Press Releases

12.14.07

Senate Passes Burr’s Chimpanzee Protection Bill

The Senate approved Senator Richard Burr's chimpanzee protection bill, S.1916. The legislation amends the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act of 2000 (CHIMP Act) which established Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana. The haven was created to house chimpanzees retired from federally-sponsored research labs. The measure precludes the National Institutes of Health from using retired chimpanzees for further medical research. Animals are chosen for retirement based upon r… Continue Reading


12.13.07

Burr Praises Progress in VA Construction Project in Durham

Senator Richard Burr today praised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for moving forward with plans to renovate the Durham VA Medical Center. The VA announced today that it awarded an $8.4 million construction contract for the renovations. The demolition and reconstruction project calls for the construction of three new wards with larger patient rooms and private bathrooms for female veterans. "I am glad this important project is moving forward," Burr said. "North Carolina's ve… Continue Reading


12.13.07

Burr Applauds Committee Approval of VA Nominee

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs for unanimously approving the nomination of Dr. James Peake to serve as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The vote took place today in a special session of the committee held off the Senate floor. "Dr. Peake has spent most of his life caring for military personnel," Burr said. "Dr. Peake's service record and personal dedication to veterans make him very qualified to serve as Secretary of… Continue Reading


12.05.07

Burr Opening Statement

Good morning, Mr. Chairman, my colleagues. I thank you for scheduling this hearing in a very timely manner to consider the nomination of General James Peake to the secretary of veterans affairs. A number of my colleagues have said on this panel that it's important, especially now, to have a permanent leader at the helm of the Veterans Administration. With that in mind, I hope this committee can schedule a markup as soon as possible after this hearing. I think we can move this nomination to … Continue Reading


12.04.07

Dole, Burr and Easley to Navy: OLF Must Have Local Support

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr and North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley today wrote to Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter to reiterate their position that the general support of the local population is essential for locating an outlying landing field in North Carolina, and to press the Navy to identify potential economic benefits to affected communities. "The Washington County site is universally opposed and should not be considered as a viable option," wrote Dole, Burr and Ea… Continue Reading


11.21.07

Burr: We Have Many Reasons To Be Thankful

As we approach Thanksgiving this year, we have much to be thankful for. Our freedom and economic prosperity continues to offer opportunity for our citizens, and through education and hard work, we're continuing to grow our economy. As we gather to be with our friends and family, it is good to remind ourselves of the many reasons to be thankful. Unfortunately, for many families, there are empty seats at the Thanksgiving table this year. Today, America's Armed Forces are continuing to fight t… Continue Reading


11.16.07

Burr Praises Renaming of Asheville Veterans Center

The President yesterday signed H.R. 2546, an act designating the Asheville VA Medical Center as the Charles George Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. According to the legislation, this designation became effective as soon as the President signed the bill into law. The measure passed the Senate on November 1. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives in June. "I am pleased the Asheville VA Medical Center will bear the name of a North Carolina hero," Burr said. … Continue Reading


11.15.07

Burr, Dole Introduce Bill To Expand Pisgah National Forest

Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole introduced legislation today that would authorize the forest service to acquire twenty-three acres of land near Catawba Falls and the Pisgah National Forest. Congressman Heath Shuler recently introduced companion legislation in the house. Purchasing the property would allow the Forest Service to open a public trail to Catawba Falls. The land would be acquired from the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, who purchased the property in July using pri… Continue Reading


11.15.07

Burr, Dole Introduce Bill To Study Perquimans River

Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole introduced legislation today that begins the process of providing the Perquimans River with federal protection. The Perquimans River Wild and Scenic Study Act of 2007 would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to study the Perquimans River and its tributaries to determine if the waterway qualifies for Wild and Scenic designation. The designation would not affect private property rights or re-zone any land around the river. "As North Carolina … Continue Reading


11.14.07

Dole, Burr to Easley: Seeking more potential OLF sites not the right course of action

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today responded to North Carolina Governor Mike Easley regarding his letter about the outlying landing field and the OLF Study Group's findings. "While we agree with your assessment that North Carolina residents and officials in potentially impacted areas are overwhelmingly opposed to an OLF, we disagree with your view that the best course of action is now for the congressional delegation to recommend that the Navy develop yet another list of pote… Continue Reading


11.14.07

Text of Letter to Governor Easley

Dear Governor Easley, Thank you for writing to us concerning the Navy's proposed outlying landing field and the conclusions of the Study Group you commissioned earlier this year. While we agree with your assessment that North Carolina residents and officials in potentially impacted areas are overwhelmingly opposed to an OLF, we disagree with your view that the best course of action is now for the congressional delegation to recommend that the Navy develop yet another list of potential locatio… Continue Reading


11.14.07

Burr Lauds Committee Passage Of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, applauded the committee's passage of several pieces of legislation addressing veterans' health care needs. "I'm glad the Committee focused its attention today on the health care needs of our nation's veterans," Burr said. "In particular, I am proud to cosponsor the mental health bill that passed the Committee today," he added. The Mental Health Improvements Act of 2007 (S. 2162), … Continue Reading


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

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