Press Releases

10.01.08

Burr Applauds Senate for Passing Bill Honoring WWII Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded his colleagues in the Senate for passing S.Res. 695, a resolution he cosponsored along with Senator Dole (R-NC) to commend the Honor Flight Network for its efforts to make it possible for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. "America's World War II veterans served our country with honor and they deserve the opportunity to see the national memorial that has been erected in Washington in memory of their s… Continue Reading


09.29.08

Burr Statement on the Citigroup Acquisition of Wachovia

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding the announcement of Citigroup's acquisition of Wachovia: "Today's news of Citigroup's acquisition of Wachovia might be unsettling to many in North Carolina. While these are difficult times in our economy, it is important to remember that this move provides for the protection of accounts and the soundness of savings for Wachovia's customers. FDIC has said that all services for customers should continue uninterrupted… Continue Reading


09.28.08

Burr Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Mental Health Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded the Senate passage of S. 2162, The Veterans Mental Health Improvements Act of 2008. The legislation includes a provision by Senator Burr to assist veterans at risk of homelessness by providing them with supportive services. "Our veterans served our country with honor and they should not be forgotten when they return home," Burr said. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This legislation will help those on the verge o… Continue Reading


09.28.08

Burr Praises Passage of Veterans’ Benefits Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded today's Senate passage of S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. This bill would improve a wide variety of benefits programs for our veterans including employment, education, and updates to the disability rating schedule. "Our nation's veterans have bravely sacrificed in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans," Burr said. "This bill will go a long way to improve the lives of our Veterans by helping them… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Dole, Burr Propose Solutions to Help Alleviate, Prevent Gas Shortages

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today took additional steps to help alleviate and prevent gas shortages. In recent weeks, areas of North Carolina, particularly in the west, have been experiencing critical gas shortages, caused primarily by refinery disruptions associated with Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Dole and Burr introduced the Motor Fuel Supply and Distribution Improvement Act of 2008 that will end the proliferation of dozens of different fuel blends, which burdens refineries an… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Burr Announces $1 Million Grant Awarded to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are the recipients of a $1 million federal grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The funds will be used to help fund improvements to the wastewater system on the Eastern Band's reservation in Cherokee and Swain Counties. "By receiving this grant, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee will have tremendous help in improving their wastewater system to benefit … Continue Reading


09.26.08

Burr Lauds Increased Benefits for Wounded Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded President Bush's signing of S. 2617, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, into law. Senator Burr was an original cosponsor of this law which will increase the rate of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and for surviving family members of certain disabled veterans. "The men and women who have suffered service-related injuri… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Burr, Murray Applaud Senate Passage of Poison Control Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) applauded his colleagues in the Senate for passing S. 2932, the Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act of 2008, which he sponsored along with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington). This bi-partisan legislation would continue support of the nation's poison control centers. By reauthorizing the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and state grant program. "The expert assistance provided by poison… Continue Reading


09.17.08

Burr Praises Passage of Veterans’ Benefits

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded today's Senate passage of S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. This bill would improve a wide variety of benefits programs for our veterans including employment, education, and updates to the disability rating schedule. "Our nation's veterans have bravely sacrificed in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans," Burr said. "This bill will go a long way to improve the lives of our Veterans by helping them… Continue Reading


08.05.08

Burr Announces $1.4 Million Grant Awarded to Huntersville

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Town of Huntersville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) are the recipients of a $1.4 million federal grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration. The funds will be used to help fund the construction of a bridge overpass into the North Mecklenburg Industrial Park. "By receiving this grant, the Town of Huntersville will have tremendous help in constructing a bridge overpass to benefit its residents. This… Continue Reading


08.01.08

Burr, Clinton Bill Will Help Charitable Donations Reach Wounded Warriors

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Friends of Wounded Warriors Act of 2008. This legislation will make it easier for wounded warriors to receive charitable gifts by allowing Commanders of Wounded Warrior Battalions to accept and administer those gifts on behalf of the soldiers in their units. By streamlining the gift-acceptance process, it will allow for sick and wounded servicemembers to more quickly receive the charitable donations given to the… Continue Reading


08.01.08

Burr Applauds Passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded passage of The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which renews higher education programs and contains several provisions that he sponsored. Burr's provisions included an increase in support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), an increase in aid for military members and veterans, a simplified application process for federal financial assistance, improved teacher preparation, and improved access to information for States to eva… Continue Reading


07.31.08

Burr Applauds Passage of Bill to Increase Benefits for Wounded Veterans and Their Families

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the passage of S. 2617, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, a bill he cosponsored, which will increase the rate of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. The bill passed the Senate today and moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. "The men and wom… Continue Reading


07.22.08

Burr Lauds Senate Passage Of Clean Boating Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) applauded the passage of S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which he cosponsored. The bill, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), protects our nation's recreational boaters while ensuring the health of our waterways. It passed the Senate earlier today and moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. "I am a proud cosponsor of this bill which protects the ability of recreational boaters to enjoy America's waterways, and I applaud my… Continue Reading


07.17.08

Burr Urges Action On Judge Conrad Nomination

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of North Carolina District Court Judge Robert Conrad's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: "Bob Conrad is a capable and qualified nominee, and there is no reason why the Senate should continue to drag its feet on his confirmation," Burr said. "He has faithfully served North Carolina on the federal district court bench and I know if confirmed he would c… Continue Reading


07.14.08

Burr Statement On President Bush’s Lifting Of Deep Sea Exploration Ban

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today regarding President Bush's announcement that he is lifting the Executive Moratorium on deep-sea exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf: "I'm pleased that the President has lifted the executive order banning deep-sea exploration for energy resources. Four dollar a gallon gasoline has affected every family in North Carolina, and it is time for the Democrat Leadership in Congress to stop blocking action and pass long… Continue Reading


07.09.08

Burr Statement On The Medicare Improvements Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to today's vote in the Senate on the Medicare Improvements For Patients And Providers Act (H.R. 6331): "Today's vote on the Medicare bill was yet another unfortunate display of partisanship instead of working together to solve problems. I am pleased the doctor's reimbursement cuts have been avoided and the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program is being delayed, but I am very disappointed this has… Continue Reading


07.09.08

Burr Calls For Improvement To Veterans Disability Claims Process

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for improvement to the veterans disability claims process during a hearing for the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Veterans applying for disability benefits usually wait six months for a decision. Over 390,000 disability claims are pending review, among the highest levels in ten years. Congress has increased funding and staffing levels at VA to improve efficiency but little progress has been made. "For many years, VA's claims processing… Continue Reading


07.09.08

Senate Approves Resolution Honoring Jesse Helms

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr helped introduce a resolution honoring former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who passed away on July 4, 2008. All 100 Senators co-sponsored the resolution, which passed yesterday evening, and American flags adorning the Capitol remain at half-mast in honor of Senator Helms' service to the nation. "It is a privilege to offer this resolution honoring Senator Helms," said Dole. "His 30 year tenure serving North Carolina in the Sena… Continue Reading


07.04.08

Burr Statement On The Passing Of Senator Jesse Helms

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement today about the passing of his friend and colleague, former Senator Jesse Helms: "Brooke and I are extremely saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jesse Helms. Jesse was a mentor and good friend and his contributions to North Carolina and to the nation were countless. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dot and the entire Helms family."… Continue Reading

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