Press Releases

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


04.19.05

Burr Announces Loan for Vance County

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $237,500 federal loan for the Hicksboro Volunteer Fire Department in Vance County. The Community Facility Direct loan, made possible by United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program, will improve the department's emergency preparedness and response time. "Our emergency responders play a vital role in keeping our communities safe," said Senator Burr. "It is critical that firefighters have the necessary resources to ens… Continue Reading


04.14.05

Burr Praises Senate Judiciary Committee’s Approval of North Carolina Judicial Nominations

Senator Richard Burr today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving the nominations of Robert J. Conrad to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and James C. Dever, III to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "Today's vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee is a positive step for North Carolina," said Burr. "I applaud the Committee for approving the nominations and look forward to Bob Conrad and Jim Dever recei… Continue Reading


04.05.05

Senators Burr, Dole Introduce Resolution Commending Tar Heels’ National Championship

U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole today introduced a resolution commending the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for winning the 2005 Division I NCAA national championship. Text of the resolution is below: Commending the University of North Carolina men's basketball team for winning the 2005 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Men's Basketball Championship. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES Mr. BURR (for himself and Mrs. DOLE) submitted the follow… Continue Reading


04.02.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr Regarding the Death of Pope John Paul II

"There is no question that for nearly three decades, Pope John Paul II was a leader on the world stage. He was a tireless advocate for the cause of freedom, helping to liberate Eastern Europe, including his native Poland, from communism. While doing so, Pope John Paul II traveled the world to remind all of humanity that our freedoms come with important responsibilities -- not the least of which is recognizing the dignity of human life. Today is a very sad day, not only for Catholics, but… Continue Reading


03.30.05

Burr Announces More than $13 Million in Federal Loans for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced more than $13 million in federal loans for North Carolina. The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facility Direct Loan program approved loans for projects in 12 North Carolina counties. "As we work to bring educational, health care, law enforcement and employment opportunities to the state, it's important that we remember all regions of North Carolina - urban, suburban and rural," said Senator Burr. "North … Continue Reading


03.29.05

Burr Announces $940,000 for Yadkin County

Senator Richard Burr today announced that the United States Department of Commerce will invest $940,000 in water infrastructure improvements for Yadkin County. The funds, from the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to expand Yadkin County's water treatment capacity. The Department of Commerce estimates that the funds will save 357 existing jobs, create new jobs and generate more than $17 million in private investments in Yadkin County. "The… Continue Reading


03.24.05

Burr Announces Visits Over Spring Recess

Senator Richard Burr will visit Charlotte, Durham, Gastonia, Mount Airy, Raleigh and Winston-Salem during the Spring 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. Tuesday, March 29 12:30 PM - Senator Burr to address Winston-Salem Rotary Clubs/Chamber of Commerce Benton Conventi… Continue Reading


03.16.05

Statement by Senator Richard Burr Regarding the President’s Announcement of Kevin Martin as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission:

"I'm proud Kevin Martin, a native of Weddington, has been designated the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Kevin has served on the Commission at a time of great change and uncertainty. In his new role at the FCC, I know he will help move the telecommunications industry forward in the 21st century. I look forward to working with him."… Continue Reading


03.16.05

Burr Announces $6.4 Million in Loans for Mount Airy

Senator Richard Burr today announced $6.4 million in loans for Mount Airy. The loans, a $4 million loan for the Millennium Education Foundation and a $2.4 million loan for Gerard's Bakery, will help increase jobs and educational opportunities in Mount Airy. The loans were made by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program. "It's important that as we work to bring educational and employment opportunities to the state, we remember all of North Carolina - urban,… Continue Reading


03.09.05

Burr Joins Senate High Tech Task Force

Senator Richard Burr announced today that he has joined the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force. The Task Force, made up of thirteen United States Senators, will reach out to the technology community and advise the Republican Caucus on technology issues during the 109th Congress. Priorities for the Task Force include fostering emerging technologies such as biotech and nanotech, protecting cyber security, accelerating broadband deployment and improving our health care infrastructure. "… Continue Reading


03.03.05

Burr to Visit Clayton

Senator Richard Burr will visit Clayton tomorrow, Friday, March 4 at 10:30 AM, for the grand opening of Caterpillar's Building Construction Products Division (BCP) Visitor & Training Center. Burr will deliver remarks to more than 1,000 Caterpillar employees and community leaders and participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony. "I am pleased to join the Clayton community in celebrating the opening of a facility that will help foster continued economic growth in North Carolina," said Senat… Continue Reading


03.03.05

Senators Dole, Burr Express Support for North Carolina Judicial Nominees

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today testified before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of the three judicial nominees from North Carolina. Their testimony comes one week after Dole and Burr both signed their respective "blue slips," moving the nominations forward in the confirmation process. The nominees include Terrence W. Boyle to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Robert J. Conrad to be U.S. District Judge for the Western Dis… Continue Reading


03.02.05

Burr Introduces Bipartisan Electricity Legislation

Senator Richard Burr, along with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), today introduced legislation to increase electricity reliability, upgrade the energy transmission grid and keep electricity rates in the region affordable. The legislation, the Interstate Transmission Act of 2005, would seek to protect local rate payers and ensure reliable, low cost electricity by making electric reliability standards mandatory, increasing investment in the upgrade of the transmission g… Continue Reading


02.24.05

Senators Dole, Burr Move NC Judicial Nominees Towards Senate Confirmation

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today announced that North Carolina's judicial nominees have received the necessary signatures to receive a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dole and Burr have both signed their respective "blue slips" and have sent them to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter so the nominees can move forward in the confirmation process. The nominations include Terrence W. Boyle to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, R… Continue Reading

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