Press Releases

07.15.05

Senator Burr Announces $1.5 Million in Home Ownership Grants for Rocky Mount

Senator Richard Burr today announced two United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants worth a total of $1,553,470 for Rocky Mount. These funds will promote home ownership among low-income and minority households. "These funds will help make owning a home a reality for more North Carolinians," said Senator Burr. Rocky Mount will receive a Community Development Block Grant of $760,442 to expand home ownership in urban communities by broadening economic oppo… Continue Reading


07.15.05

Senator Richard Burr Announces $1.3 Million in Grants for High Point

Senator Richard Burr today announced two United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants worth a total of $1,363,623 for High Point. These funds will promote home ownership among low-income and minority households. "These funds will help make owning a home a reality for more North Carolinians," said Senator Burr. High Point will receive a Community Development Block Grant of $879,430 to expand home ownership in urban communities by broadening economic opport… Continue Reading


07.15.05

Senator Burr Announces $1.5 Million in Home Ownership Grants for Gastonia

Senator Richard Burr today announced three United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants worth a total of $1,533,453 for Gastonia. These funds will promote home ownership among low-income and minority households. "These funds will help make owning a home a reality for more North Carolinians," said Senator Burr. Gastonia will receive a Community Development Block Grant of $729,606 to expand home ownership in urban communities by broadening economic opportun… Continue Reading


07.13.05

Burr to Hold Roundtable on Public Health Response to Bioterrorism

Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, will hold a formal roundtable to investigate the measures necessary to respond to a bioterrorism outbreak. The roundtable, entitled "When Terror Strikes - Preparing an Effective and Immediate Public Health Response," will be held on Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 AM in 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The roundtable will focus on three areas critical to bioterrorism preparedness: the ad… Continue Reading


07.07.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the Terrorist Attacks in London

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the British people. They are our friends and allies, and we will stand by them during this difficult time. The terrorist bombings in London this morning remind us of the very real threat we face. We must continue our efforts to prevent attacks and to ensure our communities are adequately prepared. These cowardly terrorists will not discourage those around the world who are working to spread freedom and democracy. We will not yield to them, and we will… Continue Reading


07.01.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

"Justice O'Connor had a distinguished tenure in the Supreme Court, and I join all Americans in thanking her for her dedicated service to our Nation. Justice O'Connor has been a fair and thoughtful jurist and sought practical solutions for difficult decisions before the Court. I wish her well. As we prepare for President Bush's nomination to fill this vacancy on the Supreme Court, I am hopeful that the confirmation process is thorough, fair and efficient, according to the best tradi… Continue Reading


06.30.05

Burr Votes in Support of CAFTA

Senator Richard Burr today voted in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which passed the Senate by a vote of 54-45. "I believe CAFTA, with the new side agreements, will provide opportunities for economic growth in North Carolina. I am pleased that the side agreements addressed my initial concerns about CAFTA's textile provisions because without these assurances, I could not have supported CAFTA," Burr said after the vote. Burr outlined his support for CAFTA … Continue Reading


06.29.05

Burr Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Cord Blood Stem Cell Bill Approved by Senate Committee

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today approved bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr to establish a public network of human umbilical cord blood stem cell banks that would store cord blood units for the treatment of diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia and AIDS, and to reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program. In addition to Burr, the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act is co-sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chris… Continue Reading


06.28.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr on President Bush’s Remarks to Airborne and Special Operations Forces at Fort Bragg

"I applaud President Bush for coming to Fort Bragg to speak to our men and women in uniform. I think it was important for the President to remind us of the challenges ahead and to reiterate the importance of our work in Iraq. We owe it to the people of Iraq, and to those who have bravely given their lives in this war, to keep our word by helping the Iraqis prepare to defend their freedoms. The next generation cannot afford for us to waver in our resolve to finish this important job."… Continue Reading


06.28.05

Burr Supports Senate Passage of Bipartisan, Comprehensive Energy Bill

Senator Richard Burr today voted in support of bipartisan, comprehensive energy legislation that conserves energy usage while reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil. The legislation, approved by the Senate by a vote of 85-12, will now go to a House and Senate Conference to reconcile differences between the two Chambers' bills. Senator Burr, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, supported many provisions in the legislation important to North Carolina. The… Continue Reading


06.27.05

Burr Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Disaster Recovery in Western North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $3,500,000 United States Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to provide continued assistance to sixteen North Carolina counties affected by hurricanes and tropical storms during 2004. The funds will be made available though the North Carolina Department of Commerce. "Hurricanes and a tropical storm caused widespread damage in Western North Carolina last year," said Senator Burr. "These funds will provide state and local offici… Continue Reading


06.27.05

Burr Announces $3.7 Million Grant for Cumberland County

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $3,721,031 United States Department of Labor National Emergency Grant to aid 950 military spouses and civilian personnel at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. The funds will be made available through the Cumberland County Workforce Development Board in Fayetteville. "These funds will assist displaced workers from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base with job training and placement that utilizes their individual skills and meets the needs of local busi… Continue Reading


06.27.05

Burr Announces $3.6 Million Grant for Displaced Pillowtex Employees

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $3,611,688 United States Department of Labor (DOL) National Emergency Grant to provide continued employment-related transition assistance for the more than 4,000 individuals affected by plant and business closings in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties. The funds will be made available though the North Carolina Department of Commerce. "We must do all we can to help sustain our workers in Cabarrus, Rockingham and Rowan Counties during this diff… Continue Reading


06.22.05

Burr Announces $1.9 Million for Dare County Disaster Cleanup

Senator Richard Burr today announced that Dare County will receive $1.9 million in additional funding. The federal funds, to come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be used for debris removal expenses incurred as a result of Hurricane Isabel. "I am pleased that Dare County will receive this critical assistance," said Senator Burr. "Hurricane Isabel created widespread damage in the area, and this funding will assist the County in recovering from damage cau… Continue Reading


06.22.05

Burr Presents Congressional Award Gold Medal to Elster Triplets from Winston-Salem

Senator Richard Burr presented the Congressional Award Gold Medal to Elizabeth, Martha and Patricia Elster of Winston-Salem at an awards ceremony today in Washington, D.C. The award was presented in recognition of the 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of personal development and 200 hours of physical fitness activity performed by each of the three sisters. The sisters performed community activities including volunteering for Brenner Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, the Speci… Continue Reading


06.21.05

Senator Burr Continues Work to Protect North Carolina’s Offshore Drilling Moratorium

Senator Richard Burr today voted for an amendment which would have removed a provision from the energy bill allowing an inventory of oil and natural gas reserves off the coast of North Carolina. Burr co-sponsored the amendment. As a member of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Burr voted last month against allowing the inventory. "North Carolina's coasts are precious resources in our environment and for our state's economy that must be protected," said Burr, a long-time … Continue Reading


06.17.05

Freshman GOP Senators Issue Joint Statement

Freshman Senators Richard Burr - NC, Tom Coburn - OK, Jim DeMint - SC, Johnny Isakson - GA, Mel Martinez - FL, John Thune - SD and David Vitter - LA today issued the following statement in response to comments made by Senator Dick Durbin - IL on the Floor of the United States Senate comparing U.S. troops to Nazis, Soviets and others: "As freshman Senators, we recently campaigned to change the tone in Washington and accomplish great things on behalf of the American people. We are united in … Continue Reading


06.16.05

Burr to Visit Manteo

Senator Richard Burr will visit Manteo on Friday, June 17, 2005 to meet constituents at Pirate's Cove Marina. The fish fry will be held from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Pirate's Cove Marina is located at 1 Sailfish Drive in Manteo. "I'm looking forward to visiting with people in Manteo and the surrounding communities of Dare County," said Senator Burr. The event is free and open to the public. Any media wishing to cover Senator Burr's visit must contact R.V. Owens at (252) 202-4963. Pl… Continue Reading


06.16.05

Burr Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of Judge Terrence Boyle

Senator Richard Burr applauded the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today for approving the nomination of Judge Terrence W. Boyle for the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The nomination had been held up for many years. Judge Boyle was nominated for the post by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001. President George H.W. Bush first nominated Judge Boyle for the post in 1991. "Judge Boyle has earned the respect of his peers thanks to his long and impressive record of public service,… Continue Reading


06.10.05

Burr Announces Medical Research Grants for North Carolina Universities

Senator Richard Burr today announced $2,146,357 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for four of North Carolina's major research universities. The funding will assist research at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. "North Carolina is proud that world-renowned research universities call our State home," said Senator Burr. "The medical research… Continue Reading

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