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Burr, Hagan Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Asking EPA to Develop Fair Standards for Brick Industry

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay R. Hagan are leading a bipartisan group of Senators in asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop fair and achievable pollution reduction requirements for the country's brick and clay industries. North Carolina has more brick manufactures than any other state in the nation. The industry employs 1,300 North Carolinians and invests more than $47 million in salaries in the state. "Given our country's fragile economic recovery, this i… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement New START Treaty

Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the New START treaty: "After reviewing provisions contained in the New START treaty, I have decided to vote against ratification. I fear it will have a negative impact on our national security, and the United States must be assured that any arms treaty it agrees to does not limit our ability to defend against growing international threats. This New START does not satisfy that criteria, and I look forward t… Continue Reading


President Signs Burr’s “Crush Video” Bill Into Law

Today, at a ceremony at the White House, President Obama signed the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, into law. The bill, which was introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) along with Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), will criminalize the creation, sale, distribution, advertising, marketing, and exchange of animal crush videos. "Animal crush videos far surpass what most people would think of when they hear the phrase 'animal cruelty' - they are shockingly grues… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the passing of Elizabeth Edwards: "Brooke and I were saddened to learn this afternoon of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. She was a passionate advocate for issues she believed in and a caring and loving mother. Her legacy should serve as an inspiration to all of us. Her life was not without tragedy and adversity, yet through it all she fought for her family and faced every challenge with courage, poise, and … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

Today, Senator Burrissued the following statement on S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act: "Our nation's food safety system was designed over a century ago and was appropriate for a world in which most of our food was grown and processed domestically. I voted in support of S. 510 today because I believe it is important that we modernize and update our approach to food safety to address issues that stem from our increasingly global food supply.After months of discussion and debate, I am… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military Families During Military Family Month

Boxer, Burr Lead Senate Military Family Caucus in Sponsoring Resolution Recognizing the Commitment and Sacrifices of Military Families Washington, D.C. - Senate Military Family Caucus Co-Chairs Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today lauded the Senate passage of a concurrent resolution honoring military families during Military Family Month, which is marked each November. Senator Burr said, "During the month of November, Americans gather together to give thanksgiving f… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Offers Veterans Day Remarks

Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today celebrated the service of our nation's veterans with the following statement: "As North Carolinians, we are proud to claim many of our country's finest servicemen and women, active and retired, as our own.This Veterans Day, we join together to thank them for their service and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.With our nation at war, we send our thoughts and prayers out to those men and women in uniform currently on duty here at … Continue Reading


Veterans’ Benefits Bill Signed into Law

Package Contains Provisions Offered by Sen. Burr Washington, D.C. - President Obama yesterday signed the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 into law. This new law contains several provisions authored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Sen. Burr welcomed the bill's passage into law with the following statement: "This new law helps address the needs of veterans who sustained injuries while serving our nation, including wounds suffered as a result of the ever-changing nature of modern warfare. V… Continue Reading


Omnibus Veterans Bill Passes House, Senate

Includes Provisions Introduced by Senator Burr to Enhance Benefits Washington DC - Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded House passage of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 (H.R. 3219), a package of veterans bills that passed the Senate on Tuesday. The bill contains several provisions authored by Sen. Burr, including one that provides the highest level of "aid and attendance" benefits for veterans with severe traumatic brain injuries; a second that will reduce the delay severely… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to Reduce Government Spending

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) today issued the following statement on his vote against the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 3081) which, when scored on a full-year basis, would cost $1.25 trillion: "Government spending has exploded the last two years, posing a grave threat to future generations of Americans who will be forced to foot the bill. We must make tough decisions, and we should start by cutting federal spending to 2008 levels now. Unfortunately, this continuing resolution is just c… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Legislation to Help Remedy Problems at Arlington National Cemetery

Legislation follows hearing in July that revealed thousands of graves may be mismarked WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a July hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight which revealed the possibility of thousands of unmarked or improperly marked gravesites, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Scott Brown (R-MA), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced legislation to help the new leadership at the cemetery structure a plan to identify … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Marks “Gold Star Wives Day”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today celebrated passage of legislation marking December 18, 2010 as "Gold Star Wives Day."This day provides an opportunity to honor the members of Gold Star Wives of America, a volunteer organization that has assisted widows and survivors of fallen military members since it was founded in 1945, and thank them for their untiring efforts and support. "The qualities of Gold Star Wives - their strength, selflessness and kindness towards others - reflect those of … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Legislation Promoting Life-Saving Medical Advances Clears Senate

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) praised passage of legislation today reauthorizing a law that has brought hope and the promise of life-saving cures to patients suffering from diseases requiring bone marrow and cord blood transplants. The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010 (S. 3751), unanimously approved by the Senate today, reauthorizes … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes to Protect American Jobs, Businesses

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) today voted against a cloture motion for S. 3816, the Reid-Durbin legislation to implement a new international tax regime and punish American companies with punitive tax increases. The motion was rejected on a bipartisan basis. "Once again, the Majority Leader denied Republicans the ability to offer any amendments and improve this bill," Sen. Burr said. "I cannot support legislation that will place American jobs at risk. This bill would hurt the ability of Americ… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Animal Crush Video Prohibition

U.S. Senators Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) today introduced the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010. The bipartisan bill would criminalize the creation, sale, distribution, advertising, marketing, and exchange of animal crush videos. The penalty for violations of the measure would be up to seven years in prison. Animal "crush" videos are violent, obscene depictions of animal cruelty - often involving young women torturing small animals to dea… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Receives Award from National Guard

Today, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) accepted the Charles Dick Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association of the United States for his distinguished support of the National Guard. "I am humbled and honored by this recognition from the men and women of the National Guard," Senator Burr said. "From the earliest days of our country, the National Guard has been a symbol of American freedom, security and generosity. Their duties are dangerous and thankless, yet because of the sacrifi… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Veterans Affairs’ Committee Hearing and His Meeting with Secretary Shinseki

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding this morning's hearing of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee and his meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki regarding the care for American veterans exposed to Agent Orange: "Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with Secretary Shinseki to talk about VA's implementation of coverage for veterans exposed to Agent Orange. I let him know that I asked Senator Isakson to serve as Act… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr: Small Business Lending Act a “Misnomer”

The U.S. Senate today passed the Small Business Lending Act, a bill that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) opposed on the grounds that it uses taxpayer dollars to increase government regulation, and expand government intervention in the private sector without providing the help America's small businesses need. "This would have been a pretty good bill if we had just kept it simple by extending and expanding the loan programs currently available through the Small Business Administration, and enhancing … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Pleased by Progress, Pushes for EPA Action on Asheville Hazardous Waste Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced plans to propose the CTS of Asheville, Inc./Mills Gap Road Groundwater Contamination site to the National Priorities List (NPL) list of hazardous waste sites. "The residents of this area have petitioned their government to address this issue, and they expect the EPA to do the right thing. Proposing to add this site the National Priorities List is a step in the right direction," Senator Burr said today. "There is still more the EP… Continue Reading


Burr, Boxer Announce Formation of Senate Military Family Caucus

Bipartisan Group Will Work to Support Military Families Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), along with 18 colleagues, today announced the formation of the Senate Military Family Caucus - a bipartisan group that will focus on issues facing the families of active and veteran service men and women. "The families of America's men and women in uniform are the backbone of our military," Senator Burr said."They often sacrifice of themselves to offe… Continue Reading

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