Press Releases

12.08.05

Burr Calls on Senate to Continue Work on Biodefense Preparedness Legislation

Senator Richard Burr today urged his Senate colleagues to continue important negotiations to approve comprehensive biodefense preparedness legislation. "There is no question we need to improve our preparedness for a pandemic outbreak now," said Burr, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness. "Much progress has been made since the Senate H.E.L.P. committee approved biodefense legislation in October. It is critical the Senate continue n… Continue Reading


12.07.05

Burr Announces $220,710 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $220,710 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for firefighters in Browns Summit, Thomasville and Rodanthe. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations. "Firefighters risk their lives each time they respond to an emergency," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make Browns Summit… Continue Reading


12.07.05

Burr Announces Visits to Iredell and Yadkin Counties

On Friday, December 9, Senator Richard Burr is scheduled to visit schools in Iredell and Yadkin counties. Any media wishing to cover one or more of Senator Burr's visits MUST contact the host site prior to the event. Please contact Senator Burr's office to schedule separate interviews. Friday, December 9, 2005 10:30 AM Senator Burr to visit with Fourth Grade students at Celeste Henkel Elementary School 1503 Old Mountain Road S… Continue Reading


11.28.05

Burr Announces North Carolina Recess Visits

Senator Richard Burr will visit Alamance, Chatham, Franklin, Person, Randolph, Vance and Warren counties during the current Congressional recess. Burr will visit community centers, health care centers, businesses and 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. Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:30 AM Senator Burr to visit Bethel Hi… Continue Reading


11.17.05

Burr Introduces Resolution Recognizing the Importance of Community Health Centers

Senator Richard Burr today introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the importance of community health centers and the role the Medicaid Prospective Payment System plays in providing a safety net for low-income and uninsured families. The resolution expresses the sense of Congress that the Medicaid Prospective Payment System for community health centers is critical to ensuring Medicaid recipients and the nation's uninsured have access to high-quality and affordable primary and preventat… Continue Reading


11.17.05

Burr Applauds Senate Approval of Wild Horses Legislation

Senator Richard Burr applauded Senate approval of H.R. 126, legislation to allow for an increase in the number of wild horses on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Originally introduced by Congressman Walter Jones (NC-3), the legislation will now head for President Bush's signature. The legislation would amend current law, which permits 100 free roaming horses on the Banks, to allow no less than 110 free roaming horses, with a target population of between 120 to 130 free roam… Continue Reading


11.16.05

Burr Announces $349,202 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $349,202 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for North Carolina firefighters. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations. "Firefighters risk their lives each time they respond to an emergency," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make Cokesbury, Monroe and surrounding commu… Continue Reading


11.10.05

Burr Introduces Two Veterans Assistance Bills

Senator Richard Burr today introduced two pieces of legislation to help our Nation's veterans. Senator Burr introduced the Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act to provide $25 million in grants annually to coordinate supportive services to keep low-income veterans in permanent housing so that they do not become homeless. The legislation would increase access to housing assistance programs, physical and mental health services, access to health insurance and vocational and financial coun… Continue Reading


11.09.05

Burr Announces $180,619 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $180,619 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for fire departments in Hampstead and Burlington. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations. "Firefighters risk their lives each time they respond to an emergency," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make Hampstead, Burlington an… Continue Reading


11.02.05

Burr Announces $998,101 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $998,101 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for North Carolina firefighters. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program's "SAFER" initiative, will provide for the recruitment and retention of full-time and volunteer firefighters. "Firefighters provide our communities with an invaluable service in responding to emergencies," said Senator Burr. &qu… Continue Reading


11.02.05

Burr Announces $332,077 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $332,077 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for North Carolina firefighters. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations and emergency vehicles. "When emergencies threaten the safety of our communities, firefighters are the first to respond," said Senator Burr. "These grants w… Continue Reading


10.31.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr Regarding the Nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court

"As the Senate now proceeds with the confirmation process, I am hopeful Judge Alito will receive a fair, dignified hearing followed by an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. I will carefully review Judge Alito's background and qualifications for the Court and look forward to meeting with him personally."… Continue Reading


10.26.05

Burr Announces Nearly $1.9 Million for Firefighters

Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,889,728 in United States Department of Homeland Security grants for North Carolina firefighters. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, equipment and improvements to fire stations and emergency vehicles. "Firefighters routinely risk their lives as first responders," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make communities throughout N… Continue Reading


10.25.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the passing of Rosa Parks

"Rosa Parks showed us the power one person has to change the world. Her simple act was a pivotal moment in the struggle for civil rights. Rosa Parks is an inspiration to millions of Americans. While we mourn her passing, we also know her legacy and spirit will endure."… Continue Reading


10.18.05

Senate H.E.L.P. Committee Approves Burr Biodefense Legislation

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today approved S. 1873, the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005, authored by Senator Richard Burr. "We must ensure the Federal Government acts as a partner with the private sector, providing the incentives and protections necessary to bring more and better drugs and vaccines to market faster," said Senator Burr. "I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues on these issues as we g… Continue Reading


10.17.05

Senator Richard Burr Introduces Comprehensive Biodefense Legislation

Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, today introduced S. 1873, the Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005. The legislation would provide the Department of Health and Human Services with the additional authorities and resources necessary to partner with the private sector to rapidly develop drugs and vaccines to protect the United States from deliberate, accidental and natural incidents involving biolo… Continue Reading


10.07.05

Burr Announces Recess Visits in North Carolina During October Recess

Senator Richard Burr today announced his plans to visit Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Cleveland, Forsyth, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes counties during the October recess. The visits will provide Burr the opportunity to meet with North Carolinians at schools, businesses, civic groups and health care facilities. 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 contac… Continue Reading


10.07.05

Senators Burr, Allen Introduce Legislation to Stabilize Gas Supply, Help Reduce Gas Price Spikes While Maintaining Environmental Standards

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and George Allen (R-VA) today introduced the Affordable and Reliable Gas Act of 2005, legislation to help decrease U.S. vulnerability to gasoline price spikes by reducing the number of available special fuel blends on the market, commonly known as boutique fuels, and consolidating the number of clean fuel blends. The large number of boutique fuels has reduced gasoline availability because the variety of gasoline blends makes it more difficult to substitute blends … Continue Reading


10.06.05

Burr Applauds $1,027,995 FEMA Grant for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today applauded a $1,027,995 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for Avery County. The grant, made available by FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, will assist local officials in preventing future flood losses in the towns of Newland and Minneapolis. The State of North Carolina will provide Avery County with $342,665 in additional funding. "Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, have in the past cost many North Carolinians everything,&qu… Continue Reading


10.05.05

Senator Richard Burr to Introduce Comprehensive Biodefense Legislation

Senator Richard Burr today announced plans to introduce comprehensive biodefense legislation following the October recess. The legislation, the National Biodefense Act of 2005, will be formally introduced in the Senate with the intent of marking up the bill in Committee this fall. Burr, chairman of the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, made the announcement after meeting with Republican and Democrat colleagues on the subcommittee and after chairing subcommittee heari… Continue Reading

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