Press Releases


Burr Reacts to Delayed and Insufficient Response from VA on Misspent TBI Funds

On July 16, 2010, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC), Chairman of the Investigations Subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki requesting information on the misuse of over $6 million in funds that were appropriated by Congress to VA for research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In their letter, Burr and Mill… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Passing of Former Senator Ted Stevens

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former United States Senator Ted Stevens: "Brooke and I were very saddened to learn of the death of former Senator Ted Stevens. Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, the Stevens family, and the families of the other victims of the crash."… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Congratulates Judge James Wynn on Fourth Circuit Court Confirmation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) last night congratulated Judge James A. Wynn of Raleigh, NC after the Senate confirmed him to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit late Thursday evening. Senator Burr introduced Judge Wynn at his confirmation hearing, and has advocated both publically and privately for his confirmation since he was first nominated by the President. "I am extremely pleased that the Senate has confirmed Judge James Wynn to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal… Continue Reading


Amendments Offered by Sen. Burr Accepted in Veterans Affairs Committee Mark-up

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, offered several amendments in today's mark-up session that were accepted by the full committee. In addition to the amendments, Senator Burr's legislation to provide $43 million for additional transitional housing units for homeless veterans was approved. Senator Burr's amendments addressed issues vital to veterans in North Carolina and nationwide. Information on the amendments that were accepte… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Sponsors “National Child Awareness Month”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today announced that the United States Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 598, designating September 2010 as "National Child Awareness Month." The month of September is expressly marked to promote awareness of charities and children and youth-serving organizations throughout the United States, and to honor their contributions to the health and well-being of our country's children. September is traditionally back-to-school month, a time when famil… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Nomination of Elena Kagan to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today issued the following statement on his opposition to President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to serve on the United States Supreme Court: "I opposed Ms. Kagan's nomination to be Solicitor General, and the little additional information provided through the confirmation hearing process has given me no reason to change my mind in support of her to serve on the Supreme Court. With no judicial record, I am left with reviewing her decisions in academic life … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Berwick Nomination

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: "It is an insult to the American people that the Administration chose to make an appointment of this scale during a congressional recess. So much for their promises of transparency and openness. "Dr. Berwick, an advocate of government rationed health care, was nominated by the President … Continue Reading


Burr Bill Encourages Use of Clean and Domestic Energy Sources

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) have introduced a bill to expand America's use of cleaner, domestic energy resources. The Next Generation Energy Security Act, S. 3535, utilizes natural gas vehicles, expands nuclear power generation, and includes measures to encourage spent-fuel recycling, vehicle electrification and use of renewable energy sources. "Reducing our country's dependence on foreign oil is important for the health of our economy and the safety of … Continue Reading


Sens. Burr and Murkowski Urge Administration to Commit All Available Resources to Gulf Spill Cleanup

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today sent a letter asking the Obama administration what steps it was taking to ensure that all offers by foreign oil-spill response vessels to help clean up the spill in the Gulf of Mexico were accepted. Burr and Murkowski said they are concerned with reports that foreign vessels, including oil skimmers and specialized dredging ships, are being turned away from the Gulf because they lack a waiver to the Jones Act, which restr… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Honors 60th Anniversary of Korean War

U.S. Senator Richard Burr recognized the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and honored veterans with a joint resolution that passed the Senate unanimously last night. The resolution marks the 60th anniversary of June 25, 1950, when communist troops from North Korea crossed the 38th parallel to invade South Korea, killing thousands of civilians and forcing others to seek refuge elsewhere. Over the course of the next three years, almost 1.8 million Americans were deployed… Continue Reading


Atlantic Senators Seek Preparedness in Case BP Oil Spill Hits East Coast

ATLANTIC SENATORS SEEK PREPAREDNESS IN CASE BP OIL SPILL HITS EAST COAST Menendez and bipartisan group of 21 colleagues send letter requesting communication between federal response agencies and states, as well as development of long-term prediction models June 10, 2010 WASHINGTON - With some communities along the eastern seaboard concerned that the BP oil spill could reach their waters, a bipartisan group of Atlantic Coast U.S. Senators wants to coordinate preparedness between their … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Bill to Relieve Tax Burden for Families of Fallen Servicemembers

Senator Burr today introduced the Children of Fallen Warriors AMT Relief Act, legislation that protects children from paying disproportionate taxes on the benefits they receive after the death of a parent who has served in the military. "Our nation's servicemembers and their families have sacrificed enough on our behalf without then being subjected to the alternative minimum tax on their survivor's benefits. That is why I am proud to introduce the Children of Fallen Warriors AMT Relief … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on Financial Regulatory Reform Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on S. 3217, financial regulatory reform legislation: "As the current financial crisis has made abundantly clear, we must modernize and strengthen our regulatory framework in a way that ensures accountability, enforcement, and transparency. Unfortunately, the bill we voted on this afternoon falls far short of the commonsense financial regulatory reform that we need. "This bill would constrict the availability … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Family Caregiver Bill to Help Wounded Veterans and Their Families

Today, the Senate unanimously approved the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support earlier this week, includes critical provisions offered by Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, that will strengthen support for family caregivers of seriously disabled veterans. It also includes a provision authored by Senator Burr to establish a program of basic dental i… Continue Reading


Military Officers Association of America Honors Sen. Burr

Last night, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the 2010 Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award for his work in support of America's men and women in uniform, their military families, and for his work in championing the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. The award was sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), an organization of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, former and retired military officers and surviving spouses with over 370,000 member… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Bill to Increase Employment of Military Spouses

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Military Spouse Employment Act, legislation that will encourage employers to hire qualified military spouses by expanding the Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include military families. "Military spouses are among our nation's most valuable assets," Senator Burr said. "These men and women are already sacrificing for our country, and we can't let the hard facts of military life like relocations get in the way of their caree… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Events for April 8-11

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Buncombe, McDowell, Yadkin, and Guilford, Mecklenburg, and Wake counties between April 8 and April 11. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Thursday, April 8 9:30 AM Senator Burr to visit Unison Engine Components 401 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park Asheville, NC 28803 *Donna Dailey (828) 274-4540 x2226 12:00 PM Senator Burr to speak t… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Events for April 6-9

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Transylvania, Macon, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Swain, Buncombe, McDowell, Yadkin, and Guilford counties between April 6 and April 9. The events will focus on veterans' affairs and economic development. Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Tuesday, April 6 9:00 AM Senator Burr to attend Transylvania Chamber of Commerce breakfast The Porter Center at Br… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on President’s Offshore Exploration Announcement

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the president's energy announcement: "The President's announcement is a step, albeit a small one, towards addressing America's energy needs. I am hopeful it will be followed by administration action to address delayed lease sales and denied permits. All of our nation's resources need to be on the table, including alternative energy sources, nuclear power, and onshore and offshore production of natural gas. If resource… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Events for March 29 – April 2

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will travel to Guilford, Chatham, Lee, New Hanover, Wake, Durham, and Moore counties between March 29 and April 2.The events will focus on veterans' affairs and economic development.Media wishing to schedule separate interviews with Senator Burr should contact Senator Burr's press office at (202) 228-1616. Monday, March 29 9:00 AMSenator Burr to visit and tour General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems 5440 Millstream Road McLeansville, NC27301… Continue Reading

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