Press Releases

05.06.11

Senator Burr Recognizes “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”

Senator Burr, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, honored "Military Spouse Appreciation Day" today by calling on Americans across the country to thank the spouses of our service members for their service. "Many of us will never fully understand the difficulties that military spouses and their families endure on our behalf. Their selflessness and courage demonstrate the power of their patriotism. I hope that today every American takes the opportunity to than… Continue Reading


05.05.11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr to Deliver Commencement Address at St. Andrews Presbyterian College

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Laurinburg on Saturday to speak at St. Andrews Presbyterian College's commencement ceremony. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. WHO U.S. Senator Richard Burr WHAT St. Andrews Presbyterian College WHEN … Continue Reading


05.05.11

Burr Bill Cuts Spending, Increases Efficiency by Combining Dept. of Energy and EPA

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a bill that would consolidate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single, new agency called the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The bill would provide cost savings by combining duplicative functions while improving the administration of energy and environmental policies by ensuring a coordinated approach. "The amount of money wasted annually on duplicative programs within the fed… Continue Reading


05.04.11

Burr Resolution Designates “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”

The Senate yesterday passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to honor the families of our nation's Armed Forces. The Senate unanimously agreed to declare Friday, May 6, 2011, as "Military Spouse Appreciation Day." "This Friday is an opportunity to make sure that the spouses of the men and women in our military know that their fellow citizens recognize the sacrifices they make and appreciate their va… Continue Reading


05.01.11

Senator Burr Statement on the Death of Osama Bin Laden

Tonight, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden: "The death of Osama Bin Laden marks the culmination of the greatest manhunt ever undertaken by American forces. This is a major development in our fight against terrorism and proves our resolve to hold accountable those who harm American citizens, but we must remain vigilant and not lose focus on the overall mission and our goal of eradicating terrorist threats… Continue Reading


04.20.11

Major Disaster Declation For North Carolina

As a result of the devastation caused by storms that hit North Carolina recently, the President has issued a major disaster declaration prompting the release of federal aid to help individuals and communities recover from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on Saturday. For more information on this declaration and how to seek federal assistance, follow this link. <iframe width="200" height="300" scrolling="no" marginheight="0&qu… Continue Reading


04.20.11

FEMA Press Release: Notification of a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Carolina (FEMA-1969-DR)

State of North Carolina Federal Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet April 19, 2011 On April 19, 2011, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of North Carolina, triggering the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred on April 16, 2011.Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are as follows: Declaration Number:FEMA-1969-DR Incident:Severe Storms,… Continue Reading


04.20.11

NC Delegation Supports NC Governor’s Request for Expedited Disaster Assistance

U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Kay R. Hagan and Representatives Walter Jones, Sue Myrick, Mike McIntyre, David Price, Brad Miller, G.K. Butterfield, Patrick McHenry, LarryKisselland ReneeEllmerstoday sent letters asking the Administration to support federal disaster assistance requests made by Governor Perdue in the wake of Saturday's devastating storms. The letters to President Obama and Department of Agriculture SecretaryVilsackcan be foundhereandhere. Governor Perdue requested that the Pr… Continue Reading


04.20.11

Senator Burr Announces Schedule for April 20

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Johnston, Wake, and Lee counties to speak with residents and small businesses in the area affected by Saturday's storms. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Wednesday, April 20 8:00 AM Senator Burr to speak at the Clayton Chamber Breakfast 307 E Main Street Clayton, NC 9:30 AM Senator Burr to visit Micro and Kenly 12:00 P… Continue Reading


04.15.11

Senator Burr Announces Schedule for April 19

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Wake, Johnston, Cumberland, and Sampson counties to speak with residents and small businesses in the area affected by Saturday's storms. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Tuesday, April 19 9:30 AMSenator Burr to visit Shaw University 11:00 AMSenator Burr to speak at the National Federation of Small Businesses (NFIB) Event Wachovia Center 1… Continue Reading


04.13.11

Senator Burr Calls for Common-Sense Solutions to Help Address Veterans Unemployment

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today attended a hearing focused on unemployment among veterans and cited the duplicative and often ineffective efforts of the federal government to assist them in finding jobs. "Despite the good will and hard work that many people are putting into helping veterans find employment, it is becoming increasingly apparent that many of the programs already in place are not working. We need to f… Continue Reading


04.12.11

Senator Burr Welcomes Expanded Veterans Clinic to Wilmington

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today welcomed a new, expanded health clinic designed to serve veterans living in Wilmington, NC, and its surrounding area. Specialty services provided at the new community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) include optometry, audiology, podiatry, and neurology along with primary care and mental health services. "This clinic has been a long time coming. The veterans of Wilmington and the surroundin… Continue Reading


04.08.11

Burr Statement on Budget Negotiations

Tonight, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in regards to the budget negotiations to cut government spending and prevent a government shutdown. "I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together to make real spending cuts and prevent a government shutdown. Our national debt has surpassed $14 trillion and we currently borrow 41 cents of every dollar we spend. We cannot continue to ignore the severity of our financial situati… Continue Reading


04.05.11

Burr Praises Passage of Legislation to Repeal Burdensome Health Care Law Provision on Small Businesses

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) voted to repeal the provision of the new health care law requiring all businesses to submit 1099 tax forms for everybusiness transaction greater than $600 in a given year. The Senate overwhelmingly passed this legislation by a vote of 87-12. "The last thing North Carolina small businesses need right now are even more burdensome provisions that hinder their growth and ability to hire new employees," Burr said. "Unfortunately, the onerous 1099… Continue Reading


03.31.11

Senator Burr: “Time to Control Spending and Reduce Our Debt”

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and his Republican colleagues in introducing a consensus Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment would bring much-needed fiscal discipline back to Washington and would put America on the path to a balanced budget within five years of ratification. "Our national debt has surpassed the $14 trillion mark, and unlike American families across the country who … Continue Reading


03.30.11

Burr Honors Vietnam Veterans Today

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today honored "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" today with the following remarks: "While we cannot right the wrong done to the men and women returning from Vietnam, today we have an opportunity to recognize their service and thank them for entering harm's way. While we remember the sacrifices these veterans made to preserve our freedom, we also honor the ultimate sacrifice made by their fallen c… Continue Reading


03.17.11

Burr Introduces Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), along with Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), introduced the Public-Private Employee Retirement Act of 2011 to address long-term liabilities facing the federal government. The legislation would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires starting in 2013, leaving fully in place the Thrift Savings Plan with the current match (up to 5%) for both current and future federa… Continue Reading


03.15.11

Burr Introduces Child Care Protection Act of 2011

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), introduced the Child Care Protection Act of 2011. 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 working parents enroll their children in child care they shouldn't have to worry… Continue Reading


03.10.11

Sen. Burr Congratulates Max Cogburn on Confirmation to U.S. District Court

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the confirmation of Max Cogburn to serve as United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. "Max Cogburn is an excellent choice to serve as District Judge for the Western District of our state, and I am pleased the Senate unanimously supported his confirmation today," Senator Burr said. "His vast experience - including serving as assistant U.S. attorney, chief assistant U.S. attorney, magistr… Continue Reading


03.09.11

Burr Votes for Plan to Reduce Government Spending by $57 Billion

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass H.R. 1, the House-passed Continuing Resolution that would have funded the government through the end of the fiscal year and cut $57 billion from current spending levels. "I am disappointed that my Democratic colleagues are not taking our fiscal crisis seriously. I support the House-passed proposal that would cut $57 billion in government spending, and like most Americans I don't think it … Continue Reading

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