Press Releases


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Senator Richard Burr Discusses the STOCK Act, Economy, Housing, Syria & Afghanistan with Jerri Jameson

In case you missed it this morning, be sure to listen to Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) interview with Jerri Jameson on News Radio 570 WWNC. Listen Here: FULL TRANSCRIPT JAMESON: On the phone with me, I believe in Washington, is Senator Richard Burr. Senator, how are you this morning? BURR: Jerri, doing great, and I am in Washington. JAMESON: I thought you might be. There's a lot going on, isn't there? BURR: Oh, another productive week. I think t… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Increase Efficiency in Veterans Court

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would require all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to reside within 50 miles of Washington, D.C., in order to increase the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Court. "As anyone who has managed a business or office can tell you, things tend to run more smoothly when those people integral to the day-to-day operations are present," Senator Burr said. "If Veterans Court judges have to travel across the… Continue Reading


Statement on Joint Congressional Letter Regarding Transparency in Camp Lejeune Investigation

Last week, 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. Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


Menendez, Burr Applaud President for Joining Call for More Use of Natural Gas in Transportation

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded the President for endorsing the idea of creating new incentives for running medium and heavy trucks, and public transportation vehicles on natural gas. The Senators are authors of the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011, legislation that would boost domestic production of vehicles that run on clean natural gas by extending tax credits for natural gas vehicles and building ref… Continue Reading



U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The bipartisan group of senators committed to working together to advance this critical project for the United States. Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been working with colleag… Continue Reading


Senator Burr’s Statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address. "Americans today are faced with economic uncertainty, and they are right to expect leadership from their elected representatives in Washington. President Obama touched on many important issues tonight, but actions speak louder than words. While some might have been impressed with his delivery, I contend that he must be judged on his policies. "I do not … Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Statement on the Dire Need for the Senate to Pass an Annual Budget

In case you missed it, Senator Burr released the below statement on the need for the Senate to pass an annual budget on his Facebook page this morning. "Despite being one of our primary responsibilities, today marks the 999th day since the Senate passed an annual budget to fund the federal government. This is simply unconscionable. Annual budgets are absolutely vital to get our fiscal house in order, rein in government spending, and put our ec… Continue Reading


Senator Burr’s Statement on President Obama’s Call for Consolidation Authority

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on President Obama's Call for Consolidation Authority: "In last year's State of the Union, President Obama pledged to shrink the federal government and eliminate government waste by proposing to merge and consolidate federal agencies. Yet until now, he has remained silent on the issue while Senate Republicans introduced bills that would dramatically reduce the staggering amount of money wasted annually on duplicati… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Today’s Senate Wrap-Up Votes

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on today's Senate votes: "While I remain concerned about extending the temporary payroll tax holiday, this bill contained appropriate offsets to pay for the extension, and the job creating provisions in the bill that provide for work on the Keystone Pipeline are difficult to oppose. In addition to creating jobs, the Keystone Pipeline represents a step towards greater energy security for America, which ultimately eq… Continue Reading

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