Press Releases

03.29.12

Burr Introduces “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a bill encouraging the President to designate March 29 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" honoring the return home of our armed service members after serving in Vietnam. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is a lead co-sponsor of the legislation. "American troops served bravely and faithfully during the Vietnam War, and these veterans deserve our recognition and gratitude they earn… Continue Reading


03.29.12

Senators Burr and Coburn Issue Joint Statement on GAO Oversight Report

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) released the following statement on the GAO oversight report (GAO-12-418) released today. Senator Burr presented this report to fellow members of the Senate HELP Committee at a hearing this morning. "The GAO oversight report released today confirms a disturbing trend: the FDA is taking longer and longer to make final decisions on life-saving medical devices. GAO also confirms the FDA is not meeting some of its performance goals. … Continue Reading


03.29.12

Burr Resolution Introduces Children to Employment Opportunities

Last night, a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) titled Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, legislation designed to create inspiring educational experiences for America's children, passed the Senate. This resolution designates April 26, 2012 as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX),Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan(D-NC) are original cosponsors of the resolution. "America is in the midst of a dropout crisis, and Take Our… Continue Reading


03.26.12

Bennet, Hatch and Burr Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Breakthrough Treatments to Patients More Quickly

U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bipartisan bill to help bring breakthrough drugs and treatments to patients who need them more quickly. The Advancing Breakthrough Therapies for Patients Act would expedite U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and provide more flexibility when a drug or treatment shows dramatic responses early in development, while still ensuring drug safety and efficacy. For patients, this proposa… Continue Reading


03.23.12

Senator Burr Announces Event for March 24, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced the following event for March 24, 2012. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing David Ward at david_ward@burr.senate.gov. Saturday, March 24 Senator Burr to attend Military Officers Association State Council Meeting 10:30 AM Wingate Hotel 125 South Main Street Winston-Salem, NC… Continue Reading


03.20.12

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Protect Educational and Economic Impact of Historic Estates

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would amend current estate tax laws to protect historic landmarks and property from punitive taxes so that the public may continue to be enriched from the educational and historic benefits they provide. Currently, when the owner of a privately-held historic estate passes away, the owner's family is often forced to sell the property in order to pay for the tax that is applied to it. This bill would require that estate taxes on the pro… Continue Reading


03.15.12

Burr Announces Events for March 17-19, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to High Point and Roxboro, NC on March 17 - 19, 2012. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616 or by emailing David Ward at david_ward@burr.senate.gov. Saturday, March 17 West Point Society Dinner 6:00 PM High Point Country Club. 800 Country Club Drive High Point, NC Monday, March 19 Present Bronze Star Medal to Douglas E. Kibbey 10:30 AM Piedmon… Continue Reading


03.12.12

Senator Burr Announces Travelling Photography Exhibit in Conjunction with Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration

On March 31, veterans of the Vietnam War will receive the recognition they deserved decades ago at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an event put on by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the USO, and Charlotte Motor Speedway. In conjunction with this event, there will be mobile exhibits traveling across the state featuring photographer David Kennerly's Pulitzer prize-winning portfolio of combat photos from Vietnam. David Kennerly has be… Continue Reading


03.08.12

Senator Richard Burr’s Statement on ATSDR’s decision to redact public information from Camp Lejeune water contamination reports

On January 27, 2012, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) sent a letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding the legal basis for removing certain information from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) scientific report on water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Senators Hagan (R-NC), Nelson (D-FL) and Rubio (R-FL) as well as Representatives Miller (D-NC) and Dingell (D-MI) joined him in signing the letter. The letter… Continue Reading


03.08.12

Senator Burr Applauds Senate Passage of His Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011 (PAHPA) out of the United States Senate. "The American people must be protected if an attack occurs, and I am proud that the Senate has taken the critical step of strengthening our ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies by reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act," Senator Burr said. "I am hope… Continue Reading


03.02.12

Burr Announces Event for March 4, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Fayetteville on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Sunday, March 4 Senator Burr to speak at FORSCOM Official Welcoming Reception 6:30 PM Airborne Special Operations Museum 100 Bragg Blvd. Fayetteville, NC… Continue Reading


03.01.12

Senators Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dan Coats (R-IN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act (SECURE IT), their proposal to protect and secure our nation against cybersecurity attacks. "The SECURE IT Act strengthens America's cybersecurity by promoting collaboration a… Continue Reading


03.01.12

Burr Announces Military Academy Nominations

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr announced his nomination of sixty-nine North Carolinians to serve at one of our nation's military academies. The nominees were selected after an application and interview process conducted by Senator Burr's Academy Selection Committee, which is comprised of military academy graduates, veterans, and community leaders from across the state. The nominees, their hometown, high school and parents' names are listed below the academy to which they have been nominat… Continue Reading


02.29.12

Senator Burr Honored by Association of American Museums

On Monday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was honored by the Association of American Museums (AAM) for his support of our nation's museums, aquariums and other historical sites and his recognition of the integral role they play in education, job creation, tourism, and environmental and historical conservation. Senator Burr was an original co-sponsor of the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010. His dedicated efforts to champion this bill yielded the reauthorization of the Institute of Museum… Continue Reading


02.24.12

Entire North Carolina Delegation Reminds Veterans and Community of Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Today, the entire delegation of North Carolina's representatives in the United States Congress encouraged all Vietnam veterans, their families and friends, and all North Carolinians to reserve their free tickets to the "Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration," an event to honor veterans of the Vietnam War taking place at Charlotte Motor Speedway and hosted by the USO and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, along with Charlotte Motor Speedway. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Haga… Continue Reading


02.17.12

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for February 20-24

Monday, February 20 Senator Burr to attend Medal Presentation Ceremony for Rodney Cress Event Center 10:30 AM 315 Webb Road Salisbury, NC Tuesday, February 21 Senator Burr to attend Wake Forest Biotech Place Ribbon Cutting 10:00 AM Piedmont Triad Research Park 575 N. Patterson Avenue Winston-Salem, NC Senator Burr to visit Harvest Family Health Care Center 2:30 PM 8282 S NC Highway 58 Elm City, NC Senator Burr meeting with Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce … Continue Reading


02.17.12

Senator Burr Statement on Payroll Tax Holiday Extension

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement on his vote against extending the payroll tax holiday: "I voted against extending the payroll tax holiday for the simple reason that it is not paid for. We cannot continue taking money out of the Social Security trust fund and replacing it with IOUs for future generations to pay off."… Continue Reading


02.16.12

Senators Burr and Coburn Introduce Proposal to Save Medicare

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) unveiled the Seniors' Choice Act, a legislative proposal to help America's seniors by building a stronger, more sustainable Medicare program through immediate and longer-term reforms, many rooted in long-standing, bipartisan ideas. Non-partisan experts have warned the current Medicare program is facing insolvency due to unsustainable growth, and the Seniors' Choice Act would fix its shortcomings so that it remains a viable opti… Continue Reading


02.13.12

Senator Richard Burr’s Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Obama's budget proposal. "In 2009, the President promised to cut the deficit in half. Instead, America has witnessed four straight years of $1 trillion deficits under his watch. Our national debt now exceeds the size of our entire economy, yet the President still refuses to lead on this issue. "Rather than acknowledging the gravity of our economic challenges and proposing a serious budget to rein in spe… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Senator Burr Introduces Extended Unemployment Benefits Reform Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Extended Unemployment Benefits Reform Act of 2012. After six months of unemployment, this bill would require individuals to complete 20 hours of public service and 20 hours of active job search per week as conditions for receipt of federal extended unemployment benefits. "The United States economy is suffering, and we have seen record levels of sustained high unemployment. Job creators are hesitant to hire new employees due to a lack o… Continue Reading

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