Press Releases


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


Sens. Murray, Burr Ask VA Inspector General to Launch Investigation into Mental Health Care Wait Times

() - Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, asked the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General to begin a formal audit of mental health care wait times at the VA. The call for action comes after a series of Senate hearings raised questions around the time it takes for veterans to receive an initial appointment and whether VA facilities are accurately reporting mental health care acc… Continue Reading


Senators Enzi, Coburn, Burr, and Isakson Mark World AIDS Day with Call to Action

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined with Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to send a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas. The letter, sent in advance of World AIDS Day, reflects on progress that has been made against HIV/AIDS over t… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Returns from Trip to Afghanistan

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr returned from a trip to Afghanistan where he was fulfilling his role as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to meet with officials on the ground and learn first hand about the progress being made there. He met with senior Afghan and U.S. officials who provided updates on the security situation in the region.… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces ABLE Act to Help Families of Children With Disabilities

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act along with Senator Casey (D-PA), Congressman Crenshaw (R-FL), and Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The ABLE Act would assist parents of disabled children, who often face difficulties preparing for the long-term expenses for their child, by expanding the use of 529 education savings accounts to help cover disability expenses.Currently, 529 accounts can be used to save for a child's college e… Continue Reading


Menendez, Reid and Burr Introduce Fully Paid For NAT GAS Act

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced the introduction 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. The bill would extend tax credits for natural gas vehicles and building refueling infrastructure, and be fully paid for by a temporary user fee on natural gas used as a vehicle fuel. … Continue Reading


Senators Burr, Harkin, Enzi and Casey Introduce Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011, a bipartisan effort to ensure that our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or the result of a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack. As a result of the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Prepare… Continue Reading


Senator Burr's Veterans Day Statement

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today issued the following statement honoring our nation's veterans: "As North Carolinians, we are proud to claim many of our country's servicemen and women, active and retired, as our own. In addition to serving our country and defending the freedoms we hold so dear, they are our neighbors, friends, parents, children, co-workers, and siblings. "This Veterans Day, we thank them for their dedication, we commemorate their service, and we remember those… Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Burr Announces Events for November 11 - 14, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Davie and Durham counties between November 11 - 14, 2011. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Friday, November 11 8:00 AM Senator Burr to attend Veterans Breakfast & Golf Tournament Main Club House Bermuda Run Country Club 324 Bermuda Run Drive Bermuda Run, NC Monday, November 14 11:00 AM Senator Burr to attend the … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Event for November 1, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Wake county on Tuesday, November 1. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Tuesday, November 1 9:00 AM Senator Burr to deliver keynote address at the Building a Culture of Innovation Through Education Event McKimmon Center North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Events for October 24 – 28, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Caldwell, McDowell, Henderson, Transylvania, Buncombe, Orange, Wake, Harnett, Cumberland and Forsyth counties, as well as the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, between October 24 - 28, 2011. Monday, October 24 10:30 AM Senator Burr to speak with students at Hibriten High School Hibriten High School 1350 Panthers Trail Lenoir, NC 1:15 PM Senator Burr to speak with students at McDowell High School McDowell High School 6… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator Richard Burr Delivers Weekly Republican Address

U.S. Senator Richard Burr released the following weekly Republican address on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Audio of the address is available here. Video of the addressis available here. You can download the address here. Full transcript of Senator Burr's Address: "Good morning. I'm Senator Richard Burr from North Carolina, and I'm honored to speak with you today. "For 32 straight months now, unemployment in this country has been over 8%. Thirty-two mo… Continue Reading


Burr Joins Bipartisan Effort to Make Medicare Secondary Payer Program More Efficient, Save Taxpayer Dollars

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are leading a bipartisan effort that includes U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D- Neb.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to make the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Program more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers. The Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers (SMART) Act will speed up the rate by which Medicare and its beneficiaries are reimbursed for costs that should be borne by another party. "Streamlining third party payment fixes so… Continue Reading


Burr, Webb Introduce Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jim Webb (D-VA), along with 10 other cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end the arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights. Currently, veterans who have a fiduciary appointed to act on their behalf are deemed "mentally defective" and are reported to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system whic… Continue Reading


Burr, Klobuchar Bennet Introduce Legislation to Boost Medical Device Innovation

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) today introduced legislation that would help boost medical innovation by reducing regulatory burdens that unnecessarily delay beneficial new medical products from reaching patients. The Medical Device Regulatory Improvement Act would help streamline the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulation of medical devices to continue to spur innovation and help get new, lifesaving products to the market quicker witho… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on EPA Decision and Its Impact on Veterans and Civilians Exposed to Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to classify the trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical found in solvents to remove grease from metal, as a known human carcinogen. "Yesterday, the EPA made official what we have expected for some time now, that TCE, a chemical that was present in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for decades, is a known human carcinogen and represents a grave health risk to those exposed to … Continue Reading

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