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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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