Press Releases

11.03.06

Burr Applauds Guilford County Schools for Receiving Over $8 Million in Education Funds

United States Senator Richard Burr today applauded Guilford County schools for receiving $8,000,005 in federal funding. The grant was awarded through the United States Department of Education's Teacher Incentive Fund, which aims to improve student achievement by increasing the number of effective teachers for minority and disadvantaged students. "I believe investing in education is one of the best ways to secure a bright future for North Carolina. A good education ensures that North … Continue Reading


11.01.06

Burr Announces Over $10 Million in Housing Assistance Grants for North Carolina Communities

United States Senator Richard Burr today announced $10,066,700 in federal funding for six North Carolina supportive housing groups. The funds were awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Supportive Housing for Persons With Disabilities and Supportive Housing for the Elderly Programs, which aim to expand housing opportunities for the elderly and the disabled. "U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds provide housing opportunities to North Ca… Continue Reading


10.19.06

Burr Announces Over $1 Million for Chapel Hill Firefighters

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,240,748 in federal funding for the Chapel Hill Fire Department. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which aims to increase the staffing and deployment capabilities of fire departments. "Firefighters risk their lives every day to help others," Burr said. "This grant will allow the Chapel Hill Fire Department to hire additional personnel which… Continue Reading


10.19.06

Burr Announces Over $1 Million for New Bern Firefighters

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,117,375 in federal funding for the City of New Bern Fire Department. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which aims to increase the staffing and deployment capabilities of fire departments. "I applaud the New Bern Fire Department for using these funds to better prepare its community for an emergency," Burr said. "Local fire departments are o… Continue Reading


09.29.06

Burr Applauds Nomination of Three North Carolinians for District Court Judgeships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Laura Caudell Friday, September 29, 2006 Phone: (202) 224-3154 Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded President Bush's nomination of Martin Reidinger of Asheville to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District, and William Osteen, Jr. of Greensboro and Thomas Schroeder of Winston-Salem to be U.S. District Court Judges for the Middle District. "Martin Reidinger, Bill Osteen, and Tom Schroeder have the character and inte… Continue Reading


09.27.06

Burr Hosts Roundtable on Improving Emergency Medical Care

Today at a Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness roundtable, U.S. Senator Richard Burr brought together experts to discuss the crisis patients and health care providers face each day in emergency rooms across the country. The roundtable, entitled Crisis in the ER: How Can We Improve Emergency Medical Care?, addressed how to improve emergency medical care by reducing overcrowding in emergency rooms, and improving coordination and integration. "Across the nat… Continue Reading


09.26.06

Burr calls on Senate to Consider Bi-partisan Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization

-- Today Senator Burr called on the Senate to take up the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization. In a procedural move this afternoon, opponents of the legislation prevented the full Senate from considering and voting on the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization. "The inability to bring up this legislation in the Senate means we can't even debate this bill. People with HIV/AIDS are depending on us. We need to change this unfair funding formula," Burr said. The Ryan White CARE Act … Continue Reading


09.14.06

Burr Announces Over $1 Million for Monroe Firefighters

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,175,290 in federal funding for the Monroe Fire Department. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which aims to increase the staffing and deployment capabilities of fire departments. "I applaud the Monroe Fire Department for using these funds to better prepare our communities for an emergency," Burr said. "Local fire departments are one of the … Continue Reading


09.14.06

Senators Burr, Sessions, and Coburn Call for More Equitable Ryan White CARE Act HIV/AIDS Funding

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK) today called for more equitable distribution of Ryan White CARE Act funds, saying the funding disparities and the elevated rate of new HIV/AIDS infections among Southern rural and minority populations must be addressed. Currently, Southern states, which now account for a majority of HIV/AIDS cases in the nation, are being shortchanged in Ryan White CARE Act funding. The three senators raised the issue at a… Continue Reading


09.13.06

Burr Hosts Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital Demonstration at U.S. Capitol

Senator Richard Burr today hosted a demonstration of Carolinas MED-1 mobile hospital capabilities on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Congresswoman Sue Myrick joined Senator Burr at the demonstration. The event highlighted the capabilities of mobile medical assets during a public health or medical emergency. Carolinas MED-1 mobile hospital is based in Charlotte and is part of Carolinas Medical Center. "One of the most criti… Continue Reading


09.12.06

Senator Burr Comments on Recent Iraq Visit

) - U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) commented today on their recent visit to Iraq. While there, the senators met with troops, leading U.S. Army generals and Iraqi government leaders. "Iraq continues to be a very challenging situation. But Gen Casey's Baghdad Security Plan is a good one, and we're cautiously optimistic that the violence will come down as in the past month," Burr said. "To further stabilize the situation, w… Continue Reading


09.08.06

Burr to Host Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital Demonstration at U.S. Capitol

Senator Richard Burr will host a demonstration of the Carolinas MED-1 Mobile Hospital at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 13. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Congresswoman Sue Myrick (R-NC) will join Senator Burr at the event. The demonstration will highlight the capabilities of mobile medical assets during a public health or medical emergency. Carolinas MED-1 mobile hospital is based in Charlotte and is part of Carolinas Medical Center. MED-1 was … Continue Reading


08.29.06

Burr Presents Congressional Award Medals to Local Students

Senator Richard Burr presented Congressional Award Medals to five local students in an award ceremony last Thursday at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. To receive a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Congressional Award Medal each participant must set and achieve goals in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. "I am proud of the many contributions these students make in their communities and schools," Bu… Continue Reading


08.17.06

Burr Announces Visits Over August Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Avery, Ashe, Cabarrus, Catawba, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Watauga and Yancey counties during the August Recess. Burr will tour health care facilities, visit non-profit organizations, meet with local elected officials, and deliver remarks to civic groups. 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 int… Continue Reading


08.11.06

Burr Announces Visits Over August Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Avery, Bladen, Catawba, Columbus, Duplin, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Iredell, Johnston, Lenoir, Lincoln, Mitchell, New Hanover, Pitt, Sampson, Wayne, Wilson and Yancey counties during the August Recess. Burr will tour health care facilities, visit non-profit organizations, meet with local elected officials, and deliver remarks to civic groups. Any media wishing to cover one or more of Senator Burr's visits MUST contact the host site or organization prior to the… Continue Reading


08.10.06

Burr Announces Over $600,000 for North Carolina Fire Departments

Senator Richard Burr today announced $648,807 in grants to nine North Carolina fire departments. Funds were awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP), which aims to support firefighters and the services they deliver. The United States Department of Homeland Security awarded the funds. "I applaud North Carolina's firefighters for using these funds to better prepare our communities for an emergency," Burr said. "Local fire departments are one of the fir… Continue Reading


07.31.06

Burr Applauds Congress for Passing the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Today Senator Burr applauded Congress for passing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins). The Perkins reauthorization seeks to improve and strengthen the academic and career and technical skills of high school and postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. This legislation reauthorizes the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act through 2012. It was last reauthorized in 1998. "I applaud Congress for wo… Continue Reading


07.28.06

Burr Announces Over $4 Million in Federal Funding for North Carolina Colleges and Universities

Senator Richard Burr today announced $4,014,299 in grants to North Carolina's colleges, universities, and other organizations. Fourteen grants were awarded to North Carolina TRIO Talent Search Programs. The program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and provides academic, career, and financial counseling to encourage participants to earn a diploma and pursue education after high school. The U.S. Department of Education awarded the funds. "I am proud North … Continue Reading


07.26.06

Senator Burr, North Carolina Governor Easley Support Proposal to Replace Bonner Bridge

This press release was issued by the U.S. Department of Interior. Click here to view the release on the Department of Interior's web site.… Continue Reading


07.26.06

Burr Statement on Prime Minister Maliki’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on Prime Minister Maliki's joint address to Congress: "I applaud Prime Minister Maliki's determination and commitment to defeating terrorism and creating a free and stable democracy in Iraq. His visit to the United States demonstrates his desire to bring stability and security to his country. The Prime Minister made clear that withdrawing American troops from Iraq before his government can … Continue Reading

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