Press Releases


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


Senator Burr Bill, Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act, Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of his bill, the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act. The bill passed out of the Senate unanimously. The Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act requires a report from the Secretary of State regarding the designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization. Although they have been behind numerous attacks on civilians and U.S. and coalition forces, the Haqqani Network is not currently designated as a terrori… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Agree: Extend Military Employment Protections

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID - CT), Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) in introducing legislation to provide employment protections to Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) who are called up for active military duty. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, commonly known as USERRA, guarantees that when e… Continue Reading


Senator Burr’s Statement on the Passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011 (PAHPA) out of the HELP Committee

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 Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. With reports that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is actively trying to produce toxic weapons, countries like Iran seeking weapons-grade nuclear technology, and potential homegrown terror threats, this bill is absolutely vital to America's national security. … Continue Reading


Senator Richard Burr Discusses Payroll Tax, Government Waste & Accountability & More with Bill LuMaye

Click here to listen to my interview with Bill LuMaye on News Radio 680 WPTF: FULL TRANSCRIPT LuMaye: Sir, thank you for taking time for us. Welcome to the show. Burr: Bill, good afternoon. Greetings from the airport, which seems to be a Monday routine. LuMaye: I bet it is. Speaking of airports - this drone thing. The President asked Iran for the drone back. Are you surprised they said no? Burr: I'm not surprised. I might be surprised if it was stil… Continue Reading


Senator Richard Burr's Opening Statement at HELP Subcommittee Hearing - Breaking the Silence on Child Abuse

In case you missed it, be sure to watch Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) deliver this statement regarding the importance of ensuring that children are free from abuse and neglect. Watch the video here: FULL TRANSCRIPT "Chairwoman Mikulski, I want to thank you for your passion for children. Clearly that comes across not only in your opening statement, but also in your actions in Congress. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our nation's child… Continue Reading


Burr, Hutchison, Rockefeller Win Passage of Bill Giving Expedited Airport Screening to Armed Forces

U.S. Senators Richard Burr, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Jay Rockefeller yesterday won Senate passage of the text of their bill, S. 1954, which would direct the Transportation Security Administration to develop and implement a plan providing expedited screening through the country's airports for U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their accompanying family members. "Our servicemen and women chose service over self when they volunteered to defend our nation. This sacrifice requires they and their … Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Burr Announces Events for December 12, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Holly Springs and Raleigh on Monday, December 12, 2011. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact his press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, December 12 10:00 AM: Senator Burr to speak at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics and HHS Pandemic Readiness Ceremony Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Flu Cell Culture Facility 475 Green Oaks Parkway Holly Springs, NC 12:00 PM: Senator Burr to sp… Continue Reading


The ‘Taxpayers Right to Know Act’ Introduced in Both Chambers of Congress

Yesterday afternoon, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Taxpayers Right to Know Act, a bill to increase accountability and efficiency in government by requiring every federal agency to provide an annual report card for each of its programs detailing how taxpayer dollars are being spent. This billwas introduced with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress by lead sponsors Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Congressman James Lankford (R-OK).… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Bill Aimed at Designating Haqqani Network as Terrorist Organization

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act, a bill requiring a report from the Secretary of State regarding the designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization. Although they have been behind numerous attacks on civilians and U.S. and coalition forces, the Haqqani Network is not currently designated as a terrorist organization. "The Haqqanis are a violent extremist group who have perpetrated deadly attacks on U.S. forces… Continue Reading


Sens. Murray, Burr Ask VA Inspector General to Launch Investigation into Mental Health Care Wait Times

() - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, asked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General to begin a formal audit of mental health care wait times at the VA. The call for action comes after a series of Senate hearings raised questions around the time it takes for veterans to receive an initial appointment and whether VA facilities are accurately reporting mental health care acc… Continue Reading


Senators Enzi, Coburn, Burr, and Isakson Mark World AIDS Day with Call to Action

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined with Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to send a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas. The letter, sent in advance of World AIDS Day, reflects on progress that has been made against HIV/AIDS over t… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Returns from Trip to Afghanistan

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr returned from a trip to Afghanistan where he was fulfilling his role as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to meet with officials on the ground and learn first hand about the progress being made there. He met with senior Afghan and U.S. officials who provided updates on the security situation in the region.… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces ABLE Act to Help Families of Children With Disabilities

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act along with Senator Casey (D-PA), Congressman Crenshaw (R-FL), and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The ABLE Act would assist parents of disabled children, who often face difficulties preparing for the long-term expenses for their child, by expanding the use of 529 education savings accounts to help cover disability expenses.Currently, 529 accounts can be used to save for a child's college e… Continue Reading


Menendez, Reid and Burr Introduce Fully Paid For NAT GAS Act

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced the introduction 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. The bill would extend tax credits for natural gas vehicles and building refueling infrastructure, and be fully paid for by a temporary user fee on natural gas used as a vehicle fuel. … Continue Reading


Senators Burr, Harkin, Enzi and Casey Introduce Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011, a bipartisan effort to ensure that our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. As a result of the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Prepare… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Veterans Day Statement

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today issued the following statement honoring our nation's veterans: "As North Carolinians, we are proud to claim many of our country's servicemen and women, active and retired, as our own. In addition to serving our country and defending the freedoms we hold so dear, they are our neighbors, friends, parents, children, co-workers, and siblings. "This Veterans Day, we thank them for their dedication, we commemorate their service, and we remember those… Continue Reading

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