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Sens. Burr, Harris, Klobuchar and Rep. Speier Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Against Online Exploitation of Private Images

. D.C. - U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), alongside Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced the Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that will address the malicious exploitation of private, explicit images, such as "revenge porn" and "sextortion." Rep. Speier previously introduced a version of this bill in the 114th Congress, the Intimate Privacy Protection Act of 2016. "It's ti… Continue Reading


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


Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions to Serve as Attorney General

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to serve as Attorney General. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Jeff has been a friend and a colleague for many years, and during the Judiciary Committee hearings the American people had the opportunity to hear from a variety of individuals about his commitment to the rule of law and record of pursuing justice. I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed him as Attorney General, and I look forward … Continue Reading


President Obama Signs Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization into Law

On Friday afternoon, President Obama signed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act into law. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) led the effort in the Senate to reauthorize this legislation which encourages the Justice Department to investigate civil rights era cold cases. Senator Burr worked in partnership with Alvin Sykes, a civil rights activist and friend of the Till family, who has worked tirelessly to bring justice for the families of the victims of unsolved civil rights … Continue Reading


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


Burr, Tillis, Carper Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President Obama’s Desk

Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the House's passage of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. The bipartisan legislation is authored by Senators Tillis and Carper and co-sponsored by Senators Burr, Warner, Kaine, and Feinstein. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate last year and will now head to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. The Treatment of Ce… Continue Reading


Op-ed: How The Senate Is Working To Address Human Trafficking At Home and Abroad

In recent years, North Carolina has experienced a devastating wave of crime in the form of human trafficking. Just this past year, an eastern North Carolina man was convicted of transporting multiple women across state lines to force them into prostitution, after coercing them with threats of violence. This case is not an isolated incident. Sadly, North Carolina is among the top 10 states for reported cases of human trafficking, with 656 reported cases since 2007. Experts have cited our promine… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr offers update on opioid fight

August 30, 2016 By Senator Richard Burr There's an ongoing public health crisis with prescription painkillers in North Carolina that is devastating thousands of families every year -- the opioid abuse epidemic. It's a heartbreaking trend that cannot be fixed from Washington, but it can be addressed with the help of effective policies passed by Congress. For a good start, the Republican-led U.S. Senate recently passed and President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill to assist doctors, EMT… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Three Burr Bills This Week

This week, the Senate passed three pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) including the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act, the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act, and Kevin and Avonte's Law. "We've had a very productive week in the Senate," said Senator Richard Burr. "Congress does come together to work on bipartisan legislation that makes a difference for American families. The passage of my bills to address unsolved civil right crimes, p… Continue Reading


Tillis & Burr Praise Passage of Kevin And Avonte’s Law

Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Kevin and Avonte's Law, legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) that provides resources to help families locate loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, autism, or other related conditions that make them prone to wander-sometimes with tragic results. Kevin and Avonte's Law reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding to be used for the purchase of tracking tech… Continue Reading


Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes Senate

Last night, the Senate approved the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016, S.2854. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), introduced this bipartisan, bicameral legislation in April of this year. The House bill, H.R. 5067, is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Before the passage of major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, hundreds … Continue Reading


Burr Praises Passage of Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction

Today, the Senate voted 92-2 to send the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to President Obama's desk. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the passage of the bill: "Opioid addiction touches far too many lives," said Senator Burr. "Thousands of North Carolina families are grappling with the heartbreaking disease of addiction. I'm glad Congress could come together to pass this legislation that will save lives. Families need these treatment resources."… Continue Reading


Burr Leads Child Care Oversight Hearing, Witnesses Report New Sex Offender Background Checks Protect Kids

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) chaired a Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee hearing on the implementation of the Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014. HELP Committee Chairman Sen. Alexander (R-TN) requested that Sen. Burr chair this hearing because of his legislative leadership on early learning and child care policy. In 2014, Sen. Burr led the charge along with Sen. Barbra Mikulski (D-MD) to pass the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. This … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Passage of Bill to Reauthorize National Sex Offender Registry

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate passage of legislation to reauthorize the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act: "As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority," said Senator Burr. "Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable. Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message th… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Introduces Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act

- On Tuesday a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introduced the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016. The House (H.R.5067) bill is led by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Senate (S.2854) companion bill is led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). WATCH: Sen. Burr delivers floor speech on the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Cri… Continue Reading


Op-ed: Encryption Without Tears

By Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein In an increasingly digital world, strong encryption of devices is needed to prevent criminal misuse of data. But technological innovation must not mean placing individuals or companies above the law. Over the past year the two of us have explored the challenges associated with criminal and terrorist use of encrypted communications. Two examples illustrate why the status quo is unacceptable. The first is the Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Takes Steps to Better Protect Children at Military Child Care Facilities

This week, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Military Child Care Protection Act of 2016. The bipartisan bill would improve standards for child care centers on military bases by bringing them in line with the standards for other child care centers that receive federal dollars. "This is a common sense proposal," Senator Burr said. "Parents deserve the peace of mind that they are leaving their children in good hands when they drop them off at a military chil… Continue Reading


Burr’s Legislation Cracking Down on Sex Offenders Signed into Law

Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement following Friday's news that the President signed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in this bill was a Burr amendment to close a legal loophole that had enabled sex offenders convicted under the military justice system to evade registration with the Department of Justice and the public sex offender registry. "I am proud that this incredibly important piece of legislation has now been signed into law," said … Continue Reading


Burr Sponsored Amendment Passes House in Human Trafficking Bill, Heads to President’s Desk

Today, the United States House of Representatives passed S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in S. 178, is a bipartisan provision written by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to close a legal loophole that currently enables sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR). The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment is in response to a Department of Defense Inspector General investi… Continue Reading


Burr Pays Tribute to Two of North Carolina’s Finest During National Police Week

During National Police Week, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the deaths of two North Carolinian police officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2014: "It's with great sadness that I commend Sergeant Jeffrey Wayne Greene of Union County and Officer Alexander Edward Thalmann of New Bern. Their service to us was too short. These brave men gave their lives in service to their communities and the state of North Carolina. As we honor law enforcement this week, I… Continue Reading

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