Press Releases


Senator Burr Statement on the Serve America Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding last night's vote on the Serve America Act: "Yesterday, the Senate voted to reauthorize the major federally funded community service and volunteer programs under the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (NCSA) and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (DVSA). "The bill contains several financial management improvements for the Corporation for National Service. Additionally… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act”

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with 14 other cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end an arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights. Under current practice, veterans who have a fiduciary appointed to act on their behalf are deemed "mentally defective" and are reported to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system which prevent… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces the Medical Economic Deferment for Students (MEDS) Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bill to help medical students as they start their medical residency. The Medical Economic Deferment for Students Act (MEDS Act)would restore the medical student loan deferment program, also known as the 20/220 rule. This rule was eliminated in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (P.L. 110-84) and has had a negative effect on the ability of medical residents to repay their student loans. "Many of our nation's medical residents rel… Continue Reading


Radio Address by Senator Richard Burr

To listen to the audio of Senator Burr's radio address, please click here. "Hello, this is U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. "This week, President Obama shared with all Americans his priorities and concerns about the serious economic challenges we are facing. I appreciated his optimism and agree with him that our country has the ability to overcome this significant economic challenge. The strongest tool we as Americans have is our ability to rally together and fin… Continue Reading


Burr to Deliver Republican Radio Address This Weekend

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) will deliver the weekly Republican radio address on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Senator Burr will speak on the lack of fiscal restraint in Washington and the impact it is having on American families. Audio and video of his address will be available on his website ( on Saturday, February 28, 2009.… Continue Reading


Burr, Kennedy Introduce Bill to Improve Biosecurity Measures

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), introduced the Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2009, to improve America's approach to biosecurity by reauthorizing the Select Agent Program and enhancing the safety of biological research laboratories. The Select Agent Program regulates the transfer, possession, and use of biological substances that pose a serious threat to public health and could be used for bioterrorism. Authorization … Continue Reading


Burr, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Address Residency Rights for Military Spouses

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) today introduced legislation that will allow military spouses to maintain or change residency when their family relocates due to military orders. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act will provide spouses the same residency benefits afforded to our servicemembers. Representative John Carter (TX-31) introduced similar legislation in House of Representatives today as well. "This bill will give… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on President Obama’s Address to Congress

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress: "From the economic crisis we are facing to the continued threats from those who wish us harm, our nation is confronted with many tough challenges. President Obama rightly noted many of these challenges tonight. I agree with the President that our nation can best overcome these challenges by working together. I believe the best way t… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Stimulus Conference Report

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement after voting against the economic "stimulus" conference report earlier this evening: "The economic stimulus legislation presented for a vote tonight in the Senate does not meet the economic challenges we are facing. In typical Washington fashion, we have thrown together a hastily-written bill with little public input, little debate, and very little thought about the long-term consequences of what we are passing. By … Continue Reading


Burr Cosponsors Advanced Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, joined with the Committee Chairman, Senator Daniel Akaka yesterday to be an original cosponsor of the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009 (S. 423). The bill calls for the advanced funding of critical services to veterans, which currently are subject to constant delays by Congress. "Too often, funding for veterans' health care is held hostage in order to in… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Bill to Improve High School Graduation Rate

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced the Graduate for a Better Future Act to help public high schools across the country improve their graduation rates. The bill would establish a competitive grant program targeted at high schools and school districts with the lowest high school graduation rates. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) is the lead co-sponsor of the bill. "Providing our students with a quality education is the key to their future success and to the contin… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Economic Stimulus Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: "The current economic crisis we are facing requires action, but the stimulus bill that was voted on in the Senate today was the wrong action. It will spend nearly a trillion dollars on projects to expand government programs, and will provide little stimulus to the overall economy. In fact, this bill will cost American taxpayers… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Passing of Jim Long

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today released the following statement regarding the passing of Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long: "Yesterday's news that Jim Long passed away was very saddening to our family. I had the opportunity to work with Jim on several occasions, and was always delighted when our paths crossed. His service to the state of North Carolina as the Insurance Commissioner was exemplary, and the whole state has benefited from his work. Brooke a… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Economic Stimulus Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement on the proposed stimulus package currently being considered by Congress: "Our economy is currently facing enormous challenges. People and employers are still having a difficult time getting credit -- credit that allows them to make large purchases, buy equipment, invest for the future, and fund their daily business operations. As a result, businesses are struggling to stay afloat, workers are being laid off, and… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Geithner Nomination as Treasury Secretary

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC) issued the following statement on President Obama's nomination of Tim Geithner to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury: "I think the President should be given the benefit of the doubt in selecting the executive leadership of his Administration, and I've been pleased with many of his nominations. In weighing a nominee, the most important questions I ask is if he or she is qualified to effectively lead an executive department and whether the nominee poss… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Committee Assignments for 111th Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) announced his committee assignments for the 111th Congress. Allowing him to focus on many of the important issues facing North Carolinians, Senator Burr was re-elected to serve in his role as Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and will also continue to serve on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and the Select Committee on Intelligence. Along wi… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Over $52 Million to Address Impact of Foreclosed Properties

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr announced that the State of North Carolina has been awarded $52,303,004 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of their Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). These funds will be used to address the negative impact of abandoned and foreclosed properties on communities across the state. "I am very happy that our state is the recipient of these funds," Burr said. "By limiting the impact foreclosed properties have on housing val… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Nomination of General Shinseki

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, lauded the nomination of General Eric Shinseki, President-elect Obama's choice to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki appeared before the committee today and answered questions about his planned priorities as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "I have met with General Shinseki and have reviewed his extensive credentials. I believe it is clear that he has the exper… Continue Reading


Burr Named Chief Deputy Whip

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) was named by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate Republican Whip, to serve as Chief Deputy Whip in the 111th Congress. The announcement was made by Senator Kyl earlier today. "I couldn't be more enthusiastic about the whip team I've assembled," Kyl said. "Not only do the members represent the diversity within the Republican Conference, but each brings critical skills that will help our leadership develop the successful strategies needed for the… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Illinois Supreme Court Ruling

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement in response to today's Illinois Supreme Court ruling that the Illinois Secretary of State does not have to sign the certificate appointing Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate: "Given today's decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, Roland Burris should be seated as a United States Senator as expeditiously as possible." # # #… Continue Reading

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