Press Releases

10.03.11

Senator Burr Statement on EPA Decision and Its Impact on Veterans and Civilians Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to classify the trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical found in solvents to remove grease from metal, as a known human carcinogen. "Yesterday, the EPA made official what we have expected for some time now, that TCE, a chemical that was present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for decades, is a known human carcinogen and represents a grave health risk to those exposed to … Continue Reading


09.16.11

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Education by Empowering Local Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he has introduced the Empowering Local Educational Decision Making Act of 2011, a bill designed to improve America's education system by giving states andlocal communities the flexibility they need to meet the unique and varied educational needs of their students. "Providing our students with a quality education is essential to their future success and to the continued competitiveness of our nation in the global economy," Senator Bur… Continue Reading


09.15.11

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 34 SENATORS SUPPORTS & ENCOURAGES

A bipartisan coalition of 34 U.S. Senators announced today that they will encourage and support the members of the congressional "super committee" in efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition to the nearly $1 trillion in savings included in the… Continue Reading


09.12.11

Ten Years After: Reflecting On September 11, 2001

This year, like every year that has passed since, our nation reflects back on the horrific attacks that cost the lives of 2,977 men, women, and children in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and on the brave men and women who have laid their lives down since then in defense of the freedoms and security we so often take for granted. These coordinated attacks on our nation had such a profound impact on our society and our world view that we now look at our recent history in two diff… Continue Reading


09.08.11

Senator Burr Statement on President’s Speech

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress and the nation: "I fully intend to consider all of the suggestions the President laid out in his speech tonight before Congress. Those that achieve the threshold of stability and predictability businesses have insisted they need to invest in job creation will live for a more extensive debate in Congress. Those that are just a repackaged temporary program should be … Continue Reading


08.28.11

Senator Burr Statement on Hurricane Irene

While the worst of Hurricane Irene has passed through North Carolina, we are now faced with the challenge of dealing with the destruction and damage the storm left in its wake.My staff and I remain in constant contact with officials at the local, state, and federal levels to assess the damage that was done and find ways to help those who were affected by the storm.I encourage all North Carolinians in need of assistance to contact my offices in Winston-Salem, Wimington, or Rocky Mount to let us k… Continue Reading


08.20.11

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 22-24

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Durham, Rockingham, Surry, Yadkin and Guilford counties between August 22 and August 24, 2011. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing David Ward at david_ward@burr.senate.gov. Monday, August 22 12:30 PMSenator Burr to visit ITT Technical Institute 3518 Westgate Drive, Suite 150 Durham, NC 27707 2:00 PM Senator Burr to a… Continue Reading


08.18.11

Senator Burr Announces 2011 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference

On August 24, 2011, Senator Richard Burr will host the 2011 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference along with the North Carolina Military Business Center and the North Carolina Aerospace Association in Greensboro, North Carolina. The purpose of this event is to promote and grow our aerospace industry by bringing together North Carolina users, purchasers, manufacturers, and suppliers through education, networking and growth opportunities as well as sharing "best practices" in or… Continue Reading


08.12.11

Senator Burr Announces Events for August 16-19, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Forsyth, Moore, McDowell, Mitchell, Jackson, Haywood, and Buncombe counties between August 16 and August 19, 2011. Tuesday, August 16 2:00 PM Senator Burr to present Purple Heart Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross to Frank Hibbs Office of Senator Richard Burr 2000 West First Street Suite 508 Winston-Salem, NC 27104 Wednesday, August 17 9:00 AMSenator Burr to speak at Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's … Continue Reading


08.08.11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for August 8-11

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Cumberland, New Hanover, Pender, Harnett, and Wake counties between August 8 and August 11, 2011.Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing David Ward at david_ward@burr.senate.gov. Monday, August 8 7:00 PMSenator Burr to attend Defense Trade Show dinner McKellar's LodgeFort Bragg Fayetteville, NC Tuesday, August 9 8:00 AMS… Continue Reading


08.04.11

Senator Burr Announces 10th Annual Defense Trade Show

On August 9, 2011, Senator Richard Burr will host the 10th annual Defense Trade Show in Fayetteville, North Carolina along with Senator Kay Hagan, Congressman Larry Kissell, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Defense Business Association, the Partnership for Defense Innovation, and the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. The Defense Trade Show connects North Carolina businesses with defense contractors and officials from the Department of Defense and edu… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Burr Bill to Care for Lejeune Vets and Family Members Approved by Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, announced that a bill he introduced, the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act (S. 277), passed out of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs with bipartisan support. This legislation, which Senator Burr also introduced in the 111th Congress, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide health care toveterans and their family members who have experienced adverse health ef… Continue Reading


06.06.11

Senator Burr Offers Thanks to D-Day Veterans

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, recognized the 67th anniversary of the D-Day invasion when Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. These operations marked a turning point in World War Two and ultimately led to the end of German occupation across much of Europe. Sen. Richard Burr offered the following statement: "On June 6, 1944, tens of thousands of Americans and allied soldiers stormed the beaches of No… Continue Reading


05.31.11

Senator Richard Burr remarks at Mt. Airy Memorial Day service

Memorial Day Speech, May 30, 2011 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I am honored to be here with you today as we reflect on the service and sacrifice of our nation's servicemembers and veterans who have so selflessly given of themselves on behalf of our nation and our freedoms. But more than that, I am humbled - humbled by your service, your sacrifice, and your strength of spirit. Two years ago, I spent Memorial Day in Normandy, France. We visited the American Cemetery and wa… Continue Reading


05.27.11

Senator Burr Announces Events for May 30 – June 3

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Surry, Wake, Burke, Buncombe, and Henderson counties between May 30 and June 3. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, May 30 11:00 AM Senator Burr to speak at Mt. Airy Memorial Day Celebration War Memorial South Main Street Mt. Airy, NC Tuesday, May 31 1:15 PM Senator Burr to attend Congressional Award Ceremony at Apex High S… Continue Reading


05.26.11

Burr Cuts Wasteful Spending, Improves Efficiency by Combining Dept. of Labor and Commerce

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a bill that would consolidate the Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce into a single, new agency called the Department of Commerce and the Workforce (DOCW). The bill would provide cost savings by combining duplicative functions and improve the quality of our country's economic policies by ensuring a consistent, coordinated approach. "The amount of money wasted annually on duplicative programs within the federal go… Continue Reading


05.20.11

A Message From Senator Richard Burr May 20, 2011

Yesterday, I joined with Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in introducing a bill that reforms Medicaid to improve care for patients and empower states with the tools they need toinnovate and create a model that best fits their needs. Currently, Medicaid, a program rife with issues of waste and abuse, promises coverage to patients, but this promise does not result in access - 40% of physicians deny access to patients in this program. Additionally, states do not have the flexib… Continue Reading


05.19.11

Senators Burr, Coburn Introduce Bill to Reform and Strengthen Medicaid

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), and Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) introduced the Medicaid Improvement and State Empowerment Act, a bill that will reform the Medicaid program to improve care for patients and empower states with the flexibility and financial predictability that they need to strengthen their programs. "This bill is an important first step in reforming our nation's health care system and fixing our broken entitlement programs," Sena… Continue Reading


05.11.11

Burr Selected to Join Senate Finance Committee

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement regarding joining the Senate Finance Committee: "I am honored to be joining the Senate Finance Committee, and I thank Senator McConnell and the Republican Conference for allowing me the opportunity to serve on this important committee. "There is no aspect of our daily lives that is not touched by the laws and regulations that fall under the committee's jurisdiction, from the tax code and our natio… Continue Reading


05.10.11

Burr Bill Holds VA Accountable for Money Saved through Competitive

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today introduced a bill that holds the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for funds saved through competitive bidding for major VA medical facilities. The legislation mandates that VA obtain congressional approval to expand the scope of a previously authorized project if it wishes to use funds saved as a result of a favorable bidding environment. "This is common sense and fair legislatio… Continue Reading

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