Press Releases


Senator Richard Burr’s Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Obama's budget proposal. "In 2009, the President promised to cut the deficit in half. Instead, America has witnessed four straight years of $1 trillion deficits under his watch. Our national debt now exceeds the size of our entire economy, yet the President still refuses to lead on this issue. "Rather than acknowledging the gravity of our economic challenges and proposing a serious budget to rein in spe… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Extended Unemployment Benefits Reform Act

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Extended Unemployment Benefits Reform Act of 2012. After six months of unemployment, this bill would require individuals to complete 20 hours of public service and 20 hours of active job search per week as conditions for receipt of federal extended unemployment benefits. "The United States economy is suffering, and we have seen record levels of sustained high unemployment. Job creators are hesitant to hire new employees due to a lack o… Continue Reading


Senator Richard Burr Discusses the STOCK Act, Economy, Housing, Syria & Afghanistan with Jerri Jameson

In case you missed it this morning, be sure to listen to Senator Richard Burr's (R-NC) interview with Jerri Jameson on News Radio 570 WWNC. Listen Here: FULL TRANSCRIPT JAMESON: On the phone with me, I believe in Washington, is Senator Richard Burr. Senator, how are you this morning? BURR: Jerri, doing great, and I am in Washington. JAMESON: I thought you might be. There's a lot going on, isn't there? BURR: Oh, another productive week. I think t… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Increase Efficiency in Veterans Court

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would require all judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to reside within 50 miles of Washington, D.C., in order to increase the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Court. "As anyone who has managed a business or office can tell you, things tend to run more smoothly when those people integral to the day-to-day operations are present," Senator Burr said. "If Veterans Court judges have to travel across the… Continue Reading


Statement on Joint Congressional Letter Regarding Transparency in Camp Lejeune Investigation

Last week, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) sent a letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding the legal basis for removing certain information from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) scientific report on water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Senators Hagan (R-NC), Nelson (D-FL) and Rubio (R-FL) as well as Representatives Miller (D-NC) and Dingell (D-MI) joined him in signing the letter. Today, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


Menendez, Burr Applaud President for Joining Call for More Use of Natural Gas in Transportation

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded the President for endorsing the idea of creating new incentives for running medium and heavy trucks, and public transportation vehicles on natural gas. The Senators are authors 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 by extending tax credits for natural gas vehicles and building ref… Continue Reading



U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators today announced that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The bipartisan group of senators committed to working together to advance this critical project for the United States. Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been working with colleag… Continue Reading


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

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