Press Releases

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


08.17.07

Protecting America’s Food from Agro-Terrororism

By Senator Richard Burr As you read this, the United Kingdom is continuing to respond to a potentially devastating outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) among cattle. This month's discovery brings back memories of the major outbreak which hit the country in 2001, causing $5 billion in losses to farms and rural businesses and resulted in the slaughter of four million animals. FMD is a deadly, contagious cattle and swine disease. While the disease occurs naturally around the world, the Unit… Continue Reading


08.01.07

Burr Introduces Chimpanzee Protection Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today introduced the Chimp Haven is Home Act with Senators David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana). The act would improve the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act of 2000 (CHIMP Act) which established Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana for chimpanzees no longer needed for research. Burr's legislation would prevent the National Institutes of Health from removing retired chimpanzees from the sanctuary for research purposes.… Continue Reading


08.01.07

Burr Votes Against “Misguided” Tobacco Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today voted against legislation that would place regulation of tobacco products under the control of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) would require the FDA to regulate existing tobacco products and approve any new tobacco product before it could be sold in the United States. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved the bill by… Continue Reading


07.26.07

Republican Senators Introduce “Every American Insured Health Act”

Today, five Republican Senators introduced the "Every American Insured Health Act" that would provide all Americans - regardless of age, income or employer - with access to affordable, high-quality health insurance through the free market. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), a practicing physician, Mel Martinez (R-Florida), and Elizabeth Dole (R-North Caroli… Continue Reading


07.25.07

Burr to Serve as Ranking Member on Senate National Parks Subcommittee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that he will assume the post of ranking member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. The subcommittee oversees America's national park system, including national trails, national monuments, and military battlefields. It also manages the Wild and Scenic River System and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. "I am pleased that my Senate colleagues have chosen me to serve as ranking member of the Nat… Continue Reading


07.24.07

Burr Applauds Passage of Higher Education Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the passage of S.1642, the Higher Education Amendments of 2007. The bill will ensure parents and students have more extensive information about college tuition and fees, continue support for North Carolina's ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and require colleges to establish codes of conduct for student loans. The bill will also promote innovative models for teacher preparation. "I am pleased that the Senate acted quickly today to … Continue Reading


07.20.07

Dole, Burr Praise Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of North Carolina Judicial Nominees

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nominations 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. "I welcome the committee's approval of these nominations," said Dole. "Bill Osteen and… Continue Reading


07.17.07

Burr Applauds Nomination of Robert Conrad to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the nomination of Robert J. Conrad to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Conrad currently serves as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte. "Bob Conrad has a long history of public service and an excellent reputation as a knowledgeable and fair judge," Burr said. "North Carolina can be proud of Bob's record as a judge and his integrity. I look forward to Bob's quick c… Continue Reading

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