Press Releases

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


05.08.18

Senate Intel Committee Releases Unclassified 1st Installment in Russia Report, Updated Recommendations on Election Security

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and James Lankford (R-OK), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the Committee's unclassified summary of the first installment of the Committee's Russia Report, including updated recommendations on election security and findings re… Continue Reading


04.27.18

North Carolina Congressional Delegation Requests FEMA Assistance for Tornado Disaster Relief

Today, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and Representatives G.K. Butterfield, George Holding, Walter Jones, David Price, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows, Alma Adams, and Ted Budd wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to support North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's request that the President declare a major disaster for the State of North Carolina, under Section 401 of the Rober… Continue Reading


04.27.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Confirmation of Steven Gladden to be U.S. Marshal for North Carolina’s Middle District

Today, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Steven L. Gladden to be the United States Marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina: "I'm pleased to see the Senate confirm Steven Gladden to be North Carolina's Middle District U.S. Marshal," said Senator Burr. "Central North Carolina will be lucky to have someone with Steve's extensive background in the U.S. Marshals Service at the helm, and I look forward to working with… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Burr: Proud to Have Pompeo Represent America as Nation’s Top Diplomat

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement on Director Mike Pompeo's confirmation to be Secretary of State: "The United States should be proud to see Director Pompeo confirmed to serve as our nation's next top diplomat. I can think of few people more qualified or prepared to represent our country as we promote democracy and freedom around the world, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come."… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Senate HELP Committee Members Release Bipartisan Discussion Draft to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

Today, Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray released a bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), making targeted improvements to the tools at our nation's disposal to prepare for and respond to the threats that we face, whether naturally occurring like pandemic flu, or as a result of a deliberate attack on our country. PAHPA was enacted in 2006 and reauthorized in 2013 to establish and build upon an all-hazards framework for respons… Continue Reading


04.25.18

Senate Intelligence Committee Statement on the Passing of Matt Pollard

The bipartisan membership of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence made the following statement on the death of Committee staffer Matt Pollard: "It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Committee staff member Matt Pollard. Matt lost his life on Monday at the age of 52. Matt is survived by his mother, his three sisters, and his beloved son Bradley. Matt was a member of the Army National Guard, a valued staff member, and a wonderful father. Our thoughts and prayers go out to… Continue Reading


04.24.18

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Strengthen Airline Service Animal Procedures

Today, Senator Richard Burr introduced legislation to align the definition of a "service animal" under the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) with the definition under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), establish a criminal penalty for making misrepresentations about a service animal, and require federal agencies to establish a standard of service animal behavior training for animals who will be working on an aircraft. "Today, I'm proud to introduce legislation that will protect the ability… Continue Reading


04.19.18

Advisory: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Gina Haspel to Head CIA

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 confirmation hearing on the nomination of Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, to become Director of the CIA on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018. The hearing will begin in open session and may move to closed session later in the day. Details: H… Continue Reading


04.17.18

Senators Burr, Heitkamp, and Tillis Introduce Resolution Recognizing April 26, 2018, as ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’

Today, Senators Richard Burr, Heidi Heitkamp, and Thom Tillis introduced Senate Resolution 464 recognizing April 26, 2018, as "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." The resolution, marking the 25th Anniversary of the program, encourages parents across the country to bring their children to work to empower and inspire them through the example they set in their professional workplaces: "The key to every child's bright future is in their education. 'Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day' exe… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Burr and Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Successful Military Medic Program Nationwide

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill to require the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with medical schools and healthcare systems in states with a Special Operations Command (SOCOM) presence such as Washington, Florida, California, and North Carolina, to allow military medics to transfer their experience into credit for a Master's Degree to become Physician Assistants (PAs). The SOCOM Medic Pilot Program expands upon a successful public-private partn… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Nomination of Kenneth D. Bell to be District Judge for Western North Carolina

Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Kenneth D. Bell to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Western District of North Carolina. "I am very pleased to support Kenneth D. Bell to serve as a judge in the Western District of North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "Ken's nearly fifteen years in private practice, and nearly twenty years in public service in the Western District's U.S. A… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Senator Burr Statement on the 3rd Marine Air Wing CH-53E Crash

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the death of four U.S. Marines in a CH-53E helicopter crash on Tuesday, April 3, 2018: "I'm terribly saddened to hear of the accident that took First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips' life, along with three other brave Marines, this Tuesday. It's always a tragedy to lose one of North Carolina's native sons, especially when he was so young. My deepest condolences are with the family of First Lt. Phillips, as well as the families of the… Continue Reading

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