Press Releases

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


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

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