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Burr Applauds Veterans’ Provisions in Housing Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the passage of the housing stimulus bill, which contains improvements to housing assistance programs for disabled veterans. The provisions enhance two VA grants which help severely disabled veterans modify their homes to better accommodate their disabilities. The bill passed today by a vote of 84-12. "I am pleased the Senate included provisions to help disabled veterans and servicemembers in the housing bill," Burr said. "These funds wil… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Torti Appointment To Senior FDA Post

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the appointment of Dr. Frank M. Torti to serve as Principal Deputy Commissioner and first Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Torti currently serves as director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He also chairs the Department of Cancer Biology and is the Charles L. Spurr Professor of Medicine at the medical school. Torti was appointed to the post by Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, FDA … Continue Reading


Burr: “Every American Should Have Access To Health Insurance”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called on Congress to modernize and reform our nation's health care system. He urged for health care reform while participating in a health care panel sponsored by the Heritage Foundation today. Other panelists included Senators David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina). The panel discussion kicked off an eight week initiative to discuss health care reform in the Senate. Several Republican senators will be presenting common-sense health care… Continue Reading


Burr: We Must Do More To Keep Kids In School

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for action to address the growing crisis of America's high school dropout rates. He made the remarks today at a press conference sponsored by America's Promise Alliance (APA) which announced the start of its two-year Dropout Prevention Program. The program will hold summits in various communities to help raise awareness of the growing dropout rate and strive to find community-based solutions. The program aims to reduce high school dropout rates and prepa… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Earmark Moratorium Vote

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate's vote on an earmark moratorium for Fiscal Year 2009: "I have long believed that the process of airdropping earmarks in Congressional spending bills has gotten out of control. I believe Congress must fully debate spending items in public -- in an open and transparent way. I am disappointed the Senate missed this opportunity for earmark reform. Americans deserve a government that spends… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Approves Brown and Burr’s Healthy Start Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions today approved the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S.1760), which aims to reduce infant mortality in the United States. The legislation was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) in July of last year. The Healthy Start program has been successful in addressing the risk factors that lead to low birth weight and other health complications in babies and mothers since th… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Improved, Seamless Care For Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today called for the expansion of efforts to solve the problems faced by our returning wounded warriors and their families. The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs heard testimony today from family members of servicemen wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom highlighting the struggles and problems they faced once their loved ones returned home, injured and needing care. Burr called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address each of the case… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Veterans Disability Benefits Reform

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs introduced legislation today that would simplify and modernize the veterans' disability system at the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The "America's Wounded Warriors Act" would require VA to replace the current outdated VA rating schedule with a new schedule that takes into account both average loss of earning capacity and loss of quality of life. It woul… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Veterans’ Disability Reform

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for a large-scale reform and improvement of America's disability system for wounded warriors and veterans. Burr delivered his remarks during a U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on studies provided to the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC). Experts from the Institute of Medicine and The CNA Corporation provided testimony during the hearing. "The findings in these reports make it very clear that there is an urgent need to… Continue Reading


Burr: We Must Do More To Keep Kids In School

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today commented on yesterday's report on North Carolina's high school dropout rate. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction issued its annual report on dropout rates on Thursday. The report shows an increase in the number of kids leaving the state's high schools without a diploma. "Thursday's report is further proof that we must do more to keep kids in school and help them earn a high school diploma. Our changing economy demands skilled workers with … Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage Of Economic Stimulus Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the economic stimulus bill: "I am pleased the Senate has passed an economic stimulus bill today. Our economy needs a boost. We improved the original House-passed economic stimulus legislation by adding rebates for seniors, disabled veterans and their widows, and making sure rebates do not go to illegal immigrants. By lowering taxes and reducing government spending we can further en… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Veterans Funding In President’s Budget

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement regarding the President's budget request for fiscal year 2009: "I look forward to reviewing the President's budget proposal and working with the White House and my Senate colleagues to improve the services we provide to America's veterans. The President has made veterans a priority in his budget for 2009 by increasing funding by 5.8%. "… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces State Sales Tax Relief Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced legislation encouraging states to suspend their sales tax as an alternative economic stimulus to the current rebate proposals being debated in Congress. The Sales Tax Holiday Act of 2008 would establish a national sales tax holiday for ten days beginning April 3rd to provide an economic boost for small businesses and consumers. Under the bill, states participating in the voluntary program would receive significant financial assistance from the … Continue Reading


Burr Praises New Law Improving Veterans’ Benefits

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today praised President Bush's signing of H.R.4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which contains several improvements to veterans' benefits. The legislation strengthens the relationship between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), enhances education benefits for National Guard and Reserve members, and expands benefits and research programs for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (T… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The State Of The Union Address By President George W. Bush

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement regarding the President Bush's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, the President outlined goals for his final year in office. He talked about the need for a modernized system to care for our veterans, strengthening and improving our kids' education, making sure our economy remains strong and making sure we have the tools we need to effectively fight the War in Iraq. The President's call to take on the challenges facing our … Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Marion VA Reports

Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement in reaction to two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports concerning the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must provide excellent care for those who have worn our nation's uniform and it is inexcusable for veterans to lose their lives because of substandard care provided at the Marion VA Medical Center. To the families of thos… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Modernized Disability System

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged his Senate colleagues to consider fundamental reforms to our nation's disability system for wounded warriors during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The hearing focused on recommendations from the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC) and featured testimony from the VDCB chairman, Lieutenant General James Terry Scott (Retired). The committee also heard from officials from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, T… Continue Reading


Senate VA Committee To Examine Disability Benefits Commission Recommendations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr announced today that members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing on recommendations from the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC). The hearing will take place in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on January 24 at 9:30 AM. The hearing will feature testimony from the chairman of the VDBC and officials from three veterans' organizations. WHO U.S. Senator Richard Burr WHAT Senate VA Committee Hearing on Veterans'… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Navy’s OLF Site Selection Announcement

Senator Richard Burr today made the following statement regarding the Navy's announcement that it will consider two North Carolina sites for an Outlying Landing Field (OLF): "It has always been my hope that the Navy and the State of North Carolina could find a location for an OLF that was acceptable to both the military and the local community. It was clear that some of the previously proposed sites were opposed by North Carolinians and I am pleased that those sites are no longer under consider… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Terrorist Attack In Pakistan

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement on the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto: "The news of the terrorist attack and assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is very saddening. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Benazir Bhutto and to the families and friends of the others who were killed." "Unfortunately, this tragedy is a grim reminder of the global terrorist threat facing the civilized wor… Continue Reading

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