Press Releases

07.14.09

Burr Offers Amendment on OLF to Defense Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) offered an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization bill currently under consideration in the Senate. The amendment would prohibit the establishment of an outlying landing field (OLF) in Sandbanks or Hale's Lake, North Carolina for Oceana Naval Air Station. "It has always been my hope that the Navy and the State of North Carolina would find a location for an OLF that was acceptable to both the military and the local communi… Continue Reading


07.14.09

Committee Holds Hearing on Women Veterans Health Care

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing on the adequacy of health care services VA provides to a growing number of individuals who have proudly worn the nation's uniform -- women veterans. According to the VA, in 2007 just over 146,000 women veterans used gender-specific health care services at VA. In 2008, despite the growing number of women veterans, there were close to 141,000 users of the system - a decline of 3 percent from one year to the next. "In … Continue Reading


07.07.09

Sen. Burr Floor Speech Honoring Master Sergeant Brendan O'Connor, Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross

Madam President, one of the privileges of being a Senator is that we have the opportunity to meet extraordinary people every day. Whether you are the Senator from Illinois or the Senator from Nebraska, extraordinary people walk through your door every day of the week. But sometimes we get to meet amazing individuals whom we can honestly call heroes, who lay their lives on the line for their country and sacrifice themselves for our freedom. MSG Brendan O'Connor, a medic in the 7th Specia… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Committee Holds Oversight Hearing; Focuses on Use of Contaminated Endoscopy Equipment

Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs held an oversight hearing on VA quality management focusing largely on the use of contaminated endoscopy equipment at VA facilities. In the wake of what appears to be extreme negligence after repeated directives, VA officials testified and answered questions before the Committee. "When veterans have lost confidence in VA, we have all failed in our mission to deliver world class health care to those who fought for us," Senator Burr sa… Continue Reading


06.24.09

Burr Appointed to the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) accepted an appointment to the Board of Visitors (BOV) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Created by the Federal Advisory Act of 1972, the BOV consists of presidential appointees and Members of Congress. "I am incredibly honored to have been selected and look forward to serving as a Member of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors," Senator Burr said. "In conjunction with my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue to do a… Continue Reading


06.17.09

Burr Presses on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination at Hearing

Today, the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support held a hearing on military construction and environmental initiatives. U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, raised concerns about the recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on water contamination at Camp Lejeune and pressed the Navy for answers. "It's clear that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated by a number of hazardous chemicals at unsafe lev… Continue Reading


06.16.09

Reforming the Delivery of Health Care

Today, nearly 47 million people across America do not have health insurance, and this number is growing. In North Carolina alone, there are more than 1.5 million uninsured individuals. Senator Burr believes we must make health insurance more accessible and affordable so that more families can have peace of mind that they can get quality medical care. As we search for long-term solutions, however, we must make sure people have the ability to choose their own doctor. While some politicia… Continue Reading


06.05.09

Senator Burr Honors 65th Anniversary of D-Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day: "On Memorial Day, I was honored to speak at the Normandy American Cemetery and humbled to have been in the presence of so many World War II veterans. Today, our nation marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day, a day that ultimately changed the course of history. "Sixty five years ago today, tens of thousands of Americans … Continue Reading


06.03.09

Resolution Recognizing 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Passes Congress

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) sponsored a resolution to recognize the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that passed both the Senate and House. The resolutions were also sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the Senate; and by Congressmen Phil Roe (R-TN 1) and Jimmy Duncan (R-TN 2) in the House "I am pleased the Senate passed a resolution today honoring the 75th anniversary of the G… Continue Reading


05.28.09

Senator Richard Burr Honors Veterans in Speech at American Cemetery in Normandy

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, led a delegation of Senators to the official Memorial Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery in France where he gave a speech honoring American veterans. He then laid a wreath in honor of the more than 10,000 American service members who gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy and made possible the liberation of Europe in World War II. There are 269 North Carolinians interred … Continue Reading


05.26.09

Senator Burr's Statement on Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court Nomination

"As with all nominees for the Supreme Court, I am committed to ensuring that the confirmation process is thorough and fair, and look forward to Judge Sotomayor's upcoming confirmation hearings. While her personal story is indeed inspiring, I hope that through the confirmation process we will have an opportunity to fully review her judicial experience and record." - Senator Richard Burr… 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


05.22.09

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

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