey Wayne Greene of Union County and Officer Alexander Edward Thalmann of New Bern. Their service to us was too short. These brave men gave their lives in service to their communities and the state of North Carolina. As we honor law enforcement this week, I… Continue Reading


NC, VA Senators Introduce Bipartisan Road to Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Act of 2015

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Road to Opportunity and Development (ROAD) Act of 2015. The bipartisan legislation amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991, designating the Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor as a future part of the interstate system, while creating opportunities for increased commerce and investment in infrastructure and jobs. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), a… Continue Reading

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