Press Releases

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


05.16.13

Bennet, Burr, Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bill to Improve Safety of Nation’s Drug Supply

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), to introduce a bipartisan bill to strengthen and improve our nation's drug distribution supply chain. The last comprehensive effort to establish safeguards for the drug distribution supply chain was 25 years ago with the passage of The Prescription Drug Marketing… Continue Reading


05.14.13

Senate Health Committee Members Praise HHS Response to Avian Flu Threat

Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today commended the administration's response to the avian flu threat in using new flexibility granted by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization, which was signed into law on March 13. Under the new law, the Health and Human Services Secretary determined that there is significant potential for a public health emergency that has significant pote… Continue Reading


05.13.13

Senator Burr Condemns IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups

The revelations over the weekend that the IRS has been intentionally targeting conservative groups are both disgraceful and inexcusable. The deliberate harassment of any individual or organization for their political beliefs is absolutely unacceptable and threatens the very essence of our individual rights as protected by our Constitution. While the IRS apologized for their actions on Friday, reports over the weekend demonstrate that much wider problems exist and that senior officials with… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Senator Burr Congratulates Rep. Mel Watt On His Nomination As FHFA Director

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement congratulating Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) on his nomination to serve as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency: "Having served with Mel, I know of his commitment to sustainable federal housing programs and am confident he will work hard to protect taxpayers from future exposure to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I look forward to working with Rep. Watt in his new role to find new ways to facilitate more… Continue Reading


04.29.13

Senator Burr Congratulates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx On His Nomination As Transportation Secretary

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement congratulating Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on his nomination to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation: "I am pleased to see the president look to North Carolina to fill this important cabinet position, and I congratulate Mayor Foxx on this honor. I look forward to introducing Mayor Foxx to my colleagues and working with him as his nomination moves through the Senate. I believe he will… Continue Reading

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