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Senator Burr Introduces N.C. Advocate at Hearing on Self-Sufficiency for Americans with Disabilities

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Benjamin Wright, a father, small business owner and advocate from Wilmington, N.C, at a Senate Aging Committee hearing titled, "Supporting Economic Stability and Self-Sufficiency as Americans with Disabilities and their Families Age." Ben and his wife, Amy, opened Bitty & Beau's Coffee in 2016, named after their two youngest children who have Down syndrome. Today, Bitty & Beau's employs more than 70 adults with intellectual and developmental… Continue Reading


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


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


Senate Passes Bill to Assist in Locating Missing Autism, Alzheimer’s Patients

Last night, the Senate passed Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 (S.2070) by unanimous consent. Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017 helps families locate missing relatives with Autism, Alzheimer's disease and other related conditions. The bill reauthorizes the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program and authorizes funding also to be used for the purchase of tracking technology that helps the families of a child with developmental disabilities recover their child in the event they become separat… Continue Reading


Burr, McCaskill Aim to Close Health Care Law Loophole with Bipartisan Bill

U.S. Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are teaming up on the bipartisan Hospital Payment Fairness Act to fix a problematic provision in the Affordable Care Act that causes the majority of states, like Missouri and North Carolina, to unfairly subsidize high wages at a handful of hospitals through Medicare reimbursements. "I'm pleased to work with my colleague from Missouri to repeal this problematic provision of Obamacare. Today, this policy benefits a h… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Confirmation Hearing of Dr. Bob Kadlec to HHS Role

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on Dr. Robert Kadlec, the President's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Preparedness and Response, testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: "I have worked with Bob in various capacities over the last few years and I am more than confident that he will bring consistent and strong leadership to the role of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Health Care Legislation Vote: Senate Failed to Provide Relief from Obamacare

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding last night's vote on health care legislation: "I am disappointed that the Senate could not pass legislation to address the health care crisis facing our country. Though we were unable to come to a resolution, our health care system is still broken, costs continue to rise, and Americans have fewer options for health care coverage. I will continue to keep my promise to North Carolinians by working to provide relief to families… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Today’s Senate Health Care Vote

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's vote to proceed with debate on health care legislation: "I am glad the Senate has finally begun to build a solution to the health care crisis facing our nation. This debate will allow each and every Senator the opportunity to bring forward their ideas for consideration through an unlimited amendment process. It is my hope that at the end of this process we will pass legislation fulfilling our promise to the Amer… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Statement on Discussion Draft of Health Care Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate Republican health care discussion draft legislation that will help stabilize the collapsing insurance markets that have left millions of Americans with few options: "This draft legislation outlines a number of initiatives that are good for North Carolina. While not perfect, the bill does provide the funding we need to support our most vulnerable North Carolinians. I'm encour… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Senate Health Committee Vote to Advance FDA Nominee Gottlieb

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 14-9 to advance the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). HELP Committee member Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Dr. Gottlieb has the experience and knowledge necessary to guide the Food and Drug Administration toward achieving its public health mission. I was pleased to vote at Committee today, and look forward to a full Senate vote for Dr. Go… Continue Reading


Senate Health Committee Advances Bipartisan Mosquito Control Bill to Combat Zika

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously advanced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act sponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Marco Rubio (R-FL). The SMASH Act would reauthorize funding for public health tools that support communities in their mosquito surveillance and control efforts, especially those linked to the mosquitos that carry the Zika virus. "I am pleased the H… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Confirmation of CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "As a member of the Finance Committee, I have been proud to support Seema Verma's nomination to be CMS Administrator throughout the confirmation process in the Senate. Ms. Verma's knowledge and leadership abilities will serve the American people well at CMS, an agency that touches the lives of millions every day. She will… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on House GOP’s American Healthcare Act

Today, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the American Healthcare Act introduced last night by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and House Energy and Commerce Committee Greg Walden: "The House plan is a good first step toward providing relief from the broken promises, costly mandates, and government bureaucracy created by Obamacare. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fulfill our promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with soluti… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Tom Price to Serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Representative Tom Price (GA-6) to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Now is a critical time for health care in this country and the American people want us to get it right. As a physician, Tom has a deep understanding of families' health care needs and will be an especially valuable member of the President's team as Congress works to repeal and replace Obamacare."… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Committee Vote of Rep. Tom Price to Lead Health and Human Services Dept.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after voting at the Senate Finance Committee in support of Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): "I know that Rep. Tom Price is well prepared to lead this important agency at this critical time for our nation's health care system. I was pleased to vote at Committee today, and look forward to a full Senate vote for him to lead HHS. Senate Democrats should stop running side shows and honor the resul… 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 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


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


Op-ed: Obamacare is imploding

Obamacare is imploding. With each passing day, we see more evidence that the program that promised Americans affordable health care is on the verge of total collapse. The failures of Obamacare are well documented in the media. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing for both families and employers, insurers are withdrawing from the exchanges, and consumers are seeing their health care options rapidly disappear. Under Obamacare, families are paying much more and getting way less. Based on the pr… Continue Reading


60 Plus Association Honors Senator Burr With Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) received the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association. Senator Burr receives award from the 60 Plus Association "I'm honored to receive this award from the 60 Plus Association," said Senator Richard Burr. "I'm committed to finding bipartisan solutions that strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare. America made a promise to seniors and I will keep that promise. Seniors have worked hard their whole lives and deserve peace of m… Continue Reading

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