Press Releases


Senator Burr Statement on Judge Kavanaugh Nomination

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the status of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "Democrats made it clear they would stop at nothing to block President Trump's Supreme Court pick before Judge Kavanaugh was even chosen as the nominee. President Trump has every right to nominate the individual of his choosing to the Supreme Court, and the Senate should go through the normal advice and consent process, as it has done for the last 12… Continue Reading


Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief and Recovery Information

Important Hurricane Florence Information: For Life Threatening Emergencies: Dial 9-1-1 For Non-Life Threatening Situations and the Latest Information on Hurricane Florence: Dial 2-1-1 U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue: Dial 1-757-398-6700 Evacuation Orders: Go to NCDPS.Gov/Florence for the latest evacuation updates and check for the most recent information on road closures. This information is changing quickly, so please stay safe and up to date. Dialysis Service… Continue Reading


Carolina Senators Lead Push For Florence Federal Assistance

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) applauded the House for granting their request for a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The relief includes $1.14 billion for North Carolina and $540 million for South Carolina. The senators made the formal request for a $1.68 billion down payment in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (C… Continue Reading


Burr and Tillis Join President Trump in North Carolina

Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr joined President Trump during his visit to North Carolina to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. "We are now moving towards the next step, which is getting the initial funding for recovery. We've made a request, and we'll be moving forward and working with Governor Cooper with trying to get the money in place for some of the initial recovery," said Senator Tillis. "I want to thank all the volunteers as well who have come to… Continue Reading


IRS Issues Tax Relief for Hurricane Florence Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended tax filing deadlines for North Carolina victims of Hurricane Florence, following the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Major Disaster Declaration. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statements in response: "As North Carolinians deal with Hurricane Florence's devastating impact, it's critical they have fast access to the Federal assistance they need and are entitled to," said Senator Burr in a stat… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Commends Presidential Action on Biodefense

Today, President Donald J. Trump released a National Security Presidential Memorandum directing the implementation of a National Biodefense Strategy to better protect Americans from biological threats. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "Biological threats, whether manmade or naturally occurring, pose a grave risk to our public health and our national security. I'm pleased to see the President take action to co… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the Senate's passage of H.R. 6, the Opioid Treatment and Recovery Act: "Today marks a significant step forward in the fight against the opioid crisis that has devastated families and communities across the country. Over the past seventeen years, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from an opioid overdose; in just… Continue Reading


NC Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Approval of Hurricane Florence Major Disaster Declaration

Today, North Carolina's entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration swiftly approve Governor Cooper's request for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration as Hurricane Florence brings historic flooding and destruction to counties across North Carolina. "The severity of damage and number of areas impacted is rapidly increasing and is forecast to worsen drastically in the coming days," the member… Continue Reading


Burr: Executive Order Strengthens Response to Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to President Trump signing an Executive Order authorizing sanctions against entities and individuals determined to have interfered in a U.S. election: "The Executive Order signed today by President Trump strengthens our ability to quickly and appropriately hold responsible anyone who interferes in our elections. It also sends a clear message that America can a… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Urges North Carolinians to Take Hurricane Florence Threat Seriously

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall in North Carolina this week as a Category 4 hurricane: "Hurricane Florence threatens to be a serious and dangerous weather event for North Carolina. Our state has seen devastating natural disasters in recent years, and many communities are still recovering from previous storms. I want to thank President Trump for approving Governor Cooper's request for an Emergency Declar… Continue Reading


Hurricane Florence Resources and Updates for North Carolina Residents

As Hurricane Florence approaches landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, a state of emergency has been declared for North Carolina. We encourage all residents to follow the advice of local officials, and comply with any evacuation recommendations and mandates. Additionally, you can find the Red Cross' hurricane preparedness tips here. The following resources are available for statewide updates on the storm and emergency preparedness: NC Emergency Management: Follow NC Emergency Management on T… Continue Reading


ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing with Social Media Executives

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 to examine social media companies' responses to foreign influence operations on social media platforms. The hearing follows an August 1 open hearing that featured testimony from third-party social media experts. Hearing Details … Continue Reading


Senator Burr Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ): "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, John McCain. John was a true patriot, who placed his duty to his family and his country above all else. He faced this battle, which would be his last, with the courage that defined his career and the grace that comes from a life well-lived. He will be remembered as he hoped to be remembered: as a man who served his cou… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Continues Call for Senate to Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) upheld his promise to keep pressing the Senate to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Speaking on the Senate floor, he called for unanimous consent to open debate and vote on an amendment permanently reauthorizing the successful conservation program before it expires next month. "Today we are only 39 days out until the September 30th expiration, and I'm more committed than ever to getting LWCF reauthorization across the finish line," Senator Burr… Continue Reading


Senate Intel Committee Statement on Testimony of Michael Cohen

Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement: "We have obviously followed today's reporting about Michael Cohen with great interest. He appears to be pleading guilty to very serious charges, however, we have no insight into any agreements he and his legal team have allegedly reached with prosecutors in New York. "What we can say is that we recently reengaged with Mr. Cohen and his team following press re… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Facebook’s Identification of Additional Political Influence Pages

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to Facebook's announcement that it has identified and removed additional accounts involved in a coordinated political influence campaign: "This announcement reinforces what the Committee established in our recent, bipartisan hearing on the issue. Namely, that the goal of these foreign social media campaigns is to sow discord, that Russia is not the only hostile… Continue Reading


Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Comments by Former CIA Director John Brennan

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on comments made in The New York Times by former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan: "Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan's statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn't he include it in the Intelligence Co… Continue Reading


Burr Leads Bipartisan Group Urging Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before its expiration on September 30, 2018. "The LWCF is one of the country's best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas," the letter states. "For the last half century, it has protected lands, historic sites, national pa… Continue Reading


Burr Votes in Favor of Service Members, North Carolina Bases in Bipartisan Defense Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage by a vote of 87-10 of the Conference Report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "The National Defense Authorization Act ensures those who volunteer to defend our nation have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs and I'm pleased to vote in favor of this critical funding measure," s… Continue Reading


Statement from Senators Burr, Warner Following Senate Intel Social Media Hearing

Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) convened an open hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms, featuring the testimony of third-party social media experts. "Today, we learned that foreign campaigns to sow discord and disinformation through social media began well before the 2016 U.S. elections and continue to this day," said Senator Burr following the hearing. "The Kremlin began testing thi… Continue Reading

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