Press Releases

03.10.10

Burr Thanked for Leadership on Alzheimer’s Legislation

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the Chairman's Award from the Alzheimer's Association at their National Gala for his leadership and support of the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act, of which he is a co-sponsor. Also honored at the event were Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), ABC's Terry Moran, actress Soleil Moon Frye, and Alzheimer's researcher and Director of the Center for Aging and Diversity at the University of North Carolina's Institute on Aging, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson. … Continue Reading


03.04.10

Burr Introduces Bill to Stop Automatic Pay Raise for Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would stop Congress from receiving a pay increase in 2011. Senators Vitter (R-LA), Coburn (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), and Thune (R-SD) are original cosponsors. "Nearly every year, with little discussion or recorded vote, members of the House and Senate get a pay increase," Senator Burr said. "It is not right for Congress to automatically receive a pay raise when the American people are struggling. Seniors on Social Security and veter… Continue Reading


03.02.10

Burr Thanked for ‘Going to Bat’ for Disabled Vets

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, met with a group of 16 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter Commanders and representatives from North Carolina in his Washington office. The group presented Senator Burr with an award on behalf of DAV in appreciation of his leadership in ensuring that sufficient and predictable funding be provided for the health care services for America's veterans. The award, a DAV baseball bat, is inscribed w… Continue Reading


02.01.10

Burr Statement on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the President's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011: "The $3.8 trillion federal budget released by the White House today is not only historic in size, but ignores our growing debt obligation that will suffocate the next generation. It contains billions of dollars in new spending and higher taxes for American families and businesses. The American people are rightfully very upset with the level of spendin… Continue Reading


01.08.10

Burr Signs Letter Calling for Transparency in Health Care Negotiations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) yesterday signed a letter sent to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to make the health care negotiations transparent moving forward.The letter addresses the lack of openness in health care discussions thus far and encourages the Majority Leader to make good on promises to allow the American people a seat at the table in the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. "Despite promises of openness mad… Continue Reading


12.24.09

Burr Statement on Senate Passage of Democrats’ Health Care Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding today's passage of Majority Leader Reid's health care bill: "Despite being marketed as a health care reform bill, the legislation we voted on today is nothing more than a massive expansion of the federal government. We have already learned about some of the budget gimmicks employed to deceive the American public about the true cost of this bill, and I fear that in the months and years to come, we will learn … Continue Reading


12.19.09

Burr Statement on the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding Department of Defense funding bill: "I have always been proud to vote for the funding of our troops and our national defense. However, I am disappointed that this year, the defense funding bill is filled with spending that is unrelated and not offset through savings elsewhere in the government. I cannot support a funding bill that spends $18 billion on unrelated spending that is not paid for. … Continue Reading


12.17.09

Burr Introduces Child Care Protection Act of 2009

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), introduced the Child Care Protection Act of 2009. This legislation requires comprehensive background checks for child care providers including state and federal fingerprint checks, sex offender registry checks, and a check of child abuse and neglect registries for all licensed, regulated, and registered child care providers. "When parents leave their children in the care of someone else, they want to know… Continue Reading


12.10.09

Burr Statement on the Nomination for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding the nomination for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "It has always been my policy not to release or publically discuss judicial recommendations made to the White House. I believe the nominees deserve fair consideration with as little outside influence as possible where decisions can be made on their qualifications and merit. The recent decision to replace US Attorney George Holdi… Continue Reading


12.08.09

Burr Statement on the President’s Plan to Reassign TARP Money

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding the President's plan to use bailout money for more wasteful spending. "The President's announcement today that he would like to use up to $200 billion in TARP funds for more stimulus projects shows just how out of touch this Administration really is. The American people were promised that repaid TARP money would be used to reduce the national debt. Furthermore, the 10% unemployment rate is proof that the… Continue Reading


12.02.09

Burr Statement on President Obama’s Announcement on Afghanistan Strategy

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) made the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement on his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. "I am encouraged that President Obama supports an increase in American troop levels in Afghanistan, in accordance with the requests of our highest-ranking military officials on the ground there. What is even more important than the overall number committed, however, is that they be the right blend of troops with the appropriate tr… Continue Reading


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

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