Press Releases


Burr Statement On Earmark Moratorium Vote

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate's vote on an earmark moratorium for Fiscal Year 2009: "I have long believed that the process of airdropping earmarks in Congressional spending bills has gotten out of control. I believe Congress must fully debate spending items in public -- in an open and transparent way. I am disappointed the Senate missed this opportunity for earmark reform. Americans deserve a government that spends… Continue Reading


Senate Committee Approves Brown and Burr’s Healthy Start Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions today approved the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 (S.1760), which aims to reduce infant mortality in the United States. The legislation was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) in July of last year. The Healthy Start program has been successful in addressing the risk factors that lead to low birth weight and other health complications in babies and mothers since th… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Improved, Seamless Care For Veterans

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today called for the expansion of efforts to solve the problems faced by our returning wounded warriors and their families. The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs heard testimony today from family members of servicemen wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom highlighting the struggles and problems they faced once their loved ones returned home, injured and needing care. Burr called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address each of the case… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Veterans Disability Benefits Reform

U.S. Senator Richard Burr, the Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs introduced legislation today that would simplify and modernize the veterans' disability system at the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The "America's Wounded Warriors Act" would require VA to replace the current outdated VA rating schedule with a new schedule that takes into account both average loss of earning capacity and loss of quality of life. It woul… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Veterans’ Disability Reform

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today called for a large-scale reform and improvement of America's disability system for wounded warriors and veterans. Burr delivered his remarks during a U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on studies provided to the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC). Experts from the Institute of Medicine and The CNA Corporation provided testimony during the hearing. "The findings in these reports make it very clear that there is an urgent need to… Continue Reading


Burr: We Must Do More To Keep Kids In School

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today commented on yesterday's report on North Carolina's high school dropout rate. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction issued its annual report on dropout rates on Thursday. The report shows an increase in the number of kids leaving the state's high schools without a diploma. "Thursday's report is further proof that we must do more to keep kids in school and help them earn a high school diploma. Our changing economy demands skilled workers with … Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage Of Economic Stimulus Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the economic stimulus bill: "I am pleased the Senate has passed an economic stimulus bill today. Our economy needs a boost. We improved the original House-passed economic stimulus legislation by adding rebates for seniors, disabled veterans and their widows, and making sure rebates do not go to illegal immigrants. By lowering taxes and reducing government spending we can further en… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Veterans Funding In President’s Budget

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today released the following statement regarding the President's budget request for fiscal year 2009: "I look forward to reviewing the President's budget proposal and working with the White House and my Senate colleagues to improve the services we provide to America's veterans. The President has made veterans a priority in his budget for 2009 by increasing funding by 5.8%. "… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces State Sales Tax Relief Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced legislation encouraging states to suspend their sales tax as an alternative economic stimulus to the current rebate proposals being debated in Congress. The Sales Tax Holiday Act of 2008 would establish a national sales tax holiday for ten days beginning April 3rd to provide an economic boost for small businesses and consumers. Under the bill, states participating in the voluntary program would receive significant financial assistance from the … Continue Reading


Burr Praises New Law Improving Veterans’ Benefits

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today praised President Bush's signing of H.R.4986, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which contains several improvements to veterans' benefits. The legislation strengthens the relationship between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD), enhances education benefits for National Guard and Reserve members, and expands benefits and research programs for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (T… Continue Reading


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 Bush's State of the Union Address: "Tonight, the President outlined goals for his final year in office. He talked about the need for a modernized system to care for our veterans, strengthening and improving our kids' education, making sure our economy remains strong and making sure we have the tools we need to effectively fight the War in Iraq. The President's call to take on the challenges facing our … Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Marion VA Reports

Senator Richard Burr, Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, issued the following statement in reaction to two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports concerning the VA Medical Center in Marion, Illinois: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must provide excellent care for those who have worn our nation's uniform and it is inexcusable for veterans to lose their lives because of substandard care provided at the Marion VA Medical Center. To the families of thos… Continue Reading


Burr Calls For Modernized Disability System

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today urged his Senate colleagues to consider fundamental reforms to our nation's disability system for wounded warriors during a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The hearing focused on recommendations from the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC) and featured testimony from the VDCB chairman, Lieutenant General James Terry Scott (Retired). The committee also heard from officials from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, T… Continue Reading


Senate VA Committee To Examine Disability Benefits Commission Recommendations

U.S. Senator Richard Burr announced today that members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold a hearing on recommendations from the Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission (VDBC). The hearing will take place in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on January 24 at 9:30 AM. The hearing will feature testimony from the chairman of the VDBC and officials from three veterans' organizations. WHO U.S. Senator Richard Burr WHAT Senate VA Committee Hearing on Veterans'… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On Navy’s OLF Site Selection Announcement

Senator Richard Burr today made the following statement regarding the Navy's announcement that it will consider two North Carolina sites for an Outlying Landing Field (OLF): "It has always been my hope that the Navy and the State of North Carolina could find a location for an OLF that was acceptable to both the military and the local community. It was clear that some of the previously proposed sites were opposed by North Carolinians and I am pleased that those sites are no longer under consider… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The Terrorist Attack In Pakistan

U.S. Senator Richard Burr issued the following statement on the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto: "The news of the terrorist attack and assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is very saddening. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Benazir Bhutto and to the families and friends of the others who were killed." "Unfortunately, this tragedy is a grim reminder of the global terrorist threat facing the civilized wor… Continue Reading


President Bush Signs Burr’s Chimpanzee Protection Bill Into Law

U.S. Senator Richard Burr was pleased the President signed into law the chimpanzee protection bill, S.1916. The legislation amended the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act of 2000 (CHIMP Act), which established a haven to house chimpanzees retired from federally-sponsored research labs. The bill passed the Senate on December 13 and the House of Representatives on December 19. The President signed the bill into law on Wednesday. "I am pleased the President has si… Continue Reading


Burr’s Security Legislation Included In New Energy Law

Senator Richard Burr today applauded President Bush for signing the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 (H.R. 6). The bill, which was passed by the Senate last week, includes legislation offered by Senator Burr to strengthen U.S. national energy security. Burr's provisions make the Secretary of Energy a member of the National Security Council and direct the President to develop a national strategy to enhance energy security. "I believe our dependence o… Continue Reading


Burr Statement On The “Omnibus” Bill (H.R. 2764)

Senator Richard Burr voted against H.R. 2764, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 last night and releases the following statement: "Every year, Congress is tasked with funding our government, and we should do so in a fiscally responsible way. This year's massive 'omnibus' bill was over 3,400 pages long. With a total of over half a trillion dollars in government spending, and with no time to really review its contents, I believe it does not responsibly spend the taxpayers hard-earne… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Burr, Dole Resolution Commending Wake Forest University Men’s Soccer National Championship

The U.S. Senate last night passed a resolution commending the Wake Forest Demon Deacons' first ever College Cup in soccer. Senators Burr and Dole sponsored the Senate measure. The Demon Deacons beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 2 to 1 on December 16 at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday night. Text of the resolution is below: IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. BURR (for himself and Mrs. DOLE) submitted the following … Continue Reading

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