Press Releases

10.25.17

Advisory: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Open Hearing with Social Media Companies Next Week

Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from Facebook, Twitter, and Google in open session on Wednesday November 1, 2017. This hearing is the latest in a series of hearings that focus on Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The witnesses will address social media influence in the 2016 U.S. elections and what steps they are taking to mitigate foreign interference in the 2018 election cycle and beyond. Details: What: Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections Who… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Sen. Burr Statement on Disaster Relief Funding Passing Senate

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of H.R. 2266 for additional disaster relief funds: "I'm pleased today to see the Senate pass this crucial funding to help our fellow Americans across the country. We owe it to those who have lost their homes to the recent devastating wildfires and hurricanes to help them restore their lives. While the danger has passed, the work to rebuild is far from over, and I thank the first responders and emergency… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Senate Intel Committee Advances FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Committee voted 12-3 to approve the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. Senator Burr: "This bill reauthorizes our nation's most valuable intelligence collection authorities and ensures that the men and women of the Intelligence Community and our law enforcement agencies have the tools and authorities they need to keep us safe. It represents the collective effort of … Continue Reading


10.20.17

Senate Intel Leaders Postpone Open Hearing with Michael Cohen

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 made the following statement: "The Committee's public hearing with Michael Cohen has been postponed, and will be rescheduled at a later date. The Committee appreciates Mr. Cohen's cooperation as its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections continues to make progress."… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Burr on Senate Budget Vote: It’s Time to Simplify the Tax Code

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the FY 2018 Budget Resolution, to begin the tax reform process: "I'm very pleased to take the first steps in the Senate towards reforming our country's broken tax code. It's been far too long since there has been a serious overhaul of our tax system, and the time to act is now. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, we are on our way to starting the legislative process to simplify the code, enco… Continue Reading


10.12.17

Senate Intel to Hold Confirmation Hearing Next Week for CIA Inspector General Nominee Christopher Sharpley

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 confirmation hearing next week on the nomination of Christopher Sharpley to be the Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday, October 17 at 2:30pm. Details Hearing: Hearing on the Nomination of Christopher Sharpley Witness: Christopher Sharpley to … Continue Reading


10.12.17

Burr Statement on Caitlin Coleman and Family

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and their three children: "I am pleased to hear reports that Caitlin Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and their three children are no longer in captivity. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all those involved in their safe recovery."… Continue Reading


10.03.17

ADVISORY: Senators Burr, Cantwell, Daines, Udall and Gardner Announce Press Conference on Permanent Reauthorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that they will hold a press conference for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Thursday, October 5th at 9:30am. Details Press Conference: Senators Burr, Cantwell, Daines, Udall and Gardner, the Nature Conservancy, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and other groups to highlight the successes of the Land and Water Conser… Continue Reading


10.02.17

Senator Burr’s Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada: "My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning's tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America. As we wait for a full accounting of events, Brooke and I will be praying for those lost and their families."… Continue Reading


09.29.17

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Leaders to Hold Press Conference Next Week

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 they will hold a press conference on the status of the Committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections on Wednesday, October 4th at 12:15 pm. Details Press Conference: Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner to provide update on Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry into… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Burr Statement on Tax Reform: Time to Reform Our Broken Tax Code Is Now

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the recently released tax reform framework: "I'm very encouraged by the tax reform framework released today. With roughly half of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, the time to reform our broken tax code is now. We have a rare opportunity to bring relief to those who need it most by simplifying the code, unleashing the economy, promoting growth, and putting money back in the pockets of millions of North Carolinians and h… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senate Intel Committee Invites Cohen to Appear Before the Committee in Open Session

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Committee has invited Michael Cohen to appear before the Committee for an open hearing on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senate Intel Leaders’ Statement on the Postponing of Michael Cohen’s Interview

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today made the following announcement on the testimony of Michael Cohen: "We were disappointed that Mr. Cohen decided to pre-empt today's interview by releasing a public statement prior to his engagement with Committee staff, in spite of the Committee's requests that he refrain from public comment. As a result, we declined to move forward with today's interview and will reschedule Mr. Cohen's appeara… Continue Reading


09.18.17

Senator Burr’s Military Child Care Amendment Included in National Defense Authorization Act

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today, I voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Senator from North Carolina, I understand the wide-range of threats that face our nation and how versatile our military must be to fight them. We cannot stand idly by as Iran, North Korea, Russia, ISIL, Al-Qaeda an… Continue Reading


09.15.17

Burr Statement on Incident at Fort Bragg Leaving One Dead and Seven Injured

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) made the following statement on yesterday's training accident at Fort Bragg, NC, leaving one special operations solider dead and seven soldiers injured: "My prayers go out to the family of Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida who lost his life too soon in his service to our country. I am also praying for the other seven service members who were injured in yesterday's tragic event. Those who serve take risks every day in their quest to keep our country safe. I'm remembe… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Sens. Burr, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Promote Innovation in America’s Transportation Projects

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation or the Moving FIRST Act, a bill that will enhance the transportation systems of American communities through the use of innovative technology. This legislation will establish and build on the successes of the 2015 Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Cities Challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Trans… Continue Reading


09.13.17

Burr Statement on Stationing of New Tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the decision to station the new KC-46A tankers at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base: "Yesterday, I was notified by the Secretary of the Air Force of the final decision to base the KC-46A Pegasus Air Refueling Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. These 12 new KC-46A aircraft will serve as a vital tool for our military, providing any fixed-wing aircraft with mid-air refueling capabilities a prolonged amount of time in the … Continue Reading


09.12.17

Sens. Burr, Casey and Murkowski Introduce Bill to Make College More Affordable by Helping Families Save

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will provide crucial new options for 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save more for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low- and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, incentivize employers to match employee contributions to their college savings, allow unused savings to be rolled over into a R… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Sen. Burr Praises Interior Dept’s Announcement to Pay Swain County Overdue $4 Million Settlement

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Department of Interior's decision to release $4 million in appropriated funds to Swain County, North Carolina: "The Department of Interior's decision to compensate Swain County is well overdue, as it was initially appropriated in 2011. I support the Department's decision and count it as a step in the right direction, but I will continue to press the Department to fully match Swain County's expectations dating back to a decad… Continue Reading


08.30.17

Burr Statement on President’s Plan to Reform Broken Tax Code

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding President Trump's speech today in Springfield, Missouri. "I'm pleased by the President's first steps forward in reforming our broken tax code. Americans have suffered for far too long under an increasingly complicated and burdensome system that suppresses growth and takes money out of the pockets of hard-working families. I have advocated for years in Congress for simplifying our tax code, lowering rates for everyone, and al… Continue Reading

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