Press Releases


Media Advisory: Senator Burr Announces Events for March 17th and 18th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Pitt, Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson, Wake, and Durham counties Monday, March 17, 2014 and Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing Monday, March 17 , 2014 11:00amSenator Burr to attend the Greenville VA Health Care Center ribbon cutting Greenville VA Health Care Center … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care Clears Senate

Bipartisan legislation to help American families access safe, affordable, and quality child care has cleared the Senate with strong support from senators on both sides of the aisle. U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released the following statements today after the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will improve the quality of child care for t… Continue Reading


Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Urge Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, and Quality Child Care

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) urged Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children who benefit from the federal child care program. The Child Care Development Block Grant is the product of 1996 welfare reform legislation intended to promote employment and economic… Continue Reading


Senators Express Concerns Over Recent Changes to TRICARE

- Last evening, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kay Hagan (D-NC), James Inhofe (R-OK), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent the following letter to Secretary Hagel, regarding a change to TRICARE's reimbursement policy, excluding more than 100 different Molecular Pathology Laboratory (MoPath) tests and other Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) with no notice to beneficiaries or to health care providers. Despite such a large change in po… Continue Reading


Burr, Casey Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Pressing for Accountability in Sri Lanka

With the March session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approaching, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced a resolution calling for an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes during the Sri Lankan conflict and urging the Government of Sri Lanka to uphold media freedoms. "This resolution calls for the establishment of an independent international accountability mechanism that would hold responsible those who have committed … Continue Reading


An Open Letter to the Raleigh News & Observer

This week, the Raleigh News & Observer ran an editorial attacking the Patient CARE Act, my proposal to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms of our health care system that are actually affordable. Throughout the editorial, they mischaracterized the proposal, and mislead their readers about the plan and its contents. In an attempt to set the record straight, I prepared a response-a response the News & Observer said they would be happy to run, if the length was cu… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

The Senate will turn to legislation on Monday that would repeal a cut to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for some military retirees. While the Democrat COLA proposal would add to the federal deficit, Republicans have introduced legislation that would repeal the COLA cut without adding to the debt. In the Weekly Republican Address, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, highlights a number of other veterans issues, includi… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Releases Statement on the Farm Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill was adopted by the Senate by a vote of 68-32. "Yesterday, I voted against final passage of the Conference Report to accompany HR 2642, the Farm Bill. Not only does it carry a nearly $1 trillion price tag but most of the funding has nothing to do with farming, let alone providing any certainty to farmers. It also fails to include relief to farmers on burdensome GIPSA Restrictions and … Continue Reading



Today, The Center for Health Economyreleasedan economic analysis that found that thePatient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act- a legislative plan put forward this week by Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn, M.D. (Okla.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) - reduces health care costs, lowers premiums, provides more Americans with health care coverage than Obamacare. The analysis found the proposal also increases health care productivity and reduces the nation's debt.… Continue Reading


Senator Burr’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Obama touched on many issues, most notably on income inequality. But it's as if the President, five years into his term in office, still doesn't understand our country and what makes it work. The greatest achievement of our modern, free society is not the promise of equal outcomes -- history is littered with the wrecks of nations th… Continue Reading



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

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