Press Releases

09.17.09

Burr Congratulates AeroDyn on Employer Support Freedom Award

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) congratulated AeroDyn Wind Tunnel LLC of Mooresville, North Carolina, on their selection as one of 15 recipients of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers who go above and beyond in support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. "I am proud to congratulate AeroDyn Wind Tunnel on receiving the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award… Continue Reading


09.16.09

Burr Statement on the Baucus Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding the Baucus health care proposal. "The need for health care reform is clear, but it is even more important that we get this right so that our children and grandchildren do not have to spend a lifetime correcting our mistakes. "I appreciate the Finance Committee chairman's commitment to working across the aisle on this important issue. Unfortunately, the proposal put forth today fails se… Continue Reading


09.09.09

Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. "I applaud the president's call for action on health care reform, and agree that we must do something. Whatever we do, however, we must get it right. Any plan we consider must promote wellness, prevention, and chronic disease management while expanding access to quality care for all Americans. Further, any health care reform l… Continue Reading


08.28.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 31st

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Swain, Buncombe, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and Forsyth counties between August 31 - September 2, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 31 9:00 AM Senator Burr to attend Sequoyah National Ribbon Cutting Sequoyah National Golf Club 79 Cahons Road Cherokee, NC 12:00 PM Senator Burr to attend the NC Association of Resource Conser… Continue Reading


08.26.09

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy: "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Senator Ted Kennedy's passing. While we did not always see eye to eye on the issues of the day, he was a devoted and ardent champion of the causes he believed in. I enjoyed the opportunities I had to work with him on issues that we shared a passion for, particularly our ongoing efforts to strengthen our nation's public health … Continue Reading


08.21.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 24th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Wake, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, and Lenoir counties between August 24 - 28, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 24 12:00 PM Senator Burr interview with WGHP Fox 8 4:00 PM Senator Burr in-studio interview with Bill Lumaye on WPTF-AM 5:30 PM Senator Burr to attend North Carolina Agribusiness Banquet North Raleigh Hilton … Continue Reading


08.18.09

Burr Statement on Health Care Co-ops and the Public Option

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the Administration considering health care co-ops instead of a public option: "Over the past several days, Administration officials have indicated that they might be willing to settle for health care co-ops instead of a public option plan in their health care reform proposal. While I haven't seen any specific details about these co-ops, I am willing to entertain any good idea as long as it covers all Americ… Continue Reading


08.14.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 17th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Mecklenburg, Richmond, Cumberland, Union, Buncombe, Transylvania, Mitchell, Yancey, Henderson and Forsyth counties between August 17 - 21, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 17 9:00 AM Burr to speak to Charlotte Area Realtors Marriott Charlotte Executive Park 5700 West Park Drive Charlotte, NC 28217 1:00 PM Burr t… Continue Reading


08.07.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 10th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Cumberland, Robeson, Lee, Wake, Edgecombe, Chowan, Hertford, Currituck, Beaufort, Perquimans, Pasquotank, and Pitt counties between August 10 - 14, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 10 8:00 AM Burr to attend Eighth Annual Defense and Economic Development Trade Show and Government Workshops Fayetteville Technical Community College … Continue Reading


08.05.09

Burr Bill Would Allow Off-Road Vehicle Use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Senator Richard Burr today introduced the "Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act" in the U.S. Senate that would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). The reinstatement of the original Interim Management Strategy, issued by the National Park Service (NPS) on June 13, 2007, would set aside current mandates and requirements which were put in place in the wake of a consent decree filed in the U.S. District … Continue Reading


07.29.09

Burr Statement on Nomination of Judge Sotomayor

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States: "On July 23, with Senate Judiciary hearings behind us, I had the opportunity to meet privately with Judge Sotomayor.Without question, she has impressive academic credentials, a lengthy judicial record, and a personal story that is inspiring to many Americans.These qualities are certainly admirable; however, I am concer… Continue Reading


07.28.09

Burr Introduces Bill to End Long-Term Homelessness

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act, legislation that would strengthen permanent supportive housing programs by combining housing with support services, such as mental health, substance use disorder treatment and recovery, and employment opportunities for chronically homelessness individuals and families. This bill establishes a grant program through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department… Continue Reading


07.28.09

Burr Bill Would Provide Care for Lejeune Vets Exposed to Water Contaminants

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, introduced the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans Act of 2009, legislation that 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 in North Carolina. "Thousands of Navy and Marine veterans and their fami… Continue Reading


07.23.09

Burr’s Military Spouse Amendment Agreed to by Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) offered the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act as an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. The amendment, which was approved by voice vote on the Senate floor, would allow military spouses to maintain residency in their home state regardless of military placement of their families. "Military spouses play a very important role in the success of our Armed Forces," Senator … Continue Reading


07.14.09

Burr Offers Amendment on OLF to Defense Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) offered an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. The amendment would prohibit the establishment of an outlying landing field (OLF) in Sandbanks or Hale's Lake, North Carolina for Oceana Naval Air Station. "It has always been my hope that the Navy and the State of North Carolina would find a location for an OLF that was acceptable to both the military and the local communi… Continue Reading


07.14.09

Committee Holds Hearing on Women Veterans Health Care

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing on the adequacy of health care services VA provides to a growing number of individuals who have proudly worn the nation's uniform -- women veterans. According to the VA, in 2007 just over 146,000 women veterans used gender-specific health care services at VA. In 2008, despite the growing number of women veterans, there were close to 141,000 users of the system - a decline of 3 percent from one year to the next. "In … Continue Reading


07.07.09

Sen. Burr Floor Speech Honoring Master Sergeant Brendan O'Connor, Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross

Madam President, one of the privileges of being a Senator is that we have the opportunity to meet extraordinary people every day. Whether you are the Senator from Illinois or the Senator from Nebraska, extraordinary people walk through your door every day of the week. But sometimes we get to meet amazing individuals whom we can honestly call heroes, who lay their lives on the line for their country and sacrifice themselves for our freedom. MSG Brendan O'Connor, a medic in the 7th Specia… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Committee Holds Oversight Hearing; Focuses on Use of Contaminated Endoscopy Equipment

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held an oversight hearing on VA quality management focusing largely on the use of contaminated endoscopy equipment at VA facilities. In the wake of what appears to be extreme negligence after repeated directives, VA officials testified and answered questions before the Committee. "When veterans have lost confidence in VA, we have all failed in our mission to deliver world class health care to those who fought for us," Senator Burr sa… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Burr Appointed to the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors (BOV) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Created by the Federal Advisory Act of 1972, the BOV consists of presidential appointees and Members of Congress. "I am incredibly honored to have been selected and look forward to serving as a Member of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors," Senator Burr said. "In conjunction with my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue to do a… Continue Reading


06.17.09

Burr Presses on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination at Hearing

Today, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support held a hearing on military construction and environmental initiatives. U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, raised concerns about the recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on water contamination at Camp Lejeune and pressed the Navy for answers. "It's clear that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated by a number of hazardous chemicals at unsafe lev… Continue Reading

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