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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


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

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