Press Releases

07.26.13

Defunding and Repealing Obamacare

Defunding and repealing Obamacare is smart, and is a worthy objective. Unfortunately, the "strategy" of shutting down the government to achieve that goal is not smart, nor will it help us achieve our shared objective. To be clear, I believe the law is a disaster for the American people. It is putting a wet blanket on job creation, squeezing more of Americans' hard-earned take-home pay, increasing health care costs, and decreasing access to quality healthcare. That is exactly wh… Continue Reading


07.26.13

Senator Burr Commends the Passage of Key Pieces of Legislation through the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, commended the passage of key pieces of legislation through the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. "Our nation's veterans selflessly give themselves to defend our freedoms, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we provide them with the benefits and services they need and deserve," said Senator Burr. "I commend Chairman Sanders and the members of the committee for giving severa… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Senator Burr Applauds Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the passage of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act. Introduced last week by Senators Burr, 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), 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. "Today is a good day for students and borrowers, for th… Continue Reading


07.22.13

Senators, House Republican Committee Leaders Press Administration to Release All Health Insurance Premiums Data

The senior Republicans on the U.S. Senate and House health policy committees and subcommittees today pressed the White House to release data it has collected on health insurance premiums in 34 states, after the administration released a report last week highlighting premium information in just 11 states. Senator Lamar Alexander (R. Tenn.) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, … Continue Reading


07.19.13

Senator Burr Announces Event for July 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be Hickory on Sunday, July 21, 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. Sunday, July 21, 2013 2:00pm Senator Burr to give remarks at the dedication ceremony for Trinity Ridge Skilled Nursing Facility 2140 Medial Park Drive Hickory, NC… Continue Reading


07.19.13

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Use of “Official Time” in Federal Workforce

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the Federal Employee Accountability Act, a bill that would reduce "official time" for government employees. Under the practice of "official time", as author… Continue Reading


07.18.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reach Deal to Lower Rates for All Students

Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), 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) introduced a bipartisan compromise, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, to lower interest rates for 100% of borrowers who have taken out, or will take out, a new federal student loan after July 1, 2013. "When Democrats and Republicans work together and have a real debate on a real problem, we can co… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Forge Student Loan Compromise

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME), and Tom Carper (D-DE) officially introduced today the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a compromise bipartisan solution that would avert student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student loans. The Student Loan Certainty Act requires that, for each ac… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Bipartisan Group of Senators Forge Student Loan Compromise

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Angus King (I-ME), and Tom Carper (D-DE) officially introduced today the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, a compromise bipartisan solution that would avert student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student loans. The Student Loan Certainty Act requires that, for each ac… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Senators Manchin, Burr, Coburn, Alexander, King Introduce Bipartisan Permanent Student Loan Solution

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) plan to introduce tomorrow a bipartisan compromise, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, to avert student loan rates from doubling on July 1st and provide a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Manchin said: "This bipartisan agreement not only makes sure student rates will not double on July 1… Continue Reading


06.18.13

Senators Burr, Hagan Applaud Committee Passage of Cape Hatteras Off-Road Vehicle Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) applauded the passage of S. 486, the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. "Today's compromise was a critical step forward in the effort to regain access to one of North Carolina's most scenic treasures," said Senator Burr. "Our work finally gives a voice to the people of North Carolina and all those who come to see its coast while still balancing the… Continue Reading


06.17.13

Senator Burr Statement on Gov. Jim Holshouser’s Passing

Today, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (North Carolina) issued the following statement in reaction to the news of Gov. Jim Holshouser's passing: "I was terribly sad to hear of Gov. Jim Holshouser's passing. Gov. Holshouser was one of the kindest and most sincere people to ever become involved in North Carolina politics. Staying true to his mountain roots, Jim would always shoot you straight and stay true to his word. His lifelong dedication to service to our state was defined by many outstand… Continue Reading


06.17.13

Senators Burr, Hagan Introduce Lumbee Recognition Bill

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013,U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced S. 1132, the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill which would provide federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "I am proud to reintroduce this legislation, continuing my efforts to ensure that the Lumbee Tribe receives long-overdue federal recognition," Senator Burr said. "I hope that the Senate will fulfill its commitment to achieve fairness and justice for the Lumbe… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Senators Alexander, Coburn, Burr, Isakson React to Senate Vote on Student Loan Solution

Today, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) reacted to Senate Democrats' vote to defeat their bill, S. 1003, the Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act-a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Alexander, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said: "Our bill takes advantage of today's low rates a… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Republican Senators: End Federal Mandates Creating “National School Board”

Republican senators today introduced a better schools plan that they said would move out of Washington and back to states decisions about whether schools and teachers are succeeding or failing. U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced the "Every Child Ready for College or Career Act"to fix the law known as "No Child Left Behind." All are member… Continue Reading


06.05.13

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

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC),Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging,was joined today bySenatorsBarbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the HELP Committee,andLamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, to announce that they have introduced the bipartisanChild Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013,which reauthorizes and updates t… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Op-ed: Playing Politics With Student Debt

By LAMAR ALEXANDER, TOM COBURN and RICHARD BURR WASHINGTON - This summer, more than nine million undergraduates will take out an average of $6,700 each in federal loans to pay for college next year. They will borrow, on average, $24,803 to earn their degrees. While this continues to be one of the smartest investments they will ever make, Congress should take one step toward making it an even smarter one. We have introduced a proposal that would get rid of the confusing and arbitrary way intere… Continue Reading


05.16.13

Senators Coburn, Burr React to GAO Report on Hospital Payment Modification

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) offered reaction to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report at the Senators' request to review legislation that altered Medicare payments to hospitals over time. The GAO report concludes that the report's findings "suggest that the way Medicare currently pays hospitals may no longer ensure that the goals of the inpatient prospective payment system-cost control, efficiency, and access-are being met." "… Continue Reading


05.16.13

Senator Burr Statement on Committee Action on Cape Hatteras Off-Road Vehicle Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, committed to consider the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act during the committee's June mark-up. "I am pleased that Chairman Wyden committed to giving this important bill its proper consideration before the committee," Senator Burr said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure its passa… Continue Reading


05.16.13

Senators Coburn, Burr Introduce Bill to Prevent Unrealistic Medicaid FMAP

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 963, the Preventing an Unrealistic Future Medicaid Augmentation Plans (FMAP) Act of 2013, a bill that will repeal the Affordable Care Act's enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), or Medicaid FMAP, to prevent the federal government from unfairly committing taxpayer money to incentivize the expansion of state Medicaid programs. Under this bill, States would still be allowed to expand their Medicaid … Continue Reading

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