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12.06.18

Burr & Tillis Announce BUILD Grants for GoTriangle, City of Hickory, NCDOT

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced they have secured three BUILD Transportation grants totaling more than $60 million for North Carolina: GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The project includes an off-street bus transfer facility, pedestrian bridge, BRT platform and other BRT infrastructure, on-street pedestrian improvements and wa… Continue Reading


07.26.18

Senators Honor Intelligence Professionals for Service to Nation

The Senate Intelligence Committee is honoring the courage and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating today, July 26, 2018, as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day." A Senate resolution thanking intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism in protecting the United States was introduced by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intellig… Continue Reading


07.18.18

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


06.05.18

Burr, Tillis Announce $147 Million Infrastructure Grant for Eastern North Carolina

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $147 million grant for key infrastructure projects across Eastern North Carolina's highway corridors. The grant, which will be the largest infrastructure project in the state, will help widen up to 25 miles of road along I-95 and upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 70 to interstate grade, allowing the freeway to become I-42. "I am pleased that North Carolina will rece… Continue Reading


03.15.18

More Relief for Main Street: Senator Burr Applauds Passage of Dodd-Frank Reform Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement on the passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act: "I'm pleased the Senate passed bipartisan legislation today to promote economic growth and address many of the shortfalls of the Dodd-Frank Act. For years North Carolinians have shared with me that Dodd-Frank hobbled our local economies with excessive and ill-conceived red tape, particularly in small towns and rural communities across our state. T… Continue Reading


01.30.18

Senator Burr Statement Following State of the Union Address

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement following the State of the Union address from President Trump: "A little over one year ago, the American people voted for a change. Following eight years of abdicated global leadership and the slowest economic recovery in history, the new administration has delivered that change in spades. Our stock markets are setting records on a daily basis, ISIS is on the run, and unemployment rates are at record lows. The new president and this C… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of USTR Lighthizer

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement on the Senate approval of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative: "I am pleased by the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in support of Robert Lighthizer to be the United States Trade Representative. Mr. Lighthizer has decades of trade experience and understands the importance of enforcing our trade rules. I look forward to working with him to open new opportunities for American workers and business to sell their… 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 Small Business Retirement Legislation Sponsored by Senators Burr and Bennet

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to make it easier for small businesses to set up retirement programs for employees. The Small Business Employee Retirement Savings Act increases the retirement plan start up tax credit to $5,000, incentivizes auto enrollment, and removes restrictions to increase employee participation in retirement plans. This bill was included as a part of the Retirement Enhance… 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


08.30.16

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


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


07.13.16

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


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


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


03.17.16

Senate and House Members Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Expand ABLE Accounts

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX) introduced a package of bills aimed at enhancing the ABLE Act. The ABLE to Work Act builds on the success of the ABLE Act by making it possible for disabled people who work to save a portion of their income in an ABLE account without risking loss of benefits. These bills will also allow rollovers to and from 529 colle… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Senators to IRS: Stop Rehiring Fired Employees

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) introduced the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2016. The Treasury watchdog found unsettling evidence that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has repeatedly rehired employees who were fired for poor conduct and performance after a lengthy examination process. This legislation will require the IRS to stop this practice. The watchdog's report even found that an employee who had "Do No… Continue Reading

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