Press Releases


Burr, Dole Urge Confirmation Of N.C. Judge To U.S. Court Of Appeals

U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole today called for the quick confirmation of Judge Robert Conrad of North Carolina. They spoke at a press conference hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Judge Conrad was nominated by President Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 17, 2007. "Bob Conrad is a very qualified nominee with a long history of public service and he has a reputation as a fair and capable judge," Burr … Continue Reading


Dole, Burr, Hayes Announce $2.43 Million Workforce Investment Grant

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr and Rep. Robin Hayes today announced the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the North Carolina Department of Commerce with $2.43 million in grant funding to aid 1,620 North Carolina workers affected by mass layoffs at Freightliner Trucks in Cleveland, N.C. and Jevic Transportation in Concord, N.C. "This much-needed funding will give workers the tools and resources they need to transition to new jobs in the wake of these widespread layoffs,"… Continue Reading


Burr, Byrd Introduce Resolution Honoring Last American World War I Veteran

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) yesterday introduced a resolution honoring Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I. The measure authorizes Mr. Buckles to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda upon his death. By order of the President, he will then be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. "Mr. Buckles is our last link to an important part of our nation's history," Burr said. … Continue Reading


Burr And Kennedy Introduce Bill To Improve Health Security Measures

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), along with U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), introduced the Select Agent Program and Biosafety Improvement Act of 2008, to reauthorize the Select Agent Program and improve our nation's approach to biosafety and biosecurity. The Select Agent Program regulates the possession, use, and transfer of biological substances that pose a severe threat to public or animal health. Authorization for the program expired in September of 2007. "We must remain v… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Military Academy Nominations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced his nomination of twenty-nine North Carolinians to serve at one of our nation's military academies. The nominees were selected after an application and interview process conducted by Senator Burr's Academy Selection Committee, which is comprised of military academy graduates, veterans, and community leaders from across the state. The nominees, their hometown, parents' names, and high school are listed below the academy to which they have been nominated… Continue Reading


Dole, Burr and Jones Introduce Legislation to Allow Off-road Vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Walter Jones today introduced legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives that would reinstate the Interim Management Strategy governing off-road vehicle use on Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). The reinstatement of the original Interim Management Strategy, issued by the National Park Service (NPS) on June 13, 2007, would set aside current mandates and requirements which were put in place in the wake of a consent decree f… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Appointment Of North Carolinian To Veterans’ Rural Health Committee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the appointment of Dr. Thomas C. Ricketts, III to the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Ricketts is the director of the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research in Chapel Hill. The committee will advise VA Secretary James Peake on rural health care issues. "I am pleased Dr. Peake has chosen Dr. Tom Ricketts to advise VA on rural heal… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On FY2009 Federal Budget

Following passage of the Democratic Majority's proposed budget for the 2009 fiscal year, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement: "At a time when American families are facing rising gas prices, food prices, and an uncertain economy, the Democrats have presented a budget that includes the largest tax increase in history. This budget, if enacted, would have Americans send even more of their hard earned money to Washington at a time when they need it the most. As I h… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Passage Of Bi-Partisan Veterans Mental Health Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the Senate for passing the Veterans Mental Health Improvements Act of 2008 (S.2162). The legislation includes Burr's Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act (S.874), which aims to prevent veterans at risk of homelessness by providing them with supportive services. The bill was approved by the Senate last night and will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. "Our veterans served our country with honor and they should not be… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Open Debate On G.I. Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today called for an open debate on G.I. Bill improvements. Burr is a co-sponsor of Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-South Carolina) Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment Through Education Act of 2008 (S.2938). The legislation would enhance the existing Montgomery G.I. Bill by improving education benefits for service members, veterans, and members of the Guard and Reserve. Today the Senate voted on a competing measure, S.22 offered by Se… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On War Supplemental Funding Bill

This afternoon, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued the following statement regarding today's vote in the Senate on the War Supplemental Funding Bill: "We must support our troops. I am disappointed that the Senate did not pass a clean supplemental bill that fully funds our troops who are in combat overseas. Tying troop funding to excessive unrelated domestic spending and pet projects is irresponsible. I encourage my colleagues to vote for a clean war supplemental bill tha… Continue Reading


Senate Veterans’ Committee Considers Burr Mental Health Bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today heard testimony on the Veterans Mental Health Treatment First Act (S.2573) sponsored by Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the committee. The legislation would place a greater emphasis on treating veterans with mental health disorders and establish wellness incentives for veterans seeking treatment. "Our current system sees far too many veterans diagnosed with a service-related mental illness that gets worse over time." … Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Senator Ted Kennedy

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding the recent news about Senator Ted Kennedy: "I was saddened to hear the news about Senator Kennedy today. He is a valued friend and colleague here in the Senate, and we are keeping him and his family in our prayers." "Senator Kennedy has proven time and again that he is as tough as they come, and has earned the reputation as one of the hardest workers and effective fighters in the Senate.… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Veterans Mental Health Treatment First Act

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today introduced the Veterans Mental Health Treatment First Act, which places a greater emphasis on treating veterans with mental health disorders and will provide prevention and wellness incentives for those veterans to seek treatment. The bill creates a new voluntary program focusing on treatment and recovery for mental health disorders like depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anxiet… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For IG Investigation At Temple, Texas VA Medical Center

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, ranking member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today called on the Office of the Inspector General (IG) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to investigate practices related to the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at VA's Temple, Texas medical center. Senator Burr made the request along with Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) today. The request is to ensure that the recently revealed email from a staff member at the Templ… Continue Reading


Burr Supports Continued Funding for Global Treatment of AIDS

Today, at a press conference in Washington, U.S. Senator Richard Burr expressed his support for preserving funding for AIDS treatment in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Senator Burr, along with Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. of Oklahoma and Jon Kyl of Arizona, introduced S.2749, the Save Lives First Act, which renews America's commitment to treating patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS. "AIDS is one of the gravest medical challenges of our time and we have the ability … Continue Reading


Burr Urges Action On Judge Conrad Nomination

This afternoon, U.S. Senator Richard Burr took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to move quickly and consider North Carolina District Court Judge Robert Conrad's nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Today marks the 300th day since Conrad was nominated to the position in July of 2007. "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. &qu… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Committee Approval Of National Parks Discount For Veterans, Soldiers

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for approving legislation that would allow veterans to purchase a special, discount pass to see America's national parks. The Veterans Eagle Parks Pass Act (S.617) would establish a new $10 "Eagle Pass" that would allow former servicemembers to visit all national parks for a full year. The bill was amended by the committee to also allow active duty, reserve and guard members to be eligible for the… Continue Reading


Senate Veterans’ Committee Hears Testimony On Education And Disability Modernization Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs today received testimony on two bills sponsored and co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr. The committee reviewed S.2938, legislation introduced by Senators Graham, Burr, McCain, and 15 other Senators that would enhance education benefits provided to veterans, those on active duty, and members of the Guard and Reserve. The panel also examined the America's Wounded Warriors Act (S.2674), a bill introduced by Senator Burr that is designed to simplify… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Opening of New VA Clinic in Hamlet

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for opening a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Hamlet, North Carolina. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for the 6,000 square foot facility. The new CBOC will provide primary care and basic mental health services to veterans from Anson, Richmond, and Scotland Counties. "I am pleased the VA is opening this new facility, which will provide local veterans with quality health care close… Continue Reading

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