Press Releases

06.28.18

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Law to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018 which would help remove information barriers Americans frequently face while seeking to adopt children from other countries. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "American families trying to adopt a child from abroad should have robust and relevant in… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Sen. Burr Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court: "As the longest serving member of the current Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has played a defining role in shaping our modern legal framework. I want to thank him for his 43 years of service on the federal bench, and wish him and his family a long and happy retirement. "The Senate will now do its job by considering and voting to confirm the President's no… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act Unanimously

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced the Committee approved the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 15-0. The bill authorizes funding, provides appropriate legal authorities and enhances Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is named after Matt Pollard, a dedicated Committee staffer who passed away … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Education Panel Approves Career & Technical Education Bill Renewal

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's unanimous vote to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: "Our economy is enjoying a record high number of available jobs and record low unemployment. Americans should have the tools and training they need to take advantage of these new opportunities. The Perkins Act historically partners with states and local educational authori… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on Family Separations at the U.S. Border

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "The president is enforcing a longstanding law that requires adults crossing the border illegally face criminal penalties. The previous Administration ignored the law, and as a result family border crossings increased by 400 percent in President Obama's last three years in office. The fact is that any changes to current law must be made by Congress. I am open and willin… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on H.R. 3, the Rescissions Package

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement: "Today's vote was about keeping our promises. Funded exclusively by royalties, the Land and Water Conservation Fund costs taxpayers nothing and benefits them entirely. It was never meant to be a piggy bank. "I urge my colleagues to support the great work carried out by the LWCF - not just for Americans today, but for future generations." Background: The Land and Wate… Continue Reading


06.18.18

Burr Praises North Carolina Commitments in Annual Defense Spending Law

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "Today, I voted in favor of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which makes sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect our national defense. This bill authorizes $367 million in funding for several North Carolina military installatio… Continue Reading


06.18.18

ADVISORY: Bipartisan Congressional, Conservation Leaders to Launch 100-Day #SaveLWCF Campaign

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) announced today that they would hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:30 a.m. to mark 100 days until the authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires. Press Conference Details What: Bipartisan press conference to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Who: Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwe… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing on Policy Response to Russian Election Interference

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, today announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. This hearing will be the first to examine the policy response to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee will move into a closed session immediately following the open hearing. Hearing Details What: "Policy R… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Burr, Tillis Announce $147 Million Infrastructure Grant for Eastern North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $147 million grant for key infrastructure projects across Eastern North Carolina's highway corridors. The grant, which will be the largest infrastructure project in the state, will help widen up to 25 miles of road along I-95 and upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 70 to interstate grade, allowing the freeway to become I-42. "I am pleased that North Carolina will rece… Continue Reading


05.23.18

HELP Committee Approves Critical Law to Prepare for and Respond to Bioterror Attacks and Pandemics, Moves to Full Senate

Today, the Senate Health Committee approved the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation authored by Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray to ensure our country is prepared for the threats we are facing, both naturally occurring like pandemic influenza and man-made, such as a bioterror attack. The Senators released the following statements regarding the Committee's passage of the legislation: "I'm pleased by the Committee's passage of this important … Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senate Intel Unanimously Approves Evanina to Continue as NCSC Director, Nomination Moves to Full Senate

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, today announced that the Committee has reported the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman released the following statements regarding the Committee's favorable vote: "I… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Applauds Confirmation of CIA Director Gina Haspel

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "I'm pleased to see Gina Haspel confirmed today to be the Director of CIA," said Chairman Richard Burr. "Perhaps the most qualified individual ever nominated for this role, Ms. Haspel has earned the respect of her peers, predecessors, and members of Congress from both sides o… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate HELP Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statements regarding the introduction of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, a bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act: "This legislation holds true to the spirit of our initial law, supporting a nimble, flexible, and fast approach to the threats we are facing, whether they are naturally occurring or th… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senate Intel Completes Review of Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in the 2016 U.S. Elections

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, today held a closed hearing to complete its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections." The testimony of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Director of CIA John Brennan, and former Director of NSA Mike Rogers… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Announce Favorable Committee Vote for Acting CIA Director Haspel

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, today announced Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, was favorably reported out of the Committee by a vote of 10-5 to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing to Consider Nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of National Counterintelligence and Security Center

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, today announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing to consider the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Details: Hearing: Nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Count… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senate Intel to Hold CLOSED Hearing Evaluating the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment on “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent Elections”

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, today announced that the Committee will hold a closed hearing on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections." The hearing will evaluate the work the intelligence community did to research and write the ICA, furthering the Committee's inq… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Announce NC Disaster Declaration Following Guilford, Rockingham Tornadoes

Today, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement regarding the administration's Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Carolina: "I'm pleased to see President Trump grant North Carolina this critical declaration to help our citizens recover from the recent tornadoes in Guilford and Rockingham County," said Senator Burr. "This assistance will help families get back on their feet and make their communities whole again." "Last month's tornadoes affec… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Burr Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Deal

Today, Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Deal, and re-impose sanctions: "I agree with President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA. This deal, which was not ratified by the United States Senate under the Constitution's requirements for treaties, was based on the naive h… Continue Reading

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