Press Releases

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


07.21.06

Burr Announces North Carolina Economic Development Summit on Health Care

Senator Richard Burr today announced he will cosponsor a North Carolina Economic Development Summit to focus on health care information technology and healthcare workforce issues on Monday, July 24 on the West Campus of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao will deliver the keynote address at the summit. "The health care industry plays a vital role in North Carolina's economy. I hope this summit will explore health care information technolo… Continue Reading


07.20.06

Burr Statement on the Voting Rights Act

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the Voting Rights Act: "I supported the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. I am pleased my colleagues in the Senate voted unanimously to reauthorize the Act without amendments. I believe our democratic process in which citizens elect those who will govern is a cornerstone of America. Voting rights ensure the integrity of our electoral process and guarantee all Americans have the opportun… Continue Reading


07.20.06

Burr to Co-Sponsor North Carolina Economic Development Summit on Health Care in Charlotte

Senator Richard Burr will co-sponsor a North Carolina Economic Development Summit on Health Care on Monday, July 24 in Charlotte. The summit will focus on health care information technology and workforce issues. U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao will deliver the keynote address. WHERE: Central Piedmont Community College West Campus Harris Conference Center Full Conference Hall 3216 CPCC West Campus Drive Charlotte, North Caroli… Continue Reading


07.19.06

Senate HELP Committee Approves Burr’s Bipartisan Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Response Bill

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions today unanimously approved S. 3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act authored by Senator Richard Burr. Cosponsors of the legislation include: Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Bill Frist (R-TN), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Ted Kennedy (D-MA). "We have learned from Katrina and 9/11 that we must do more to improve our public health and medical response systems must respond faster," said Senator Burr. "This legis… Continue Reading


07.18.06

Burr Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Nation’s Public Health and Medical Response to Disasters

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, today introduced S.3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to improve our public health and medical preparedness and responses during emergencies and disasters. Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Bill Frist (R-TN), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) joined Senator Burr in co-sponsoring the legislation. "Last week I went down to New Orleans to meet with health care … Continue Reading


06.29.06

Senators Burr and Lincoln Introduce the Helping Sole Community Hospitals Act of 2006

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) today introduced the Helping Sole Community Hospitals Act of 2006. The legislation would provide Sole Community Hospitals (SCH) monetary relief by waiving the 12 percent cap on disproportionate share hospital payments. Approximately 156 Sole Community Hospitals nationwide would benefit from the legislation including four hospitals in North Carolina. The hospitals in North Carolina that would benefit from the legislation are: Spruce P… Continue Reading


06.29.06

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $21 Million for Port of Wilmington

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Energy and Water spending bill for fiscal year 2007. Dole and Burr successfully advocated for the bill to include $21 million for the Port of Wilmington's construction and maintenance. "The Port of Wilmington is an economic powerhouse for North Carolina, as I saw firsthand when I visited the facility earlier this month," said Dole. "It is critically importa… Continue Reading


06.29.06

Burr Announces Federal Funding for the Triangle Urban League in Durham

Senator Richard Burr today announced $75,920 in federal funding for the Triangle Urban League (TUL) in Durham. The funds were awarded by the Employment and Training Administration in coordination with the United States Department of Labor's Faith Based and Community Initiatives Office. "I applaud the Triangle Urban League's hard work and dedication to provide employment skills training to at-risk teens. Community initiative organizations like TUL are doing vital work for those in need ac… Continue Reading

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