Press Releases


Burr Announces $1 Million Federal Grant for Western Piedmont Community College

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,000,000 in federal funds for Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) in Morganton. The money will be used to build a new workforce training facility, which will enhance the college's health care education programs. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration. "I applaud Western Piedmont Community College for taking the lead in preparing Burke County residents for work in our changin… Continue Reading


Burr Welcomes GAO Report on Avian Flu

U.S. Senator Richard Burr welcomed today the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on government efforts to prepare for an outbreak of avian influenza among our nation's birds. The GAO investigation highlights confusion regarding federal roles and responsibilities, which would complicate the response to an avian flu outbreak or a deliberate attack on our agriculture and food system. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made important strides in preparing for… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Creation of National Biodefense Science Board

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the formation of the National Biodefense Science Board, which will advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by advances in biological and life sciences, including naturally occurring infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents. The board was authorized by Burr's Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (P.L. 109-417), which was signed into law in Decem… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes Against Ending Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

Senator Richard Burr today voted against ending debate on S.1348, the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007, citing insufficient time for amendments to the bill on the Senate floor. Burr voted against immigration legislation in the Senate last year that would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. "I believe that we should only permit those into our country who respect our laws, our system of government, and way of life. Immigrants shoul… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Affordable Biologics for Consumers Act of 2007”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr late yesterday introduced the Affordable Biologics for Consumers Act of 2007 with Senators Gregg and Coburn. The bill would establish standards for the approval of biosimilars - biologics that are similar to currently approved biologics. Biologics are products derived from living sources and include vaccines, blood, and gene therapy. Hundreds of such therapies, such as Herceptin and Enbrel, are used by patients throughout the United States today. Currently, there is… Continue Reading


Burr to Sponsor Federal Grant Workshop in Rocky Mount

Senator Richard Burr today announced his office will sponsor a statewide federal grant workshop in Rocky Mount to focus on improving access to federal grants for museums and libraries. The workshop will be held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 9:00 AM at the Imperial Centre located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. The workshop is part of Burr's North Carolina Economic Development series to make the state more competitive in the federal arena. This workshop aims to provide a better understanding o… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Passage of FDA Reform Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the Senate passage of S.1082, the Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act of 2007. The legislation included language from the Safer DATA Act, which was introduced by Senators Gregg, Coburn, and Burr. The bill would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop an active surveillance system that would monitor drug utilization and adverse events after a drug has been approved by the FDA. This legislation would also require the FDA to… Continue Reading


Burr: Time to Act in Darfur

On May 5, the world will recognize the one year anniversary of the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement by the government of Sudan and the Sudanese Liberation Army. But instead of celebrating an end to the violence and a return of Darfurians to their homes, the killings, rape, and genocide have continued in Darfur. On April 18, President Bush, in remarks at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., announced new steps the United States is prepared to take if Sudan's President Bashir … Continue Reading


Burr Applauds HHS for Establishing Office to Develop Medicines to Counter Bioterror Threats

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for establishing the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). BARDA was authorized by Burr's Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, P.L. 109-417, which was signed into law on December 19, 2006. "I am pleased the Department of Health and Human Services is acting quickly to establish BARDA," Burr said. "This new office will be key in speeding up the develo… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Visits over April Recess

U.S. Senator Richard Burr will visit Carteret, Cumberland, Forsyth, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Onslow, Sampson, Wayne, and Wilson counties over the April recess. 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 interviews. Monday, April 2, 2007 10:30 AM Senator Burr to present Bronze Star for Valor to Larry Williamson in Winston-Salem Office of U.S. Senator Richard … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on North Shore Road

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement today regarding the North Shore Road issue in Swain County: "I have always supported an agreement dating back to 1943 between the United States Department of Interior (DOI), the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of North Carolina, and the citizens of Swain County, North Carolina which would build a road along Fontana Reservoir's north shore. The road has yet to be built and the citizens of Swain County remain uncom… Continue Reading


Burr Congratulates Barton College Basketball Team on 2007 NCAA Division II Championship

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today congratulated the Barton College Bulldogs for winning the 2007 NCAA Division II Basketball Championship. The Bulldogs defeated the defending champions Winona State 77-75 to win the title. "I am proud of the Barton College Bulldogs for their come from behind victory. I have seen a lot of college basketball games in my life, but the last 45 seconds of this game was one of the most exciting I have watched," Burr said in a statement for the Senate recor… Continue Reading


Burr, Obama Introduce the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2007

U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Barack Obama (D-IL) recently introduced the bipartisan Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act of 2007. The legislation, S. 976, aims to advance the study of human genes and their functions to better predict patients' susceptibility to certain diseases or conditions, and better customize drugs and medical treatments to meet patients' unique needs. This field, called personalized medicine, has the potential to transform medical care. Personalized medicine can help… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Legislation to Bank Amniotic and Placental Stem Cells

Today Senator Richard Burr introduced The Amniotic Fluid and Placental Stem Cell Banking Bill of 2007. Burr's legislation sets up a network of banks to store amniotic fluid and placental cells under the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program. New research shows that a small number of stem cells in amniotic fluid and the placenta can give rise to many of the specialized cell types found in the human body. Under the bill, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would contract with qual… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Confirmation of Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness Official

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the Senate for confirming Dr. Craig Vanderwagen to be the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will be responsible for ensuring our federal public health and medical responses to disasters are faster and better coordinated, and for accelerating the advanced research and development of medical countermeasures. The position wa… Continue Reading


Burr: Lowering High School Drop-Out Rate Achievable

The state of North Carolina has recently released its most current public high school graduation statistics. The numbers are alarming—only 68% of our students graduate from high school. The numbers are bleaker for various subgroups of students—a 60% high school graduation rate for Black students, 55% for low-income students, and 52% for Hispanic students. Eighty percent of the Nation's high schools with the highest number of dropouts are in only 15 states--North Carolina is one of those states. … Continue Reading


Burr: High Passport Demand Calls for Advance Planning; Expect Delays in Processing

Today Senator Richard Burr called on North Carolinians who need passports to plan ahead and expect delays due to the unprecedented high demand at the U.S. Department of State for passport services. Recent changes requiring American citizens traveling by air to Mexico or Canada to have a passport have contributed to the increased volume in requested passport services. "I encourage all North Carolinians to plan ahead and take the necessary steps to ensure passports are updated in advance o… Continue Reading


Burr: Army Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline Now Available

Today Senator Richard Burr highlighted the creation of the Army's Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline which will provide wounded Soldiers and their family members another way to resolve medical issues. The hotline will provide Soldiers an opportunity to share their health care related issues with senior Army leadership in order to improve the way the Army serves health care needs. "Our men and women in the military deserve the best medical care available. Anything less than that is un… Continue Reading


Burr Reintroduces “Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act”

Today Senator Richard Burr reintroduced the Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act, S. 874. Burr's legislation provides supportive services to keep low-income veterans in permanent housing so they do not become homeless. It will increase veterans' access to assistance for housing, physical and mental health services, health insurance, and vocational and financial counseling. "I am grateful to the veterans who have given so much to our country. While we can never fully repa… Continue Reading


Burr, Dole Re-Introduce the Scott Gardner Act

Today U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole re-introduced the Scott Gardner Act. The legislation requires the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). The bill is named for Scott Gardner, a Gaston County native, who was killed by a drunk driver while traveling on vacation with his family in 2005. The driver was an illegal immigrant with four previous DWI convictions. U.S. Representative Sue Myrick introduced a similar bill in the House of Repres… Continue Reading

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