Press Releases

02.06.07

Burr Applauds U.S. Trade Representative for Challenging China on Unfair Trade Practices

Senator Richard Burr today praised the U.S. Trade Representative for challenging China's inconsistent trade practices which harm America's businesses. Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative filed suit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to initiate dispute settlement consultations with China regarding its use of unfair trade subsidies. "I believe it is important to confront China on its unfair trade subsidies, because these trade issues significantly impact North Carolina's eco… Continue Reading


02.05.07

Burr Announces North Carolina Economic Development Summit on Health Care

Senator Richard Burr today announced he will cosponsor a North Carolina Economic Development Summit focusing on wellness and prevention solutions and health care research and development on Tuesday, February 20 at the Durham Civic Center in Durham. Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the keynote address at the summit. The summit will be moderated by North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Carmen Hooker Odom. "The health car… Continue Reading


01.23.07

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's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Bush outlined an aggressive domestic agenda as well as reiterated his strategy forward in Iraq. I was heartened to hear him talk about increasing access to affordable health care, improving fiscal responsibility, reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and enhancing our nation's energy security, strengthening our public schools, and pa… Continue Reading


01.11.07

Burr Settles Orange Bowl Bet with McConnell

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today honored his bet with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by delivering an authentic North Carolina barbeque lunch to McConnell's Washington office. Senator McConnell's alma mater, Louisville beat Burr's Wake Forest Demon Deacons 24-13 in the Orange Bowl on January 2. Prior to the game, the senators placed a friendly wager - a Kentucky Fried Chicken lunch for North Carolina barbeque on the outcome of the game. "I am proud of the successful season … Continue Reading


01.10.07

Burr Statement on President Bush’s Remarks on Iraq

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding the President's remarks on Iraq: "I have always believed we must succeed in Iraq. Failure is not an option. We owe it to our troops and to the Iraqi people to remain committed to supporting a free and stable Iraq. The Iraqi leadership must rise to the challenge—the world is watching. It is critical for the Iraqi government to take immediate steps to disband the sectarian militias and death squads, pass key oil… Continue Reading


12.27.06

Burr Statement on the Death of President Gerald Ford

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement on President Gerald Ford's death: "We have lost a true American hero. President Gerald Ford was a distinguished leader and statesman. He helped bring our nation together during a time of turmoil and his legacy and contributions will be remembered for years to come. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ford family during this sad and difficult time."… Continue Reading


12.19.06

Burr’s Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness Legislation Signed into Law

Today President Bush signed into law S. 3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act authored by Senator Richard Burr. This legislation represents the culmination of two years of bipartisan work within Congress on important issues of preparedness for all-hazards public health emergencies be they chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear threats as well as deliberate, accidental or natural disasters. "I am thrilled President Bush signed this important piece of legislation int… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Burr Announces Over $800,000 for Mayland Community College

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $899,000 in federal funds for Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine. The money will be used to build a new health sciences building, which will develop the college's nursing and medical assistant training program. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration. "I applaud Mayland Community College for playing an important role in helping Mitchell County's economy prosper," Burr sa… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Burr Announces $1 Million for Cleveland Community College

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,000,000 in federal funds for Cleveland Community College in Shelby. The money will be used to build a new workforce training facility, which will enhance the college's allied health programs. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration. "I applaud Cleveland Community College for expanding its allied health program," Burr said. "These funds will provide Cleveland County ci… Continue Reading


12.14.06

Burr Announces Over $4 Million to Prevent Homelessness in North Carolina

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $4,296,152 in federal funds to help prevent homelessness, and feed and shelter North Carolina's homeless. The money was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency through their Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) Program. "Organizations across North Carolina work hard every day to prevent homelessness and feed and shelter the homeless in their communities," Burr said. "I am pleased these FEMA … Continue Reading


12.14.06

Burr to Serve on Senate Intelligence Committee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr has been appointed to serve on the Select Committee on Intelligence for the 110th Congress set to begin in January. "I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee," Burr said. "I was a member of the House Intelligence Committee for four years and look forward to now continuing my service on a committee that is so important to our national security during a critical time in our nation's history." The Intellige… Continue Reading


12.09.06

Burr Applauds Congress for Passing Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization

Early this morning the House passed H.R. 6143, the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization legislation. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday and now the bill will go to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I am pleased my colleagues in Congress put aside their differences and voted to pass this important piece of legislation," Burr said. "North Carolina has a rising number of HIV/AIDS cases and this reauthorization ensures the money follows the patient so North Carolinians… Continue Reading


12.09.06

Congress Passes Burr’s Bipartisan Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness Legislation

Early this morning, the House approved S. 3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act authored by Senator Richard Burr. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday. The bill will go to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Senator Kennedy, many of my Senate colleagues, and I have worked together for almost two years to pass this legislation. I am so pleased the House agreed to pass it before Congress adjourned and I look forward to the President signing it into law," sai… Continue Reading


12.06.06

Burr Applauds Senate Confirmation of Robert Gates to be Secretary of Defense

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding Dr. Robert Gates' confirmation to be U.S. Secretary of Defense: "I applaud my Senate colleagues for confirming Dr. Gates quickly. It is important we fill this critical position. Dr. Gates is well-qualified and has had a distinguished career. He is well respected in the intelligence community and has demonstrated a strong commitment to pubic service. Dr. Gates will bring a fresh perspective to our strateg… Continue Reading


12.06.06

Burr Statement on Iraq Study Group Report

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding the Iraq Study Group Report: "I applaud James Baker, Lee Hamilton, and the panel members for their hard work and dedication in producing a thorough report. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of the situation in Iraq and mirrors many of my observations after visiting Iraq in September. At that time my concerns were: security, infrastructure, and the stability of a unity government. The re… Continue Reading


12.06.06

Burr Applauds Senate for Passing Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today thanked his Senate colleagues for putting aside differences and passing H.R. 6143, the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization legislation. The bill will provide more equitable distribution of Ryan White CARE Act funds to states with elevated rates of new HIV/AIDS infections, including North Carolina. The Ryan White CARE Act was initiated in 1990 to provide treatment and care for individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS who are in the greatest need of assistance. The Re… Continue Reading


12.05.06

Senate Passes Burr’s Bipartisan Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness Legislation

Today the Senate approved S. 3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act authored by Senator Richard Burr. The legislation improves our public health and medical preparedness for and responses to emergencies and disasters. Additionally, it enables the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to partner with universities, research institutions, and industry to bring more and better medical countermeasures to the public faster in case of emergency, such as a flu pandemic. Burr… Continue Reading


11.21.06

Holiday Season Gives Occasion to Support Our Troops

Holiday Season Gives Occasion to Support Our Troops by Richard Burr Each holiday season we get caught up in a flurry of activity. We buy gifts for our loved ones, attend holiday parties, and entertain our family and friends. Often the holidays come and go in a blur and the New Year has arrived and we wonder where the time went. This year I want to challenge you to take a moment to reflect on an important part of the holiday season: the gift of giving. Today, our men and women in unifor… Continue Reading


11.13.06

Burr Announces Federal Grant Workshop in Hickory

Senator Richard Burr today announced his office will sponsor a statewide federal grant workshop in Hickory to focus on improving access to federal grants for museums and libraries. The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 9:00 AM at the Arts and Science Center of Catawba Valley located at 243 Third Avenue, Northeast in Hickory. The workshop is part of Burr's North Carolina Economic Development series to make North Carolina more competitive in the federal arena. This worksh… Continue Reading


11.08.06

Burr Statement on Secretary Rumsfeld’s Resignation

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's resignation: "Secretary Rumsfeld has had a distinguished career in public service. He has served our country with honor and has been a disciplined leader during a critical period in the War on Terror. This change will provide a fresh perspective on our strategy in Iraq and our path toward success there. I applaud President Bush's nomination of Dr. Robert Gate… Continue Reading

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