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03.28.19

Senator Burr Introduces Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Today, Senator Richard Burr reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. This bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "Far too often, American families trying to adopt a child abroad face difficulties n… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Law to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018 which would help remove information barriers Americans frequently face while seeking to adopt children from other countries. The bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "American families trying to adopt a child from abroad should have robust and relevant in… Continue Reading


06.26.18

Senate Education Panel Approves Career & Technical Education Bill Renewal

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today released the following statement regarding the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's unanimous vote to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: "Our economy is enjoying a record high number of available jobs and record low unemployment. Americans should have the tools and training they need to take advantage of these new opportunities. The Perkins Act historically partners with states and local educational authori… 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


05.10.17

Bipartisan Law Maintains Low Student Loan Interest Rates

Today, the Treasury Department announced that federal student loan interest rates will remain near a historic low at 4.45 percent, down from a peak of 6.8 percent in 2012. In 2013, when government-set student loan interest rates were scheduled to double, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act to let student borrowers take advantage of lower marketplace interest rates. The law, which went into effect in 2013, has sav… Continue Reading


02.07.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos to Serve as Secretary of Education

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Betsy DeVos has dedicated her life to improving education, so I am glad she will continue to fight for all children as Secretary of Education. Attempts by Senate Democrats to stall the President's nominees only distract from the very real struggles of North Carolina's families seeking the best education for their children."… Continue Reading


01.24.17

Burr, King Unite to Renew Push for Affordable Childcare

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) renewed their push to make childcare more affordable for families across the country by reintroducing the PACE Act. The legislation would update the federal government's childcare-related tax credits to make them more useful to American families at a time when the costs of childcare remain prohibitively high. "Childcare tax credits work," said Senator Burr. "This is an issue that I've been working on with Sen. King for years, a… 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

Senator Burr Commemorates Down Syndrome Awareness Month

United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today commemorated the upcoming beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October: "There are still too many barriers in our society that prevent Americans with Down Syndrome from realizing the full potential of their God-given gifts. Down Syndrome Awareness Month is a good time to remember that we must keep fighting to tear those walls down," said Senator Burr. "I am proud to have sponsored the landmark ABLE Act with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) which … Continue Reading


09.21.16

Senate Advances Bipartisan Legislation Sponsored by Senators Burr and Casey to Enhance the ABLE Act

The Senate Finance Committee today advanced the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act - two bills sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) aimed at enhancing ABLE accounts. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for people with disabilities who work to save an additional amount in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. The ABLE Financial Planning Act will allow financial rollovers from 529 college sa… Continue Reading


09.07.16

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Considers Burr Bill to Recognize Lumbee Tribe, Tribe Chairman Godwin Testifies

Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considered a bill introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to federally recognize the Lumbee Tribe. Lumbee Tribe Chairman Harvey Godwin testified. "Decades of discrimination against the Lumbee have resulted in severe economic and societal consequences for their people," said Senator Burr. "Robeson County is one of the ten poorest counties in the United States. The 1956 law has put them on unequal footing compared to other federally recognized tribe… Continue Reading


09.06.16

Giving our children a better future

By Senator Richard Burr September 6, 2016 As North Carolina's children return to school, it's a good time to remember the importance of making sure our public school students get a quality education. Our children are the future of North Carolina, and they represent the best of us. I am proud to be an avid defender of North Carolina students in the Senate. Last December, the Senate passed, and the president signed into law, the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act - legislation to fix No Chil… Continue Reading


07.15.16

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


07.14.16

Burr, King Fight for More Affordable Childcare for American Families

Today, U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduce the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act, legislation that merges two previous bills they introduced that would improve the major federal tax policies that help make childcare more affordable for families across the country. "Childcare is becomingly increasingly more difficult for families to afford, and that's not only bad for them, it's bad for the economy," Senator King said. "We need to ensure th… Continue Reading


07.01.16

Burr: Student Loan Rate Decrease Puts $1.1 Billion in the Pockets of North Carolinians

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a video statement on the student loan interest rate decrease that goes into effect today. Student loan interest rates are dropping for the third year in a row to 3.76 percent, down from a high, government-set rate of 6.8 percent in 2012. This decrease will save North Carolina families more than a billion dollars in this year alone. In 2013, Senator Burr led the effort to pass the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013. This law allows students and th… Continue Reading


06.15.16

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


05.22.16

Op-ed: Here’s The Law We Passed To Help Disabled Americans Work Towards The American Dream

You may not see it in the headlines, but there is a quiet revolution underway that is dramatically expanding opportunities available to Americans with disabilities. Sara Wolff, a disability advocate and young woman with Down syndrome, recently appeared on Amy Schumer's late night show to explain how the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act helps Americans living with disabilities. Her appearance on Comedy Central garnered both praise and awareness from viewers across the country. I'… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Education Committee Chairman Praises Burr Role to Secure Lowest Student Loan Rates in over a Decade

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) garnered praise from the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for his work on the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which was signed into law in 2013 and made possible today's news that student loan rates dropped to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent. This saves North Carolina students and families as much as $1.1 billion. Chairman Alexander praised the bipartisan team of Senators Bur… Continue Reading


05.11.16

Sen. Burr on Today’s Student Loan Rate Decrease: Saves $1.08 Billion for North Carolina Families and Students Alone

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on today's announcement that federal student loan interest rates are set to drop for the upcoming school year to 3.76 percent, down from last year's rate of 4.29 percent, representing the best rates for students in 12 years: "This is great news for students in North Carolina and across the country. North Carolina students and families alone are set to save over a billion dollars. This additional reduction in student loan rates i… Continue Reading


04.28.16

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

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Boost Saving for College Act, which will enhance 529 college savings accounts to help more American families save for college. This legislation would provide a tax credit to low-income and middle-income families who might not ordinarily save for college, encourage employers to match the college savings of their employees, allow savings that aren't needed for college to be rolled over into a Roth IRA for retirement, and enab… Continue Reading

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