Press Releases

04.25.13

Sanders, Burr Propose Legislation for Homeless Veterans

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today proposed legislation to help the Department of Veterans Affairs meet its goal to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015. The Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2013 is sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate veterans' panel. While there has been a 17 percent decline in the number of homeless veterans since 2009… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Senator Burr Statement on Constituent Mailing Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on constituent mailing operations: "Due to recent events surrounding the ricin mailings, there are lingering questions about the security of constituent mail and possible delays in its delivery. It is important to remember that amidst these unfortunate events, the mail screening system worked exactly the way it was intended to and everyone remained safe. Therefore, as a result of these developments, I … Continue Reading


04.23.13

Burr, Coburn, Thune Introduce Public Employee Pension Transparency Act

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act, legislation that will enhance transparency for state and local pensions and establish a clear federal prohibition on any future public pension bailouts by the federal government. Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-21), Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-1), and Government Reform and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (CA-49), will introduce companion… Continue Reading


04.16.13

Senator Burr Announces Opposition to Manchin-Toomey Amendment

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement in opposition to the Manchin-Toomey amendment to S. 649: "I oppose the Manchin-Toomey amendment and will vote against it. I supported having a debate on the issue of violent crime, but as I made clear from the outset, I will oppose any legislation that chips away at our Constitutional rights. After reviewing the current text of the Manchin-Toomey proposal, I have numerous Second Amendment, due process and privacy con… Continue Reading


03.23.13

Senator Burr Votes Against Irresponsible Senate Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) voted against the fiscal year 2014 federal budget introduced by Senate Democrats. The budget resolution was ultimately adopted by the Senate on a 50-49 vote early Saturday morning. "While I am pleased that the Senate majority has brought its first budget in four years to the floor of the Senate, I regret the product that ultimately emerged," said Burr. "This budget adds trillions of dollars to the nation's debt, despite also raising taxes b… Continue Reading


03.20.13

Senator Burr Introduces Child Care Protection Act of 2013

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senators Mikulski (D-MD),Hatch (R-UT), Rubio (R-FL), Bennet (D-CO), and Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Child Care Protection Act of 2013. This legislation requires comprehensive background checks for child care providers including state and federal fingerprint checks, sex offender registry checks, and a check of child abuse and neglect registries for all licensed, regulated, and registered child care providers. "When parents enroll the… Continue Reading


03.14.13

Senator Burr Introduces Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with 11 cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end the arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights. Currently, veterans who have a VA appointed fiduciary to help them with their benefits are deemed "mentally defective" and are reported to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system whi… Continue Reading


03.14.13

Burr Reorganization Bill Would Put Veterans’ Health Care First

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Reorganization Act of 2013, a bill designed to streamline the regional administrative offices of the Veterans Health Administration so that our focus returns to getting care to our veterans. The bill would combine the current 21 VISNs into 12 VISNs to reallocate and better target funds to improve the quality and consistency of health care for our nation's war heroes. "The bureaucracy of our veteran… Continue Reading


03.13.13

Bill to Protect Americans From Bioterrorism and Pandemics Becomes Law

Today, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), a bill championed by Senator Burr to ensure that America is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies. Senator Burr authored the original law in 2006 and introduced companion legislation in the Senate to the House bill that was signed into law today. "I am proud that this important bill to strengthen our ability to resp… Continue Reading


03.13.13

Burr Bill Will Modify Commencement Date on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Today, U.S. Senator Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would expand the eligibility timeframe for the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Current law extends health care to veterans and their family members who have certain diseases and conditions as a result of exposure to contaminated well-water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from 1957 to the 1980s. As a result of recent scientific findings, this bill would extend care to individuals exposed t… Continue Reading


03.07.13

Senators Burr, Hagan Reintroduce Bill that Would Allow Off-Road Vehicle Use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), reintroduced the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act, a bill that would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) and set aside current mandates and requirements that prevent off-road vehicle (ORV) and citizen access to a significant portion of this National Seashore. "Restricting ORV use on the Cape Hatteras National Se… Continue Reading


03.07.13

Senator Burr Introduces Careers for Veterans Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Careers for Veterans Act, a bill that would help create long-term, sustainable jobs for America's veterans by transitioning the skills they gained through their service into jobs in the civilian workforce. By making licenses and credentials in their chosen fields more accessible, this bill will help our nation's veterans and their families by opening up career opportunities for them without adding to the national deficit. Senators Isak… Continue Reading


02.28.13

Senator Burr Introduces “Vietnam Veterans Day” Resolution

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a resolution to honor veterans who served in Vietnam by designating March 29 "Vietnam Veterans Day." March 29th marks the anniversary of the day that combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam. "Despite serving honorably and bravely in Vietnam, our soldiers arrived home to a country in political turmoil and never received the recognition they deserv… Continue Reading


02.28.13

Senator Burr Applauds Unanimous Passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA)

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), a bill introduced by Senator Burr to ensure that America is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies. "I am proud that the Senate has taken this very important step to strengthen our ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies," Senator Burr said. "The American people must be protected if an attack occurs, and … Continue Reading


02.15.13

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for February 19-21, 2013

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Guilford, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe counties between February 19-21. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing press@burr.senate.gov. On Wednesday, Senator Burr will present twenty-two medals to Bethany Gauntt on behalf of her late father, Col. Ernest Holland, a World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veteran. This ceremony will take pl… Continue Reading


02.14.13

Senator Burr Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Renew and Improve Landmark Conservation Program

Today Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined with Senator Max Baucus to introduce legislation in the United States Senate that would fully realize the Land and Water Conservation Fund's (LWCF) promise to conserve parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. "I have seen firsthand the role that the Land and Water Conservation Fund plays in acquiring land and maintaining North Carolina's reputation as one of the most scenic and unique… Continue Reading


02.13.13

Senator Burr Statement on the 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: "President Obama's State of the Union address tonight sounded a lot like rhetoric we have heard from him in years past, but as we have learned, actions speak louder than words. It is time for the President to stop lecturing Congress and face the facts - his policies have failed, and they are making our economy worse. Our national debt is at an all time high… Continue Reading


02.07.13

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Harkin, Enzi, Casey, and Alexander introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, a bipartisan effort to ensure that our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. As a result of the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) of 2… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Senator Burr Statement on the Nomination of Chuck Hagel to Serve as Secretary of the Department of Defense

Yesterday's Armed Services Committee hearing on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense confirmed for me many of the concerns I had about the nomination. After reviewing the hearing, and Senator Hagel's answers to the questions put to him, it is clear that I cannot support his nomination and I will vote against his nomination should it reach the Senate floor.… Continue Reading


01.10.13

Senator Burr Applauds President for Signing Two Important Pieces of Veterans Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded the signing of two bills by the President, S. 3202, the Dignified Burial and other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012, and H.R. 4057, the Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012. S. 3202 included two provisions sponsored by Senator Burr. The first will help ensure the long-term efficiency of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by requiring all judges to live within 50 miles of the Washington, DC,… Continue Reading

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