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Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Passage of H.R. 2048: This Is No Time for an Untested, Unproven Proposal

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding the House of Representatives vote on H.R. 2048, the USA Freedom Act. "H.R. 2048 undercuts the Intelligence Community's capability to stop terrorist attacks here and abroad," said Burr. "Our intelligence personnel have responsibly and professionally used authorities granted them under Section 215 for years, and have helped keep Americans safe as a result. Yesterday, the Directors of… Continue Reading


Burr on Student Loan Rate Drop: Students Benefit from 2013 Legislation to Pair Treasury Rate with Loan Rate

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 4.29 percent, down from 4.66 percent: "I'm thrilled that students across the country have seen the interest rates on their student loans drop for the next year, in addition to over $8 billion in savings from the past year. When I introduced the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, I knew this law would benefit 100% o… Continue Reading


Burr Fights for Veterans and Military Family Members Exposed to Contaminated Water

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to the meeting between officials from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, officials from the Veterans Administration, representatives from North Carolina's elected official's offices and members of the community. The meeting took place in Greensboro and focused on the ongoing effort to convince the VA to rely on the most recent and credible body of science that confirms the drinking water at Camp Leje… Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet Bill to Help Seniors Access Innovative Medical Technologies

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Patient Access to Disposable Medical Technology Act of 2015, a bill that would fix current federal policy that keeps Medicare patients from receiving the most-cutting-edge medical technologies. "Seniors shouldn't have to live with bulky, outdated medical technologies when there are better, modern options available to them," said Burr. "This relatively simple bill will help seniors get new technologies tha… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Work to Protect Corolla Wild Horses

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, a bill to provide for the responsible management of the wild-horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. "The beauty of the Corolla horses draws people from across North Carolina and the country to witness these wild animals in their natural habitat," said Senator Richard Burr. "They are one of our many natural state treasures and I am proud to introduce le… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis, and Rouzer Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Reunite North Carolina County, Arbitrarily Split by Washington Bureaucracy

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with Representative David Rouzer (R- N.C. 7), introduced legislation to correct a mistake by the Census Bureau and the Office of Management of Budget (OMB) that is adversely affecting eastern North Carolina. Two years 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 determin… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis, Grassley Bill Puts Teeth Behind President Obama’s Pledge to Prioritize Removal of Alien Gang Members

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), today introduced legislation prohibiting people with gang ties from receiving deferred deportation and other immigration benefits. The bill also makes gang members deportable and inadmissible for immigration purposes. "The circumstances around this bill are incredibly sad - four are dead following this administration's inability to enforce their own ill-co… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Action from VA to Provide Care and Benefits to Veterans Exposed to Toxic Agent Orange Residue

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) wrote to Department of Veterans' Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald requesting that the department utilize its existing statutory authority to provide care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic herbicide residue decades ago while they served on aircraft used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam. "Justice for these veterans is … Continue Reading


Burr, Bennet, and Hatch Offer Legislation to Advance Breakthrough Devices for Patients

Yesterday, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act, to help bring breakthrough devices to patients in as timely a manner as possible. The Advancing Breakthrough Devices for Patients Act builds on legislation, the Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Patients Act, that the Senate passed in 2012 from Senators Bennet, Hatch, and Burr. Both the 2012 legislation and the newly introdu… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr Statement on the Deaths of Al-Qaida Hostages

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the announcement of the deaths of two hostages held by al-Qaida: "Today's news from the White House is heartbreaking. This is a sad day for our country and for our Italian allies, and my prayers are with the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. In our grief, though, we should remember that al-Qaida is merciless in their capture and continued detainment of hostages who ha… Continue Reading


Burr Amendment to Close Loophole On Military Sexual Assault Reporting Passes Senate

Today, Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) amendment 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) passed the Senate. The amendment was added to S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and passed by a unanimous vote of 98 to 0. In August, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed an investigation of sexual offender tracking in the milit… Continue Reading


Burr and Heitkamp’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Resolution to Enrich Childhood Development Passes Senate

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution designating April 23rd as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" which passed later in the evening. The resolution was designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children and was cosponsored with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Today's resolution marks the 6th year that Senator Burr has introduced "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work" as a day of national recognition. "Education and hard work are k… Continue Reading


Burr on Committee Markup of Education Bill: Bill to Fix 15 Year Disparity in Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr, (R-NC), made the following statement following the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee markup of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): "Today, I was able to fix an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina's teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across our state. Because Congress didn't have the courage to fix this problem in 2001, funding that was intended … Continue Reading


North Carolina Delegation Introduces Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015

Today, Senator Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill that amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 to ensure that the US-70 Corridor in North Carolina would become part of the Interstate system once it is fully upgraded to interstate standards. Tillis' Senate bill is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01) introduced a companion bill in the House. … Continue Reading


Burr Student Loan Amendment Approved 97-0

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following an unanimous vote of 97-0 to include his amendment, based on the Repayment Act, to the budget agreement. Senator King (I-ME) joined Burr as an original cosponsor. "For the second time, my amendment with Senator King has passed with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Senator Burr. "Americans are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars go to waste in a student loan program that doesn't adequately serve the interes… Continue Reading


Recent Air Force Report is a Disappointment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a statement following yesterday's release of the United States Air Force's mandatory "Report on C-130 Force Structure" to Congress. The report outlines the Air Force's plan to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg. "The recent Air Force report is a complete disappointment. Closing one of the country's unique training and support elements for our airborne forces and special operators would be a terrible strategic decision. I will continue t… Continue Reading


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina discusses the growing threat from cyber criminals and foreign adversaries who are becoming increasingly adept at stealing personal information and intellectual property from American businesses, individuals and the government. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr outlines legislation his panel recently passed designed to address this problem. "This threat is real, and the increasing number of attacks has a ta… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Burr on Iranian Nuclear Agreement

Today, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the announcement that P5-plus-one nations have reached a political framework agreement with Iran: "It's unsettling that this agreement allows for key elements of Iran's nuclear program to remain in place. Congress needs to weigh in on any decision to soften sanctions on a country whose leader has recently said 'death to America,' while simultaneously requesting additional nuclear capability. This deal co… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Passage of Republican Senate Budget

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on last night's passage of the Republican Senate budget 52-46: "Passage of a budget that balances in ten years is a critical step to getting our country in the right direction without raising taxes on American families. After hours of open debate on the issue, the Senate advanced a serious proposal that puts our country on the path to fiscal responsibility. North Carolinians understand the fundamental reality that you can't s… Continue Reading


Intel Chairman Burr on Saudi Airstrikes: Yemen “May Be Too Far Gone to Prevent Civil War”

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen: "Clearly, the Saudis and their gulf partners have determined the situation in Yemen presents further danger to regional stability and their own territorial integrity. I hope their intervention helps to restore some sense of security, but I fear Yemen may be too far gone to prevent an all-out civil war."… Continue Reading

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