Press Releases


Statement by Senator Richard Burr Regarding the Nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court

"I welcome President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. As the confirmation process begins, I will carefully review Ms. Miers' qualifications and I look forward to meeting with her personally. I am hopeful that she will receive a fair, honest hearing followed by an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor."… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Approval of Wild Horses Legislation

Senator Richard Burr applauded Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approval of H.R. 126, legislation that would allow for an increase in the number of wild horses on Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. The legislation, originally introduced by Congressman Walter Jones, was approved yesterday afternoon by the committee and will now proceed to the full Senate. The legislation would amend current law, which permits 100 free roaming horses on the Banks, to allow no less … Continue Reading


Senate Approves Burr/Salazar Resolution to Honor the Memory of Lewisville Native and Recognize "National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day"

The United States Senate last night approved a resolution authored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Ken Salazar (D-CO) to honor the memory of Lewisville native Jack Doub and recognize the first Saturday in October as "National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day." Jack Doub, a nationally competitive mountain biker from Lewisville, died unexpectedly in 2002 from complications related to a bicycling injury. "It is so important that our children stay active and physically fit," said Senator Burr. … Continue Reading


Burr Urges Senate Confirmation of Judge John Roberts, Calls for an End to Divisiveness

Senator Richard Burr spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to vote in support of the nomination of Judge John Roberts for Chief Justice of the United States. Video of Senator Burr's remarks can be seen on his webpage at Text of his remarks is below. The vote on Roberts is expected tomorrow. "Mr. President: I rise today like my colleague to support the nomination of Judge John Roberts to be the Chief Justice for the United States Supreme Cou… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $799,706 Grant for UNC-Charlotte

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $799,706 United States Department of Education grant for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The funds will provide for the creation of a Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) to improve educational services for disabled youth. "Every child deserves a chance to succeed," said Senator Burr. "These funds will assist leaders at UNC-Charlotte in offering critical educational services to North Carolina youth.&quo… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $328,600 in Grants for Canton

Senator Richard Burr today announced $329,600 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants for Canton. The funds, made available by Rural Development's Community Facility Grant Program, will cover the costs of repairing the Canton Town Hall, Armory and Senior Center, Police Department, Fire Department and Library. "We must respond to the needs of our communities damaged by natural disasters," said Senator Burr. "These funds will help the people of … Continue Reading


Burr Announces $858,114 in Fire Grants for North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced $858,114 in Operations and Safety grants for North Carolina firefighters. The grants, made available by the United States Fire Administration's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, will cover the costs of training, protective equipment and improvements to fire stations. "North Carolina firefighters must have the best equipment and training available," said Senator Burr. "These grants will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our f… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $272,000 Grant for Native Americans

Senator Richard Burr today announced $272,000 in Native American community development grants for The Sequoyah Fund in Cherokee and Lumbee Revitalization & Community Development in Lumberton. The funds were made available by the Native American Community Development Financial Institutions Assistance Program. "It's important to North Carolina's economy to increase Native American access to financial institutions and community development opportunities," said Senator Burr. "The… Continue Reading


Senator Burr Announces Support for Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Senator Richard Burr today announced his intention to support Judge John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States when his nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote. Senator Burr's announcement came after Judge Roberts' three days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Earlier today, Senator Burr met with Judge Roberts in his Washington, D.C., office. During the meeting, Senator Burr questioned Judge Roberts about his background, judicial act… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $600,000 for Winston-Salem State University

Senator Richard Burr today announced a $600,000 federal grant for Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). The grant, awarded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program, will assist WSSU in revitalizing its surrounding neighborhoods and communities. "Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions of which we can all be proud," said Senator Burr. "These funds will help Winst… Continue Reading


Burr, Allen Push to Ensure Stability in Gasoline Supply

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and George Allen (R-VA) today introduced legislation that would require the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress on the existing federal plans and procedures relating to significant interruptions in the transmission of gasoline and other petroleum products. The legislation would require the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress the procedures and protocols by which the Secretary notifies the Governor and any Federal elected official of a state affected b… Continue Reading


Burr to Discuss Economic Revitalization of Kannapolis

Senator Richard Burr will discuss economic development initiatives beneficial to the Kannapolis region, at a community celebration in Kannapolis. The celebration, to be held on Monday, September 12, 2005, will take place at the site of the former Pillowtex plant. "The closure of Pillowtex was a tough blow to the local economy and to the people of Kannapolis," said Senator Burr. "It is critical that we revitalize the economy of Kannapolis and work together to increase jobs … Continue Reading


Burr to Address Deploying Troops in Rocky Mount

Senator Richard Burr will address and meet with members of the United States Army Reserve's 849th Quartermaster Corps in Rocky Mount on Sunday, September 11, 2005. The deployment ceremony will be held for the forty-five members of the 849th who are being deployed to Iraq for an eighteen-month tour of duty. "Last month I had the opportunity to visit with our soldiers in Iraq and saw first-hand their commitment to completing the mission at hand," said Senator Burr. "I know the m… Continue Reading


Burr Announces $237,966 in School Safety Grants

Senator Richard Burr today announced $237,996 in United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) school safety resource grants for North Carolina. The federal funds, made available through the Justice Department's Secure Our Schools Program (SOS), will assist officers in improving security at North Carolina schools. "We must ensure that our students can work and learn in the safest possible environment," said Senator Burr. SOS grants are… Continue Reading


Burr Praises Approval of Higher Education Act

Senator Richard Burr praised today's passage of the Higher Education Amendments Act of 2005. The bill would reauthorize the federal Perkins Loan program, help meet the demand for highly qualified teachers under the No Child Left Behind Act and reauthorize programs to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. "Our colleges and universities are not only a source of pride throughout the state - they also hold the key to economic growth in North Carolina," said Senator Burr, … Continue Reading


Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the Death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rehnquist family during this very sad time. Chief Justice William Rehnquist served our country and the Supreme Court with honor and distinction. His contributions to our system of justice will guide the Court for years to come. America has lost a great Chief Justice. He will be missed. I believe the Senate will work with the President expeditiously to fill both vacancies on the Court."… Continue Reading


Statement by Senator Richard Burr on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:

"As we work to help the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Katrina, I know the thoughts and prayers of all North Carolinians are with those directly affected by the Hurricane, especially those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses. The federal government will do all it can to provide disaster relief to the affected region in the wake of this terrible natural disaster. I urge all North Carolinians to reach out to organizations providing assistance related to this disaster, or to co… Continue Reading


Statement by Senator Richard Burr in response to questions regarding rising gasoline prices:

"I am hopeful energy supplies in North Carolina, which depend on pipelines in the Gulf Coast region, will not be severely disrupted. This matter is being closely monitored by federal, state and local governments and I have been in communication with the Department of Energy and Governor Easley. I also look forward to participating in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearings next week to work against any potential price gouging of gasoline consumers."… Continue Reading


Burr Announces August Recess Visits in North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr today announced his plans to visit Bertie, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrell and Washington Counties. The visits will provide Burr the opportunity to meet with North Carolinians at schools, businesses, civic groups and health care facilities. 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 of… Continue Reading


Burr to Discuss Bioterrorism with State Leaders in Durham Thursday

Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, will visit Durham tomorrow to speak to North Carolina government leaders, public health and law enforcement officials, military personnel and emergency responders participating in the Prevention & Response Integration Conference & Exhibition (P.R.I.C.E. of Freedom). Burr will speak at 9:15 AM at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel to discuss North Carolina's role in fighting bioterrorism, as well a… Continue Reading

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