Press Releases

03.27.14

Senator Burr Announces Event for March 28th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Mecklenburg county Friday, March 28, 2014. 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, March 28, 2014 2:00pm Senator Burr to attend the groundbreaking of the Charlotte VA Health Care Center Cascade Pointe Blvd & W. Tyvola Rd Charlotte, NC… Continue Reading


03.27.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on New Data from CDC

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. The CDC study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having an autism spectrum disorder, with North Carolinaas one of the states with the highest prevalence. "Today's news on the prevalence of autism is substantially worse than we ever thought. Children and adults wi… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Honoring Gold Star Wives

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a resolution to designate April 5, 2014 as "Gold Star Wives Day." This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts and support. "Gold Star Wives are the best of what America has to offer -- out of love and duty to their cou… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Burr, Casey: Leaders Reid and McConnell Sign On As Cosponsors of ABLE Act

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have cosponsored their bill, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - S. 313/H.R. 647). This legislation would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-advantaged savings accounts. The legislation now has the support of 68 Senators and 345 members of the House, making it one of… Continue Reading


03.19.14

Media Advisory: Senator Burr Announces Events for March 20th and 21st

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Guilford, Rowan, and Mecklenburg counties Thursday, March 20, 2014 and Friday, March 21, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press officeat (202) 228-1616 or by emailing press@burr.senate.gov. Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:00amSenator Burr to tour Glass Unlimited 2149 Brevard Road High Point, NC 12:30pmSenator Burr to attend Rowan EDC/C… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Media Advisory: Senator Burr Announces Events for March 17th and 18th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Pitt, Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson, Wake, and Durham counties Monday, March 17, 2014 and Tuesday, March 18, 2014. 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. Monday, March 17 , 2014 11:00amSenator Burr to attend the Greenville VA Health Care Center ribbon cutting Greenville VA Health Care Center … Continue Reading


03.13.14

Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care Clears Senate

Bipartisan legislation to help American families access safe, affordable, and quality child care has cleared the Senate with strong support from senators on both sides of the aisle. U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released the following statements today after the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will improve the quality of child care for t… Continue Reading


03.11.14

Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Urge Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) urged Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children who benefit from the federal child care program. The Child Care Development Block Grant is the product of 1996 welfare reform legislation intended to promote employment and economic… Continue Reading


02.28.14

Senators Express Concerns Over Recent Changes to TRICARE

- Last evening, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kay Hagan (D-NC), James Inhofe (R-OK), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent the following letter to Secretary Hagel, regarding a change to TRICARE's reimbursement policy, excluding more than 100 different Molecular Pathology Laboratory (MoPath) tests and other Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) with no notice to beneficiaries or to health care providers. Despite such a large change in po… Continue Reading


02.10.14

Burr, Casey Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Pressing for Accountability in Sri Lanka

With the March session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approaching, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced a resolution calling for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes during the Sri Lankan conflict and urging the Government of Sri Lanka to uphold media freedoms. "This resolution calls for the establishment of an independent international accountability mechanism that would hold responsible those who have committed … Continue Reading


02.07.14

An Open Letter to the Raleigh News & Observer

This week, the Raleigh News & Observer ran an editorial attacking the Patient CARE Act, my proposal to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms of our health care system that are actually affordable. Throughout the editorial, they mischaracterized the proposal, and mislead their readers about the plan and its contents. In an attempt to set the record straight, I prepared a response-a response the News & Observer said they would be happy to run, if the length was cu… Continue Reading


02.07.14

U.S. Senator Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

The Senate will turn to legislation on Monday that would repeal a cut to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for some military retirees. While the Democrat COLA proposal would add to the federal deficit, Republicans have introduced legislation that would repeal the COLA cut without adding to the debt. In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, highlights a number of other veterans issues, includi… Continue Reading


02.05.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on the Farm Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill was adopted by the Senate by a vote of 68-32. "Yesterday, I voted against final passage of the Conference Report to accompany HR 2642, the Farm Bill. Not only does it carry a nearly $1 trillion price tag but most of the funding has nothing to do with farming, let alone providing any certainty to farmers. It also fails to include relief to farmers on burdensome GIPSA Restrictions and … Continue Reading


01.30.14

BURR, COBURN, HATCH: ANALYSIS SHOWS THERE IS A BETTER WAY THAN OBAMACARE

Today, The Center for Health Economyreleasedan economic analysis that found that thePatient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act- a legislative plan put forward this week by Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) - reduces health care costs, lowers premiums, provides more Americans with health care coverage than Obamacare. The analysis found the proposal also increases health care productivity and reduces the nation's debt.… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Senator Burr’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Obama touched on many issues, most notably on income inequality. But it's as if the President, five years into his term in office, still doesn't understand our country and what makes it work. The greatest achievement of our modern, free society is not the promise of equal outcomes -- history is littered with the wrecks of nations th… Continue Reading


01.27.14

BURR, COBURN, HATCH UNVEIL OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT PLAN

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act - a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care. In contrast with Obamacare and its government centered mandates and regulations, the Senators' proposal empowers the Ameri… Continue Reading


01.15.14

Congress Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize the National Poison Control Network

Bipartisan legislation to continue the federal government's vital support for the nation's poison control network sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), passed the House of Representatives last week and passed the Senate last night. Specifically, the bill reauthorizes the poison control center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and state grant program. The bill now heads to the Pr… Continue Reading


01.15.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement on the Intelligence Committee’s Bipartisan Benghazi Report

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Intelligence Committee's bipartisan report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. "Today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the most detailed, bipartisan report to date on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The committee's report presents a wide range of declassified findings that will allow the public to more fully understand the deteriorating … Continue Reading


01.08.14

GOP Senators Express Concern Over HHS IG Report Citing Insufficient Oversight of Electronic Health Record Program

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today expressed concern over a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) report finding insufficient oversight by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the $32.7 billion electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive program. The IG found that few, if any, protections have been put in … Continue Reading


12.19.13

Support for ABLE Act Continues to Grow

Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), bringing the total number of co-sponsors in the Senate to 60 members. Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, this bill would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts. "The ABLE Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that allows familie… Continue Reading

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