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Senate Intel Committee Unanimously Passes Intelligence Authorization Act

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020 on a unanimous and bipartisan 15-0 vote. The bill authorizes funding and enables comprehensive, Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). It is named for two dedicated staff members on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Damon Nelson and Matt Pollard, who passed away last year. "I… Continue Reading


Burr, Van Hollen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Child Care Protection

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Child Care Protection Improvement Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing background check requirements for child care workers. "Protecting our children's safety has always been, and will always be, a top priority for me," said Senator Burr. "This commonsense legislation will help states meet the standards for implementing these practical requiremen… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Bill Helps Protect Access to Life-Saving Transplants

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Patient Access to Cellular Transplant (PACT) Act, which would protect access to bone marrow and cord blood transplants for Americans on Medicare. The bill would better align payment policies for hospitals that treat seniors with different types of blood cancers, like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell disease. "Americans suffering from life-threatening blood diseases shouldn't… Continue Reading


ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Nomination Hearing for National Reconnaissance Office

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, May 1st on the nomination of Dr. Christopher Scolese to serve as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Dr. Christopher Scolese currently serves as the Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Scolese was appointed to serve as Director of NRO by President Trump on February 7, 2019. Hearing Details What: "Nomination of… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Release of Mueller Report

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Department of Justice's release of Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "I appreciate Attorney General Barr's commitment to publicly releasing the full report, excepting material that would compromise intelligence sources and methods, ongoing DOJ prosecutions, or legally protected grand jury information. The American people have a right to review as much of the report as possible to und… Continue Reading


Burr: Assange Should Now Face Justice

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice's charge against Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange: "Under the guise of transparency, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have effectively acted as an arm of the Russian intelligence services for years. Mr. Assange engaged in a conspiracy to steal classified information, putting millions of lives at risk all over the world. Hopefully, he will now face justice."… Continue Reading


Burr Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Push for Permanent LWCF Funding

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to introduce the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act. The legislation will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million. The bill's co-sponsors include Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Jon Tester (D-MT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Susan Collins (R… Continue Reading


Burr, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reclassify 9-1-1 Dispatchers

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), co-chairs of the Congressional Next Generation 9-1-1 Caucus, introduced the Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act, or the 9-1-1 SAVES Act, which would update the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) to better reflect the life-saving work 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers perform each day. "From dispatching first responders to using advanced technology to retrieve locations, the work 9-1-1 operators do is essentia… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on NATO’s 70th Anniversary

Today, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a joint address to Congress on the eve of the organization's 70th anniversary. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement: "I appreciate Secretary General Stoltenberg appearing before Congress today to discuss NATO's history and future. For 70 years, NATO has helped protect freedoms and promote peace throughout Europe, North America, and the … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Today, Senator Richard Burr reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. This bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "Far too often, American families trying to adopt a child abroad face difficulties n… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Summary of Special Counsel Report

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on Attorney General William Barr's summary of the report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: "I appreciate the Attorney General's quick turnaround in sharing his summary of the Special Counsel's report. The Attorney General should release as much of the report as possible, without jeopardizing U.S. intelligence sources and methods or ongoing Department of Justice prosecutions. In t… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Special Counsel Report

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the filing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's completed report: "I trust Special Counsel Mueller has conducted a fair and thorough investigation, and I look forward to reviewing his report."… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Senate Vote on President’s Emergency Declaration

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today issued the following statement on the Senate's vote on H.J. Res. 46, the Emergency Declaration resolution of disapproval: "Securing America's borders is one of our government's basic responsibilities, and essential for ensuring the safety of our nation. After reviewing the emergency declaration with my counsel, I believe the President's efforts to secure our Southern border are lawful based on the authorities passed by Congress."… Continue Reading


President Trump Signs Law Making Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent

Today, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan public lands package that included Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) legislation to make the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund permanent. Senator Burr, a longtime champion of the LWCF, issued the following statement on the signing of S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act: "Today is a great day. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a rare government program that provides immense value at no co… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s Resignation

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today on the announced resignation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb: "I want to thank Scott Gottlieb for his leadership at the FDA, an agency that regulates 25 cents of every dollar in the U.S. economy. Scott has been one of the best commissioners I've seen in the 25 years I've been in Washington. I look forward to the Administration's next nominee, and hope they bring the same talents and passion… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr Applaud Confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing as Judge for the Fourth Circuit

Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Senate confirmation of North Carolina native Allison Jones Rushing as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. "I want to thank my Senate colleagues for voting to confirm Allison Jones Rushing to be a United States Circuit Court Judge for the Fourth Circuit," said Senator Tillis. "Ms. Rushing is from East Flat Rock, North Carolina and after 11 years practicing law is considered one of the risin… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Again Unanimously Passes Evanina Nomination

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence again favorably reported out the nomination of William R. Evanina to continue serving as Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). The nomination was first passed by the Committee last May. "Director Evanina's ability to effectively lead the NCSC is not in doubt," Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said. "Over the years, he has proven time and again he has the real-world experience and professionalism our country needs … Continue Reading


Burr Praises House Vote to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

Legislation to save America's most successful conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), will head to the President's desk after passing the House late yesterday on a bipartisan, 363-62 vote. The measure to permanently reauthorize LWCF was included in S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, which passed the Senate earlier this month. "I'm grateful my colleagues in the House voted today to bring us one step closer to making the Land and Water Conservation Fund perman… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Supports Attorney General Barr

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding confirmation of William Barr to be Attorney General of the United States: "Attorney General Barr has my full support as a well-qualified and experienced lawyer who is eminently capable of serving as the head of the Department of Justice. He is one of the most experienced nominees in history, having already served as Attorney General under President George H. W.… Continue Reading


Senate Votes to Make Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent

Today, the Senate voted to make permanent the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America's most successful conservation program, on a bipartisan vote of 92-8. The measure passed as part of the Natural Resources Management Act (S.47). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who has led the bipartisan fight to save the LWCF over the last decade, issued the following statement: "This victory was a long time in the making, and it is the result of the steadfast efforts of many who care deeply about Ame… Continue Reading

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