Press Releases

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


05.20.09

Senators Burr, Coburn and Representatives Ryan, Nunes Offer a Better Path Forward on Health Care Reform

Earlier today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced health care reform legislation that delivers on the shared principles of promoting universal access to quality, affordable health care, and does so without adding billions of dollars in new debt or taxes. "The Patients' Choice Act of 2009," transforms health care in America by strengthening the relationship between the patient an… Continue Reading


05.11.09

Senator Richard Burr Introduces Legislation to Help Veterans with TBI and Servicemembers Transitioning to Civilian Life

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after he introduced two bills to improve benefits for veterans who are challenged by the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and helping medically separated and medically retired servicemembers make a seamless transition to civilian life: "Today, I, along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), introduced legislati… Continue Reading


05.08.09

Senator Burr Statement on the Water Contamination Investigation at Camp Lejeune

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding the Agency on Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) recent reversal of its position regarding water contamination at Camp Lejeune. "I am deeply troubled to learn that the government's 1997 study of hazardous chemicals in the Camp Lejeune water supply contained errors and omissions. These recent official acknowledgements are raising more questions than answers. Our government needs to honor… Continue Reading


05.07.09

Senator Richard Burr Introduces Resolution to Honor “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”

This Friday, May 8, 2009 has been designated as "Military Spouse Appreciation Day," after a resolution sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) passed the Senate yesterday. "Military spouses provide vital support to the men and women in the Armed Forces by making their service possible, and I am pleased the Senate joined in recognizing military spouses yesterday," Senator Burr said. Passed by unanimous consen… Continue Reading


05.04.09

Burr Statement on H1N1 Flu in North Carolina

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding reports of the first confirmed case of H1N1 flu in North Carolina:"While I am concerned about the first confirmed case of the 2009 H1N1 flu in North Carolina, I am confident in the ability of our public health professionals to handle the situation. They are taking responsible and appropriate action at the state and national level to limit the spread of the outbreak and treat those who are sick."Impr… Continue Reading


04.29.09

Senator Burr Statement on HELP Committee Hearing on Flu Outbreak

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement after the Committee's hearing on our nation's public health and medical response to the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak. "We are deeply saddened by the news this morning of the death in the United States related to this flu outbreak. Americans are understandably concerned and are watching very closely. Three years ago, Senator Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) and I introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act,… Continue Reading


04.29.09

Senator Burr's Opening Statement at HELP Committee Hearing to Address 2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak

Senator Brown, thank you for holding today's hearing on this very important topic of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, which has also been referred to as "swine flu", and our nation's public health and medical response. I would like to thank our witnesses, Dr. Besser and Dr. Fauci, for taking the time to be with the Committee today to bring us up to speed on the latest with this outbreak. Thank you for your leadership in protecting our nation's health. I look forward to hearing your honest assessment … Continue Reading


04.28.09

Burr Statement on Emergency Preparedness and Swine Flu

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) gave the following statement on emergency efforts to respond to the swine flu: "We are working to determine the severity of the current swine flu situation so we can decide how to best respond. I am ready to work with the Administration to ensure that we mitigate the impact of the swine flu as much as possible. Legislation passed three years ago gave the U.S. government additional tools to deal with this kind of public health emergency. Th… Continue Reading


04.23.09

Burr Statement on VA Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after the Committee's hearing on pending veterans' health care legislation: "Yesterday's hearing marked a critical step forward in the Committee's consideration of important legislation, including the Family Caregiver Program Act (S.801), a bill I introduced with Chairman Akaka to strengthen support for family caregivers and attendants of veterans who… Continue Reading


04.23.09

Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Honoring UNC on their NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Title

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to the Senate passing a resolution congratulating the University of North Carolina's basketball team for winning the 2008-2009 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. "Congratulations to the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for winning their fifth NCAA Championship Title," Burr said. "I am pleased the Senate has recognized the hard work and achievement of the players, co… Continue Reading


04.03.09

Burr Amendment to Prevent Third-Party Billing

Yesterday, the Senate adopted an amendment by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to the budget resolution that would prohibit legislation authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill insurance for the care it provides to veterans for service-related injuries or diseases. "The VA was created to care for those who have fought and sacrificed for our country," Burr said. "Our veterans have more than earned the… Continue Reading


04.03.09

Burr Introduces “Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today joined with Committee Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to introduce the Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009. The legislation would strengthen support for caregivers and attendants of veterans and would help ensure veterans in need of institutional care have the choice of receiving care from a family member at home. "Family caregivers play an important and unique role… Continue Reading


03.30.09

Burr Introduces “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Resolution

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a resolution in support of the establishment of "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." Designating March 30, 2009, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" honors the return home of our armed service members after serving in Vietnam. This legislation has bi-partisan support and is co-sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Roger W… Continue Reading


03.27.09

Senator Burr Statement on the Serve America Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding last night's vote on the Serve America Act: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to reauthorize the major federally funded community service and volunteer programs under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA). "The bill contains several financial management improvements for the Corporation for National Service. Additionally… Continue Reading


03.23.09

Burr Introduces “Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act”

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with 14 other cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end an arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights. Under current practice, 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 which prevent… Continue Reading


03.19.09

Burr Introduces the Medical Economic Deferment for Students (MEDS) Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bill to help medical students as they start their medical residency. The Medical Economic Deferment for Students Act (MEDS Act)would restore the medical student loan deferment program, also known as the 20/220 rule. This rule was eliminated in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (P.L. 110-84) and has had a negative effect on the ability of medical residents to repay their student loans. "Many of our nation's medical residents rel… Continue Reading


02.28.09

Radio Address by Senator Richard Burr

To listen to the audio of Senator Burr's radio address, please click here. "Hello, this is U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. "This week, President Obama shared with all Americans his priorities and concerns about the serious economic challenges we are facing. I appreciated his optimism and agree with him that our country has the ability to overcome this significant economic challenge. The strongest tool we as Americans have is our ability to rally together and fin… Continue Reading

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