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Burr Statement on H.R. 3, the Rescissions Package

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement: "Today's vote was about keeping our promises. Funded exclusively by royalties, the Land and Water Conservation Fund costs taxpayers nothing and benefits them entirely. It was never meant to be a piggy bank. "I urge my colleagues to support the great work carried out by the LWCF - not just for Americans today, but for future generations." Background: The Land and Wate… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on Historic Tax Reform: Let’s Get the Government out of Your Pockets

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Senate's passage of historic tax reform legislation: "Today, we voted to jump-start our economy and save the average American family thousands each year. For far too long, our tax system has been a burden to the millions of middle-class class citizens that make up a majority of this country. This tax overhaul starts to get the government out of your pockets, and puts Main Street in the driver's seat of the economy, not Washi… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr on House Passage of Tax Reform, Including ABLE Act Enhancements

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, made the following statement on the House passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which included the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act: "It has been three years to the day since the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law and I'm incredibly proud that the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act are included in the historic, soon-to-be passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. … Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Historic Tax Reform

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: "I'm incredibly pleased to see the Senate's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this morning. This bill is an historic opportunity to reform a broken tax code that hasn't worked for the people of this country in years. We have a responsibility to get our economy moving and put more money back in the pockets of the hard-working Americans who earned it in the first place. I l… Continue Reading


Burr Applauds Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate Finance Committee's draft tax reform proposal: "I'm very excited by this promising blueprint for reforming our broken tax code in the Senate. This bill will update and simplify our incredibly complex tax system so that every-day, middle-class Americans can keep more of their hard-earned dollars. For instance, the typical family of four making the median family income will save nearly $1,500. The standard deduction… Continue Reading


Burr on Senate Budget Vote: It’s Time to Simplify the Tax Code

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the FY 2018 Budget Resolution, to begin the tax reform process: "I'm very pleased to take the first steps in the Senate towards reforming our country's broken tax code. It's been far too long since there has been a serious overhaul of our tax system, and the time to act is now. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, we are on our way to starting the legislative process to simplify the code, enco… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Tax Reform: Time to Reform Our Broken Tax Code Is Now

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the recently released tax reform framework: "I'm very encouraged by the tax reform framework released today. With roughly half of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, the time to reform our broken tax code is now. We have a rare opportunity to bring relief to those who need it most by simplifying the code, unleashing the economy, promoting growth, and putting money back in the pockets of millions of North Carolinians and h… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on President’s Plan to Reform Broken Tax Code

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding President Trump's speech today in Springfield, Missouri. "I'm pleased by the President's first steps forward in reforming our broken tax code. Americans have suffered for far too long under an increasingly complicated and burdensome system that suppresses growth and takes money out of the pockets of hard-working families. I have advocated for years in Congress for simplifying our tax code, lowering rates for everyone, and al… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand ABLE Accounts

- Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 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 from 529 college savings plans as well as raise the age for eligibility from 26 to 46. Representatives Cathy McMorri… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Commerce Secretary Ross

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Wilbur Ross to head the United States Department of Commerce. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Wilbur Ross will put his business experience to good use as Secretary of Commerce. I'm glad he has decided to serve our nation and I look forward to working with him on policies that will create jobs for the American people."… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Steven Mnuchin to head the United States Department of Treasury. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "As a member of the Finance committee, I had the opportunity to question Steve Mnuchin at his confirmation hearing and I am confident in his qualifications. I am also pleased that he has committed to cleaning up abuses at the IRS. Americans have been struggling under a stagnant economy for too long. The Treasury Secretary is an essenti… Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Committee Vote of Mnuchin to Head Treasury Dept.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today made the following statement after voting at the Senate Finance Committee in support of Steven Mnuchin to head the United States Department of the Treasury: "Even though the Democrats are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at President Trump's nominees, Mnuchin proceeds today to a full Senate vote on his confirmation. Mnuchin's credentials are self-evident proof that he is more than qualified to lead the Department of Treasury. It's time for the Democrats… 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


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


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


Finance Committee Passes Package of Burr Bills to Clean Up IRS

Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed two of Sen. Burr's bills aimed at cleaning up misconduct at the Internal Revenue Service. The package included the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act and the IRS Accountability Act as amendments to larger taxpayer protection legislation. These bills will prevent the IRS from rehiring employees who were previously fired and will make it easier to fire senior executives for misconduct. "Americans are outraged by the constant stream of news stori… Continue Reading


Sen. Burr Pushes IRS to Provide Reasons for Taxpayer Audits

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced a bill to force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to present a taxpayer clear reasons why an individual or business is chosen for an audit. The legislation, the Biased IRS Audit Systems (BIAS) Prevention Act, will ensure that the IRS is fairly administering the tax code by requiring that the IRS provide documented justification to taxpayers for the standard audits it conducts. Recent government watchdog studies found that the IRS needs better protoco… Continue Reading


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


Senators Fight to Hold IRS Bureaucrats Accountable with New Legislation

Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R- IA), Dean Heller (R-NV) Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Accountability Act of 2015. This legislation will keep IRS bureaucrats accountable to the American people by giving the IRS Commissioner new authority to fire senior executives who have failed in their performance or committed misconduct. This legislation is based on a law Congress passed last year in the wake … Continue Reading


Burr Statement on Passage of Republican Senate Budget

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released the following statement on last night's passage of the Republican Senate budget 52-46: "Passage of a budget that balances in ten years is a critical step to getting our country in the right direction without raising taxes on American families. After hours of open debate on the issue, the Senate advanced a serious proposal that puts our country on the path to fiscal responsibility. North Carolinians understand the fundamental reality that you can't s… Continue Reading

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