Press Releases

02.23.06

Senator Richard Burr Cites Need to Learn Lessons from Hurricane Katrina Response

"The White House report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina is a straightforward review of what went wrong, and, more importantly, the lessons learned. This report outlines 125 specific recommendations to improve disaster response. And of specific concern to North Carolinians, it also includes eleven actions to be completed by the first day of the upcoming hurricane season, June 1st. Hurricane Katrina showed us the public health risks associated with the aftermath of a major natu… Continue Reading


02.22.06

Senator Burr’s Remarks to the Wake Forest University Founders’ Day Convocation

Thank you. Thank you for that very warm welcome. President Hatch, thank you for that very kind introduction. President Hearn, faculty, trustees, students, guests, this is an absolute privilege and an honor to be asked to be here. I am humbled with this institution, its great history, and its tradition. As I prepared for this morning's remarks, I was reminded to look back at the beginning: 1834, the Wake Forest Institute, to try to understand what the vision was that was seen then, and I t… Continue Reading


02.17.06

Burr Announces Over $12 Million for Piedmont Triad Airport Authority

Senator Richard Burr today announced the release of $12,237,916 in federal funding for the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority. The funding will be used for airport expansion and infrastructure improvements. The United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration awarded the funds. "These transportation funds will bring more economic growth and development to the Piedmont Triad region," said Senator Burr. "The funds will help Piedmont Triad International … Continue Reading


02.16.06

Senator Burr, Secretary of Education Spellings to Visit North Carolina Agriculture & Technical University

Senator Richard Burr, Secretary Margaret Spellings will visit North Carolina A & T University and participate in a school tour, a luncheon, and media availability on Friday, February 17 at 12:30 PM in Greensboro. Senator Burr and Secretary Spellings will discuss the American Competitiveness Agenda President Bush announced in his State of the Union address in January. The American Competitiveness Initiative proposes $380 million in federal support to improve the quality of math, science, a… Continue Reading


02.16.06

Burr Announces Visits Over February Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Anson, Duplin, Forsyth, Greene, Hoke, Jones, Pender, Richmond, Scotland, and Union Counties during the February Recess. Burr will visit schools, 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. Monday, February 20 10:30 AM Senator Burr to visit Anson Challenge Academy Anson C… Continue Reading


02.15.06

Burr Applauds USTR’s Announcement to Increase Enforcement on Trade with China, Cites Possible Benefits to North Carolina Manufacturing

Senator Richard Burr today praised the decision by United States Trade Representative Rob Portman to increase enforcement of our trade laws with China. Ambassador Portman's announcement, which came following a top to bottom review on U.S.-China Trade Relations by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), would increase trade enforcement by: *Expanding USTR trade enforcement capacity to better ensure China's compliance with trade obligations *Establishing a China Enforcemen… Continue Reading


02.15.06

Burr Announces Fire Grant for Cherokee County

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $30,240 United States Department of Homeland Security grant for the Brasstown Fire Department. The grant, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of expanding its fire prevention program to middle and high schools. "Firefighters give so much of themselves to help others in our communities," said Senator Burr. "This grant will help Brasstown expand its succes… Continue Reading


02.14.06

Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the Nomination of Frank Whitney to Serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina

"I applaud President Bush for nominating Frank Whitney to be the next Western District Court Judge. Frank is a good pick. He has the solid experience and a track record that will make him an effective judge. I hope the confirmation process for this judgeship will move forward and we can fill the vacancy in the Western District. The impact of federal judgeships on our legal system should not be underestimated, and I urge my colleagues to move forward with the confirmation process and en… Continue Reading


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

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