Press Releases

01.09.09

Burr Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to today's Illinois Supreme Court ruling that the Illinois Secretary of State does not have to sign the certificate appointing Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate: "Given today's decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, Roland Burris should be seated as a United States Senator as expeditiously as possible." # # #… Continue Reading


12.10.08

Burr Unveils Kids’ Passport for National Parks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) along with Mary Bomar, Director of the National Park Service (NPS), introduced a new book titled Kids' Passport to Your National Parks Companion. The book was introduced at an event in front of 110 schoolchildren at John Eaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the book is to promote an active interest in America's history and natural environment by encouraging children to visit the country's national parks. "This passport… Continue Reading


12.10.08

Burr Praises Historic Preservation Grant to Cupola House in Edenton

U.S. Senator Richard Burr praised the announcement that the Cupola House in Edenton, North Carolina, has been awarded a $115,000 Save America's Treasures grant on behalf of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS). The purpose of Save America's Treasures grants is to preserve sites o… Continue Reading


12.05.08

Burr Announces Opening of New VA Clinics in NC

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for expanding the access to care for North Carolina veterans with the announcement of two new outpatient clinics in North Carolina. One clinic will be established in Goldsboro and the other in the Edenton-Elizabeth City area. This week, the VA announced a total of 31 new clinics would be opened nationwide. "Giving our veterans expanded access to world-class health care is one of our most important responsi… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northhampton, and Wilson counties. "I am proud to announce these funds that have been secured by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments. This money will help them develop a strategic economic roadmap for the region… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Neuse River Council of Governments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Neuse River Council of Governments has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties. "These funds will go a long way toward helping counties in Eastern North Carolina develop a forward thinking economic plan for the region. The Neuse River Council of Gove… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Grants to Local North Carolina Fire Departments and Response Organizations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,167,968 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to fire departments across North Carolina on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizations by funding vehicles and training they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. "These funds will help to protect North Caroli… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Grants to Additional North Carolina Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that an additional $503,130 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to six North Carolina fire departments on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are in addition to the $1,167,968 that was awarded last week to 19 other fire and rescue units across the state. These grants are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizat… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Land of Sky Regional Council

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Land of Sky Regional Council has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties. "The Land of Sky Regional Council should be proud of their work in securing this grant, which will help them move forward with an economic plan for the region. This grant money will benefit the local econo… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Applauds Iredell-Statesville Schools for Winning Prestigious Baldrige Award

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded Iredell-Statesville Schools for being awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. Iredell-Statesville Schools was one of three recipients of the Baldrige Award this year out of a pool of 85 applicants. The Baldrige program is managed by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "I am very proud of… Continue Reading


11.19.08

Burr Welcomes Increased Veterans Travel Reimbursement Rates

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) this afternoon informed veterans that as of today, November 17, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased its Beneficiary Travel program mileage reimbursement for travel related to health care and disability compensation examinations. Previously set at 28.5 cents per mile, the beneficiary travel mileage reimbursement has been increased to 41.5 cents per mile. "Every North Carolinian, and every American, owes a debt of gratitude to our nation's… Continue Reading


11.06.08

Burr Reminds Veterans and Families of Free Entry to National Parks on Veterans Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged veterans to take advantage of the National Park Service's (NPS) fee-free day. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, all members of the U.S. armed forces, military veterans, and their families will be admitted to National Parks and public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior free of charge. "I am pleased that the National Park Service has offered this opportunity to our nation's servicemembers, veterans, and… Continue Reading


11.06.08

Burr Announces $50 Million in Tax Credits Awarded to Durham Based Self-Help Ventures Fund

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Center for Community Self-Help, located in Durham, NC, has been awarded $50,000,000 in tax credits for its Self-Help Ventures Fund. This tax credit was provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. "By receiving this tax credit, the Self-Help Ventures Fund will have tremendous help in furthering their work providing financing and advocacy for low-income borrowers. This is a highly competitive p… Continue Reading


11.06.08

Burr Praises Durham VA Medical Center for Receiving Prestigious Circle of Excellence Award

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today congratulated the Durham VA Medical Center (Durham VAMC) on their selection as recipient of the Circle of Excellence award, given by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in recognition of their service and continued commitment to excellence. "Receiving the Circle of Excellence award is an extremely prestigious honor, and I am proud to congratulate the staff at the Durham VA Medical Center for consistently providing high quality care to our… Continue Reading


10.10.08

Veterans’ Bills Signed Into Law

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, welcomed President Bush's signing of S. 2162, the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 and S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. These bills were signed into law by the president earlier today. "The president's signature today on these bills will help give our veterans the tools and resources they need to live full and producti… Continue Reading


10.09.08

Burr Applauds Signing Of Community Health Centers Renewal Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today applauded the President's signing of H.R. 1343, the Health Centers Renewal Act of 2008. The act will allow greater access to quality health care in rural and underserved areas by reauthorizing the Community Health Center program, the Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant programs, the National Health Service Corps and primary dental health workforce programs. This new law will also make it easier for community health center employees to vo… Continue Reading


10.09.08

Burr, Murray Poison Control Center Bill Becomes Law

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) applauded President Bush's signing of S. 2932, The Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act of 2008, into law. This law, which Senator Burr sponsored with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), extends the authorization for the Poison Control Center grant program, the poison center national toll-free number, and nation-wide media campaign programs related to poison control. "I am pleased that the president has signed this importan… Continue Reading


10.03.08

Burr Announces Grant to Develop Rapid Response Teams

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that North Carolina has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1.5 million over 3 years on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These funds will be used to set up Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to allow states to more promptly react to potential threats to our food supply. "As we have seen recently, our nation is in need of increased food safety measures to ensure that public health in America is not jeopardized by bad food. This gr… Continue Reading


10.03.08

President Signs Bill to Reduce Infant Mortality

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded President Bush for signing S. 1760, the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007, into law The legislation was introduced by Senator Burr and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in July of 2007. The bill aims to reduce infant mortality in the United States by extending the successful Healthy Start program which addresses the risk factors that lead to low birth weight and other health complications in babies and mothers. The initiative began in 19… Continue Reading


10.02.08

Burr Statement on Senate Vote on Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) tonight issued the following statement on the Senate vote on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (Dodd Amendment to H.R. 1424): "Like many North Carolinians, I am very concerned and angry about the circumstances that have brought our country's economy to the brink and that now necessitate the Congress to act. We are facing one of the most significant economic challenges we have ever confronted, one that threatens the financial security of … Continue Reading

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