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07.12.18

Burr, Republican Senators Reintroduce Bill to Hold Senior IRS Officials Accountable

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the IRS Accountability Act of 2018, which gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner clear authority to fire senior officials for misconduct or poor performance. This legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-IV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tim Scott (R-SC) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). In a statement, Senator Burr said, "In most workplaces in America, failing to do your job means you lose your job - plain and simp… Continue Reading


03.05.18

ADVISORY: Senate Intel Committee to Hold Security Clearance Reform Hearing This Week

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today announced that the Committee will hold an open hearing on security clearance reform on March 7, 2018 at 9:30 am. This hearing will address the complexities in the security clearance process for both government and industry alike and further inform the Committee as it continues its oversight of the intelligence co… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Nomination of Steven Gladden to be U.S. Marshal for North Carolina’s Middle District

Today, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis released the following statement regarding the nomination of Steven L. Gladden to be the United States Marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina: "I'm glad to see the President nominate such a qualified and seasoned individual in Mr. Gladden," said Senator Burr. "Bringing more than a quarter-century of U.S. Marshals Service experience to the job, Steven will undoubtedly serve the Middle District of North Carolina with honor and distinc… Continue Reading


11.09.17

Burr, Tillis Welcome Appointment of Two North Carolina USDA Positions

Last week, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump appointed Len McBride to lead the North Carolina Farm Service Agency (NC FSA) and Bob Chandler, Jr. to lead the North Carolina Rural Development office. Len McBride is currently an Agricultural Supervisory District Director with the NC FSA and is a long time employee of the Agency. He has significant experience working with farmers on the agricultural programs available through the United S… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Sen. Burr Statement on Disaster Relief Funding Passing Senate

Today, Senator Richard Burr released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of H.R. 2266 for additional disaster relief funds: "I'm pleased today to see the Senate pass this crucial funding to help our fellow Americans across the country. We owe it to those who have lost their homes to the recent devastating wildfires and hurricanes to help them restore their lives. While the danger has passed, the work to rebuild is far from over, and I thank the first responders and emergency… Continue Reading


09.19.17

Senate Intel Committee Invites Cohen to Appear Before the Committee in Open Session

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced that the Committee has invited Michael Cohen to appear before the Committee for an open hearing on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.… Continue Reading


09.14.17

Sens. Burr, Cortez Masto Introduce Bill to Promote Innovation in America’s Transportation Projects

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Moving and Fostering Innovation to Revolutionize Smarter Transportation or the Moving FIRST Act, a bill that will enhance the transportation systems of American communities through the use of innovative technology. This legislation will establish and build on the successes of the 2015 Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Cities Challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Trans… Continue Reading


09.07.17

Sen. Burr Praises Interior Dept’s Announcement to Pay Swain County Overdue $4 Million Settlement

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on the Department of Interior's decision to release $4 million in appropriated funds to Swain County, North Carolina: "The Department of Interior's decision to compensate Swain County is well overdue, as it was initially appropriated in 2011. I support the Department's decision and count it as a step in the right direction, but I will continue to press the Department to fully match Swain County's expectations dating back to a decad… Continue Reading


07.27.17

Burr Reintroduces Bill to Clean up IRS Following Disastrous IG Report

Today, following the critical report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) reintroduced a commonsense bill to improve accountability at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). S. 1643, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act, will bar the IRS Commissioner from rehiring employees who separated from the agency due to substantiated conduct or performance issues. The report, The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employee… Continue Reading


07.27.17

IRS Watchdog’s Report Finds New Cases of Repeated Hiring Abuses

Today, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the findings of their report: The Internal Revenue Service Continues to Rehire Former Employees with Conduct and Performance Issues. The independent watchdog found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to rehire employees who were previously terminated from the agency for documented misconduct or performance issues. In fact, the watchdog found that between January 2015 and March 2016, the IRS rehired hundre… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Burr & Tillis Welcome Nomination of Bobby Higdon as U.S. Attorney

Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Bobby Higdon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. "Mr. Higdon is an excellent choice to serve as the U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Eastern District," said Senator Richard Burr. "He has extensive legal expertise, having served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolin… Continue Reading


06.20.17

Senate Confirms NC Native Brock Long to Lead FEMA

Today, the U.S. Senate voted 95-4 to confirm North Carolina native William B. "Brock" Long to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Long is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and currently lives with his family in Hickory, North Carolina. "Having strong disaster preparedness and recovery infrastructure is critically important for North Carolina," said Senator Burr. "Brock Long understands that it is the work done before a storm that saves lives. Helping s… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement: "I am glad the Senate could come together and confirm Dr. Gottlieb to lead the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is charged with regulating products that touch the lives of millions of Americans every day, and Dr. Gottlieb is well prepared for the job a… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Burr and Pittenger Reintroduce Lumbee Recognition Bill

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina federal recognition. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. "I'm proud to reintroduce this legislation so that the 55,000 members of the Lumbee community in North Carolina receive the same rights and benefits as members of other federally recognized tribes," said Senator Burr. "The Lumbee tribe has… Continue Reading


04.24.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

- Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as Secretary of Agriculture. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "I'm pleased the Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. Agriculture is a vital part of North Carolina's economy, and I know Secretary Perdue will work to promote policies that help our farmers and rural communities thrive."… Continue Reading


04.07.17

Burr Statement on Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

Today, the Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Unites States Supreme Court.Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Neil Gorsuch is a trusted mainstream jurist who is ready to shoulder the incredible responsibility of serving on the Supreme Court. Justice Gorsuch will serve the American people well as a defender of the Constitution. I congratulate Justice Gorsuch on his confirmation, and I thank him for answering the call to serve this great nation."… Continue Reading


03.30.17

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Charlotte Weather Radar

Last night, the Senate passed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 which includes a provision instructing the National Weather Service (NWS) to identify solutions for improving inadequate weather radar covering the Charlotte area and other parts of the country. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the legislation earlier this month. Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Rep… Continue Reading


02.28.17

Burr Statement on President Trump’s Joint Session of Congress: It’s Time to Work Together

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) made the following statement on President Trump's first Joint Session of Congress: "In his first few days in office, President Trump was quick to begin honoring his promises to the American people. Going forward, the President tonight outlined a blue print to improve our economy and keep our country safe. Americans were clear about their priorities in this past election and it's time to work together on issues that are critical to the American people. "F… Continue Reading


02.27.17

Tillis Chief of Staff Ray Starling To Serve As Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance

Today, the White House announced that Ray Starling, Chief of Staff for Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), will be leaving the Senator's office to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance. "We will greatly miss Ray's tremendous leadership, his warm sense of humor, and his genuine passion for working on behalf of all North Carolinians, but the silver lining is that our state's loss is America's gain," said Senator Thom Tillis. "There is simply no one better… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Burr Statement on the Confirmation of Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement: "Linda McMahon was born in North Carolina and worked for decades to grow a small business into a thriving entertainment enterprise; she exemplifies the American dream. Her real world experience will be incredibly valuable as she serves our nation by leading the Small Business Administration. The fact that Senate Democrats have allowed a swift … Continue Reading

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