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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


President Bush Signs Burr’s Chimpanzee Protection Bill Into Law

U.S. Senator Richard Burr was pleased the President signed into law the chimpanzee protection bill, S.1916. The legislation amended the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act of 2000 (CHIMP Act), which established a haven to house chimpanzees retired from federally-sponsored research labs. The bill passed the Senate on December 13 and the House of Representatives on December 19. The President signed the bill into law on Wednesday. "I am pleased the President has si… Continue Reading


Burr’s Security Legislation Included In New Energy Law

Senator Richard Burr today applauded President Bush for signing the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 (H.R. 6). The bill, which was passed by the Senate last week, includes legislation offered by Senator Burr to strengthen U.S. national energy security. Burr's provisions make the Secretary of Energy a member of the National Security Council and direct the President to develop a national strategy to enhance energy security. "I believe our dependence o… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The “Omnibus” Bill (H.R. 2764)

Senator Richard Burr voted against H.R. 2764, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 last night and releases the following statement: "Every year, Congress is tasked with funding our government, and we should do so in a fiscally responsible way. This year's massive 'omnibus' bill was over 3,400 pages long. With a total of over half a trillion dollars in government spending, and with no time to really review its contents, I believe it does not responsibly spend the taxpayers hard-earne… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr, Dole Resolution Commending Wake Forest University Men’s Soccer National Championship

The U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution commending the Wake Forest Demon Deacons' first ever College Cup in soccer. Senators Burr and Dole sponsored the Senate measure. The Demon Deacons beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 2 to 1 on December 16 at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday night. Text of the resolution is below: IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. BURR (for himself and Mrs. DOLE) submitted the following … Continue Reading


Burr, Dole Resolution Commending Appalachian State’s National Championship Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution commending the Appalachian State University Mountaineers for their third straight national title in the Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision. Senators Burr and Dole sponsored the Senate measure. The Mountaineers beat the University of Delaware 49 to 21 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee on December 14. Appalachian State is the only team to win three straight Football Championship Subdivision titles. The resolution was unanimousl… Continue Reading


Burr Celebrates Anniversary Of Pandemic And All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA)

Senator Richard Burr toured the Secretary's Operation Center (SOC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, DC today to celebrate the one year anniversary of the enactment of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) (P.L. 109-417). The SOC serves as the central point of communication and coordination for the Secretary of Health and Human Services in responding to disasters, emergencies, and ongoing health threats such as bird flu. The tour was led b… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Passage Of Veterans Benefits Legislation

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded Senate passage of the Blinded Veterans Paired Organ Act of 2007 (H.R.797) which makes it easier for veterans who are legally blind to qualify for additional disability compensation payments. It also provides the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more authority to issue headstones and grave markers, extends the VA's work study program for veterans, and provides states with federal assistance in maintaining their veterans' cemeteries. The legisl… Continue Reading


Burr Pleased By Confirmation Of North Carolina Judicial Nominee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the Senate's confirmation of Thomas Schroeder to serve as U.S. District Court judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. President George W. Bush nominated Schroeder on January 9, 2007. The Senate unanimously approved Schroeder's nomination today. "I would like to commend my Senate colleagues for confirming Tom Schroeder," Burr said. "Tom Schroeder's professional experience and excellent legal knowledge will make him an outstanding … Continue Reading


Burr Praises Senate Confirmation of Dr. James Peake

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today praised his Senate colleagues for acting quickly to confirm Dr. James Peake to serve as U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). The nomination was approved by the Senate tonight by unanimous consent. "I am very pleased the Senate took quick action to confirm Dr. Peake to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs," Burr said. "Dr. Peake told me that he can think of no higher calling than serving the country and caring for veterans. This attitude, … Continue Reading


Burr Lauds Accomplishments For Veterans In Defense Authorization

Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, praised today's passage of the conference report to H.R. 1585, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. The conference report contains a number of provisions that help veterans, including enhanced education benefits and expansion of health services for veterans with traumatic injuries and their families. "The Defense Authorization Act touches on a number of important issues faci… Continue Reading


Burr Votes To Support North Carolina’s Livestock And Poultry Farmers

Senator Richard Burr today voted against the Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007 (H.R.2419) because the legislation contained provisions that would harm North Carolina's livestock and poultry farmers. The bill prohibits meat packers from owning livestock and poultry or joining in price agreements with farmers for future sale. This provision would bring a great deal of instability to North Carolina's agriculture industry, since livestock and poultry farmers would have to sell their anima… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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

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