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Burr Praises Passage of Veterans’ Benefits

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


Burr Announces $1.4 Million Grant Awarded to Huntersville

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the Town of Huntersville and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) are the recipients of a $1.4 million federal grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration. The funds will be used to help fund the construction of a bridge overpass into the North Mecklenburg Industrial Park. "By receiving this grant, the Town of Huntersville will have tremendous help in constructing a bridge overpass to benefit its residents. This… Continue Reading


Burr, Clinton Bill Will Help Charitable Donations Reach Wounded Warriors

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) introduced the Friends of Wounded Warriors Act of 2008. This legislation will make it easier for wounded warriors to receive charitable gifts by allowing Commanders of Wounded Warrior Battalions to accept and administer those gifts on behalf of the soldiers in their units. By streamlining the gift-acceptance process, it will allow for sick and wounded servicemembers to more quickly receive the charitable donations given to the… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today applauded passage of The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which renews higher education programs and contains several provisions that he sponsored. Burr's provisions included an increase in support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), an increase in aid for military members and veterans, a simplified application process for federal financial assistance, improved teacher preparation, and improved access to information for States to eva… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Passage of Bill to Increase Benefits for Wounded Veterans and Their Families

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today applauded the passage of S. 2617, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2008, a bill he cosponsored, which will increase the rate of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. The bill passed the Senate today and moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. "The men and wom… Continue Reading


Burr Lauds Senate Passage Of Clean Boating Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) applauded the passage of S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008, which he cosponsored. The bill, introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), protects our nation's recreational boaters while ensuring the health of our waterways. It passed the Senate earlier today and moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. "I am a proud cosponsor of this bill which protects the ability of recreational boaters to enjoy America's waterways, and I applaud my… Continue Reading


Burr Urges Action On Judge Conrad Nomination

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of North Carolina District Court Judge Robert Conrad's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: "Bob Conrad is a capable and qualified nominee, and there is no reason why the Senate should continue to drag its feet on his confirmation," Burr said. "He has faithfully served North Carolina on the federal district court bench and I know if confirmed he would c… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On President Bush’s Lifting Of Deep Sea Exploration Ban

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today regarding President Bush's announcement that he is lifting the Executive Moratorium on deep-sea exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf: "I'm pleased that the President has lifted the executive order banning deep-sea exploration for energy resources. Four dollar a gallon gasoline has affected every family in North Carolina, and it is time for the Democrat Leadership in Congress to stop blocking action and pass long… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Medicare Improvements Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement in response to today's vote in the Senate on the Medicare Improvements For Patients And Providers Act (H.R. 6331): "Today's vote on the Medicare bill was yet another unfortunate display of partisanship instead of working together to solve problems. I am pleased the doctor's reimbursement cuts have been avoided and the durable medical equipment competitive bidding program is being delayed, but I am very disappointed this has… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Improvement To Veterans Disability Claims Process

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for improvement to the veterans disability claims process during a hearing for the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Veterans applying for disability benefits usually wait six months for a decision. Over 390,000 disability claims are pending review, among the highest levels in ten years. Congress has increased funding and staffing levels at VA to improve efficiency but little progress has been made. "For many years, VA's claims processing… Continue Reading


Senate Approves Resolution Honoring Jesse Helms

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr helped introduce a resolution honoring former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who passed away on July 4, 2008. All 100 Senators co-sponsored the resolution, which passed yesterday evening, and American flags adorning the Capitol remain at half-mast in honor of Senator Helms' service to the nation. "It is a privilege to offer this resolution honoring Senator Helms," said Dole. "His 30 year tenure serving North Carolina in the Sena… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Passing Of Senator Jesse Helms

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement today about the passing of his friend and colleague, former Senator Jesse Helms: "Brooke and I are extremely saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jesse Helms. Jesse was a mentor and good friend and his contributions to North Carolina and to the nation were countless. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dot and the entire Helms family."… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Passage Of The Supplemental Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today after the Senate passage of The 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R.2642): "I am pleased that the Senate has approved a supplemental funding bill that the President can sign into law. It is unfortunate that political games have been played with this funding, which the President requested over 500 days ago, that supports our troops in combat. It is up to the Congress to provide our men and women in uniform with … Continue Reading


Burr’s “Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act” Approved By Senate Panel

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today approved Senator Burr's Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act (S.3167), which would end an arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans of their Second Amendment rights. The measure was offered as an amendment to the Veterans' Medical Personnel Recruitment and Retention Act of 2008 (S.2969). Burr's amendment was approved by voice vote and the committee unanimously approved the underlying legislation, which can now move t… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Action On “Gas Price Reduction Act Of 2008”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) called on his Senate colleagues to quickly consider and pass The Gas Price Reduction Act of 2008. The bill, introduced today by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and cosponsored by Senator Burr, is a comprehensive plan to address the problem of soaring gas prices. "Our country needs to take immediate action to combat rising energy prices," Burr said. "We need a comprehensive approach that includes more short-term domestic explorati… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Approval Of New North Carolina Veterans Clinics

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced the approval of two new Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) for North Carolina. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to construct the CBOCs in Robeson and Rutherford counties and open them to patients within fifteen months. The two clinics will provide primary and preventative care to local veterans who otherwise would have to travel many miles to get their health care. The Robeson County facility is expected to serve 1,600 veterans a… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On PEPFAR Tentative Agreement

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement today following the news of an agreement being reached on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): "I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement on PEPFAR that ensures that funds will actually go to treating people with HIV/AIDS. PEPFAR has been one of the most successful foreign-aid programs in our history, and I am glad we will be able to save lives by keeping our focus on providing much-needed … Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Supreme Court Ruling On Second Amendment Rights

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on District of Columbia v. Heller: "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision today. The Second Amendment right to bear arms is a fundamental right of law-abiding citizens. The Court made the right decision today because federal, state and local governments should not be able to arbitrarily take away freedoms that are reserved for the people by our Constitution."… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Legislation To Provide Veterans With Greater Access To Dental Insurance

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today introduced legislation that would provide veterans with access to dental insurance. The bill would allow the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to establish a dental program for all veterans, surviving spouses, and certain dependent children who are enrolled in VA's health care system. The program, which is completely voluntary, would give veterans the benefit of VA's buying power in order to get lower premiums on dental insurance coverage. … Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today introduced legislation that would end an arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans of their Second Amendment rights. Under current practice, veterans who have a fiduciary appointed to act on their behalf are deemed "mentally defective" and reported to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act would require a judicial body to determine that a v… Continue Reading

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