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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


Senator Burr to Host Medal Ceremony for Mr. Joseph Carter

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will host a medal ceremony for Mr. Joseph Carter of Caswell County, North Carolina. Mr. Carter will receive the following awards for his exemplary service and sacrifice during the Vietnam War: Purple Heart - For wounds received in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device - The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces in a com… Continue Reading


GAO Report Highlights Shortcomings in FDA Review Process for New Tobacco Products

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) offered reaction to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report at the Senator's request to examine the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products' (CTP) regulatory review process for new tobacco products. The GAO report concludes the CTP has failed to review new tobacco product submissions under the substantially equivalent (SE) pathway in a timely manner. "This GAO report highlights that CTP has signific… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Supports Bipartisan Plan to Reopen Government and Prevent Default

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding today's vote to reopen the government and extend the debt limit: "From the outset, I have been clear that I believed that defunding Obamacare by shutting down the federal government was unachievable. The decision to shut down the government has been viewed, rightfully, by the American people as irresponsible governing. Today, I voted for a package that would reopen the government, extend … Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Statement on Continuing Resolution

I have voted 56 times to defeat, dismantle, and defund Obamacare. When Obamacare was first brought before the Senate in 2009, my fellow Republicans and I on the HELP Committee did everything in our power to stop this bill from moving forward. After Democrats rammed it through committee on a straight party-line vote, Senator Coburn and I spent countless hours on the Senate floor to rally against the bill and used every procedural tactic at our disposal to block its passage. Unfortunately, the 2… Continue Reading



U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), led the Senate in a bipartisan effort this week to increase awareness about infant mortality and access to prenatal care in the United States. In a resolution (S.Res.258) passed unanimously by the Senate, Cardin, Burr and Menendez commemorated September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. They called upon the Department of Health and Human Services and other entities to spread awareness of… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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 Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:00am Senator Burr to visit Biogen Idec, Inc. 5… Continue Reading

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