Press Releases



Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act - a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care. In contrast with Obamacare and its government centered mandates and regulations, the Senators' proposal empowers the Ameri… Continue Reading


Congress Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize the National Poison Control Network

Bipartisan legislation to continue the federal government's vital support for the nation's poison control network sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), passed the House of Representatives last week and passed the Senate last night. Specifically, the bill reauthorizes the poison control center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and state grant program. The bill now heads to the Pr… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Releases Statement on the Intelligence Committee’s Bipartisan Benghazi Report

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the Intelligence Committee's bipartisan report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. "Today the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the most detailed, bipartisan report to date on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The committee's report presents a wide range of declassified findings that will allow the public to more fully understand the deteriorating … Continue Reading


GOP Senators Express Concern Over HHS IG Report Citing Insufficient Oversight of Electronic Health Record Program

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today expressed concern over a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) report finding insufficient oversight by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the $32.7 billion electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use incentive program. The IG found that few, if any, protections have been put in … Continue Reading


Support for ABLE Act Continues to Grow

Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), bringing the total number of co-sponsors in the Senate to 60 members. Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, this bill would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts. "The ABLE Act is a commonsense piece of legislation that allows familie… Continue Reading


Burr Cuts Wasteful Spending, Improves Efficiency by Combining Dept. of Labor and Commerce

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a bill that would consolidate the Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce into a single, new agency called the Department of Commerce and the Workforce (DOCW). The bill would provide cost savings by combining duplicative functions and improve the quality of our country's economic policies by ensuring a consistent, coordinated approach. "Duplicative programs cost the federal government staggering amounts of money e… Continue Reading


Senator Burr To Oppose Cloture on the Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

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Senator Burr Introduces Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013, which mirrors H.R. 3627 that was passed by the House Judiciary Committee last week. "What happened to Kilah Davenport is tragic and should never happen to any child. My heart goes out to the Davenport family, and I hope that this legislation will play at least a small role in ensuring the care and protection of our children," said Senator Richard Burr. Named after Kilah Davenport, … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in reaction to the passing of Nelson Mandela: "Nelson Mandela's compassion and humility in the face of overwhelming adversity remains an inspiration. The people of South Africa will forever be in debt for his role in ending apartheid, and the rest of the world inspired by his leading a divided nation into a new, prosperous era. Today, we all mourn his passing, but take comfort in the enduring lessons of his life … Continue Reading


Burr: Exercise of ‘Nuclear Option’ Threatens Bipartisanship and Paves Way for More Laws Like Obamacare

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement in reaction to Majority Leader Harry Reid's move to invoke the 'nuclear option' to make major changes to the longstanding rules of the Senate: "The American people know what they get when the Senate removes the 60-vote threshold and the minority is stripped of its rights: they get unchecked power by the Executive Branch. The President and Harry Reid might not like the American people playing a role in outcomes throu… Continue Reading


Senators Burr, Casey, and Fellow Supporters Urge Passage of ABLE Act

With more than half of the United States Congress supporting the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - S. 313/H.R. 647), U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Robert Casey (D-PA), and a bipartisan, bicameral group of bill co-sponsors and supporters called on Congress to pass the ABLE Act and provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts. Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, the ABLE Act has earned 50 Senate c… Continue Reading


Coats Bill to Protect Integrity of National Cemeteries Clears the Senate

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today praised the Senate's passage of the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act, (S.1471), legislation he introduced that would give the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of the Army the authority to disinter veterans buried in national cemeteries who have committed a Federal or State capital crime. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Monday evening. "I truly wish the events that prompted the need for thi… Continue Reading


Senate Education Committee Members Announce Task Force to Review Higher Ed Regulations and Reporting Requirements

Senate education committee Ranking Member Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and members Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today announced the formation of a task force to examine burdens on institutions of higher education. The Task Force on Government Regulation of Higher Education will conduct a comprehensive review of federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting colleges and universities and make recommendations to reduce an… Continue Reading


Senate Health Policy Leaders Hail Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Safety of Compounded Drugs, Track All Prescription Drugs; Bill Now Heads to the President’s Desk

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and HELP Committee members Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today hailed Senate passage of legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and to track all prescription drugs from the time they are manufactured to the moment they are picked up at the drugstore. The Dr… Continue Reading


Burr: President Obama’s “Fix” Will Not Work

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to President Obama's announced proposal to grandfathered insurance plans: "President Obama's attempt at political damage control today did absolutely nothing to provide relief for the damage already inflicted on individuals who already had health care coverage and the entire health care industry as a result of Obamacare. If anything, the president only dug himself further into a hole by putting forth … Continue Reading


Senators Burr, Coburn, Chambliss Reintroduce Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) reintroduced the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act to address long-term liabilities facing the federal government. The legislation would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires starting six months after enactment, leaving fully in place the Thrift Savings Plan with the current match (up to 5%) for both current… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Statement on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time when we look back and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our nation's service-members and veterans. These individuals selflessly give of themselves to defend our freedoms,and we are constantly humbled by their strength and courage. While we may never repay the debt borne by those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we must never waiver in our commitment to honor their memory by caring for those who continue the fight. Those who have returned from war are forever cha… Continue Reading


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


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


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

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