Press Releases

11.19.09

Burr Statement on the Reid Health Care Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, made the following statement on the health care bill released yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "Last night, Senate Democrats unveiled the latest version of the health care bill. While I have not yet had time to review this 2,074 page bill in its entirety, what I have read so far makes clear this bill is yet another attempt by Washington Democrats to t… Continue Reading


11.18.09

Burr Food Safety Bill Approved by HELP Committee

Today, S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), passed out of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. This bill strengthens and modernizes FDA's tools to better protect our nation's food supply, improving the abilities of the FDA to quickly and effectively respond to food-borne health threats. "Americans are all too familiar with the nationwide outbreaks and recalls in recent years that have resul… Continue Reading


11.17.09

Burr Amendment to Combat Veterans Homelessness Passes Unanimously

Last night, the United States Senate passed an amendment sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to provide an additional $750,000 for services for homeless veterans. This amendment, which was agreed to unanimously, will provide funding for housing assistance and supportive services for veterans suffering from homelessness. "Our veterans served our country with honor and they should not be forgotten when they return home,&qu… Continue Reading


11.13.09

Burr Statement on the President’s Decision to Bring 9/11 Terrorists to the U.S.

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to the Administration's announcement that Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his 9/11 co-conspirators will be tried in a civilian Federal court in New York. "I am disappointed to learn of the President's decision to bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four of his co-defendants to New York to be tried in federal court. These are some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world; I find it shocking … Continue Reading


11.11.09

President Signs Burr Bill to Grant Residency Rights to Military Spouses

Today, S. 475, the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, a bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), was signed into law. This bill will allow military spouses to maintain or change residency when their family relocates due to military orders. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) sponsored the bill in the House. "I am pleased to see this important legislation signed into law. Military families are often asked to move, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits to spouses as w… Continue Reading


11.10.09

VETERANS DAY 2009

This past May, I visited the Normandy American Cemetery, and stood on the emerald green bluffs overlooking what is still called "Omaha Beach". For over six decades, the cold water of the English Channel has ebbed and flowed over the stretch of sand that once bore the weight of young American soldiers. Many of those courageous men never made it off the beach, and many more did not survive the bloody skirmishes and grueling battles in the weeks and months that laid ahead. Their buddies, … Continue Reading


11.06.09

Burr Announces Events for November 9 - 12

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Buncombe counties from November 9 - 12, 2009. The events will focus on education, economic development, and veterans issues. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, November 9th 10:30 AMSenator Burr to present Medals to the Family of Lester Thomas 2000 West First Street Suite 508 Winston-Salem, NC 27104 4:… Continue Reading


11.02.09

House Passes Burr Bill to Grant Residency Rights to Military Spouses

Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 475, the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act, a bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to allow military spouses to maintain or change residency when their family relocates due to military orders. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) sponsored the bill in the House. The bill is now headed to the President's desk. "Our military families are often called on to make frequent relocations, and it is only fair that we give the same residency benefits … Continue Reading


10.20.09

Senate Passes Extension of Life-Saving HIV/AIDS Act

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. The bill will provide for more equitable distribution of Ryan White funding to the areas that are seeing an increase in their HIV/AIDS cases and will better ensure Ryan White funding follows the patients. In addition, new provisions to strengthen HIV testing to help improve early diagnosis are included in the bill. "Thousands of North Carolinians living with HIV/AIDS receive treatment and care thro… Continue Reading


10.14.09

Bill to Authorize Advanced Appropriations Heading to President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the full Senate's passage of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. The bill calls for the advanced funding of critical services to veterans, which have recently been subjected to delays by Congress. "I am pleased the full Senate acted yesterday to pass advanced appropriations for VA medical care, and I hope that the President will sign this impor… Continue Reading


10.09.09

Burr, Hagan Introduce Bills To Improve Land Use in Western North Carolina

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced two pieces of legislation related to lands in Western North Carolina. The Pisgah National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act would authorize the U.S. Forest Service to acquire twenty-three acres of land near Catawba Falls and the Pisgah National Forest and allow the Forest Service to open a public trail to Catawba Falls. The second bill, The Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act, would allo… Continue Reading


10.08.09

Veterans’ Committee Addresses Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing about veterans and families who have been exposed to toxic substances, such as the water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "Over the years thousands of military personnel and their families have been exposed to dangerous chemicals where they were living and working while serving our country," Senator Burr said. "Because of its location in my home state, the exposure to water contamination at Camp Le… Continue Reading


10.07.09

Burr Applauds VA Homeless Grant Money Heading to North Carolina

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award First at Blue Ridge, Inc. in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, more than $125,000 to establish housing and support services for homeless veterans. The VA estimates that last year, the grants helped reduce the number of veterans who are homeless on a typical night by 15 percent. "Helping homeless veterans get off t… Continue Reading


10.01.09

Burr, Hagan Introduce Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill which would provide federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "I am proud to introduce this legislation because the Lumbee Tribe should receive the federal recognition they deserve," Senator Burr said. "Currently, this can only happen through an act of Congress. I hope that the Senate will fulfill its commitment to achieve fairness and justice for the Lu… Continue Reading


09.17.09

Veterans’ Committee Holds Hearing on Disability Compensation in the 21st Century

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing to discuss how to adapt veterans' disability compensation to better meet the needs of our nation's wounded warriors. "Veterans deserve a disability system that addresses their needs, and more importantly, helps them achieve full and productive lives," Senator Burr said. "Unfortunately, our current disability system does not meet those tests." The Committee addressed yet another recent study requested by … Continue Reading


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

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