Press Releases

02.14.06

College Pays: The Million Dollar Decision

College Pays: The Million Dollar Decision February marks the beginning of the college decision season for many North Carolina high school seniors. Applications that were submitted in the fall have been processed and acceptance letters have been mailed. Students are feverishly working on the final touches of scholarship essays. And parents and students are preparing to apply for financial aid. At the end of this season, over 65% of North Carolina seniors will enroll in college resulting… Continue Reading


02.13.06

Burr Announces $150,000 for North Carolina A & T State University

Senator Richard Burr today announced $150,000 in federal funding for North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University in Greensboro. The funding will help increase the number of qualified rehabilitation counselors and it will provide flexible programming in response to the educational needs of practicing Rehabilitation Counselors. The United States Department of Education awarded the funds. "U.S. Department of Education funds are important to support high quality educational p… Continue Reading


02.09.06

Burr: FEMA to Provide $3.5 Million in Grants for Carteret and Hyde Counties

Senator Richard Burr today announced $3,551,803 in grants from the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency for Carteret and Hyde Counties. The grants, made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will help eliminate repetitive flood damage by elevating homes above the base flood elevation. "These FEMA grants will help Carteret and Hyde Counties prevent future flooding by natural disasters," said Senator Burr. "I am ple… Continue Reading


02.09.06

Burr Meets with Gulf Coast Public Health Officials Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Senator Richard Burr today met with Gulf Coast public health officials. The officials were in Washington to brief congressional staff on public health and medical preparedness and response issues. "I am grateful these men and women who were directly affected by Hurricane Katrina have traveled to Washington to share their experiences," said Senator Burr. "This is a great opportunity to hear about the challenges local communities face in the aftermath of Katrina, and to help us … Continue Reading


02.09.06

Senator Burr Highlights Contributions of North Carolina’s HBCUs and Business Community to Competitiveness

- Senator Richard Burr today discussed President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative with U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings at the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Hearing. Senator Burr emphasized Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCUs) contributions to the math, science, and engineering fields. He commended North Carolina A&T State University for being the nation's leading producer of African American engineers. In addition,… Continue Reading


02.07.06

Burr Announces Over $1 Million in Medical Research Grants for North Carolina Universities

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,279,739 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for two of North Carolina's major research universities. The funding will assist medical research at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "North Carolina is a world leader in medical research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help these institutions continue their contributions to the advancement of medicine… Continue Reading


02.03.06

Burr Announces $18 Million for Lenoir County

Senator Richard Burr today announced $18,376,967 in federal funding for the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority (NRWSA) in Kinston. The funding will provide a loan of $13,750,000 and a grant of $4,626,967. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Project awarded the funds. "USDA Rural Development funds are important to ensuring effective water treatment and distribution systems in North Carolina communities," said Senator Burr. "These funds will help… Continue Reading


02.02.06

Burr Announces Medical Research Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $4,927,779 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for three of North Carolina's major research universities and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will assist medical research at Duke University, East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service… Continue Reading


02.01.06

Burr Announces $15 Million Grant for the Piedmont Triad Region

Senator Richard Burr today announced $15,000,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) for the Piedmont Triad Region. The funding will be used to expand employment, advance opportunities for North Carolina's workers and create high-skill and high wage jobs in the region. The following counties will benefit from the funding: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin. "I am proud North… Continue Reading


01.31.06

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

"I applaud President Bush for his continued commitment to meeting the challenges that lay ahead, both across the globe and here at home. Clearly, we are meeting those challenges head on and we have made progress in protecting our national and economic security. I am optimistic about the issues we face this coming year and I look forward to working toward these big goals. President Bush continues to recognize the importance of our mission in Iraq and our success there. To protect our sec… Continue Reading


01.31.06

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Samuel A. Alito to Serve as Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court

"I'm very pleased the United States Senate took up Judge Alito's nomination today in an up-or-down vote. I believe it was important that we moved beyond partisan rhetoric and that Judge Alito got a full and fair vote on the Senate floor. Judge Alito's background as a proven federal judge, as well as his solid judicial temperament, gives him the experience necessary to be an effective Justice. I think the Senate has taken a positive step forward by approving Samuel Alito to serve as an Ass… Continue Reading


01.30.06

Burr Announces Medical Research Grants for North Carolina Universities

Senator Richard Burr today announced $2,713,803 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for three of North Carolina's major research universities. The funding will assist medical research at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. "North Carolina's universities are world leaders in health care research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help these fine institutions continue… Continue Reading


01.30.06

Burr Announces $4.2 Million for Guilford County

Senator Richard Burr today announced $4,272,569 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Guilford Child Development in Greensboro. The funding will assist the Head Start program at Guilford Child Development. "Early education is critical to the developmental skills of a child and the Head Start program positively serves North Carolina's children well," said Senator Burr. "The funding will help Guilford Child Development succeed in prepa… Continue Reading


01.27.06

Burr Announces $295,694 for Wake Forest University

Senator Richard Burr today announced $295,694 in United States Department of Health and Human Services funding for Wake Forest University Health Sciences. The funding from the National Institute of Mental Health will be used to fund research on mental health. "Wake Forest University is a leader in health care research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help the school continue its innovative research on mental health issues and it will help elevate the university in cutti… Continue Reading


01.27.06

Burr Announces $23 Million in Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $23,052,509 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start projects in multiple North Carolina communities. The funding will assist with Head Start projects in Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Salisbury, and Williamston. "The Head Start program plays a vital role in North Carolina's communities," said Senator Burr. "The funding will help these pro… Continue Reading


01.27.06

Burr: Eastern Band of Cherokee to Receive $500,000 in HUD Funding

Senator Richard Burr today announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help develop the communities of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians through better housing and economic opportunities. "Housing and Urban Development funds are important to creating a healthy living environment, job growth and economic development for North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "These fund… Continue Reading


01.25.06

Burr Announces $385,000 for Duke University

Senator Richard Burr today announced $385,000 in United States Department of Health and Human Services funding for Duke University. The funding, from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will be used to fund research on heart and vascular diseases. "Duke University is a leader in health care research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help the school continue its innovative research in heart and vascular diseases."… Continue Reading


01.25.06

Burr Announces $251,750 for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Senator Richard Burr today announced $251,750 in United States Department of Health and Human Services funding for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The funding, from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases will be used to fund research on nutrition and digestive diseases. "U.N.C. Charlotte is a leader in health care research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help the school continue its innovative research in nutrition and digest… Continue Reading


01.23.06

Burr Announces $363,333 for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Senator Richard Burr today announced $363,333 in United States Department of Health and Human Services funding for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The funding, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will be used to fund research on lung diseases. "U.N.C. is a leader in health care research," said Senator Burr. "This funding will help the school continue its innovative research to combat lung disease."… Continue Reading


01.19.06

Senator Burr Announces Support for Judge Samuel Alito to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

- Senator Richard Burr today announced his intention to support Judge Samuel Alito to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States when his nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote. "Judge Alito has shown he has the skills needed to do an effective job on the Supreme Court. He has a sound judicial philosophy, impressive legal qualifications and the necessary experience," Senator Burr said. "I believe he is an individual with high integrity and chara… Continue Reading

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