Press Releases


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


Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Education by Empowering Local Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he has introduced the Empowering Local Educational Decision Making Act of 2011, a bill designed to improve America's education system by giving states andlocal communities the flexibility they need to meet the unique and varied educational needs of their students. "Providing our students with a quality education is essential to their future success and to the continued competitiveness of our nation in the global economy," Senator Bur… Continue Reading



A bipartisan coalition of 34 U.S. Senators announced today that they will encourage and support the members of the congressional "super committee" in efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition to the nearly $1 trillion in savings included in the… Continue Reading


Ten Years After: Reflecting On September 11, 2001

This year, like every year that has passed since, our nation reflects back on the horrific attacks that cost the lives of 2,977 men, women, and children in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and on the brave men and women who have laid their lives down since then in defense of the freedoms and security we so often take for granted. These coordinated attacks on our nation had such a profound impact on our society and our world view that we now look at our recent history in two diff… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on President’s Speech

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress and the nation: "I fully intend to consider all of the suggestions the President laid out in his speech tonight before Congress. Those that achieve the threshold of stability and predictability businesses have insisted they need to invest in job creation will live for a more extensive debate in Congress. Those that are just a repackaged temporary program should be … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Hurricane Irene

While the worst of Hurricane Irene has passed through North Carolina, we are now faced with the challenge of dealing with the destruction and damage the storm left in its wake.My staff and I remain in constant contact with officials at the local, state, and federal levels to assess the damage that was done and find ways to help those who were affected by the storm.I encourage all North Carolinians in need of assistance to contact my offices in Winston-Salem, Wimington, or Rocky Mount to let us k… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Events for August 22-24

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Durham, Rockingham, Surry, Yadkin and Guilford counties between August 22 and August 24, 2011. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing David Ward at Monday, August 22 12:30 PMSenator Burr to visit ITT Technical Institute 3518 Westgate Drive, Suite 150 Durham, NC 27707 2:00 PM Senator Burr to a… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces 2011 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference

On August 24, 2011, Senator Richard Burr will host the 2011 North Carolina Aerospace Supplier Conference along with the North Carolina Military Business Center and the North Carolina Aerospace Association in Greensboro, North Carolina. The purpose of this event is to promote and grow our aerospace industry by bringing together North Carolina users, purchasers, manufacturers, and suppliers through education, networking and growth opportunities as well as sharing "best practices" in or… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Events for August 16-19, 2011

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Forsyth, Moore, McDowell, Mitchell, Jackson, Haywood, and Buncombe counties between August 16 and August 19, 2011. Tuesday, August 16 2:00 PM Senator Burr to present Purple Heart Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross to Frank Hibbs Office of Senator Richard Burr 2000 West First Street Suite 508 Winston-Salem, NC 27104 Wednesday, August 17 9:00 AMSenator Burr to speak at Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's … Continue Reading


MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr Announces Events for August 8-11

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will travel to Cumberland, New Hanover, Pender, Harnett, and Wake counties between August 8 and August 11, 2011.Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-2971 or by emailing David Ward at Monday, August 8 7:00 PMSenator Burr to attend Defense Trade Show dinner McKellar's LodgeFort Bragg Fayetteville, NC Tuesday, August 9 8:00 AMS… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces 10th Annual Defense Trade Show

On August 9, 2011, Senator Richard Burr will host the 10th annual Defense Trade Show in Fayetteville, North Carolina along with Senator Kay Hagan, Congressman Larry Kissell, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Defense Business Association, the Partnership for Defense Innovation, and the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. The Defense Trade Show connects North Carolina businesses with defense contractors and officials from the Department of Defense and edu… Continue Reading

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