Press Releases

11.07.13

Senator Burr Commends the Passage of the Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2013

Last night, the United States Senate passed S. 287, the Helping Homeless Veterans Act of 2013 which contained several provisions cosponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This important legislation will help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) meet its goal to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015 and address barriers homeless veterans face accessing VA's homeless programs and becoming permanently housed. "Our … Continue Reading


11.07.13

Senator Burr Statement on Congressman Coble’s Retirement

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in reaction to Congressman Howard Coble's announcement that he plans to retire at the end of his term after 30 years as U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District: "Congressman Coble has been a steadfast voice for North Carolina in Washington for nearly 30 years and he will be sorely missed," said Senator Burr. "Having served with Howard for many years, I am proud to call him a friend and … Continue Reading


10.30.13

Burr: Older Americans Act Funding Formula Should Ensure That the Dollars Follow the Senior

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced an amendment during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) mark-up of the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) to fix the funding formula to ensure that funds are fairly and appropriately allocated to the states based on each state's population of older Americans today. The amendment was defeated by a 7-14 vote. "The current funding formula for the Older Americans Act is both outdated and unf… Continue Reading


10.23.13

Senator Burr to Host Medal Ceremony for Mr. Joseph Carter

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will host a medal ceremony for Mr. Joseph Carter of Caswell County, North Carolina. Mr. Carter will receive the following awards for his exemplary service and sacrifice during the Vietnam War: Purple Heart - For wounds received in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device - The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces in a com… Continue Reading


10.21.13

GAO Report Highlights Shortcomings in FDA Review Process for New Tobacco Products

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) offered reaction to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report at the Senator's request to examine the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products' (CTP) regulatory review process for new tobacco products. The GAO report concludes the CTP has failed to review new tobacco product submissions under the substantially equivalent (SE) pathway in a timely manner. "This GAO report highlights that CTP has signific… Continue Reading


10.16.13

Senator Burr Supports Bipartisan Plan to Reopen Government and Prevent Default

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding today's vote to reopen the government and extend the debt limit: "From the outset, I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable. The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing. Today, I voted for a package that would reopen the government, extend … Continue Reading


09.27.13

Senator Burr's Statement on Continuing Resolution

I have voted 56 times to defeat, dismantle, and defund Obamacare. When Obamacare was first brought before the Senate in 2009, my fellow Republicans and I on the HELP Committee did everything in our power to stop this bill from moving forward. After Democrats rammed it through committee on a straight party-line vote, Senator Coburn and I spent countless hours on the Senate floor to rally against the bill and used every procedural tactic at our disposal to block its passage. Unfortunately, the 2… Continue Reading


09.26.13

CARDIN, BURR, MENENDEZ LEAD SENATE IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS MONTH

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), led the Senate in a bipartisan effort this week to increase awareness about infant mortality and access to prenatal care in the United States. In a resolution (S.Res.258) passed unanimously by the Senate, Cardin, Burr and Menendez commemorated September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. They called upon the Department of Health and Human Services and other entities to spread awareness of… Continue Reading


09.26.13

Bipartisan Group of HELP Committee Senators Introduce Legislation to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices and Secure the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

A bipartisan group of Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee senators-Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)-today announced that they have reached agreement with House health policy leaders on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Applaud Committee Passage of Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) applauded the passage of the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. This bill reauthorizes and updates the CCDBG program, which helps low income parents access and afford child care while they work or attend school. "The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is… Continue Reading


09.11.13

Senator Burr Statement on Ongoing Security Situation in Syria

Over the past two years, Bashar al-Assad has brutally murdered over 100,000 of his own people and has used chemical weapons 12 times, with the loss of civilian life increasing with each attack and the latest culminating in the death of over 400 children. These facts are indisputable and demonstrate the serious threat that these weapons of mass destruction pose to the security of the region and the world. It is my preference to see this situation end diplomatically. However, that requires the … Continue Reading


08.30.13

VA Accreditation Program Open to Abuse, GAO Says

Leaders of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the Special Committee on Aging said today that they are "deeply troubled" by the Department of Veterans Affairs' lax oversight of private advisers to veterans applying for pensions and other benefits. The senators cited a new report by the Government Accountability Office that faulted the VA for loosely enforcing its own vague rules on accrediting private financial planners, attorneys, insurance agents and others. The nonpartis… Continue Reading


08.28.13

Senator Burr Addresses Syria

Civilized people should be outraged by the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians and the many more who have been maimed in this horrible civil war. The Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against civilians is morally repugnant and violates long held standards of conduct. Short of putting troops on the ground, it is time for the United States and our NATO allies to take necessary, punitive military action against the Syrian regime and send a clear signal to its leadership, and others … Continue Reading


08.26.13

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 27th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will hold the following events on August 27, 2013. Media wishing to attend any of the following events must obtain permission from the host company or organization beforehand. 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. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:00am Senator Burr to visit Biogen Idec, Inc. 5… Continue Reading


08.21.13

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 22nd

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will hold the following events for August 22, 2013. Media wishing to attend any of the following events must obtain permission from the host company or organization beforehand. 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. Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:00am Senator Burr to visit CarePartners Health Services 68 Sweete… Continue Reading


08.20.13

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 21st

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will hold the following public events for August 21, 2013. Media wishing to attend any of the following events must obtain permission from the host company beforehand. 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. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:30am Senator Burr to visit Magnet America 512 Newsom… Continue Reading


08.12.13

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 13th – 15th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will hold the following public events the week of August 12, 2013. 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. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:30pm Senator Burr to visit Dove House Children's Advocacy Center 2407 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 3:30pm Senator Burr to visit United Techn… Continue Reading


08.09.13

POTUS Signs the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act Into Law

Today, S. 1334, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), was signed into law. This bill would lower interest rates for 100% of borrowers who have taken out, or will take out, a new federal student loan after July 1, 2013. "I am pleased to see this important legislation signed … Continue Reading


08.02.13

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 5th – 6th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will hold the following public events the week of August 5, 2013. 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, August 5, 2013 10:30am Senator Burr to visit EMC Center of Excellence and Cloud Data Center 4121 Surles Court Durham, NC 1:30pm Senator Burr to visit Fidelity Invest… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Provisions from S. 423 (112th Congress) Take Effect on August 6th

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims process has long been plagued by large backlogs and lengthy delays. Veterans in North Carolina regularly tell me how frustrated they are with this confusing process, some waiting years for progress to be made on their cases. While there are still many problems with the VA backlog that must be addressed, I want to mention a step that individuals filing claims for VA benefits can take on their own to try to avoid some of the delays and hassles o… Continue Reading

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