Press Releases

03.06.07

Burr Introduces “Graduate for a Better Future Act”

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr introduced the Graduate for a Better Future Act. Burr's legislation aims to help public high schools improve graduation rates by focusing on the 3 R's of high school reform: Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. The bill establishes a competitive grant program targeted at school districts and high schools with the lowest graduation rates. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is the lead co-sponsor of the legislation. "I believe investing in education is one of… Continue Reading


02.15.07

Burr Announces Visits Over February Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Bertie, Chatham, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Durham, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Lee, Northampton, Vance, and Warren counties during the February 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, February 19 11:00 AM Senator Burr to participate in USDA Rural Development Home Tour First Home on… Continue Reading


02.14.07

Burr Introduces Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act

Today U.S. Senator Richard Burr introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act. Burr's legislation provides supportive housing, which combines housing with supportive services such as mental health, substance abuse, and employment opportunities for chronically homeless individuals. The bill establishes a grant program through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help end chronic homelessnes… Continue Reading


02.09.07

Burr Announces Military Academy Nominations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced his nomination of fifty 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. Uni… Continue Reading


02.09.07

Burr Congratulates John Queen for his Election as President of National Cattlemen’s Association

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today congratulated John Queen, a native of Waynesville, North Carolina, for his election as president of the National Cattlemen's Association. Since its inception in 1898, the association has only had two other presidents from the southeastern United States. "John will be a grassroots champion for cattlemen and North Carolina's agriculture community," Burr said. "I congratulate him and look forward to working with him." Queen was elected … Continue Reading


02.08.07

Burr Raises Concerns Over Lack of Funding for BRAC Military Transition

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today on the Senate floor raised concerns about lack of funding in the Continuing Resolution for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The lack of funds may affect a wide-ranging list of military construction and quality of life projects such as barracks, family housing, child care centers, and military training. The Continuing Resolution is a budget measure to fund the government for the remainder of the 2007 fiscal year. The Senate is expected to take up … Continue Reading


02.06.07

Burr Applauds U.S. Trade Representative for Challenging China on Unfair Trade Practices

Senator Richard Burr today praised the U.S. Trade Representative for challenging China's inconsistent trade practices which harm America's businesses. Last week, the U.S. Trade Representative filed suit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to initiate dispute settlement consultations with China regarding its use of unfair trade subsidies. "I believe it is important to confront China on its unfair trade subsidies, because these trade issues significantly impact North Carolina's eco… Continue Reading


02.05.07

Burr Announces North Carolina Economic Development Summit on Health Care

Senator Richard Burr today announced he will cosponsor a North Carolina Economic Development Summit focusing on wellness and prevention solutions and health care research and development on Tuesday, February 20 at the Durham Civic Center in Durham. Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the keynote address at the summit. The summit will be moderated by North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Carmen Hooker Odom. "The health car… Continue Reading


01.23.07

Burr Statement on the State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement regarding the President's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, President Bush outlined an aggressive domestic agenda as well as reiterated his strategy forward in Iraq. I was heartened to hear him talk about increasing access to affordable health care, improving fiscal responsibility, reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and enhancing our nation's energy security, strengthening our public schools, and pa… Continue Reading


01.11.07

Burr Settles Orange Bowl Bet with McConnell

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today honored his bet with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) by delivering an authentic North Carolina barbeque lunch to McConnell's Washington office. Senator McConnell's alma mater, Louisville beat Burr's Wake Forest Demon Deacons 24-13 in the Orange Bowl on January 2. Prior to the game, the senators placed a friendly wager - a Kentucky Fried Chicken lunch for North Carolina barbeque on the outcome of the game. "I am proud of the successful season … Continue Reading


01.10.07

Burr Statement on President Bush’s Remarks on Iraq

-- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement regarding the President's remarks on Iraq: "I have always believed we must succeed in Iraq. Failure is not an option. We owe it to our troops and to the Iraqi people to remain committed to supporting a free and stable Iraq. The Iraqi leadership must rise to the challenge—the world is watching. It is critical for the Iraqi government to take immediate steps to disband the sectarian militias and death squads, pass key oil… Continue Reading


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

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