Press Releases


Sen. Burr Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following President Trump's State of the Union address: "President Trump's address tonight underscored his commitment to delivering commonsense reforms that energize our economy, empower American workers, shape our judiciary, and more. "Today, Americans of all backgrounds have more opportunities than ever before. We're in the middle of a 'blue collar reform,' where Americans who have traditionally been among the lowest earners… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on U.K. Allowing Huawei to Help Build 5G Network

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the National Security Council of the United Kingdom announcement that it will allow Huawei to build non-critical components of the country's 5G infrastructure: "I'm deeply troubled by the U.K. government's decision to allow Huawei to build components of the country's 5G network. The risks Huawei poses are well-documented and impossible to ignore; once the door is opened, they may also… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Applauds Department of Transportation’s Proposed Rulemaking of Service Animals on Flights

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation of service animals on aircraft. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who led efforts to strengthen the standards of service animals on aircraft, welcomed the Department of Transportation's announcement. "When individuals are trying to bring any variety of animals on flights by fraudulently claiming disability needs, we have a problem," said Senator Burr. "It isn… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Statement on Status of Security Clearance Reform

Today, following a closed-door hearing held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the federal government's security clearance reform efforts, Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statements: Statement from Chairman Burr: "I am pleased to say that we are seeing significant improvements in the security clearance process. The investigation backlog has come down from 725,000 cases in early 2018 to a steady-state level of just over 20… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Senate Passage of USMCA

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate's passage of President Trump's landmark trade deal, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): "Congress's passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is long-awaited and welcome news for North Carolina's farmers and manufacturers," said Senator Burr. "North Carolina is one of the biggest manufacturing and agricultural producers in the nation. Our small business … Continue Reading


National Security Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Develop 5G Alternatives to Huawei

Today, a bipartisan group of leading national security Senators introduced legislation to encourage and support U.S. innovation in the race for 5G, providing over $1 billion to invest in Western-based alternatives to Chinese equipment providers Huawei and ZTE. Heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, Huawei is poised to become the leading commercial provider of 5G, with far-reaching effects for U.S. economic and national security. With close ties to the Communist Party of China, Chinese s… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Announce $15 Million to Study Flood Prevention Around NC Rivers and Beaches

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the Army Corps of Engineers will award $15 million to study flood and storm damage reduction around North Carolina's rivers and beaches. This allocation is in addition to yesterday's announcement of a $321 million investment in North Carolina for storm damage reduction projects in Surf City/North Topsail Beach, Carteret County, and Princeville, N.C. Following Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, eastern North Carolina experienced … Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Announce $321 Million in Funding to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the Army Corps of Engineers will award an additional $281 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and Carteret County, N.C. for storm damage reduction projects as the communities continue to recover from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The news follows Thursday's announcement that the Corps has allocated $39.6 million for a long-awaited Princeville, N.C. flood mitigation project, bringing the total investment in North Carolin… Continue Reading


Princeville to Receive $39.6 Million for Flood Mitigation Project, Army Corp of Engineers Announces

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the allocation of $39.6 million for a critical flood and storm damage reduction project in Princeville, North Carolina. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed today's announcement. "After the historic damage inflicted by recent hurricanes, it's clear that it's not enough to simply rebuild," said Senator Burr. "We have to rebuild in a way that applies the lessons of the past to mitigate future risks. This $39.6 mill… Continue Reading


Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Death of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the death of Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization: "Qassem Soleimani was the personification of a state sponsor of terrorism. At his direction, hundreds of American servicemen were killed and thousands more injured. At his urging, U.S. allies were attacked repeatedly and undermined by Iran's Quds Force an… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis Deliver Major Wins for North Carolina, Including $2.2 Billion for N.C. Military Installations

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to pass a year-end appropriations package that sends billions of dollars to North Carolina's military installations, expands health care choices for veterans, and provides security funding for the 2020 RNC Convention in Charlotte. The package includes a number of wins for North Carolina and the country, including: $2.2 billion for North Carolina's military bases; including more than $1.1 billion for Camp Lejeune,… Continue Reading


Burr, Warner Praise House and Senate Passage of Three-Year Intel Authorization Act

Today, on a 86-8 vote, the Senate passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which included the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. The legislation was passed last week by the House. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statements on the bill's passage by Congress: "The men and … Continue Reading


Senate Confirms Richard E. Myers to Serve as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina in Historic Vote

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted to confirm Professor Richard E. Myers to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina. Professor Myers was confirmed by the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote of 68-21. "Professor Myers is well-qualified, widely respected, and an excellent choice for the Eastern District of North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "I am grateful that even after so many years of public service, in roles as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and n… Continue Reading


Senator Burr on the Passing of Senator Kay Hagan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan: "Brooke and I are deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely loss of Kay Hagan. Kay dedicated much of her life to serving North Carolina, and she will be remembered for her tireless work on behalf of the home and the people she loved. In our time as Senate colleagues, we worked across the aisle together frequently on issues that we both knew would determine what type of… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Raid Against ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the U.S. raid against ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "The U.S. raid against Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi marks an important milestone in the campaign against remaining ISIS leadership. The world is safer without al-Baghdadi in it. ISIS fighters should take note that their leader died in a hole, miles away from them, in what he thought was a safe haven. The message is clear. The… Continue Reading


Burr, Manchin Introduce Bill to Protect Amateur Motorsports from Devastating Regulations

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced S. 2602, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, which preserves American motorsports by stopping regulatory overreach by the federal government. American motorsports began with amateur racers converting regular vehicles into racecars, a legacy that continues to this day. In 2015, however, the Obama Administration proposed a rule that would let the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fine amateur motorsports ent… Continue Reading


Burr, Tillis: N.C. Should Activate State Relief Programs to Help Hurricane Dorian Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) response to North Carolina's request for individual assistance following Hurricane Dorian: "Yesterday, following FEMA's announcement that four North Carolina counties do not qualify for individual assistance, our offices met with representatives from N.C. Emergency Management and Governor Cooper's office to discuss next steps. In that meeting, Governor Co… Continue Reading


Chairman Burr Statement on Turkish Action in Syria

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on Turkish action in Syria: "The Kurdish members of the Syrian Democratic Forces have been brave and stalwart partners in the fight against ISIS, and we should never abandon those who have fought beside us. ISIS may be debilitated and its territory dismantled, but the threat is not yet destroyed. Turkey's actions will only empower our common enemy, further destabilizing… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Releases Bipartisan Report on Russia’s Use of Social Media

The second volume in the Committee's bipartisan Russia investigation outlines Russia's efforts to sow discord during 2016 U.S. presidential election WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released a new report titled, "Russia's Use of Social Media." It is the second volume released in the Committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election. The new repor… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Votes to Confirm Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the confirmation of Eugene Scalia to serve as the Secretary of Labor: "I was pleased to support Mr. Eugene Scalia's nomination to be the next Secretary of Labor. Mr. Scalia's experience as a renowned labor and regulatory attorney and his service as the Solicitor of Labor have more than prepared him to lead this important department. I have confidence Mr. Scalia will work diligently to support a strong American workforce a… Continue Reading

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