Press Releases

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


06.18.18

Burr Praises North Carolina Commitments in Annual Defense Spending Law

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "Today, I voted in favor of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which makes sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect our national defense. This bill authorizes $367 million in funding for several North Carolina military installatio… Continue Reading


06.18.18

ADVISORY: Bipartisan Congressional, Conservation Leaders to Launch 100-Day #SaveLWCF Campaign

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Jon Tester (D-MT) announced today that they would hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:30 a.m. to mark 100 days until the authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires. Press Conference Details What: Bipartisan press conference to urge Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Who: Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwe… Continue Reading


06.15.18

Advisory: Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing on Policy Response to Russian Election Interference

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 the Committee will hold an open hearing on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. This hearing will be the first to examine the policy response to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The Committee will move into a closed session immediately following the open hearing. Hearing Details What: "Policy R… Continue Reading


06.05.18

Burr, Tillis Announce $147 Million Infrastructure Grant for Eastern North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $147 million grant for key infrastructure projects across Eastern North Carolina's highway corridors. The grant, which will be the largest infrastructure project in the state, will help widen up to 25 miles of road along I-95 and upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 70 to interstate grade, allowing the freeway to become I-42. "I am pleased that North Carolina will rece… Continue Reading


05.23.18

HELP Committee Approves Critical Law to Prepare for and Respond to Bioterror Attacks and Pandemics, Moves to Full Senate

Today, the Senate Health Committee approved the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, legislation authored by Senators Burr, Casey, Alexander, and Murray to ensure our country is prepared for the threats we are facing, both naturally occurring like pandemic influenza and man-made, such as a bioterror attack. The Senators released the following statements regarding the Committee's passage of the legislation: "I'm pleased by the Committee's passage of this important … Continue Reading


05.22.18

Senate Intel Unanimously Approves Evanina to Continue as NCSC Director, Nomination Moves to Full Senate

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 has reported the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Chairman and the Vice Chairman released the following statements regarding the Committee's favorable vote: "I… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate Intel Chairman Burr Applauds Confirmation of CIA Director Gina Haspel

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today released the following statement regarding the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "I'm pleased to see Gina Haspel confirmed today to be the Director of CIA," said Chairman Richard Burr. "Perhaps the most qualified individual ever nominated for this role, Ms. Haspel has earned the respect of her peers, predecessors, and members of Congress from both sides o… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Senate HELP Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Combat Bioterrorism and Pandemics

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statements regarding the introduction of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, a bill to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act: "This legislation holds true to the spirit of our initial law, supporting a nimble, flexible, and fast approach to the threats we are facing, whether they are naturally occurring or th… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senate Intel Completes Review of Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in the 2016 U.S. Elections

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 held a closed hearing to complete its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections." The testimony of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Director of CIA John Brennan, and former Director of NSA Mike Rogers… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Announce Favorable Committee Vote for Acting CIA Director Haspel

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 Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gina Haspel, was favorably reported out of the Committee by a vote of 10-5 to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. "Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 … Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senate Intel to Hold Open Hearing to Consider Nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of National Counterintelligence and Security Center

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 to consider the nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Details: Hearing: Nomination of William R. Evanina to be Director of the National Count… Continue Reading


05.11.18

Senate Intel to Hold CLOSED Hearing Evaluating the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment on “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent Elections”

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 closed hearing on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) "Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections." The hearing will evaluate the work the intelligence community did to research and write the ICA, furthering the Committee's inq… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Announce NC Disaster Declaration Following Guilford, Rockingham Tornadoes

Today, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement regarding the administration's Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Carolina: "I'm pleased to see President Trump grant North Carolina this critical declaration to help our citizens recover from the recent tornadoes in Guilford and Rockingham County," said Senator Burr. "This assistance will help families get back on their feet and make their communities whole again." "Last month's tornadoes affec… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Burr Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Deal

Today, Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Deal, and re-impose sanctions: "I agree with President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA. This deal, which was not ratified by the United States Senate under the Constitution's requirements for treaties, was based on the naive h… Continue Reading


05.08.18

Senate Intel Committee Releases Unclassified 1st Installment in Russia Report, Updated Recommendations on Election Security

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and James Lankford (R-OK), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the Committee's unclassified summary of the first installment of the Committee's Russia Report, including updated recommendations on election security and findings re… Continue Reading


04.27.18

North Carolina Congressional Delegation Requests FEMA Assistance for Tornado Disaster Relief

Today, Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and Representatives G.K. Butterfield, George Holding, Walter Jones, David Price, Virginia Foxx, Mark Walker, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger, Patrick McHenry, Mark Meadows, Alma Adams, and Ted Budd wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to support North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's request that the President declare a major disaster for the State of North Carolina, under Section 401 of the Rober… Continue Reading


04.27.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Confirmation 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 confirmation of Steven L. Gladden to be the United States Marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina: "I'm pleased to see the Senate confirm Steven Gladden to be North Carolina's Middle District U.S. Marshal," said Senator Burr. "Central North Carolina will be lucky to have someone with Steve's extensive background in the U.S. Marshals Service at the helm, and I look forward to working with… Continue Reading


04.26.18

Burr: Proud to Have Pompeo Represent America as Nation’s Top Diplomat

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement on Director Mike Pompeo's confirmation to be Secretary of State: "The United States should be proud to see Director Pompeo confirmed to serve as our nation's next top diplomat. I can think of few people more qualified or prepared to represent our country as we promote democracy and freedom around the world, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come."… Continue Reading

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