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11.11.18

Senator Burr Statement on 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement: "Today marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities in World War I. Nearly ten million troops were killed and millions more were wounded in a conflict of such magnitude it was called 'the war to end all wars.' Yet in many ways World War I was the beginning, not the end, of the struggle for freedom and human rights that has shaped the last century.… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Burr Votes in Favor of Service Members, North Carolina Bases in Bipartisan Defense Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage by a vote of 87-10 of the Conference Report on the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2019, H.R. 5515: "The National Defense Authorization Act ensures those who volunteer to defend our nation have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs and I'm pleased to vote in favor of this critical funding measure," s… 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


04.24.18

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Strengthen Airline Service Animal Procedures

Today, Senator Richard Burr introduced legislation to align the definition of a "service animal" under the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) with the definition under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), establish a criminal penalty for making misrepresentations about a service animal, and require federal agencies to establish a standard of service animal behavior training for animals who will be working on an aircraft. "Today, I'm proud to introduce legislation that will protect the ability… Continue Reading


04.12.18

Burr and Murray Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Successful Military Medic Program Nationwide

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill to require the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with medical schools and healthcare systems in states with a Special Operations Command (SOCOM) presence such as Washington, Florida, California, and North Carolina, to allow military medics to transfer their experience into credit for a Master's Degree to become Physician Assistants (PAs). The SOCOM Medic Pilot Program expands upon a successful public-private partn… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Senator Burr Statement on the 3rd Marine Air Wing CH-53E Crash

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the death of four U.S. Marines in a CH-53E helicopter crash on Tuesday, April 3, 2018: "I'm terribly saddened to hear of the accident that took First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips' life, along with three other brave Marines, this Tuesday. It's always a tragedy to lose one of North Carolina's native sons, especially when he was so young. My deepest condolences are with the family of First Lt. Phillips, as well as the families of the… 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


08.11.17

MEDIA ADVISORY: Senator Burr to Present Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Additional Decorations, to Sergeant Ronnie Whitlow at Winston-Salem Office

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) will present Sergeant Billy Ronald (Ronnie) Whitlow from Yanceyville, NC, with multiple decorations for his service to the country including the Bronze Star for heroic achievement of service and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on 30 October 1969 in the Republic of Vietnam. Media wishing to attend should contact Sen. Burr's office at press@burr.senate.gov Details WHERE: Senator Richard Burr's Office, 2000 W. First Street, Suite 508, Winston-Salem, NC … Continue Reading


08.02.17

Burr and Tillis Statement on Recent VA Watchdog Findings at Salisbury VA Hospital

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) made the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a report finding shortcomings at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina: "This report serves as an important reminder of the necessary work that remains to be done to improve VA facilities in North Carolina and across the country. We're grateful to the Office of Inspector General for catching these issues so they can be directly add… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Burr: No One Is Tougher Than John McCain

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding Senator John McCain's most recent battle: "John McCain is a tough, principled man and one of the most dedicated soldiers and civil servants I've ever had the pleasure to know. His love for country and family is unbreakable, and I know he will face this newest battle with the same passion and grit that he has shown time and again. Brooke and I join a grateful nation in sending our prayers and support to Senator McCain and h… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Veterans Committee Considers Bill to Provide Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee considered the The Janey Ensminger Act of 2017. Sponsored by Senators Richard Bur (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), the bill requires the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are also sponsors. The legislation is named for Janey Ensminger, the daughter of Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, w… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Veteran Homelessness

- Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2017. This legislation would build on existing homeless veterans programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by investing in established programs that are proven to be effective and removing any residual barriers to housing for veterans. "Veteran homelessness is a heartbreaking issue," said Senator Burr. "We are making progress in combating veterans' homel… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Vietnam Veterans

Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) designating March 29, 2017 as Vietnam Veterans Day. "When called upon, our Vietnam veterans served this nation with honor and distinction, but many did not get the recognition they deserve," said Senator Burr. "Vietnam Veterans Day is an opportunity to show our gratitude as a nation. I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect upon their service and sacrifice." "West Virginia has mo… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Sens Burr, Nelson, Rubio and Tillis Fight for Health Care for Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure Victims

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced The Janey Ensminger Act of 2017, which requires the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide medical care for all diseases that can be scientifically linked to exposure to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. The legislation also requires that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, review all rele… Continue Reading


03.14.17

Dept. Of Veterans Affairs Begins Providing Compensation to Lejeune Veterans Affected by Tainted Water

Today, a Department of Veteran's Affairs rule granting compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune went into effect. Veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more from 1953 to 1987 and are suffering from a service connected illness are now eligible to receive disability compensation. "It has been a long fight for these veterans to get the compensation they deserve," said Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). "I want to thank Jerry Ensminger fo… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. David Shulkin to head the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I look forward to working with Dr. Shulkin to ensure our veterans receive the world-class health care that they were promised and have earned. This includes making sure that the Veterans Choice Program is not only improved but is also made permanent so that our veterans never have to wait for health care. Additionally, I h… Continue Reading


12.08.16

Senate Approves Nearly $300 Million for N.C. Military Construction Projects

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act conference report. The legislation, which works out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization bills that passed earlier this year, funds our nation's military including $297.1 million for military construction projects in North Carolina. The conference report also includes provisions sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to prevent the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to C… Continue Reading


10.03.16

Senator Burr Statement on This Year’s Bipartisan Senate Accomplishments

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) highlighted a few of his many 2016 bipartisan Senate accomplishments to date, which included legislation such as the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, the successful implementation of additional education funding for children from low-income families in North Carolina, and Senate Intelligence hearing findings from directors of major intelligence agencies. "After working for North Carolinians in the United States Senate this … Continue Reading


10.03.16

Burr & Tillis Respond To IG Report On Fayetteville VA Medical Center Surgical Services

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report detailing healthcare inspections of the surgical services at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. The OIG report substantiated that: Some VA patients were not properly evaluated prior to surgery, causing surgical delays and cancellations. Prior to September 2014, patient deaths that occurred within 30 days of surgery were not reviewed as r… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Burr Statement on Continuing Resolution Passage

Today, the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 9, provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, an additional $37 million to combat opioid addiction, $297 million for critical projects at North Carolina military bases, $74.4 billion to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA hospital system, and a Burr provision that prevents President Obama from handing over the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to Cuba. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) releas… Continue Reading

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