Press Releases


Burr Announces Grants to Additional North Carolina Fire Departments

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that an additional $503,130 in Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) has been awarded to six North Carolina fire departments on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These funds are in addition to the $1,167,968 that was awarded last week to 19 other fire and rescue units across the state. These grants are designated to assist the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and emergency medical service organizat… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Economic Development Grant to Land of Sky Regional Council

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the region served by the Land of Sky Regional Council has been awarded an economic development grant in the amount of $159,000 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This will benefit Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties. "The Land of Sky Regional Council should be proud of their work in securing this grant, which will help them move forward with an economic plan for the region. This grant money will benefit the local econo… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Iredell-Statesville Schools for Winning Prestigious Baldrige Award

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr applauded Iredell-Statesville Schools for being awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. Iredell-Statesville Schools was one of three recipients of the Baldrige Award this year out of a pool of 85 applicants. The Baldrige program is managed by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). "I am very proud of… Continue Reading


Burr Welcomes Increased Veterans Travel Reimbursement Rates

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) this afternoon informed veterans that as of today, November 17, 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has increased its Beneficiary Travel program mileage reimbursement for travel related to health care and disability compensation examinations. Previously set at 28.5 cents per mile, the beneficiary travel mileage reimbursement has been increased to 41.5 cents per mile. "Every North Carolinian, and every American, owes a debt of gratitude to our nation's… Continue Reading


Burr Reminds Veterans and Families of Free Entry to National Parks on Veterans Day

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged veterans to take advantage of the National Park Service's (NPS) fee-free day. On Veterans Day, November 11, 2008, all members of the U.S. armed forces, military veterans, and their families will be admitted to National Parks and public lands managed by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior free of charge. "I am pleased that the National Park Service has offered this opportunity to our nation's servicemembers, veterans, and… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $50 Million in Tax Credits Awarded to Durham Based Self-Help Ventures Fund

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Center for Community Self-Help, located in Durham, NC, has been awarded $50,000,000 in tax credits for its Self-Help Ventures Fund. This tax credit was provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. "By receiving this tax credit, the Self-Help Ventures Fund will have tremendous help in furthering their work providing financing and advocacy for low-income borrowers. This is a highly competitive p… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Durham VA Medical Center for Receiving Prestigious Circle of Excellence Award

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today congratulated the Durham VA Medical Center (Durham VAMC) on their selection as recipient of the Circle of Excellence award, given by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in recognition of their service and continued commitment to excellence. "Receiving the Circle of Excellence award is an extremely prestigious honor, and I am proud to congratulate the staff at the Durham VA Medical Center for consistently providing high quality care to our… Continue Reading


Veterans’ Bills Signed Into Law

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, welcomed President Bush's signing of S. 2162, the Veterans' Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 and S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. These bills were signed into law by the president earlier today. "The president's signature today on these bills will help give our veterans the tools and resources they need to live full and producti… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Signing Of Community Health Centers Renewal Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today applauded the President's signing of H.R. 1343, the Health Centers Renewal Act of 2008. The act will allow greater access to quality health care in rural and underserved areas by reauthorizing the Community Health Center program, the Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant programs, the National Health Service Corps and primary dental health workforce programs. This new law will also make it easier for community health center employees to vo… Continue Reading


Burr, Murray Poison Control Center Bill Becomes Law

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) applauded President Bush's signing of S. 2932, The Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act of 2008, into law. This law, which Senator Burr sponsored with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), extends the authorization for the Poison Control Center grant program, the poison center national toll-free number, and nation-wide media campaign programs related to poison control. "I am pleased that the president has signed this importan… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Grant to Develop Rapid Response Teams

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that North Carolina has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1.5 million over 3 years on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These funds will be used to set up Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to allow states to more promptly react to potential threats to our food supply. "As we have seen recently, our nation is in need of increased food safety measures to ensure that public health in America is not jeopardized by bad food. This gr… Continue Reading


President Signs Bill to Reduce Infant Mortality

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded President Bush for signing S. 1760, the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007, into law The legislation was introduced by Senator Burr and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in July of 2007. The bill aims to reduce infant mortality in the United States by extending the successful Healthy Start program which addresses the risk factors that lead to low birth weight and other health complications in babies and mothers. The initiative began in 19… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Senate Vote on Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) tonight issued the following statement on the Senate vote on the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (Dodd Amendment to H.R. 1424): "Like many North Carolinians, I am very concerned and angry about the circumstances that have brought our country's economy to the brink and that now necessitate the Congress to act. We are facing one of the most significant economic challenges we have ever confronted, one that threatens the financial security of … Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate for Passing Bill Honoring WWII Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded his colleagues in the Senate for passing S.Res. 695, a resolution he cosponsored along with Senator Dole (R-NC) to commend the Honor Flight Network for its efforts to make it possible for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. "America's World War II veterans served our country with honor and they deserve the opportunity to see the national memorial that has been erected in Washington in memory of their s… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Citigroup Acquisition of Wachovia

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding the announcement of Citigroup's acquisition of Wachovia: "Today's news of Citigroup's acquisition of Wachovia might be unsettling to many in North Carolina. While these are difficult times in our economy, it is important to remember that this move provides for the protection of accounts and the soundness of savings for Wachovia's customers. FDIC has said that all services for customers should continue uninterrupted… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Mental Health Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded the Senate passage of S. 2162, The Veterans Mental Health Improvements Act of 2008. The legislation includes a provision by Senator Burr to assist veterans at risk of homelessness by providing them with supportive services. "Our veterans served our country with honor and they should not be forgotten when they return home," Burr said. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This legislation will help those on the verge o… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage of Veterans’ Benefits Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded today's Senate passage of S. 3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. This bill would improve a wide variety of benefits programs for our veterans including employment, education, and updates to the disability rating schedule. "Our nation's veterans have bravely sacrificed in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans," Burr said. "This bill will go a long way to improve the lives of our Veterans by helping them… Continue Reading


Dole, Burr Propose Solutions to Help Alleviate, Prevent Gas Shortages

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today took additional steps to help alleviate and prevent gas shortages. In recent weeks, areas of North Carolina, particularly in the west, have been experiencing critical gas shortages, caused primarily by refinery disruptions associated with Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Dole and Burr introduced the Motor Fuel Supply and Distribution Improvement Act of 2008 that will end the proliferation of dozens of different fuel blends, which burdens refineries an… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $1 Million Grant Awarded to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are the recipients of a $1 million federal grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The funds will be used to help fund improvements to the wastewater system on the Eastern Band's reservation in Cherokee and Swain Counties. "By receiving this grant, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee will have tremendous help in improving their wastewater system to benefit … Continue Reading


Burr Lauds Increased Benefits for Wounded Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded President Bush's signing of S. 2617, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, into law. Senator Burr was an original cosponsor of this law which will increase the rate of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and for surviving family members of certain disabled veterans. "The men and women who have suffered service-related injuri… Continue Reading

Showing page   of 82