Press Releases

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


10.05.05

Burr Announces $918,137 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $918,137 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, protective equipment and improvements to fire stations. "It is critical that our firefighters have the best training and equipment available," said Senator Burr. "These grants will make communities throu… Continue Reading


10.03.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr Regarding the Nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court

"I welcome President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. As the confirmation process begins, I will carefully review Ms. Miers' qualifications and I look forward to meeting with her personally. I am hopeful that she will receive a fair, honest hearing followed by an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor."… Continue Reading


09.29.05

Burr Applauds Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Approval of Wild Horses Legislation

Senator Richard Burr applauded Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approval of H.R. 126, legislation that would allow for an increase in the number of wild horses on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. The legislation, originally introduced by Congressman Walter Jones, was approved yesterday afternoon by the committee and will now proceed to the full Senate. The legislation would amend current law, which permits 100 free roaming horses on the Banks, to allow no less … Continue Reading


09.29.05

Senate Approves Burr/Salazar Resolution to Honor the Memory of Lewisville Native and Recognize "National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day"

The United States Senate last night approved a resolution authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) to honor the memory of Lewisville native Jack Doub and recognize the first Saturday in October as "National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day." Jack Doub, a nationally competitive mountain biker from Lewisville, died unexpectedly in 2002 from complications related to a bicycling injury. "It is so important that our children stay active and physically fit," said Senator Burr. … Continue Reading


09.28.05

Burr Urges Senate Confirmation of Judge John Roberts, Calls for an End to Divisiveness

Senator Richard Burr spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to vote in support of the nomination of Judge John Roberts for Chief Justice of the United States. Video of Senator Burr's remarks can be seen on his webpage at https://www.burr.senate.gov. Text of his remarks is below. The vote on Roberts is expected tomorrow. "Mr. President: I rise today like my colleague to support the nomination of Judge John Roberts to be the Chief Justice for the United States Supreme Cou… Continue Reading


09.23.05

Burr Announces $799,706 Grant for UNC-Charlotte

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $799,706 United States Department of Education grant for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The funds will provide for the creation of a Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) to improve educational services for disabled youth. "Every child deserves a chance to succeed," said Senator Burr. "These funds will assist leaders at UNC-Charlotte in offering critical educational services to North Carolina youth.&quo… Continue Reading


09.22.05

Burr Announces $328,600 in Grants for Canton

Senator Richard Burr today announced $329,600 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants for Canton. The funds, made available by Rural Development's Community Facility Grant Program, will cover the costs of repairing the Canton Town Hall, Armory and Senior Center, Police Department, Fire Department and Library. "We must respond to the needs of our communities damaged by natural disasters," said Senator Burr. "These funds will help the people of … Continue Reading


09.21.05

Burr Announces $858,114 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $858,114 in Operations and Safety 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, protective equipment and improvements to fire stations. "North Carolina firefighters must have the best equipment and training available," said Senator Burr. "These grants will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our f… Continue Reading

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