Press Releases

03.05.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Security Clearance Reform Hearing This Week

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing on security clearance reform on March 7, 2018 at 9:30 am. This hearing will address the complexities in the security clearance process for both government and industry alike and further inform the Committee as it continues its oversight of the intelligence co… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Pass Resolution to Honor Life of Reverend Billy Graham

Today, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis released the following statement on the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 53, honoring the life of Reverend William "Billy" F. Graham, Jr.: "I'm honored to be able to pass this resolution on behalf of Rev. Graham's family and the millions of people across the world whose lives and faith were made stronger by Rev. Graham," said Senator Burr. "His was a life fully lived, bringing so many people closer to God. Our hearts are with the late Reverend's fa… Continue Reading


02.22.18

Senator Burr Statement on Rev. Graham Lying in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding Reverend Billy Graham lying in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda: "I'm extremely pleased that Reverend Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda from Wednesday, February 28 until Thursday, March 1. This is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an American upon their death. It is only fitting that Reverend Graham be memorialized at the heart of our nation's Capital and among the great presidents… Continue Reading


02.21.18

Senator Burr Statement on Passing of Reverend Graham

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the passing of North Carolina's Reverend Billy Graham: "I was incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Reverend Billy Graham this morning. America's Pastor was an inspiration to millions of Christians in our country and across the world. While his humility, faith, and booming voice will be sorely missed, today, he is at peace with God."… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Nomination of Steven Gladden to be U.S. Marshal for North Carolina’s Middle District

Today, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement regarding the nomination of Steven L. Gladden to be the United States Marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina: "I'm glad to see the President nominate such a qualified and seasoned individual in Mr. Gladden," said Senator Burr. "Bringing more than a quarter-century of U.S. Marshals Service experience to the job, Steven will undoubtedly serve the Middle District of North Carolina with honor and distinc… Continue Reading


02.07.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Worldwide Threats Hearing Next Week

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee will hold the Committee's annual Worldwide Threats hearing on February 13, 2018 at 9:30 am. DNI Coats, CIA Director Pompeo, NSA Director Rogers, FBI Director Wray, DIA Director Ashley, and NGA Director Cardillo will all testify in open session. The hearing will move into closed sess… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Senator Burr Statement Following State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement following the State of the Union address from President Trump: "A little over one year ago, the American people voted for a change. Following eight years of abdicated global leadership and the slowest economic recovery in history, the new administration has delivered that change in spades. Our stock markets are setting records on a daily basis, ISIS is on the run, and unemployment rates are at record lows. The new president and this C… Continue Reading


01.24.18

Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law

Over the last several weeks, Senator Richard Burr, a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, chaired multiple hearings on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). As the original sponsor of the 2006 PAHPA legislation, Senator Burr has been one of the foremost leaders in preparing our country for the public health threats we face, both naturally occurring like pandemic flu and those that may be the result of a deliberate at… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair 2nd HELP Committee Hearing Tuesday on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead the second in a series of HELP Committee hearings to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats next Tuesday, January 23rd at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part 2' Witnesses: Tom Inglesby, MD, Director, Center f… Continue Reading


01.18.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on Senate Passage of Crucial FISA Sec. 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the passage of S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Today, the Senate took this important step in reauthorizing what I believe is our single most important national security tool. This bill will help us to fulfill our most important duty as Senators: keeping Americans safe. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been reviewed t… Continue Reading


01.17.18

Intel Chairman Burr: “702 Is the Single Most Important National Security Tool We Have”

Today, the Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following remarks on the Senate floor in support of the successful vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the House amendment to accompany S.139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act: "Let me be clear: this (Section 702 of FISA) has been tested in the courts and the courts have ruled that this program is lawful and constitutional. So any claim outside of that is not a claim from the jud… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Advisory: Senator Burr to Chair HELP Committee Hearing Tomorrow on Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, will lead a HELP Committee hearing to examine our nation's preparedness and response capabilities in combatting 21st Century public health threats tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th at 10:00am. Details Hearing: 'Facing 21st Century Public Health Threats: Our Nation's Preparedness and Response Capabilities, Part I' Witnesses: Dr. Robert Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Prepare… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing for Intel Watchdog, DNI’s General Counsel

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Michael Atkinson to be Inspector General of the Intelligence Community and Jason Klitenic to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Details Hearing: Open hearing … Continue Reading


01.11.18

Senate Intelligence Chairman Burr on House Passage of FISA Section 702 Reauthorization

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after the House voted 256-164 to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: "I am pleased by the House passage of legislation to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. These authorities are critical to the Intelligence Community's understanding of terrorists, cyber criminals, and foreign intelligence services. I loo… Continue Reading


12.22.17

Senate Passes Bill to Assist in Locating Missing Autism, Alzheimer’s Patients

Last night, the Senate passed Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 (S.2070) by unanimous consent. Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 helps families locate missing relatives with Autism, Alzheimer's disease and other related conditions. The bill reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding also to be used for the purchase of tracking technology that helps the families of a child with developmental disabilities recover their child in the event they become separat… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Sen. Burr on Historic Tax Reform: Let’s Get the Government out of Your Pockets

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate's passage of historic tax reform legislation: "Today, we voted to jump-start our economy and save the average American family thousands each year. For far too long, our tax system has been a burden to the millions of middle-class class citizens that make up a majority of this country. This tax overhaul starts to get the government out of your pockets, and puts Main Street in the driver's seat of the economy, not Washi… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Sen. Burr on House Passage of Tax Reform, Including ABLE Act Enhancements

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, made the following statement on the House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act: "It has been three years to the day since the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law and I'm incredibly proud that the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act are included in the historic, soon-to-be passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. … Continue Reading


12.18.17

Senate Intel Chairman Burr’s Statement on President’s National Security Speech

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on President Trump's national security speech: "Today, President Trump spoke to the threats facing the United States, including a growing extremist threat and ongoing competition from Russia and China. The threats against our country and our citizens include not only acts of violence but also insidious cyber-attacks that undermine our democracy and ongoing economic espiona… Continue Reading


12.14.17

Senators Burr, Tillis Introduce Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act

Today, North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis released the following statements regarding the introduction of S. 2225, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act of 2017: "I'm excited today to take a critical step forward in extending the authorization for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area," said Senator Burr. "This program has boosted the tourism economy in our state by billions with only a fraction of that coming from federal coffers. By extending this authori… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Burr Praises Nielsen Confirmation to be Secretary of Homeland Security

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of Homeland Security: "I'm very encouraged to see Kirstjen Nielsen, who is eminently qualified to lead the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed by the Senate today. Her prior experience under President George W. Bush at the White House Homeland Security Council, the Transportation Security Administration, and more recently, DHS, have prepared her well to take ove… Continue Reading

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