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Senators Alexander, Coburn, Burr, Isakson React to Senate Vote on Student Loan Solution

Today, U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) reacted to Senate Democrats' vote to defeat their bill, S. 1003, the Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act-a permanent solution that would lower and fix interest rates for 100 percent of newly issued student-loans. Alexander, Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said: "Our bill takes advantage of today's low rates a… Continue Reading


Republican Senators: End Federal Mandates Creating “National School Board”

Republican senators today introduced a better schools plan that they said would move out of Washington and back to states decisions about whether schools and teachers are succeeding or failing. U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced the "Every Child Ready for College or Career Act"to fix the law known as "No Child Left Behind." All are member… Continue Reading


Burr, Mikulski, Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block to Help American Families Access Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC),Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging,was joined today bySenatorsBarbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the HELP Committee,andLamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the HELP Committee, to announce that they have introduced the bipartisanChild Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013,which reauthorizes and updates t… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Playing Politics With Student Debt

By LAMAR ALEXANDER, TOM COBURN and RICHARD BURR WASHINGTON - This summer, more than nine million undergraduates will take out an average of $6,700 each in federal loans to pay for college next year. They will borrow, on average, $24,803 to earn their degrees. While this continues to be one of the smartest investments they will ever make, Congress should take one step toward making it an even smarter one. We have introduced a proposal that would get rid of the confusing and arbitrary way intere… Continue Reading


Senators Coburn, Burr React to GAO Report on Hospital Payment Modification

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) offered reaction to the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report at the Senators' request to review legislation that altered Medicare payments to hospitals over time. The GAO report concludes that the report's findings "suggest that the way Medicare currently pays hospitals may no longer ensure that the goals of the inpatient prospective payment system-cost control, efficiency, and access-are being met." "… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Committee Action on Cape Hatteras Off-Road Vehicle Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, committed to consider the Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act during the committee's June mark-up. "I am pleased that Chairman Wyden committed to giving this important bill its proper consideration before the committee," Senator Burr said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure its passa… Continue Reading


Senators Coburn, Burr Introduce Bill to Prevent Unrealistic Medicaid FMAP

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 963, the Preventing an Unrealistic Future Medicaid Augmentation Plans (FMAP) Act of 2013, a bill that will repeal the Affordable Care Act's enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), or Medicaid FMAP, to prevent the federal government from unfairly committing taxpayer money to incentivize the expansion of state Medicaid programs. Under this bill, States would still be allowed to expand their Medicaid … Continue Reading


Bennet, Burr, Harkin, Alexander Introduce Bill to Improve Safety of Nation’s Drug Supply

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today joined Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), to introduce a bipartisan bill to strengthen and improve our nation's drug distribution supply chain. The last comprehensive effort to establish safeguards for the drug distribution supply chain was 25 years ago with the passage of The Prescription Drug Marketing… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Members Praise HHS Response to Avian Flu Threat

Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today commended the administration's response to the avian flu threat in using new flexibility granted by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization, which was signed into law on March 13. Under the new law, the Health and Human Services Secretary determined that there is significant potential for a public health emergency that has significant pote… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Condemns IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups

The revelations over the weekend that the IRS has been intentionally targeting conservative groups are both disgraceful and inexcusable. The deliberate harassment of any individual or organization for their political beliefs is absolutely unacceptable and threatens the very essence of our individual rights as protected by our Constitution. While the IRS apologized for their actions on Friday, reports over the weekend demonstrate that much wider problems exist and that senior officials with… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Congratulates Rep. Mel Watt On His Nomination As FHFA Director

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement congratulating Representative Mel Watt (D-NC) on his nomination to serve as Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency: "Having served with Mel, I know of his commitment to sustainable federal housing programs and am confident he will work hard to protect taxpayers from future exposure to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I look forward to working with Rep. Watt in his new role to find new ways to facilitate more… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Congratulates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx On His Nomination As Transportation Secretary

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement congratulating Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on his nomination to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation: "I am pleased to see the president look to North Carolina to fill this important cabinet position, and I congratulate Mayor Foxx on this honor. I look forward to introducing Mayor Foxx to my colleagues and working with him as his nomination moves through the Senate. I believe he will… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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