Press Releases


Senator Burr Statement on Supreme Court Decision on President’s Health Care Law

The Court has now fulfilled its obligation as final arbiter of the constitutionality of the President's health care law, and I thank them for their service.While the Court has been reviewing this law for months, American families and businesses have been reviewing it for years, and they have rendered their verdict as well.People on both sides of the health care debate will spend the days and weeks to come discussing the impact of today's ruling, but a few things remain clear: our health care sys… Continue Reading


GAO Finds HRSA Failing Taxpayers, Patients, Due to Ineffective Management of Community Health Center Program

() - Today, U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Michael Enzi (R-WY), and Richard Burr (R-NC) sent the following letter to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, coinciding with two new reports, requested by the Senators, that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released today. These reports highlight management deficiencies by HRSA in overseeing the Health Center Program. GAO's first report underscores the need for improved oversight … Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Toomey Introduce Veterans Employment Bill

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) andPat Toomey (R-Pa.) today introduced a bill to create a pilot program to help veterans find jobs based on their military experience. The bill, S. 3316, would set up a one-year pilot program at the Labor Department's One-Stop Centers to reform and streamline how veterans search online for jobs. The new search program would match veterans with available jobs based on the skills they've gained in the military, and employers would be able to post vacancies. … Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Mikulski Announce Passage of Resolution Honoring 10th Anniversary of National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), introduced a resolution to honor the 10th anniversary of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) which passed the Senate unanimously last night. Since its establishment, the NIBIB has supported research in furtherance of the development of scientific advances in the fields of biotechnology, imaging, and biomedical engineering, as well as advance the application of biomed… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces North Carolina Student Selected as 2012 Library of Congress Junior Fellow Summer Intern

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) proudly announced that Katherine Flanagan from New Bern, North Carolina was selected by a panel of Library of Congress curators and specialists to participate in the Library's 2012 Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program. "The Library of Congress is our nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and I am proud that one of our own students from North Carolina will have the opportunity to help preserve its material so that future generations may benefit a… Continue Reading



¬- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced a Congressional Resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate that the Attorney General of the United States should appoint an outside special counsel to investigate the recent leaks to the news media of classified and highly sensitive information on U.S. military and intelligence plans, programs, and operations. The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Scott Brown (R-MA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob P… Continue Reading


Senators Coburn, Burr Introduce the “Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act”

() - U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the "Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act," a bill to provide a long-term fix to the interest rate on subsidized student loans by changing the structure for all new federal student loans first disbursed after July 1, 2012, to become a fixed-variable rate. It requires the applicable rate of interest for student loans to be equal to the bond equivalent rate of 10-year Treasury bills auctioned at final auction … Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Wyden Introduce Bill to Strengthen VA’s Pension Program & Protect America’s Veterans

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), introduced a bill designed to strengthen the VA pension program so it can fulfill its purpose of offering economic security to elderly, disabled, and low-income wartime veterans who truly rely on the program to avoid poverty. A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation, coupled with efforts of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, has shined light on the fact that some organizations are making a profit at th… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Sees Signs of Potential and Concern on Intelligence Committee Trip to Israel, Egypt, Djibouti

Last week, as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Burr traveled to Israel and Egypt where he visited with foreign officials to discuss regional security and stability. He also visited Camp Lemonnier, and met with U.S. Soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. Also on the trip were Senators Udall (D-CO), Mikulski (D-MD), and Warner (D-VA). "This is a critical moment for the Middle East," Senator Burr said. "The region has tremendous potential. I … Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Event for May 25, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will speak at a graduation ceremony in Harrells, NC this evening. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing Friday, May 25 Deliver Remarks at Graduation Ceremony Harrells Christian Academy 7:00 PM 360 Tomahawk Highway Harrells, NC 28444… Continue Reading


Baucus, Burr Investigate Nonprofit for Exploiting Veterans, Taxpayers, Abusing Tax-Exempt Status

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Veterans' Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) initiated an investigation today into the potential abuses of tax-exempt nonprofit status by the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), following reports of questionable financial ties between DVNF and Quadriga Art, a marketing firm that handles its direct mail. According to tax records, DVNF raised tens of millions of dollars over a two year period, yet reports indicate ver… Continue Reading


Bennet – Burr Statement on Track and Trace Language in FDA User Fee Bill

Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following joint statement regarding the pharmaceutical drug distribution security provisions included in the FDA user fee bill that the Senate began debating this week. This is intended to set forth aspects of a uniform, national traceability framework and allow for continued discussions on this policy as Congress works toward a final FDA user fee bill. "We've heard from numerous stakeholders regarding the importance of this… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Brown Introduce Small Business Bill For Vets

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Scott Brown (R-MA) have introduced the Veterans' Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012, which updates the Veterans Benefits Code within the Department of Veteran Affairs to further assist spouses of deceased veterans who received benefits under the VA's service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) program. Current law allows for a transfer of the SDVOSB designation to a spouse only if the veteran's death was caused by a disability attributable to … Continue Reading


GAO Finds Not All FDA Employees Are Held Accountable for Meeting User Fee Agreement Goals

() - U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today highlighted the findings of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report - "Food and Drug Administration: Employee Performance Standards for the Timely Review of Medical Product Applications." Given FDA's statutory commitment to meeting specific performance goals, Sens. Coburn and Burr asked GAO to examine whether or not FDA reviewers are professionally accountable to help FDA meet its performance goals under user fee ag… Continue Reading


VETERANS: Murray, Burr Introduce Bill to Ensure Dignified Burials

) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member, introduced legislation to help ensure every veteran receives a dignified burial. The Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012 would authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to furnish a casket or urn to a deceased veteran when VA is unable to identify the veteran's next-of-kin and determines that sufficient resources are not other… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the Unanimous Rejection of the President’s Budget Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding the Senate's 99-0 vote against the President's federal budget proposal: "Despite our troubled economy and our $15 trillion national debt, President Obama and Senate Democrats refuse to propose a responsible federal budget. Today, the Senate voted unanimously against the President's budget proposal which failed to rein in spending and reduce the national debt, imposed taxes that would have inhibited economic growth, … Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Medal Presentation Ceremony for May 14

On Monday, May 14, 2012, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will present medals to honor the courageous service of two veterans, Robert Hooper of Granite Quarry, NC and Larry Wayne Annas of Granite Falls, NC, in his Winston-Salem office. Media wishing to cover these ceremonies should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing Monday, May 14 Senator Burr to preside over service-related medal presentation ceremony 3:30 PM 2000 West First St… Continue Reading


Burr Reorganization Bill Would Put Veterans’ Health Care First

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Reorganization Act of 2012, 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 ve… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for May 1 - 3, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Union, Alamance and Durham counties between May 1 - 3, 2012. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing Tuesday, May 1 Tour Safran Turbomeca 3:00 PM Safran Turbomeca 4120 Goldmine Road Monroe, NC 28110 Thursday, May 3 Tour General Electric Company 11:00 AM 6801 Industrial Drive Mebane, NC 27302 T… Continue Reading


Burr Bill 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). The reinstatement of the original Interim Management Strategy, issued by the National Park Service (NPS) on June 13, 2007, would set aside current mandates and requirements which were put in place in the wake of a co… Continue Reading

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