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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


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


Burr Announces Visits Over President's Day Recess

Senator Richard Burr will spend the President's Day recess visiting towns throughout Eastern North Carolina. The events will provide Burr the opportunity to meet with a wide range of North Carolinians by visiting schools, military installations and civic groups. "I'm looking forward to spending time in Eastern North Carolina and listening to people's concerns about jobs, health care and education," said Burr. "Visiting Cherry Point Marine Base and Pope Air Force Base will help me… Continue Reading


Senators Burr and Dole Fight Offshore Drilling

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr today expressed concerns to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Domenici regarding the economic impact of oil and gas exploration off the coast of North Carolina. "I am proud to lead the effort on the Republican side to ensure that any language that would negatively impact the economy of our beachfront communities stays out of this year's energy bill," said Senator Dole. "And I am pleased that my colleague, Senator… Continue Reading


Burr Announces Additional North Carolina Offices

Senator Richard Burr today announced that he will open new U.S. Senate offices in Asheville, Gastonia, Rocky Mount and Wilmington this year. These offices will join the previously opened office in Winston-Salem. "Choosing these locations will ensure that all North Carolinians have access to my office and essential government services," said Burr. "By having offices in Asheville, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, constituents from every corner of the state wil… Continue Reading


Burr to Deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address

For his maiden speech in the United States Senate, Senator Richard Burr has been asked to deliver the annual reading of George Washington's Farewell Address. The traditional Address, for which Burr was selected by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and appointed by Vice President Dick Cheney, dates back to 1862. It has been delivered in the Senate annually since 1896. Burr will deliver the Farewell Address on the floor of the United States Senate February 18. The Address has traditionally been d… Continue Reading


Burr Chairs First Bioterror Hearing

Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Public Health Subcommittee, today chaired the subcommittee's first hearing of the 109th Congress. The hearing centered on the current status and future needs of Bioshield, a law established last year that provides development incentives for new biomedical countermeasures. Specifically, the hearing focused on the development and availability of effective drugs and vaccines to protect against attacks from chemical, biolo… Continue Reading


Burr Named Chairman of Bioterrorism

Senator Richard Burr has been named chairman of the Senate's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Public Health Subcommittee. The subcommittee, one of four under the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has jurisdiction over a wide range of bioterrorism and public health issues including BioShield, the Centers for Disease Control, immunizations, infectious diseases, vaccines and the Ryan White CARE Act. "As the anthrax and ricin scares showed, preparing for possible bioterro… Continue Reading


Statement by Senator Richard Burr on 55th presidential inauguration

"On a day important for all Americans, President Bush spoke passionately of the challenges that lie ahead - that these indeed are consequential times that call for swift and decisive action. Clearly, President Bush understands the deep commitment necessary for, not only our security, but allowing freedom to thrive throughout the world. I am hopeful that the passion President Bush has shown to unite our nation takes hold. In the United States Senate, we cannot do great things without reachi… Continue Reading


Burr Named Vice-Chairman of Senate Energy Subcommittee

Senator Richard Burr was today named Vice-Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy. Burr was also named to two additional subcommittees, the National Parks subcommittee and the subcommittee on Water and Power. "It is critical for North Carolina - and the nation - that we approve a comprehensive energy bill, said Burr. "Serving as Vice-Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, I will continue to work towards comprehensive energy legislation to reduce our dependence on foreign sources… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr: Air Force Will Be Held Accountable Following Decision To Deactivate The 440th

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statements in response to a letter from leaders of the Air Force and Army certifying the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Airfield: "I am surprised and deeply disappointed with the Army's decision to acquiesce to the Air Force's strategy for how they will complete training at Fort Bragg," said Senator Thom Tillis. "Now the burden is on the Fort Bragg commanders to demonstrate to Congress a… Continue Reading

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