Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina
�This week, the Senate made
good on a promise made this past fall � we passed the Republican
budget 52-46 after a thorough debate and amendment process. Over the last
few years, Washington has continued to rack up debt, without ever
checking to see whether we can pay government�s bill. 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 spend
more than you take in. It�s time that Washington recognizes this
reality as well. We will now work with our House colleagues on a budget to
send to the President�s desk.
During the amendment process,
I offered Amendment 62 [link 1] to simplify repaying student loans,
which passed with overwhelming support on a voice vote. The amendment,
based on the Repay Act, [link 2] helps students and their families find
the right repayment program, ultimately fixing the maze that
Washington has built around the student loan repay programs.
Carolinians are tired of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars go to waste in
a student loan program that serves neither their interests nor those
of the college students it is intended to help. You can hear more about
the Amendment 62 by watching by floor speech below.
Senator Burr Speaks on the floor about simplifying the student loan
repayment programs [link 4]
Five years ago Monday, Obamacare was
enacted. I warned then that this law would be a disaster for our health care
system, doctors, and patients. This law has put our country on an
unsustainable path of increased costs, government mandates, and broken
promises. North Carolinians have seen their health insurance premiums
increase, their existing coverage cancelled, and lost access to their
doctors. Our nation�s health care system was broken before Obamacare,
but because of it, things are worse today than before. Obamacare is a
failure and I will continue to advocate to repeal and replace it because
I believe there are better alternatives that will fulfill the promise
to lower health care costs and empower patients in their health care
decisions�what Obamacare fundamentally fails to do.
I joined Bill
Hemmer on America�s Newsroom this past Monday to discuss the situation
in Yemen and Iran � you can watch the clip below.
Chairman Burr joins America�s Newsroom [link 6]
consistently been behind the curve as it relates to Iran nuclear [weapons]. I
would love to say we know everything about Iran, but there�s not as
much inside information that we�re able to gather. We rely on our
partners around the world. And Bill, this is why it�s so important, it�s why
the Congress speaks out. If we don�t have those partners, we begin to
have hearing loss, sight loss. As we talk about cutting a bad deal in
Iran. That puts our partners in jeopardy from our standpoint of their
relationship with us. WE could be fueling an expansion of nuclear
proliferation in the Middle East, not a contraction.�
Speaking of the
situation in Yemen, I�ll be joining CBS�s Face The Nation on Sunday
at 10:30am to discuss on-going developments. Please tune
Finally, starting Monday, the Senate will be in a two week state work
period. During that time I will be in North Carolina visiting places across
our state. Keep an eye on Twitter [link 7] and Facebook [link 8] for
updates and announcements.
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