Press Releases


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


Burr Applauds Opening Of New VA Clinic In Jacksonville

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for opening a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Jacksonville. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for the 7,300 square foot facility. The new, larger CBOC will replace a 2,000 square foot clinic that was severely damaged by fire in March. "I applaud the Department of Veterans Affairs for opening this new facility, which will provide care to area veterans," Burr said. "The VA has r… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Brown And Burr’s Bill To Reduce Infant Mortality

The U.S. Senate today passed the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S.1760). The legislation was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) in July of last year. The bill aims to reduce infant mortality in the United States by extending the successful Healthy Start program which addresses the risk factors that lead to low birth weight and other health complications in babies and mothers. The initiative began in 1991 and this bipartisan legi… Continue Reading


Burr Works To Keep Poison Control Network Going

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) introduced bi-partisan legislation that will continue support of the nation's poison control centers. Specifically, the bill reauthorizes the poison center national toll-free number, national media campaign, and state grant program. "The expert assistance provided by poison centers like Carolinas Poison Center, is available to families and hospitals 24 hours a day and significantly reduces the number of e… Continue Reading


Graham, Burr, McCain Unveil Legislation to Assist Servicemembers, Veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists with Increased Education Benefits

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Burr (R-NC), and John McCain (R-AZ) today unveiled the Enhancement of Recruitment, Retention, and Readjustment through Education Act. The Graham-Burr-McCain bill enhances the existing Montgomery G.I. Bill by improving education benefits for servicemembers, veterans, and members of the Guard and Reserve. The legislation will help more military personnel attend college debt-free, and allow them to transfer their education benefits to their spouse or c… Continue Reading


Dole, Burr Applaud Committee Approval of Lumbee Recognition Bill

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today applauded approval by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee of a bill to provide full federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe. The measure is now eligible for full Senate consideration. "Securing committee approval is a significant legislative hurdle to clear," said Dole. "I am very pleased we convinced the Committee to advance this bill one step closer to Senate passage. We will keep pushing for the Lumbee to be fully and fairly … Continue Reading


Senate To Consider Burr Amendment To Veterans Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the ranking member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced an amendment last night that would prevent the creation of a controversial foreign pension program would improve benefits for America's veterans. The Senate will take up the measure today beginning at 10:30 A.M. Burr's amendment addresses a provision in the Veterans' Benefits Enhancement Act of 2007 (S.1315) that would establish a $221 million pension fund for Filipino veterans who have … Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Reform of DOD and VA Disability System

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for reform of the disability system at the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He made the comments during a Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing. The committee examined the work of the joint VA and DOD Senior Oversight Committee, which is tasked with helping the two departments better serve injured servicemembers through coordination and cooperation. As part of these efforts, the departments have started a p… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Appointment Of BARDA Director

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) praised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for appointing the first director of the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA). The position was established as part of Senator Burr's Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), which was signed into law on December 19, 2006. The department announced the appointment of Robin Robinson, Ph.D. to the position earlier today. "I am pleased to see HHS take th… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For More Involvement In Our National Parks

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the opening of the new Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center, highlighting the increased tourism it will generate in Western North Carolina. Burr also stated that the new center would help increase opportunities for kids to learn about the area and visit the parkway. He made the comments while attending the grand opening of the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center near Asheville. "The Destination Center that we dedicate today is important for welc… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Veterans’ Provisions in Housing Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the passage of the housing stimulus bill, which contains improvements to housing assistance programs for disabled veterans. The provisions enhance two VA grants which help severely disabled veterans modify their homes to better accommodate their disabilities. The bill passed today by a vote of 84-12. "I am pleased the Senate included provisions to help disabled veterans and servicemembers in the housing bill," Burr said. "These funds wil… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Torti Appointment To Senior FDA Post

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the appointment of Dr. Frank M. Torti to serve as Principal Deputy Commissioner and first Chief Scientist at the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Torti currently serves as director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He also chairs the Department of Cancer Biology and is the Charles L. Spurr Professor of Medicine at the medical school. Torti was appointed to the post by Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, FDA … Continue Reading


Burr: “Every American Should Have Access To Health Insurance”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called on Congress to modernize and reform our nation's health care system. He urged for health care reform while participating in a health care panel sponsored by the Heritage Foundation today. Other panelists included Senators David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina). The panel discussion kicked off an eight week initiative to discuss health care reform in the Senate. Several Republican senators will be presenting common-sense health care… Continue Reading

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