Press Releases


Protecting America’s Food from Agro-Terrororism

By Senator Richard Burr As you read this, the United Kingdom is continuing to respond to a potentially devastating outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) among cattle. This month's discovery brings back memories of the major outbreak which hit the country in 2001, causing $5 billion in losses to farms and rural businesses and resulted in the slaughter of four million animals. FMD is a deadly, contagious cattle and swine disease. While the disease occurs naturally around the world, the Unit… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Chimpanzee Protection Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today introduced the Chimp Haven is Home Act with Senators David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana). The act would improve the Chimpanzee Health Improvement, Maintenance, and Protection Act of 2000 (CHIMP Act) which established Chimp Haven in Keithville, Louisiana for chimpanzees no longer needed for research. Burr's legislation would prevent the National Institutes of Health from removing retired chimpanzees from the sanctuary for research purposes.… Continue Reading


Burr Votes Against “Misguided” Tobacco Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today voted against legislation that would place regulation of tobacco products under the control of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, sponsored by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) would require the FDA to regulate existing tobacco products and approve any new tobacco product before it could be sold in the United States. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions approved the bill by… Continue Reading


Republican Senators Introduce “Every American Insured Health Act”

Today, five Republican Senators introduced the "Every American Insured Health Act" that would provide all Americans - regardless of age, income or employer - with access to affordable, high-quality health insurance through the free market. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), a practicing physician, Mel Martinez (R-Florida), and Elizabeth Dole (R-North Caroli… Continue Reading


Burr to Serve as Ranking Member on Senate National Parks Subcommittee

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that he will assume the post of ranking member on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks. The subcommittee oversees America's national park system, including national trails, national monuments, and military battlefields. It also manages the Wild and Scenic River System and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. "I am pleased that my Senate colleagues have chosen me to serve as ranking member of the Nat… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Passage of Higher Education Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the passage of S.1642, the Higher Education Amendments of 2007. The bill will ensure parents and students have more extensive information about college tuition and fees, continue support for North Carolina's ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and require colleges to establish codes of conduct for student loans. The bill will also promote innovative models for teacher preparation. "I am pleased that the Senate acted quickly today to … Continue Reading


Dole, Burr Praise Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of North Carolina Judicial Nominees

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nominations of Martin Reidinger to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and William Osteen, Jr. to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. Both men were first nominated by President Bush on September 29, 2006. "I welcome the committee's approval of these nominations," said Dole. "Bill Osteen and… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Nomination of Robert Conrad to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today applauded the nomination of Robert J. Conrad to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Conrad currently serves as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte. "Bob Conrad has a long history of public service and an excellent reputation as a knowledgeable and fair judge," Burr said. "North Carolina can be proud of Bob's record as a judge and his integrity. I look forward to Bob's quick c… Continue Reading


Burr, Collins Introduce Agriculture and Food Defense Bill

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the National Agriculture and Food Defense Act of 2007. The bill aims to help federal, state, and local governments work with private business to prepare for, detect, respond to, and recover from an agro-terror attack or deliberate food contamination. "Our agriculture and food system is an important part of our nation's economy and our national security," Burr said. "This legislation will … Continue Reading


Burr Introduces No Child Left Behind Reauthorization

U. S. Senator Richard Burr today introduced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2007 with Senator Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire). This legislation builds on and improves the original No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The bill preserves the basic tenets of No Child Left Behind while responding to the legitimate concerns parents, teachers, and principles have raised regarding the original legislation. "We must not turn away from what we began when we passed the original No Child Left Behind bil… Continue Reading


North Carolina Site Selected as Finalist for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced that the North Carolina Consortium, headed by the University of North Carolina System and North Carolina State University, has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of five finalists for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). If selected, the North Carolina NBAF site will be located in Granville County and will be a next-generation biological and agricultural defense facility. The facility will support the missi… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces Healthy Start Legislation

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today introduced the bipartisan Healthy Start Reauthorization Act of 2007 with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). The bill reauthorizes the successful Healthy Start program, which supports activities to reduce infant mortality in the United States by addressing the factors that lead to low birth weight and other complications. Healthy Start provides services designed to improve the quality of and access to health care for mothers and infants. This includes outreach, pre… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes Against Cloture on Immigration Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today voted against cloture on S.1639, the Senate immigration reform bill, citing a limited amendment process and insufficient time for debate on the Senate floor. Burr voted against cloture on S.1348, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, three weeks ago. "I believe immigration reform is a critical issue that deserves a full debate in the Senate," Burr said. "Unfortunately, the Majority Leader has limited debate on this bill to two days an… Continue Reading


Burr’s Veterans Homelessness Bill Approved Today by Veterans Affairs Committee as Part of Comprehensive Veterans Package

Today Senator Richard Burr's Services to Prevent Veterans Homelessness Act of 2007, S.874, was approved by the Veterans Affairs Committee as part of the Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Act of 2007, S.1233. Burr's legislation provides supportive services to keep low-income veterans in permanent housing so they do not become homeless. It will increase veterans' access to assistance for housing, physical and mental health services, health insurance, and vocational and financial co… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $1 Million Federal Grant for Western Piedmont Community College

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today announced $1,000,000 in federal funds for Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) in Morganton. The money will be used to build a new workforce training facility, which will enhance the college's health care education programs. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through its Economic Development Administration. "I applaud Western Piedmont Community College for taking the lead in preparing Burke County residents for work in our changin… Continue Reading


Burr Welcomes GAO Report on Avian Flu

U.S. Senator Richard Burr welcomed today the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on government efforts to prepare for an outbreak of avian influenza among our nation's birds. The GAO investigation highlights confusion regarding federal roles and responsibilities, which would complicate the response to an avian flu outbreak or a deliberate attack on our agriculture and food system. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made important strides in preparing for… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Creation of National Biodefense Science Board

U.S. Senator Richard Burr today praised the formation of the National Biodefense Science Board, which will advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by advances in biological and life sciences, including naturally occurring infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents. The board was authorized by Burr's Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (P.L. 109-417), which was signed into law in Decem… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Votes Against Ending Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

Senator Richard Burr today voted against ending debate on S.1348, the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007, citing insufficient time for amendments to the bill on the Senate floor. Burr voted against immigration legislation in the Senate last year that would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. "I believe that we should only permit those into our country who respect our laws, our system of government, and way of life. Immigrants shoul… Continue Reading


Burr Introduces “Affordable Biologics for Consumers Act of 2007”

U.S. Senator Richard Burr late yesterday introduced the Affordable Biologics for Consumers Act of 2007 with Senators Gregg and Coburn. The bill would establish standards for the approval of biosimilars - biologics that are similar to currently approved biologics. Biologics are products derived from living sources and include vaccines, blood, and gene therapy. Hundreds of such therapies, such as Herceptin and Enbrel, are used by patients throughout the United States today. Currently, there is… Continue Reading


Burr to Sponsor Federal Grant Workshop in Rocky Mount

Senator Richard Burr today announced his office will sponsor a statewide federal grant workshop in Rocky Mount to focus on improving access to federal grants for museums and libraries. The workshop will be held on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 9:00 AM at the Imperial Centre located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. The workshop is part of Burr's North Carolina Economic Development series to make the state more competitive in the federal arena. This workshop aims to provide a better understanding o… Continue Reading

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