Press Releases

08.02.18

Burr Leads Bipartisan Group Urging Senate Leadership to Reauthorize LWCF

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) before its expiration on September 30, 2018. "The LWCF is one of the country's best conservation programs, preserving public lands and ensuring access to outdoor recreation in rural and urban areas," the letter states. "For the last half century, it has protected lands, historic sites, national pa… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Burr Votes in Favor of Service Members, North Carolina Bases in Bipartisan Defense Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage by a vote of 87-10 of the Conference Report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "The National Defense Authorization Act ensures those who volunteer to defend our nation have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs and I'm pleased to vote in favor of this critical funding measure," s… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Statement from Senators Burr, Warner Following Senate Intel Social Media Hearing

Today, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) convened an open hearing on foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms, featuring the testimony of third-party social media experts. "Today, we learned that foreign campaigns to sow discord and disinformation through social media began well before the 2016 U.S. elections and continue to this day," said Senator Burr following the hearing. "The Kremlin began testing thi… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Burr Statement on Facebook’s Identification of Political Influence Campaign

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to Facebook's announcement that it has identified and removed accounts involved in a political influence campaign: "I am glad to see that Facebook is taking a much-needed step toward limiting the use of their platform by foreign influence campaigns. The goal of these operations is to sow discord, distrust, and division in an attempt to undermine public faith in… Continue Reading


07.27.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Announces Open Hearing with Social Media Experts on Foreign Influence Operations

Today, 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, announced the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, to examine foreign influence operations and their use of social media platforms. The Committee will hear testimony from third-party social media experts (additional witnesses may be added). Hearing Details What: "Foreign In… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Senator Burr Honors Life of Former UNC President C.D. “Dick” Spangler

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor to remember and honor the life of Clemmie Dixon "Dick" Spangler, Jr., native North Carolinian and the beloved former President of the University of North Carolina system: "I rise today to honor and to celebrate the life of C.D. 'Dick' Spangler, a great North Carolinian who passed away this week. The true mark of a great man, a great contributor to our society is the fact that there's several acts in that indi… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senators Honor Intelligence Professionals for Service to Nation

The Senate Intelligence Committee is honoring the courage and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, July 26, 2018, as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day." A Senate resolution thanking intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism in protecting the United States was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intellig… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senator Burr Calls on Senate to Allow LWCF Reauthorization Vote

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) urged the Senate to allow a vote on the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and pledged to continue bringing the issue up for consideration. "I've tried since the beginning of this Congress to bring this legislation up," Senator Burr said in a floor speech. "I've only asked for an up or down vote at a 60 vote threshold. I'm not trying to short the process in the United States Senate by one vote. I'm not trying to piggyback… Continue Reading


07.20.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel to Hold Open Confirmation Hearing on Two Key Intel Positions

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced today that the Committee will hold an open confirmation hearing on Wednesday, July 25th on the nominations of two officials to key intelligence positions in the Administration. Vice Admiral Joseph Maguire, USN (Ret.) has been nominated to serve as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and Ellen E. McCarthy has been nominated to serve as an Assistant Secretary of Sta… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Senator Burr Introduces N.C. Advocate at Hearing on Self-Sufficiency for Americans with Disabilities

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Benjamin Wright, a father, small business owner and advocate from Wilmington, N.C, at a Senate Aging Committee hearing titled, "Supporting Economic Stability and Self-Sufficiency as Americans with Disabilities and their Families Age." Ben and his wife, Amy, opened Bitty & Beau's Coffee in 2016, named after their two youngest children who have Down syndrome. Today, Bitty & Beau's employs more than 70 adults with intellectual and developmental… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Trump-Putin Summit

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement: "The Senate Intelligence Committee has reviewed the 2017 IC assessment and found no reason to doubt its conclusion that President Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 U.S. elections with the goal of undermining faith in our democratic process. Russia has conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems, and hacked critical infrastructure. They have used soci… Continue Reading


07.12.18

Burr, Republican Senators Reintroduce Bill to Hold Senior IRS Officials Accountable

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the IRS Accountability Act of 2018, which gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner clear authority to fire senior officials for misconduct or poor performance. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-IV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). In a statement, Senator Burr said, "In most workplaces in America, failing to do your job means you lose your job - plain and simp… Continue Reading


07.09.18

Burr Statement on President Trump’s Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States: "In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh's credentials are impeccable, and as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.… Continue Reading


07.03.18

Intel Committee Releases Unclassified Summary of Initial Findings on 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) released the Committee's unclassified summary of its initial findings on the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee finds that the overall judgments issued in the ICA were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong. The course of the Committee's investigation has shown that the Russian cyber operations were more extens… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Law to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018 which would help remove information barriers Americans frequently face while seeking to adopt children from other countries. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "American families trying to adopt a child from abroad should have robust and relevant in… Continue Reading


06.27.18

Sen. Burr Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court: "As the longest serving member of the current Supreme Court, Justice Kennedy has played a defining role in shaping our modern legal framework. I want to thank him for his 43 years of service on the federal bench, and wish him and his family a long and happy retirement. "The Senate will now do its job by considering and voting to confirm the President's no… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Intel Committee Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act Unanimously

Today, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) announced the Committee approved the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 15-0. The bill authorizes funding, provides appropriate legal authorities and enhances Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is named after Matt Pollard, a dedicated Committee staffer who passed away … Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Education Panel Approves Career & Technical Education Bill Renewal

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's unanimous vote to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: "Our economy is enjoying a record high number of available jobs and record low unemployment. Americans should have the tools and training they need to take advantage of these new opportunities. The Perkins Act historically partners with states and local educational authori… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on Family Separations at the U.S. Border

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "The president is enforcing a longstanding law that requires adults crossing the border illegally face criminal penalties. The previous Administration ignored the law, and as a result family border crossings increased by 400 percent in President Obama's last three years in office. The fact is that any changes to current law must be made by Congress. I am open and willin… Continue Reading


06.20.18

Burr Statement on H.R. 3, the Rescissions Package

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement: "Today's vote was about keeping our promises. Funded exclusively by royalties, the Land and Water Conservation Fund costs taxpayers nothing and benefits them entirely. It was never meant to be a piggy bank. "I urge my colleagues to support the great work carried out by the LWCF - not just for Americans today, but for future generations." Background: The Land and Wate… Continue Reading

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