Press Releases


Senator Burr's Opening Statement at HELP Committee Hearing to Address 2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak

Senator Brown, thank you for holding today's hearing on this very important topic of the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, which has also been referred to as "swine flu", and our nation's public health and medical response. I would like to thank our witnesses, Dr. Besser and Dr. Fauci, for taking the time to be with the Committee today to bring us up to speed on the latest with this outbreak. Thank you for your leadership in protecting our nation's health. I look forward to hearing your honest assessment … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Emergency Preparedness and Swine Flu

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) gave the following statement on emergency efforts to respond to the swine flu: "We are working to determine the severity of the current swine flu situation so we can decide how to best respond. I am ready to work with the Administration to ensure that we mitigate the impact of the swine flu as much as possible. Legislation passed three years ago gave the U.S. government additional tools to deal with this kind of public health emergency. Th… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on VA Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement after the Committee's hearing on pending veterans' health care legislation: "Yesterday's hearing marked a critical step forward in the Committee's consideration of important legislation, including the Family Caregiver Program Act (S.801), a bill I introduced with Chairman Akaka to strengthen support for family caregivers and attendants of veterans who… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Introduces Resolution Honoring UNC on their NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Title

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to the Senate passing a resolution congratulating the University of North Carolina's basketball team for winning the 2008-2009 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. "Congratulations to the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for winning their fifth NCAA Championship Title," Burr said. "I am pleased the Senate has recognized the hard work and achievement of the players, co… Continue Reading


Burr Amendment to Prevent Third-Party Billing

Yesterday, the Senate adopted an amendment by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to the budget resolution that would prohibit legislation authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill insurance for the care it provides to veterans for service-related injuries or diseases. "The VA was created to care for those who have fought and sacrificed for our country," Burr said. "Our veterans have more than earned the… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today joined with Committee Chairman Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) to introduce the Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009. The legislation would strengthen support for caregivers and attendants of veterans and would help ensure veterans in need of institutional care have the choice of receiving care from a family member at home. "Family caregivers play an important and unique role… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” Resolution

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced a resolution in support of the establishment of "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." Designating March 30, 2009, as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" honors the return home of our armed service members after serving in Vietnam. This legislation has bi-partisan support and is co-sponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Roger W… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the Serve America Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding last night's vote on the Serve America Act: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to reauthorize the major federally funded community service and volunteer programs under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA). "The bill contains several financial management improvements for the Corporation for National Service. Additionally… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act”

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with 14 other cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end an arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights. Under current practice, veterans who have a fiduciary appointed to act on their behalf are deemed "mentally defective" and are reported to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system which prevent… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces the Medical Economic Deferment for Students (MEDS) Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bill to help medical students as they start their medical residency. The Medical Economic Deferment for Students Act (MEDS Act)would restore the medical student loan deferment program, also known as the 20/220 rule. This rule was eliminated in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (P.L. 110-84) and has had a negative effect on the ability of medical residents to repay their student loans. "Many of our nation's medical residents rel… Continue Reading


Radio Address by Senator Richard Burr

To listen to the audio of Senator Burr's radio address, please click here. "Hello, this is U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. "This week, President Obama shared with all Americans his priorities and concerns about the serious economic challenges we are facing. I appreciated his optimism and agree with him that our country has the ability to overcome this significant economic challenge. The strongest tool we as Americans have is our ability to rally together and fin… Continue Reading


Burr to Deliver Republican Radio Address This Weekend

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) will deliver the weekly Republican radio address on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Senator Burr will speak on the lack of fiscal restraint in Washington and the impact it is having on American families. Audio and video of his address will be available on his website ( on Saturday, February 28, 2009.… Continue Reading


Burr, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Improve Biosecurity Measures

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), introduced the Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2009, to improve America's approach to biosecurity by reauthorizing the Select Agent Program and enhancing the safety of biological research laboratories. The Select Agent Program regulates the transfer, possession, and use of biological substances that pose a serious threat to public health and could be used for bioterrorism. Authorization … Continue Reading


Burr, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Address Residency Rights for Military Spouses

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) today introduced legislation that will allow military spouses to maintain or change residency when their family relocates due to military orders. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act will provide spouses the same residency benefits afforded to our servicemembers. Representative John Carter (TX-31) introduced similar legislation in House of Representatives today as well. "This bill will give… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "From the economic crisis we are facing to the continued threats from those who wish us harm, our nation is confronted with many tough challenges. President Obama rightly noted many of these challenges tonight. I agree with the President that our nation can best overcome these challenges by working together. I believe the best way t… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Stimulus Conference Report

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement after voting against the economic "stimulus" conference report earlier this evening: "The economic stimulus legislation presented for a vote tonight in the Senate does not meet the economic challenges we are facing. In typical Washington fashion, we have thrown together a hastily-written bill with little public input, little debate, and very little thought about the long-term consequences of what we are passing. By … Continue Reading


Burr Cosponsors Advanced Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, joined with the Committee Chairman, Senator Daniel Akaka yesterday to be an original cosponsor of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 (S. 423). The bill calls for the advanced funding of critical services to veterans, which currently are subject to constant delays by Congress. "Too often, funding for veterans' health care is held hostage in order to in… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Bill to Improve High School Graduation Rate

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced the Graduate for a Better Future Act to help public high schools across the country improve their graduation rates. The bill would establish a competitive grant program targeted at high schools and school districts with the lowest high school graduation rates. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) is the lead co-sponsor of the bill. "Providing our students with a quality education is the key to their future success and to the contin… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Economic Stimulus Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: "The current economic crisis we are facing requires action, but the stimulus bill that was voted on in the Senate today was the wrong action. It will spend nearly a trillion dollars on projects to expand government programs, and will provide little stimulus to the overall economy. In fact, this bill will cost American taxpayers… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Passing of Jim Long

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today released the following statement regarding the passing of Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long: "Yesterday's news that Jim Long passed away was very saddening to our family. I had the opportunity to work with Jim on several occasions, and was always delighted when our paths crossed. His service to the state of North Carolina as the Insurance Commissioner was exemplary, and the whole state has benefited from his work. Brooke a… Continue Reading

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