Press Releases

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


04.21.14

Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of April 21st

, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Guilford, Durham, Wake, and Mecklenburg counties during the week of April 21st. 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, April 22, 2014 10:00am Senator Burr to speak to the legislative committee looking at the impact of Obamacare 507 Stirling Street Greensboro, NC 27… Continue Reading


04.03.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement Following Intelligence Committee Hearing

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the Intelligence Committee hearing: "In December 2012, I joined several of my colleagues in voting against this report. At that time, I was deeply concerned about the factual inaccuracies contained within the report, including inaccurate information relating to the details of the interrogation program and other information provided by detainees. I had hoped that the authors of the report would ensure th… Continue Reading


03.28.14

Senator Burr Announces Event for March 31st

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Wake county Monday, March 31, 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 31, 2014 12:00pmSenator Burr to speak at the John Locke Foundation lunch Doubletree Brownstone Hotel 1707 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC… Continue Reading


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

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