Press Releases

06.09.05

Senator Richard Burr Announces Plans to Draft Bioterrorism Preparedness Legislation

Senator Richard Burr laid out his vision today on upcoming biodefense legislation and outlined plans to draft legislation to increase bioterrorism preparedness. Senator Burr, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, made his remarks at a Georgetown University conference entitled "Preparing for the Inevitable: Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases." The conference, sponsored by Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute and Schoo… Continue Reading


06.07.05

Burr to Hold Hearing on Bioterrorism Preparedness

Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, will hold a hearing to focus on the challenges small and medium-sized biotech companies face in developing biodefense countermeasures. The hearing, "Crossing the Valley of Death: Bringing Promising Medical Countermeasures to Bioshield," will be held Thursday, June 9, at 2:00 PM, in Room 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Small and medium-sized biotech companies are c… Continue Reading


06.01.05

Burr Announces Memorial Day Recess Visits in North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr will visit Atlantic Beach, Goldsboro, High Point, Kinston, Morehead City, Research Triangle Park, Smithfield, Wilson and Winston-Salem during the Memorial Day Recess. Burr will visit 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. Monday, May 30, 2005 3:00 PM Senator Burr to… Continue Reading


05.26.05

Burr Applauds Committee Approval of Bipartisan, Comprehensive Energy Bill

Senator Richard Burr applauded the passage of bipartisan, comprehensive energy legislation that conserves energy usage, while reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil, out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Senator Burr was joined by twenty of his colleagues in supporting passage of the legislation. The energy legislation includes provisions authored by Senator Burr and Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Trent Lott (R-MS) to encourage modernization and expansion o… Continue Reading


05.25.05

Burr Launches Official Senate Website

Senator Richard Burr today launched his official United States Senate website. North Carolinians will be able to contact Senator Burr, read about his work in Washington and North Carolina, plan visits to Washington and utilize an interactive Constituent Services section on a website that is easy to navigate. The website may be found at https://www.burr.senate.gov. "Each visitor to my online office will find something useful," Senator Burr said. "The information and services of… Continue Reading


05.19.05

Burr Continues Call for Up-or-Down Vote on Judicial Nominees

Senator Richard Burr today took to the floor of the United States Senate to urge his colleagues to allow all federal judicial nominations supported by a majority of Senators an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. "There is no doubt in my mind that I was sent here to do what the people of North Carolina heard me say that I would do, and that was to work hard and to accomplish solutions to real problems," Burr told his colleagues. "There is no doubt in my mind the task includes e… Continue Reading


05.13.05

Statement from Senator Richard Burr Regarding the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission Report:

"I'm pleased that the BRAC Commission has recognized that North Carolina's military installations and our military personnel stationed in the state play a pivotal role in the war on terror. I am proud to be a part of the efforts made on the federal, state and local levels to support our military installations. North Carolina communities have embraced these bases in countless ways - from purchasing land and building roads for joint use to expanding in-state college tuition for military p… Continue Reading


05.12.05

Burr Rocky Mount Office Open for Business

Senator Richard Burr today announced that his Rocky Mount office is open for business. Contact information for the Rocky Mount office is: Office of Senator Richard Burr 100 Coast Line Street Room 210 Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27804 Phone: (252) 977-9522 or (800) 685-8916 Fax: (252) 977-7902 The office, located in the historic Downtown Train Station, will be open on Mondays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. All other times, Senator Burr's North Carolina staff will be traveling throughout the area, … Continue Reading


05.11.05

Burr Holds Hearing on 21st Century Biological Threats

Senator Richard Burr held a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness today to investigate the continuing threats Americans face from biological diseases and weapons. The Subcommittee is a part of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The hearing focused on defining the threat from biological pathogens whatever their origin: natural, accidental or deliberate. While these events may occur locally, their impact would be global. … Continue Reading


05.06.05

Burr Gastonia Office Open for Business

Senator Richard Burr today announced that his Gastonia office is open for business. Contact information for the Gastonia office is: Office of Senator Richard Burr Gastonia City Hall 181 South Street Room 222 Gastonia, North Carolina 28052 Phone: (704) 833-0854 or (800) 685-8916 Fax: (704) 833-1467 The office will be open on Mondays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. All other times, Senator Burr's North Carolina staff will be traveling throughout the area, covering Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caldwe… Continue Reading


05.05.05

Senator Burr Announces Rural Development Funding for Whitakers

Senator Richard Burr today announced a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant of $1,097,000 and a $637,000 USDA Rural Development loan for the Town of Whitakers. USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal program awarded the federal funding, which will improve rural disposal of sewage. "Clean water and proper waste disposal are critical to keeping our citizens healthy and safe," said Senator Burr. "Whitakers will receive timely assistance … Continue Reading


05.05.05

Senator Burr Announces Rural Development Funds for Pender County

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $1,000,000 Emergency Hurricane and Tropical Storms grant for Pender County's Rocky Point/Topsail Water and Sewer District. The grant money will be used to provide safe, clean and dependable water service and improve fire fighting capabilities for local volunteer fire departments through the construction of 20 miles of new water distribution lines. "We must ensure that our communities - urban, suburban and rural - are prepared should disaster strike… Continue Reading


05.05.05

Senator Burr Announces Federal Research Funding for UNCW’s National Undersea Research Center

Senator Richard Burr today announced $787,138 in federal funding for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's National Undersea Research Center (NURC). The United States Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded UNCW's NURC a federal grant through its National Undersea Research Program (NURP). "I am pleased to see North Carolina scientists' hard work rewarded by the opportunity to contribute more to their fields of study and to our country,… Continue Reading


04.29.05

Burr Announces Staff Additions to Bioterrorism and Public Health Subcommittee

Senator Richard Burr today announced that Dr. Bob Kadlec, Jenny Hansen and Kendall Byrum have joined the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions' Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health staff. Dr. Bob Kadlec will serve as Staff Director of the Subcommittee. Dr. Kadlec, recently retired from the Air Force, has recently completed three years of service at the White House as the Director of Biodefense Preparedness and Response at the Homeland Security Council where he wo… Continue Reading


04.28.05

Burr, Dole Applaud Senate Approval of Conrad, Dever Nominations

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today applauded the Senate for approving the nominations of Robert J. Conrad to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and James C. Dever III to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The nominations had previously been held up for several years. Judge Dever was originally nominated for the post by President Bush on May 22, 2002. Mr. Conrad was nominated by President Bush on Apr… Continue Reading


04.27.05

Burr Applauds President Bush’s Remarks Urging Modernization of Electricity Transmission Grid

Senator Richard Burr today praised President George W. Bush's remarks calling for the modernization of the electricity transmission grid. "Clearly, President Bush understands the importance of modernizing and improving our electricity transmission grid," said Burr. "By modernizing the grid, we can avoid costly power outages while increasing efficiency. I applaud President Bush for his remarks and will continue to work with him and my Senate colleagues to enact a comprehensive e… Continue Reading


04.26.05

Burr Asheville Office Open for Business

Senator Richard Burr today announced that his office in Asheville is open for business. Contact information for the Asheville office is: Federal Building 151 Patton Avenue Suite 204 Asheville, North Carolina 28801 Phone: (828) 350-2437 or (800) 685-8916 Fax: (828) 350-2439 The office will be open on Mondays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. All other times, Senator Burr's North Carolina staff will be traveling throughout Western North Carolina, covering a total of nineteen counties. Senator Burr's… Continue Reading


04.25.05

Senators Dole, Burr Sponsor Resolution Honoring Frederick C. Branch

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr sponsored a resolution to commemorate the life, achievements, and contributions of Frederick C. Branch, a North Carolina native who was the first African American to be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. "I am privileged to offer this resolution honoring Captain Branch," said Senator Dole. "He was a true American hero who proudly served his country, and thanks in part to his courage and perseverance, today there are … Continue Reading


04.20.05

Burr Speaks Out on Judicial Nominations

Senator Richard Burr today took to the Senate floor to speak out on judicial nominations. Burr's remarks, below, followed a letter he wrote with six of his Senate Freshmen colleagues (Senators Coburn, DeMint, Isakson, Martinez, Thune and Vitter) to Senate Majority Leader Frist and Senate Minority Leader Reid. The letter seeks to refine the confirmation process and end any impasse so that judicial nominees supported by a majority of Senators may receive an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor. … Continue Reading


04.19.05

Senators Dole, Burr Express Support for High Point Market

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today introduced a resolution expressing support for the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina. "The High Point Market has a significant impact on the North Carolina economy, contributing more than $1.1 billion dollars annually and attracting more attendees than any other event in the state," said Senator Dole. "As the conclusion of the spring market is upon us, I am proud to recognize the importance o… Continue Reading

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