Press Releases


Senators Burr, Casey to Call on Senate to Take Up and Pass ABLE Act that Would Allow Families Who Have a Child with a Disability to Save for their Long Term through 529-Style Savings Accounts

Following a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives U.S. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) will call on the Senate to take up and pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that will allow families who have a child with a disability to save for their long-term care through 529-style savings accounts, TOMORROW, Thursday, December 4th at 2:15pm during a conference call. Burr and Casey will be joined by one of the nation's leading advocates for the ABLE Act- Scra… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Recognizing the Bravery of the Montagnard People in the Vietnam War

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a resolution recognizing the heroic acts of the Montagnards, an indigenous tribespeople of Vietnam. This resolution is a historic first in the Senate, which has not previously honored these brave individuals who fought alongside the United States military during the Vietnam War. "I am honored to put forward this resolution to thank and remember the Montagnards who joined us in Vietnam and saved thousands of lives with their heroic actions," sai… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Thanksgiving Message

This Thanksgiving my family and I are reflecting on all the things our nation has to be grateful for and I hope your family will join us in doing so. I want to give thanks for our brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom here and in far-away places. Thank you to those who came before us and served selflessly for our nation. I want to thank those in uniform and the civilian volunteers that are risking bodily harm to provide care for those in African countries affected by Ebola. Let … Continue Reading


Burr, Wyden, 39 Other Senators Urge Funding Solution for LWCF

U.S. Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and a bipartisan coalition of 39 of their Senate colleagues urged Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to work with them to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund before the end of the current Congress on Dec. 31, in a letter sent yesterday. The LWCF program, which helps ensure access to outdoor recreation areas by providing funding to protect public lands and matching state gran… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Releases Statement on Secretary Hagel's Resignation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding Secretary Hagel's resignation: "It is clear that Secretary Hagel is taking the fall for the Administration's mismanagement of the international challenges facing our nation, from Ebola to ISIL and the lingering questions about our future role in Afghanistan. Rather than looking across the Potomac to find someone to blame, the President should be looking at his own inner circle - something it is clear Secretary Hagel was… Continue Reading


Senator Burr: A Dangerous Shift From a Nation of Laws to a Nation of Men

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the President's announcement: "Tonight the President announced his intention to pursue amnesty for illegal immigrants through executive action. This decision, counter to his own statements over the last few years, represents the very height of Presidential arrogance and signifies a dangerous shift from a nation of laws to a nation of men. In order to achieve some sort of gain for his political party, the President risks dam… Continue Reading


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

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, a bipartisan reauthorization that will expand access to and improve the quality of child care for the more than 1.5 million children and families that benefit from the federal child care subsidy program. The law has been due for reauthorization since 2002. Harkin and Alexander are chairman and … Continue Reading


Senators Burr, McCain, Blumenthal, Blunt, Murkowski and Manchin Introduce The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, legislation that offers several critical measures that would improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American service members. The bill would require a third-party evaluation of existing suicide prevention programs at the Department of Defense (DoD) and… Continue Reading



On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at approximately 3:30p.m., immediately following votes, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), senior members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will call on the Senate to pass the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The Senate is scheduled to take a procedural cloture vote on the legislation on Thursday prior to the press conference. A vote on final passage is expected to occu… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Event for November 5th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Wake county on November 5, 2014. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:30am Senator Burr to join the NC Heroes Fund Luncheon WakeMed The Andrews Center 3024 New Bern Avenue Raleigh, NC… Continue Reading


Senator Burr: 'Actions must be based on the consistent application of science’

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I certainly understand the difficult decisions Governors across our nation are facing and why they may have come to the conclusion that a 21-day mandatory quarantine might be needed. These decisions are made that much more difficult in light of the constantly evolving guidance from CDC. Decisions on how best to stop the spread of this virus must be rooted in the science of how difficult it is for Ebola to be transmitted… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Events for the Week of October 20th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting Iredell, Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Wake, and Cumberland counties during the week of October 20th. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:45am Senator Burr to visit Career Academy & Technical School 350 Old Murdock Rd Troutman, NC 12:30pm Senator Burr to speak to the Ro… Continue Reading


Senator Burr: 'We continue to be two steps behind this deadly virus'

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Two weeks ago, I urged the President and his Administration to reassess the strategies and protocols we have in place to deal with the threat posed by the deadly Ebola virus. Unfortunately, it appears that little has changed in the federal government's response. In the meantime, the NIH Director is playing politics, the CDC Director is playing catch up, and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS- … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Events for October 16th and 17th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be visiting New Hanover and Davie counties during October 16th and 17th. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:00am Senator Burr to provide the Morning Kick-Off Remarks at FedCon Summit 2014 Wilmington Convention Center 515 Nutt St … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Releases Statement on the Current Ebola Situation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Last month, the President said we had to act fast to address the global threat of Ebola; however, his Administration's response has been anything but fast and successful. By all measures our response to Ebola has fallen short. The President's concerns are real-defeating Ebola is a matter of national security. From the outset of the Ebola outbreak we have been two steps behind, when we should have been two steps ahead.… Continue Reading


Regulations for Camp Lejeune Veterans and Families Approved

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the publication of final regulations that will implement the "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012," the landmark law authored by Senator Richard Burr that ensures health care for Camp Lejeune contamination victims. Two publications are being released -- one to address the care of veterans affected by the contaminated water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and the second to reimburse the expenses re… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Releases Statement Following Vote on CR

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following a Senate vote on the Continuing Resolution to fund the operations of the federal government, which included language on ISIL. "For the better part of a year I've called for action to curb ISIL's inhumane and brutal terror campaign. It is in our national interests to destroy ISIL and we should use all appropriate tools to do so."… Continue Reading


Burr, Boxer Praise Unanimous Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Auxiliaries of Veterans Service Organizations

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, praised the unanimous Senate passage of a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations' (VSO) women's auxiliaries. "Auxiliaries, made up of generations of women, are the heart of our nation's quiet but devoted network that provide support to veterans and they should be recognized for their hard work and sacrifices," said Senator Richard Burr. … Continue Reading


Op-ed: Loan repayment changes will aid students and taxpayers, senators say

By Senators Richard Burr and Angus King Imagine, for a minute, if America's highway system were constructed like our nation's federal student loan repayment programs. Vacationers seeking Maine's iconic coastline or North Carolina's beautiful beaches would be confronted with a dozen options of indirect paths that vary wildly in time from departure-to-arrival, went in roundabout routes and were so confusing to navigate that families got lost multiple times before arriving. Obviously - and thankf… Continue Reading


Burr, King Introduce Student Loan Repayment Reform

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. Current graduates face a maze of federal student loan repayment programs from which to choose that often leave students confused about which program best fits their needs. In addition, years of ad hoc changes and expansions have done little to ensure taxpayers are likewise best served. The Repay Act, which mirrors a discussion draft released by Senators Bu… Continue Reading

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