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Richard Burr

Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is an American politician who has served as a United States Senator from North Carolina since 2005. A ... More »Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is an American politician who has served as a United States Senator from North Carolina since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, Burr previously represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2005. As Senator, Burr has had a non-controversial tenure so far, espousing most of the Republican Party's expected positions, from general support for President George W. Bush's actions in Iraq to abortion opposition. Strikingly, however, he voted to repeal the military's employment discrimination policy against gays. In October 2011, he announced his intention to seek the post of minority whip, the number two Republican position in the Senate. Burr is the son of a minister. He has children with Brooke, his wife of 27 years. He is distant kin of former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr. Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Martha (née Gillum) and Rev. David Horace... [ Wikipedia ]

Gamesmanship intensifies ahead of congressional recess

But other GOP lawmakers, such as Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, have criticized that threat. "I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard of," Burr told The Associated Press. Some in the GOP are also threatening to possibly use the nation's debt ceiling to wrestle some ...

House GOP Plan To Defund Obamacare Still A 'Dumb Idea': Senate Republicans

From left, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis). (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images) | Getty WASHINGTON -- As House Republicans prepare to vote this week on a continuing resolution that would defund ...

Burr to headline fundraiser for Tillis :: WRAL.com

Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, will appear at a fundraiser for state House Speaker Thom Tillis' U.S. later this month. A source close to Burr confirmed he would headline the event on Sept. 24, which will also feature Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Barrasso...

Hagan, Burr say they want end to defense cuts :: WRAL.com

Speaking Tuesday at a defense trade show in Fayetteville, Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr said they don’t want to see the across-the-board budget cuts drag on. "The Senate has a budget. The House has a budget,” said Hagan, a Democrat. “We’re trying to appoint conferees in the Senate so ...

Seriously? The Republicans Have No Health Plan?

Every American Insured Health Act introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) with co-sponsors Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mel Martinez (formerly R-FL) and Elizabeth Dole (formerly R-NC) on July 26, 2007. Senators Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the ...

ObamaCare Wars Tearing At GOP Seams This Summer

Meanwhile, another group, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has spent $40,200 on conservative talk radio station ads attacking Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) for labeling the efforts to tie ObamaCare defunding to a government shutdown the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.” The same group has spent ...

North Carolina senators introduce Lumbee Recognition Act

Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan have introduced a bill -- S. 1132, the Lumbee Recognition Act -- that would recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. North Carolina formally recognized the Lumbee Tribe in 1885, and three years later, the tribe began its quest for federal ...

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WASHINGTON: N.C. Republican lawmakers at odds over anti-Obamacare strategy

Some Republicans who have always opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and voted against it _ Sen. Richard Burr and Reps. Renee Ellmers of Dunn, Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Patrick McHenry of western North Carolina_ oppose the shutdown threat. Meanwhile, freshman ...

Hagan touts tax credits, criticizes state leaders :: WRAL.com

" Hagan's Republican counterpart, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, declined to comment on the state education budget or the voting changes. “Senator Burr has been focused on the critical issues facing the federal government, and the national issues his constituents elected him ...

A Senate Divided: GOP Senator Says Mike Lee’s Plan to Defund Obamacare Is the ‘Dumbest Idea I’ve Eve...

Lawmakers are taking sides as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) leads the effort to defund “Obamacare.” In fact, fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr on Thursday called Lee’s plan the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.” By Burr’s estimation, “as long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is ...

A quick fix to the student loan mess

A possible compromise could be to enact a bill that offers loans under the framework proposed by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), but just for the coming school year. That would increase interest rates from 3.4% to 4% for subsidized Stafford loans, but cut them from ...

Senate blocks bills to stop student loan rates doubling

The Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act, a bill introduced by Republican Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, would have pegged the interest rates to the U.S. Treasury 10-year rate, plus 3 percentage points. Democrats say ...

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Sen. Richard Burr co-hosting event for Thom Tillis Senate bid in DC

RALEIGH -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's political committee says his involvement in a campaign fundraiser for North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis next week should not be seen as an official endorsement of Tillis' own Senate bid. Burr will co-host with two other Republican ...

Christopher Brauchli: Cigarettes and Senators

Consider Senators Mitch McConnell (R - KY) and Richard Burr (R - N.C.). Senator Burr, having received $534,000, has the distinction of being the recipient of more money from cigarette companies than any other member of Congress, according to statistics compiled by the non-partisan ...

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Inside Carolina Politics: Burr explains his votes on funding bill, health care law

Republican Sen. Richard Burr voted Friday to allow a plan to keep the federal government open past Tuesday to go forward, while maintaining Obamacare. “I have voted 56 times to defeat, dismantle, and defund Obamacare,’’ Burr said in a statement. “When Obamacare was first brought ...

NC's Eastern District judicial vacancy is longest in the nation

Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, has not submitted a needed response – known as a “blue slip” – from his office to get May-Parker’s name on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s agenda. Submitting a blue slip would not necessarily mean Burr was supporting May-Parker...

Both Sides in GOP's Civil War Over Obamacare Want to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge

" Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) called it the "dumbest idea" he's ever heard. Burr even conceded that when the fight ends and the government re-opens, "Barack Obama is [still] going to be president. " But upstart GOP senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are slinging ...

Senators press for answers on Atlanta VA issues

A spokeswoman for Isakson said Thursday that North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr joined the Georgia Republicans in their inquiry. In the letter, the senators asked the VA to investigate impatient and contracted outpatient mental health care issues at Atlanta's VA center. A federal audit in ...

FAA: Charlotte airport to stay with city _ for now

" I mention this, of course, because the North Carolina Republicans ' reasoned, sensible... Full Article at MSNBC Blogs Sen. Richard Burr was involved in hammering out legislation this week designed to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and track all prescription drugs from the ...

ObamaCare funding battle pits Tea Party vs. establishment GOP

“I think it's the dumbest idea I've ever heard,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who was in the House for the 1995 shutdown, told Public Radio International this week. “Some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you better have a specific reason to do ...

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