Press Releases

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


02.17.11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for February 22-25

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Durham, Wake, Davie, Iredell, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties to speak with students and tour small businesses in the area. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:00 AM Senator Burr to participate in BD and Duke Medicine Forum to Address Growing Cost, Quality Burdens of Infection 3001 Cameron Boulevard Durham, NC 11:00 AM Senator… Continue Reading


02.17.11

Burr Bill Provides Access to Flexible Spending Accounts to Military Families

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 387, a bill that will allow military servicemembers to participate in the federal Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program. Currently, civilian federal employees, including civilians who work for the Department of Defense, are permitted to enroll in the FSA program, but active duty military personnel are excluded from enrollment. Senator Burr joined his Military Family Caucus co-chair, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in introducing this bill. … Continue Reading


02.16.11

Sen. Burr Introduces “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Resolution

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a resolution to honor veterans who served in Vietnam by designating March 30th as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." March 30th marks the anniversary of the day that combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam. "Our soldiers served honorably and bravely in Vietnam. Unfortunately, they arrived home to a country in political turmoil, and never received the … Continue Reading


02.14.11

Burr Statement on the President's Budget Proposal

U.S.Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)today made the following statement regarding President Obama's proposed budget for 2012: "The President's budget simply does not go far enough to rein in out-of-control government spending.I am currently reviewing it in its entirety, but from what I've seen so far, this proposal neglects to tackle our nation's biggest budget problems, including entitlement programs. It seems as though the President even ignored the work of his own Debt Commission. We must go fu… Continue Reading


02.10.11

Burr Statement on Kyl Announcement

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement on Senator Jon Kyl's (R-Arizona) announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2012: "I will miss, and I'm sure all Senate Republicans will miss, Jon's leadership. He is an outstanding Whip, and has helped lead the Republican Conference through some challenging legislative times. I have enjoyed serving as Jon's Chief Deputy Whip, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of his whip team during… Continue Reading


02.10.11

ICYMI: SENATOR BURR RECEIVES THE TEACH FOR AMERICA CONGRESSIONAL CHAMPION AWARD

Burr Honored for Leadership in the Effort to End Educational Inequity Washington, D.C., February 10, 2011 - U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was presented with the Teach For America Congressional Champion Award today for his ongoing leadership in the effort to expand educational opportunity for America's students. Burr was one of 12 Members of Congress to receive the award from Teach For America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp during a luncheon ceremony in the Kennedy Caucus Room. "Th… Continue Reading


02.09.11

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Employee Pension Transparency Act Press Conference

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will participate in a press conference to discuss the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act at 12:30pm today. The bill provides enhanced transparency for state and local pensions and establishes a clear federal prohibition on any future public pension bailouts by the federal government. He will be joined at the press conference by Congressmen Devin Nunes (R-CA), Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Senator John Thune (R-SD), as well as supporter… Continue Reading


02.03.11

Burr Bill Would Provide Care for Lejeune Vets, Family Members Exposed to Contaminated Water

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced his first bill of the 112th Congress, the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act. This legislation, which he 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 effects as a result of exposure to well-water contaminated by human carcinogens at Camp Lejeune… Continue Reading


02.02.11

Senator Burr to speak at the Tobacco Growers of North Carolina Annual Meeting

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Raleigh on Friday to speak at the Tobacco Growers of North Carolina's annual meeting. 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 Tobacco Growers of North Carolina Annual Meeting WHEN 11:00 AMFriday, February 4, 2011 WHERE Holshouser BuildingState Fairgrounds1025 Blue Ridg… Continue Reading


02.01.11

Senator Burr Re-elected as Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he has been elected to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs by his fellow Republican committee members, a vote that was approved and ratified by the Senate Republican Conference. Senator Burr has served as the top Republican on the Committee since 2007. "As the Senator from a state that more than 765,000 veterans call home, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as the Ranking Member of… Continue Reading


01.27.11

Burr Joins GOP Colleagues to Repeal Health Care Law

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) cosponsored legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law March 23, 2010. "Despite being marketed as a health care reform bill, the legislation that was signed into law expands the size and scope of the federal government while failing to deliver on the promise to lower health care costs," said Burr. "Hard-working Americans who are already struggling in this difficult economy… Continue Reading


01.26.11

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

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address: "Our nation continues to be confronted with many tough challenges, and President Obama touched on many of these difficult issues tonight. Like the president, I believe that North Carolina and our nation can and will overcome these challenges by working together. In order to turn around our economy we must empower individuals, families, and small bu… Continue Reading


01.20.11

Senator Burr Announces Events for January 21, 2011

On Friday, January 21, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Mecklenburg and Rowan counties to speak with students and tour Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Friday, January 21 9:30 AM Senator Burr to speak to students at Kipp Academy of Charlotte 931 Wilann Drive Charlotte, NC 28215 1:15 PM Senator Burr to tour Freightliner Truck Manuf… Continue Reading


01.19.11

Senator Burr Announces Events for January 20, 2011

On Thursday, January 20, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Forsyth and Mecklenburg counties to speak with students and tour businesses in the area. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Thursday, January 20 8:15 AM Senator Burr to speak to students at Forsyth Country Day School 5501 Shallowford Road Lewisville, NC 27023 10:45 AM Senator Burr to speak to students at Lake Norman Christian A… Continue Reading


01.19.11

Senator Burr Sees Progress in Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement regarding his recent visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan. "So much has changed in Afghanistan since my last visit a year ago. General Petraeus and the actions of our and allied forces on the ground have yielded important security gains in the southern provinces of Afghanistan. The progress was evident as we were able to walk through village bazaars and travel across regions of the country which just last year were major Taliban… Continue Reading

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