Press Releases

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


10.14.09

Bill to Authorize Advanced Appropriations Heading to President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the full Senate's passage of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009. The bill calls for the advanced funding of critical services to veterans, which have recently been subjected to delays by Congress. "I am pleased the full Senate acted yesterday to pass advanced appropriations for VA medical care, and I hope that the President will sign this impor… Continue Reading


10.09.09

Burr, Hagan Introduce Bills To Improve Land Use in Western North Carolina

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced two pieces of legislation related to lands in Western North Carolina. The Pisgah National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act would authorize the U.S. Forest Service to acquire twenty-three acres of land near Catawba Falls and the Pisgah National Forest and allow the Forest Service to open a public trail to Catawba Falls. The second bill, The Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act, would allo… Continue Reading


10.08.09

Veterans’ Committee Addresses Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing about veterans and families who have been exposed to toxic substances, such as the water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "Over the years thousands of military personnel and their families have been exposed to dangerous chemicals where they were living and working while serving our country," Senator Burr said. "Because of its location in my home state, the exposure to water contamination at Camp Le… Continue Reading


10.07.09

Burr Applauds VA Homeless Grant Money Heading to North Carolina

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award First at Blue Ridge, Inc. in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, more than $125,000 to establish housing and support services for homeless veterans. The VA estimates that last year, the grants helped reduce the number of veterans who are homeless on a typical night by 15 percent. "Helping homeless veterans get off t… Continue Reading


10.01.09

Burr, Hagan Introduce Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill which would provide federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "I am proud to introduce this legislation because the Lumbee Tribe should receive the federal recognition they deserve," Senator Burr said. "Currently, this can only happen through an act of Congress. I hope that the Senate will fulfill its commitment to achieve fairness and justice for the Lu… Continue Reading


09.17.09

Veterans’ Committee Holds Hearing on Disability Compensation in the 21st Century

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing to discuss how to adapt veterans' disability compensation to better meet the needs of our nation's wounded warriors. "Veterans deserve a disability system that addresses their needs, and more importantly, helps them achieve full and productive lives," Senator Burr said. "Unfortunately, our current disability system does not meet those tests." The Committee addressed yet another recent study requested by … Continue Reading


09.17.09

Burr Congratulates AeroDyn on Employer Support Freedom Award

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) congratulated AeroDyn Wind Tunnel LLC of Mooresville, North Carolina, on their selection as one of 15 recipients of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers who go above and beyond in support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. "I am proud to congratulate AeroDyn Wind Tunnel on receiving the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award… Continue Reading


09.16.09

Burr Statement on the Baucus Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding the Baucus health care proposal. "The need for health care reform is clear, but it is even more important that we get this right so that our children and grandchildren do not have to spend a lifetime correcting our mistakes. "I appreciate the Finance Committee chairman's commitment to working across the aisle on this important issue. Unfortunately, the proposal put forth today fails se… Continue Reading


09.09.09

Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. "I applaud the president's call for action on health care reform, and agree that we must do something. Whatever we do, however, we must get it right. Any plan we consider must promote wellness, prevention, and chronic disease management while expanding access to quality care for all Americans. Further, any health care reform l… Continue Reading


08.28.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 31st

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Swain, Buncombe, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and Forsyth counties between August 31 - September 2, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 31 9:00 AM Senator Burr to attend Sequoyah National Ribbon Cutting Sequoyah National Golf Club 79 Cahons Road Cherokee, NC 12:00 PM Senator Burr to attend the NC Association of Resource Conser… Continue Reading


08.26.09

Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy: "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Senator Ted Kennedy's passing. While we did not always see eye to eye on the issues of the day, he was a devoted and ardent champion of the causes he believed in. I enjoyed the opportunities I had to work with him on issues that we shared a passion for, particularly our ongoing efforts to strengthen our nation's public health … Continue Reading


08.21.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 24th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Wake, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, and Lenoir counties between August 24 - 28, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 24 12:00 PM Senator Burr interview with WGHP Fox 8 4:00 PM Senator Burr in-studio interview with Bill Lumaye on WPTF-AM 5:30 PM Senator Burr to attend North Carolina Agribusiness Banquet North Raleigh Hilton … Continue Reading


08.18.09

Burr Statement on Health Care Co-ops and the Public Option

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the Administration considering health care co-ops instead of a public option: "Over the past several days, Administration officials have indicated that they might be willing to settle for health care co-ops instead of a public option plan in their health care reform proposal. While I haven't seen any specific details about these co-ops, I am willing to entertain any good idea as long as it covers all Americ… Continue Reading


08.14.09

Burr Announces Events for Week of August 17th

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Mecklenburg, Richmond, Cumberland, Union, Buncombe, Transylvania, Mitchell, Yancey, Henderson and Forsyth counties between August 17 - 21, 2009. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, August 17 9:00 AM Burr to speak to Charlotte Area Realtors Marriott Charlotte Executive Park 5700 West Park Drive Charlotte, NC 28217 1:00 PM Burr t… Continue Reading


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

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