Press Releases

05.23.06

Burr to Travel to Normandy on Memorial Day

Senator Richard Burr today announced he will join U.S. Senator Larry Craig, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs on a tour of military cemeteries in Europe and North Africa and will be in Normandy, France to commemorate Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, Senator Burr and the delegation will visit Omaha Beach in France and lay a wreath in honor of the American servicemen who gave their lives at Normandy. "I look forward to commemorating Memorial Day at Normandy. It … Continue Reading


05.19.06

Burr’s State Offices Open to Serve North Carolinians

Senator Richard Burr today encouraged North Carolinians to utilize his state offices as a resource for constituent services and for help with federal government issues. Senator Burr has five state offices located in Asheville, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. "I am pleased to have offices across North Carolina to serve people across our state. My staff is available to talk with North Carolinians about any federal government issues they may have," Burr said. … Continue Reading


05.18.06

Burr Urges North Carolinians to Plan Ahead for Hurricane Season

With hurricane season quickly approaching, I urge North Carolinians to plan ahead. It is clear our Nation is still recovering from the effects of the 2005 hurricane season. Hurricane Katrina impacted over 93,000 square miles of our Nation and brought terrible destruction along its path. Every hurricane has a lasting effect on communities, people, and property. I want to encourage North Carolinians to develop an emergency and evacuation plan to protect their family, pets, and property. Fo… Continue Reading


05.17.06

Burr Applauds North Carolina’s Selection for Growth Model Pilot

Senator Richard Burr today applauded North Carolina's selection by the U.S. Department of Education to pilot a growth-based school accountability model under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). North Carolina is one of only two states chosen to participate in this pilot program this year. Tennessee was also selected. In November 2005, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced this pilot program which allows qualified states to propose the use of accountability growth models unde… Continue Reading


05.11.06

Burr Applauds Economic Growth

Senator Richard Burr today praised North Carolina's economic growth and expansion. In March, the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina reported the overall unemployment level for the entire state was 4.5%, lower than the national unemployment rate of 4.7%. "I am pleased North Carolina continues to attract jobs creating economic growth and expansion," Burr said. "As our economy continues to grow, we need to continue working to ensure every North Carolinian who want… Continue Reading


05.11.06

Burr Announces Public Health and Medical Preparedness Roundtable with Giuliani, North Carolina Health Leaders

Senator Richard Burr will participate in a public health and medical preparedness roundtable with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and North Carolina public health leaders in Raleigh. The roundtable, co-sponsored by WakeMed Health and Hospitals, will address modern public health security and improved all hazards medical response. Roundtable participants include Roy Alson, Commander of the North Carolina Disaster Medical Assistance Team (SORT), Leah Devlin, Director of the North Carolina … Continue Reading


05.10.06

Burr Calls on Seniors to Enroll in Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Before May 15 Deadline

Senator Richard Burr today called on North Carolina's seniors to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan to best serve their health care needs. This year every American with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage was given access to prescription drug coverage under the new Medicare Part D program if they sign up. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 75% of North Carolina's M… Continue Reading


05.03.06

Senators Sessions, Burr and Coburn Push For More Equitable Ryan White CARE Act HIV/AIDS Funding

U.S. Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) today called for a more equitable distribution of HIV/AIDS funding, saying that rural areas - particularly in the South - are being shortchanged at the expense of large metro areas. The three senators raised the issue at a news conference. Sessions and Burr are members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which later this month is scheduled to reauthorize the 1990 Ryan White CARE Ac… Continue Reading


04.20.06

Burr Announces NASA Funding for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Senator Richard Burr today announced $358,137 in federal funding to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The funding will be used to assess the impact of vegetation structure and physiology on biodiversity. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded the funds. "I am pleased with UNC-Chapel Hill's advanced research in this field," Burr said. "This funding and research will help NASA improve its space and aeronautics programs." NASA's Ter… Continue Reading


04.13.06

Burr Announces Visits Over April Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Buncombe, Forsyth, Gaston, Henderson, Mecklenburg, and Rowan Counties during the April Recess. During the recess Burr will speak to high school students, tour health care facilities, participate in military medal ceremonies, 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 interviews. … Continue Reading


04.13.06

Burr Calls on Seniors to Enroll in Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Before May 15 Deadline

Senator Richard Burr today called on North Carolina's seniors to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan to best serve their health care needs. This year every American with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage was given access to prescription drug coverage under the new Medicare Part D program if they sign up. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 69% of North Carolina's M… Continue Reading


04.06.06

Burr Introduces Biodefense Legislation

Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, has introduced the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2006. The legislation would provide the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with the additional authorities and resources necessary to build partnerships to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines to protect citizens from deliberate, accidental and natural medical incidents involving biological pathogens, su… Continue Reading


04.05.06

Burr Announces $1.4 Million for Advanced Vehicle Research Center of North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced the release of $1,485,000 in federal funding for the Advanced Vehicle Research Center of North Carolina. The funding will be used to develop technologies for hydrogen and ethanol fueled vehicles. The United States Department of Energy awarded the funds. "U.S. Department of Energy funds will help North Carolina conserve energy and be a trend setter in helping develop emerging technologies and alternative fuels," said Senator Burr. The U.S. … Continue Reading


04.05.06

Burr Hosts Roundtable on Improvements to Federal Medical Preparedness and Response

At a Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness roundtable, Senator Richard Burr today brought together experts to discuss the need for all-hazards medical preparedness and response, including bioterrorism and natural disasters such as bird flu or a major hurricane. The roundtable, entitled All-Hazards Medical Preparedness and Response, addressed how to improve the federal medical response to disasters of all kinds and included representatives from the Departments of He… Continue Reading


04.04.06

Burr Announces Over $23 Million in Ryan White CARE Act Funding

Senator Richard Burr today announced $23,923,444 for Ryan White CARE Act funding. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the funding to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will assist the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and the Emerging Communities program. ADAP helps impoverished HIV and AIDS patients get their necessary medication. The Emerging Communities program allows North Carolina to address urban communities… Continue Reading


03.28.06

Senator Richard Burr: “We must act now to improve our public health system.”

At a Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness roundtable, Senator Richard Burr today renewed his call for improvements to our public health infrastructure. The roundtable, entitled Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century, studied how to further develop public health systems and recruit, train, and retain a prepared public health workforce able to respond to national threats, be they accidental, deliberate or naturally occurring. "We must act now to impr… Continue Reading


03.24.06

President Bush signs into law Burr’s Bill to Provide More Flexibility in Education

- Today President George W. Bush signed into law Senator Richard Burr's bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Education Flexibility Partnership Act (Ed-Flex). Ed-Flex was created in 1999 to allow states, like North Carolina with strong assessment and accountability systems to waive certain federal education requirements that may impede local efforts to reform and improve education. "I am pleased President Bush signed this important piece of legislation into law. Ed-Flex has playe… Continue Reading


03.24.06

Burr Announces Federal Grant Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Senator Richard Burr today announced he will sponsor a federal grant workshop in Washington, D.C. to focus on access to federal grants for fire departments and rescue squads not affiliated with a hospital. The workshop will be held on Friday, March 31, 2006 at 10:00 AM in room 430 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The workshop is part of Burr's North Carolina Economic Development series to make North Carolina more competitive in the federal arena. This workshop aims to… Continue Reading


03.16.06

Burr Calls for Improved Public Health Preparedness

At today's hearing on the reauthorization of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Senator Richard Burr called on the Senate to fix problems and build upon past successes to significantly improve our Nation's public health and medical preparedness for and response. "The Act of 2002 clearly made improvements in our preparedness after the terrorist attacks on September 11th and the anthrax mailings," Senator Burr told the committee. "Ho… Continue Reading


03.16.06

Burr Announces Visits Over March Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Alamance, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Forsyth, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, and Wake Counties during the March Recess. Burr will visit health clinics, schools, businesses, and civic groups. During the recess week, Burr will host a roundtable to discuss the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization with health care officials and participate in a Dare County Emergency Preparedness event to discuss hurricane preparedness. He wi… Continue Reading

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