Press Releases

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


06.16.09

Reforming the Delivery of Health Care

Today, nearly 47 million people across America do not have health insurance, and this number is growing. In North Carolina alone, there are more than 1.5 million uninsured individuals. Senator Burr believes we must make health insurance more accessible and affordable so that more families can have peace of mind that they can get quality medical care. As we search for long-term solutions, however, we must make sure people have the ability to choose their own doctor. While some politicia… Continue Reading


06.05.09

Senator Burr Honors 65th Anniversary of D-Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day: "On Memorial Day, I was honored to speak at the Normandy American Cemetery and humbled to have been in the presence of so many World War II veterans. Today, our nation marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day, a day that ultimately changed the course of history. "Sixty five years ago today, tens of thousands of Americans … Continue Reading


06.03.09

Resolution Recognizing 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Passes Congress

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) sponsored a resolution to recognize the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that passed both the Senate and House. The resolutions were also sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the Senate; and by Congressmen Phil Roe (R-TN 1) and Jimmy Duncan (R-TN 2) in the House "I am pleased the Senate passed a resolution today honoring the 75th anniversary of the G… Continue Reading


05.28.09

Senator Richard Burr Honors Veterans in Speech at American Cemetery in Normandy

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, led a delegation of Senators to the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France where he gave a speech honoring American veterans. He then laid a wreath in honor of the more than 10,000 American service members who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy and made possible the liberation of Europe in World War II. There are 269 North Carolinians interred … Continue Reading


05.26.09

Senator Burr's Statement on Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination

"As with all nominees for the Supreme Court, I am committed to ensuring that the confirmation process is thorough and fair, and look forward to Judge Sotomayor's upcoming confirmation hearings. While her personal story is indeed inspiring, I hope that through the confirmation process we will have an opportunity to fully review her judicial experience and record." - Senator Richard Burr… Continue Reading


05.22.09

Senators Burr, Chambliss and Graham and Representative Kline to Honor Normandy Veterans at Memorial Day Ceremonies

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN), will lead the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. On May 24, the members will honor the extraordinary contributions of veterans to our nation at the Normandy American Cemetery. As Ranking Member of the Veteran Affairs Committee, Senator Burr will deliver a speech to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who land… Continue Reading


05.22.09

Senators Burr, Chambliss and Graham and Representative Kline to Honor Normandy Veterans at Memorial Day Ceremonies

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN), will lead the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. On May 24, the members will honor the extraordinary contributions of veterans to our nation at the Normandy American Cemetery. As Ranking Member of the Veteran Affairs Committee, Senator Burr will deliver a speech to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who land… Continue Reading


05.21.09

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Meets to Vote on Pending Legislation

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs met to vote on pending legislation affecting veterans' health care and benefits. "I am pleased the Committee voted to send a bill directing advance appropriations for VA health care to the full Senate," Senator Burr said. "It is wrong to put the quality of care our nation's veterans receive at risk because VA doesn't know what its budget will be." The Committee voted to send Senator Burr's Military Spouses Residency … Continue Reading

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