Press Releases

02.10.09

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


02.03.09

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


01.28.09

Burr Statement on Economic Stimulus Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the proposed stimulus package currently being considered by Congress: "Our economy is currently facing enormous challenges. People and employers are still having a difficult time getting credit -- credit that allows them to make large purchases, buy equipment, invest for the future, and fund their daily business operations. As a result, businesses are struggling to stay afloat, workers are being laid off, and… Continue Reading


01.23.09

Burr Statement on Geithner Nomination as Treasury Secretary

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC) issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Tim Geithner to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury: "I think the President should be given the benefit of the doubt in selecting the executive leadership of his Administration, and I've been pleased with many of his nominations. In weighing a nominee, the most important questions I ask is if he or she is qualified to effectively lead an executive department and whether the nominee poss… Continue Reading


01.22.09

Burr Announces Committee Assignments for 111th Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) announced his committee assignments for the 111th Congress. Allowing him to focus on many of the important issues facing North Carolinians, Senator Burr was re-elected to serve in his role as Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and will also continue to serve on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and the Select Committee on Intelligence. Along wi… Continue Reading


01.16.09

Burr Announces Over $52 Million to Address Impact of Foreclosed Properties

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr announced that the State of North Carolina has been awarded $52,303,004 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of their Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). These funds will be used to address the negative impact of abandoned and foreclosed properties on communities across the state. "I am very happy that our state is the recipient of these funds," Burr said. "By limiting the impact foreclosed properties have on housing val… Continue Reading


01.14.09

Burr Praises Nomination of General Shinseki

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, lauded the nomination of General Eric Shinseki, President-elect Obama's choice to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki appeared before the committee today and answered questions about his planned priorities as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I have met with General Shinseki and have reviewed his extensive credentials. I believe it is clear that he has the exper… Continue Reading


01.14.09

Burr Named Chief Deputy Whip

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) was named by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate Republican Whip, to serve as Chief Deputy Whip in the 111th Congress. The announcement was made by Senator Kyl earlier today. "I couldn't be more enthusiastic about the whip team I've assembled," Kyl said. "Not only do the members represent the diversity within the Republican Conference, but each brings critical skills that will help our leadership develop the successful strategies needed for the… Continue Reading


01.09.09

Burr Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to today's Illinois Supreme Court ruling that the Illinois Secretary of State does not have to sign the certificate appointing Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate: "Given today's decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, Roland Burris should be seated as a United States Senator as expeditiously as possible." # # #… Continue Reading


12.10.08

Burr Unveils Kids’ Passport for National Parks

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) along with Mary Bomar, Director of the National Park Service (NPS), introduced a new book titled Kids' Passport to Your National Parks Companion. The book was introduced at an event in front of 110 schoolchildren at John Eaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the book is to promote an active interest in America's history and natural environment by encouraging children to visit the country's national parks. "This passport… Continue Reading


12.10.08

Burr Praises Historic Preservation Grant to Cupola House in Edenton

U.S. Senator Richard Burr praised the announcement that the Cupola House in Edenton, North Carolina, has been awarded a $115,000 Save America's Treasures grant on behalf of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS). The purpose of Save America's Treasures grants is to preserve sites o… Continue Reading


12.05.08

Burr Announces Opening of New VA Clinics in NC

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for expanding the access to care for North Carolina veterans with the announcement of two new outpatient clinics in North Carolina. One clinic will be established in Goldsboro and the other in the Edenton-Elizabeth City area. This week, the VA announced a total of 31 new clinics would be opened nationwide. "Giving our veterans expanded access to world-class health care is one of our most important responsi… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northhampton, and Wilson counties. "I am proud to announce these funds that have been secured by the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments. This money will help them develop a strategic economic roadmap for the region… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Neuse River Council of Governments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Neuse River Council of Governments has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, and Wayne counties. "These funds will go a long way toward helping counties in Eastern North Carolina develop a forward thinking economic plan for the region. The Neuse River Council of Gove… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Grants to Local North Carolina Fire Departments and Response Organizations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,167,968 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to fire departments across North Carolina on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizations by funding vehicles and training they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. "These funds will help to protect North Caroli… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Grants to Additional North Carolina Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that an additional $503,130 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to six North Carolina fire departments on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are in addition to the $1,167,968 that was awarded last week to 19 other fire and rescue units across the state. These grants are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizat… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Land of Sky Regional Council

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Land of Sky Regional Council has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties. "The Land of Sky Regional Council should be proud of their work in securing this grant, which will help them move forward with an economic plan for the region. This grant money will benefit the local econo… Continue Reading


11.26.08

Burr Applauds Iredell-Statesville Schools for Winning Prestigious Baldrige Award

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded Iredell-Statesville Schools for being awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. Iredell-Statesville Schools was one of three recipients of the Baldrige Award this year out of a pool of 85 applicants. The Baldrige program is managed by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "I am very proud of… Continue Reading


11.19.08

Burr Welcomes Increased Veterans Travel Reimbursement Rates

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) this afternoon informed veterans that as of today, November 17, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased its Beneficiary Travel program mileage reimbursement for travel related to health care and disability compensation examinations. Previously set at 28.5 cents per mile, the beneficiary travel mileage reimbursement has been increased to 41.5 cents per mile. "Every North Carolinian, and every American, owes a debt of gratitude to our nation's… Continue Reading


11.06.08

Burr Reminds Veterans and Families of Free Entry to National Parks on Veterans Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged veterans to take advantage of the National Park Service's (NPS) fee-free day. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, all members of the U.S. armed forces, military veterans, and their families will be admitted to National Parks and public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior free of charge. "I am pleased that the National Park Service has offered this opportunity to our nation's servicemembers, veterans, and… Continue Reading

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