Press Releases

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


03.08.11

Senate Declares March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”

The U.S. Senate yesterday declared March 30th as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day," agreeing unanimously to a resolution introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This March 30th, the Senate has encouraged Americans across the country to recognize Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice and demonstrate a warm welcome to these soldiers… Continue Reading


03.03.11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for March 4 -5

In the next two days, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will be speaking at the Ducks Unlimited Event in Raleigh and the opening of the Kernersville Medical Center. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Friday, March 4, 2011 6:00 PM Senator Burr to speak at Ducks Unlimited Event 9401 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, North Carolina Saturday, March 5, 2011 6:00 PM Senator Burr to speak at the open… Continue Reading


03.02.11

Burr Bill Empowers American Families to Meet Daycare Needs

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Johanns (R-NE), introduced the Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act, a bill that strengthens dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSA) for American families by increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars that families can put into these accounts from $5,000 to $7,500. The bill will also index this new cap to inflation so that FSAs no longer erode in value over time as the cost of child care… Continue Reading


02.28.11

Burr Introduces North Korean Refugee Adoption Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011. The legislation would direct the Secretary of State to develop a comprehensive strategy on adoptions of North Korean orphans living outside of North Korea as refugees in other countries by American adoptive parents. "As a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Caucus, I remain committed to support legislation to improve international cooperation in inter-country adoptions,… Continue Reading


02.24.11

Senator Burr Statement on the President's Announcement on the Defense of Marriage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the President's announcement that he will not permit the Department of Justice to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act: "Traditional marriage is a core value that has strengthened our nation, and it is a value that is protected by federal law. By ordering the Attorney General to stop defending federal law in court, the President is taking another step towards politicizing the Justice Department.… Continue Reading

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