Press Releases

11.02.07

Sen. Burr Introduces Legislation To Help Medical Students Facing Economic Hardship

Senator Richard Burr today introduced a bill that will help struggling medical students as they get started in their careers. Burr is offering an amendment to the Higher Education Act to restore the 20/220 rule or the medical student loan deferment program. Unfortunately the rule was eliminated in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (H.R. 2699) and has a negative effect on medical residents and their ability to repay their student loans. The legislation was passed by Congress earlier th… Continue Reading


11.01.07

Sen. Burr Cosponsors Bill Helping To Preserve North Carolina’s Historic Treasures

Senator Richard Burr has cosponsored legislation that will help preserve and protect some of North Carolina's cultural and historical treasures. The legislation, the Preserve America and Save America's Treasures Act (S.2262) will make permanent two competitive grant programs - Preserve America and Save America's Treasures. "Many of North Carolina's historic and cultural landmarks benefit from these grants, and I'm glad to support this legislation that will help preserve more of these re… Continue Reading


10.30.07

Senator Richard Burr Welcomes Nomination of Lieutenant General James B Peake (Ret.) M.D.

Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, welcomes President Bush's nomination of Lieutenant General James B. Peake (Ret.) M.D. to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "Dr. Peake's distinguished military and medical career makes him an excellent choice to lead the department tasked with the care of our nation's veterans. He has dedicated his life to the wounded and his unique expertise will ensure our veterans receive the health care and oth… Continue Reading


10.24.07

Burr Speaks in Support of North Carolina Judicial Nominee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today spoke in support of the nomination of Thomas Schroeder to serve as U.S. District Court judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. President Bush nominated Schroeder for the judgeship on January 9, 2007. Burr delivered the remarks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination today. "Thomas Schroeder's sharp legal mind and professional experience make him a great candidate for District Court judge. I urge my colleagues to quickly confirm … Continue Reading


10.18.07

Burr Applauds $1.5 Million in Federal Grants for North Carolina's Homeless Veterans Programs

() U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded today the decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to award over $1.5 million to two faith-based organizations in North Carolina to help provide assistance to homeless veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that on any given day, approximately 200,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters and as many as 400,000 veterans experience homelessness at some … Continue Reading


10.17.07

Sen. Burr Commits to Working on VA Reform Proposals

() U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, welcomed recommendations made to the Committee today by organizations on improvements to veteran services and benefits. "I am committed to working with Senator Akaka and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to improve life for our nation's heroes," said Burr. The North Carolina Republican made his comments at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Its members gathered on We… Continue Reading


10.05.07

Burr Announces Visits Over October Recess

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Randolph, Albemarle, Stanly, Moore, Guilford, Wake, and Orange counties over October recess. Any media wishing to cover one or more of Senator Burr's visits MUST contact the host site or organization prior to the event. Please contact Senator Burr's office to schedule separate interviews. Wednesday, October 10 12:00 PM Burr to Address the Randolph Rotary Club in Asheboro AVS Catering 2045 North Fayetteville Street Asheboro, North Carolina … Continue Reading


10.03.07

Burr Responds to Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission Report

() U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the lead Republican on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, thanked members of the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission and said he looks forward to fully reviewing their 500-plus page report, which was released today. "We must always look to improve veterans services and benefits. I take seriously the recommendations of the commission members and hope that Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs will use this report to help guide meaningful, long… Continue Reading


10.02.07

Burr Calls for Consensus on Future of North Shore Road

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for local communities to reach a consensus on the future of the North Shore Road. Burr's statement comes on the day the Department of the Interior (DOI) released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a major milestone in a six-year effort to determine the environmental effects of the planned road. "The Department of the Interior's environmental report on the North Shore Road is another step in this long process," Burr said. &quo… Continue Reading


09.27.07

Dole, Burr Call for Continuation of Children’s Health Program

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today called for a continuation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), due to expire at the end of this month. SCHIP provides health insurance to low-income children whom do not qualify for Medicaid. North Carolina's SCHIP program, North Carolina Health Choice for Children (NCHC), is widely regarded as one of the most successful in the United States. Dole and Burr today voted to protect the original SCHIP from a massive expans… Continue Reading


09.27.07

Burr Applauds New VA Clinic in Franklin

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for beginning construction of a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Franklin. The clinic will be located in a building donated by retired Gen. F.P. Bodenheimer, Jr. The 7,500 square foot facility is scheduled to open in mid-2008 and will serve the area's 14,000 veterans. "I applaud the Department of Veterans Affairs for improving the lives of Western North Carolina veterans by opening this facil… Continue Reading


09.19.07

Burr Speaks in Support of Lumbee Recognition at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today reiterated his support for federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe at a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Burr is a member of the committee. "The Lumbee Tribe should receive the full federal recognition they deserve," Burr said. "The Lumbees currently can only be recognized through Congressional action. It is my hope that the Senate will fulfill its commitment to achieve fairness and justice for the Lumbees. I urge my Senate colle… Continue Reading


09.13.07

Burr Statement on President Bush’s Address to the Nation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today released the following statement regarding President Bush's address to the nation on the situation in Iraq: "I welcome the President's decision to begin drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq based on the advice of our generals and the success of our troops in ridding Iraq of foreign insurgents. Like all Americans, I want our troops home as soon as possible and I believe the best way to bring stability to Iraq is to continue the fight against al Qaeda and reduce Iran'… Continue Reading


09.13.07

Burr Announces Almost $3 Million for Pitt County Law Enforcement

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $2,977,343 in federal funding for Pitt County law enforcement. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Technology Program, which aims to increase information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement. "It is critical that law enforcement agencies are able to quickly communicate with one another," Burr said. "I applaud Pitt County and the Greenville P… Continue Reading


09.11.07

Sen. Richard Burr Chosen to Lead Republicans on Veterans' Affairs Committee

() - Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today announced they have chosen Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) as the temporary ranking member of the committee. Burr will temporarily replace Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho). "I appreciate the confidence my Senate colleagues have expressed in me today. There are almost twenty-five million veterans living in the United States and over 750,000 live in my home state of North Carolina. I am committed to ensuring t… Continue Reading


09.10.07

Burr Statement on Petraeus Report

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today issued the following statement regarding General Petraeus' report to Congress on Iraq: "I welcome General Petraeus' report. Some progress has been made, but there is room for improvement. The military has had great success in eliminating al Qaeda and other foreign insurgents in Iraq and I believe this represents one of the most effective ways U.S. forces can bring stability to the country. We have seen evidence of this success in al Anbar province where … Continue Reading


09.10.07

Dole, Burr Applaud Senate Confirmation of North Carolina Judicial Nominees

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today applauded the Senate confirmation of Martin Reidinger to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and William Osteen, Jr. to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. Both men were first nominated by President Bush on September 29, 2006 and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 19, 2007. "I am delighted that the Senate has confirmed Bill Osteen and Marti… Continue Reading


09.06.07

Burr Applauds Decision to Commission U.S.S. North Carolina in Wilmington

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the U.S. Navy's decision to commission the U.S.S. North Carolina in Wilmington during the spring of 2008. The newest Virginia class submarine will be able to attack targets ashore with state-of-the-art Tomahawk missiles as well as conduct covert long-term surveillance and reconnaissance and special forces missions. "I am so pleased the U.S.S. North Carolina will be commissioned in North Carolina," Burr said. "The North Carolina name is … Continue Reading


08.20.07

Burr to Speak at Asheville Federal Grant Workshop

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will host a federal grant workshop in Asheville to focus on improving access to federal grants for faith-based and community initiatives. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 9:00 AM at the Reuter Center at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Burr will deliver opening remarks to workshop attendees at 9:00 AM. WHO U.S. Senator Richard Burr WHAT Federal Grant Workshop for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives WHEN Wednesday, August 22… Continue Reading


08.20.07

Burr Announces Visits

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Cleveland counties. Any media wishing to cover one or more of Senator Burr's visits MUST contact the host site or organization prior to the event. Please contact Senator Burr's office to schedule separate interviews. Tuesday, August 21, 2007 8:30 AM Senator Burr to Participate in Check Presentation Ceremony to the West Swain Fire Department We… Continue Reading

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