Press Releases

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


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

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