Press Releases

04.27.10

Senator Burr Statement on Financial Regulatory Reform Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on S. 3217, financial regulatory reform legislation: "As the current financial crisis has made abundantly clear, we must modernize and strengthen our regulatory framework in a way that ensures accountability, enforcement, and transparency. Unfortunately, the bill we voted on this afternoon falls far short of the commonsense financial regulatory reform that we need. "This bill would constrict the availability … Continue Reading


04.22.10

Senate Passes Family Caregiver Bill to Help Wounded Veterans and Their Families

Today, the Senate unanimously approved the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support earlier this week, includes critical provisions offered by Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, that will strengthen support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans. It also includes a provision authored by Senator Burr to establish a program of basic dental i… Continue Reading


04.21.10

Military Officers Association of America Honors Sen. Burr

Last night, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the 2010 Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award for his work in support of America's men and women in uniform, their military families, and for his work in championing the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. The award was sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), an organization of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, former and retired military officers and surviving spouses with over 370,000 member… Continue Reading


04.20.10

Sen. Burr Introduces Bill to Increase Employment of Military Spouses

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Military Spouse Employment Act, legislation that will encourage employers to hire qualified military spouses by expanding the Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include military families. "Military spouses are among our nation's most valuable assets," Senator Burr said. "These men and women are already sacrificing for our country, and we can't let the hard facts of military life like relocations get in the way of their caree… Continue Reading


04.07.10

Burr Announces Events for April 8-11

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Buncombe, McDowell, Yadkin, and Guilford, Mecklenburg, and Wake counties between April 8 and April 11. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Thursday, April 8 9:30 AM Senator Burr to visit Unison Engine Components 401 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Asheville, NC 28803 *Donna Dailey (828) 274-4540 x2226 12:00 PM Senator Burr to speak t… Continue Reading


04.05.10

Burr Announces Events for April 6-9

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Transylvania, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Buncombe, McDowell, Yadkin, and Guilford counties between April 6 and April 9. The events will focus on veterans' affairs and economic development. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Tuesday, April 6 9:00 AM Senator Burr to attend Transylvania Chamber of Commerce breakfast The Porter Center at Br… Continue Reading


03.31.10

Burr Statement on President’s Offshore Exploration Announcement

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the president's energy announcement: "The President's announcement is a step, albeit a small one, towards addressing America's energy needs. I am hopeful it will be followed by administration action to address delayed lease sales and denied permits. All of our nation's resources need to be on the table, including alternative energy sources, nuclear power, and onshore and offshore production of natural gas. If resource… Continue Reading


03.26.10

Burr Announces Events for March 29 – April 2

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Guilford, Chatham, Lee, New Hanover, Wake, Durham, and Moore counties between March 29 and April 2.The events will focus on veterans' affairs and economic development.Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, March 29 9:00 AMSenator Burr to visit and tour General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems 5440 Millstream Road McLeansville, NC27301… Continue Reading


03.26.10

Burr Proposal to Protect Healthcare for Veterans and Military Families Clears Senate

Today, the United States Senate passed legislation cosponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to correct serious technical errors in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that put veterans, widows and widowers, and certain dependents at risk. "Our nation's veterans and their families have sacrificed of themselves on behalf of our security, and we owe them the best health care available," Burr said. "I was proud to cosponsor this legislation that will protect the health care that these i… Continue Reading


03.21.10

Burr Statement on House Passage of Health Care Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on House passage of the health care bill that passed the Senate in December: "Despite being marketed as a health care reform bill, the legislation that passed today amounts to nothing more than a massive expansion of the federal government. It fails to deliver on the promise to lower health care costs, and will instead actually increase costs for many Americans. It also imposes new taxes, fees, and penalties, which … Continue Reading


03.18.10

Burr Resolution Recognizing Day to Honor Vietnam Vets Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, announced that a resolution he introduced encouraging communities across the nation to establish "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" was passed unanimously by the United States Senate. The resolution designates March 30, 2010, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day," to honor the return home of our armed service members after serving in Vietnam. "There's no question that our troops served o… Continue Reading


03.11.10

Burr Statement on Nomination of Catherine Eagles to U.S. District Court

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Catherine Eagles to the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina. "The President has nominated a well-qualified candidate for the Middle District in Judge Eagles, and I look forward to working with her as she goes through the confirmation process." Currently, Judge Eagles sits as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of the North Carolina Superior Court, 18th Judicial… Continue Reading


03.11.10

Burr Introduces “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Resolution

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a resolution in support of the establishment of "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." Designating March 30, 2010, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" honors the return home of our armed service members after serving in Vietnam. "There's no question that our troops served our country bravely and faithfully during the Vietnam War, and these veterans deserve our recognition and gr… Continue Reading


03.11.10

Burr Statement on Re-Opening of MyCAA

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Department of Defense's decision to reinstate the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program which provided educational benefits to military spouses: "I am pleased to hear that the Department of Defense has announced it will reinstate MyCAA for spouses who are currently in the program after abruptly halting the program almost a month ago. I remain concerned, however, that the Defense Departmen… Continue Reading


03.10.10

Burr Thanked for Leadership on Alzheimer’s Legislation

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the Chairman's Award from the Alzheimer's Association at their National Gala for his leadership and support of the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act, of which he is a co-sponsor. Also honored at the event were Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), ABC's Terry Moran, actress Soleil Moon Frye, and Alzheimer's researcher and Director of the Center for Aging and Diversity at the University of North Carolina's Institute on Aging, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson. … Continue Reading


03.04.10

Burr Introduces Bill to Stop Automatic Pay Raise for Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would stop Congress from receiving a pay increase in 2011. Senators Vitter (R-LA), Coburn (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), and Thune (R-SD) are original cosponsors. "Nearly every year, with little discussion or recorded vote, members of the House and Senate get a pay increase," Senator Burr said. "It is not right for Congress to automatically receive a pay raise when the American people are struggling. Seniors on Social Security and veter… Continue Reading


03.02.10

Burr Thanked for ‘Going to Bat’ for Disabled Vets

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, met with a group of 16 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter Commanders and representatives from North Carolina in his Washington office. The group presented Senator Burr with an award on behalf of DAV in appreciation of his leadership in ensuring that sufficient and predictable funding be provided for the health care services for America's veterans. The award, a DAV baseball bat, is inscribed w… Continue Reading


02.01.10

Burr Statement on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the President's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011: "The $3.8 trillion federal budget released by the White House today is not only historic in size, but ignores our growing debt obligation that will suffocate the next generation. It contains billions of dollars in new spending and higher taxes for American families and businesses. The American people are rightfully very upset with the level of spendin… Continue Reading


01.08.10

Burr Signs Letter Calling for Transparency in Health Care Negotiations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) yesterday signed a letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to make the health care negotiations transparent moving forward.The letter addresses the lack of openness in health care discussions thus far and encourages the Majority Leader to make good on promises to allow the American people a seat at the table in the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. "Despite promises of openness mad… Continue Reading


12.24.09

Burr Statement on Senate Passage of Democrats’ Health Care Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding today's passage of Majority Leader Reid's health care bill: "Despite being marketed as a health care reform bill, the legislation we voted on today is nothing more than a massive expansion of the federal government. We have already learned about some of the budget gimmicks employed to deceive the American public about the true cost of this bill, and I fear that in the months and years to come, we will learn … Continue Reading

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