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McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

McDonald promises systematic change at VA confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --Senators looked to the Veterans Affairs nominee, Robert McDonald, for answers as talks for a compromise to fix the troubled department have stalled.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate confirms Burwell for HHS

Senate confirms Burwell for HHS

WASHINGTON, June 5 (UPI) --Sylvia Matthews Burwell was easily confirmed by the Senate Thursday to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Senate advances Sylvia Burwell nomination

Senate advances Sylvia Burwell nomination

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) --The Senate voted Wednesday to advance the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services.
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Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) --Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain proposed competing bills this week in an effort to repair some of the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs health system.
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VA groups slam Burr over Shinseki letter

VA groups slam Burr over Shinseki letter

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) --Sen. Richard Burr and several veterans' groups continued swiping at each other throughout the weekend over the allegations plaguing VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
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Senators praise Burwell, knock Obamacare at confirmation hearing

Senators praise Burwell, knock Obamacare at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) --Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears headed for a smooth confirmation to HHS Secretary as senators lauded her credentials while taking shots at her predecessor.
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GOP senators call on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign

GOP senators call on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- GOP senators call on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign days after the American Legion asked him to step down over VA scandals.
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GOP senator slams VA for slow response to veterans' disability claims

GOP senator slams VA for slow response to veterans' disability claims

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., slammed the Obama administration Saturday for a backlog of veterans' claims, saying the delays "have real life implications."

Coburn, Burr oppose government shutdown to fight ACA

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said Friday attempts by congressional Republicans to defund the Affordable Care Act are "dishonest" and cannot succeed.
Parents of bombing suspects to come to U.S.

Parents of bombing suspects to come to U.S.

BOSTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects agreed Wednesday to come to the United States to assist in the investigation, a Russian police official says.
Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen to meet for lunch

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- President Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans includes a lunch with House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.

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Obama to meet congressional caucuses

WASHINGTON, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama will go to Capitol Hill next week to talk with lawmakers in both parties about his legislative priorities, the White House said Wednesday.
Brennan: Drone strikes 'last resort'

Brennan: Drone strikes 'last resort'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- John Brennan, President Barack Obama's pick to head the CIA, told a Senate panel Thursday using lethal force against foreign terrorists is only a "last resort."
Republican rips into vets jobs bill

Republican rips into vets jobs bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A senior Republican U.S. senator Wednesday dismissed a veterans jobs bill put forward by Democrats as just political posturing.
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Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina. A Republican, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for five terms, and was elected to represent North Carolina as a U.S. Senator in the 2004 election. He defeated the Democratic Party nominee, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, in the open seat contest. With the 2008 election of Kay Hagan (D), Burr became North Carolina's senior senator. He defeated NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in 2010 to win reelection to a second term.

Burr was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Martha (née Gillum) and Rev. David Horace Burr, a minister. He graduated from Richard J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1974 and earned a B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1978. Burr was on the football team at both Reynolds High School and Wake Forest. Burr lettered for the Demon Deacons during the 1974 and 1975 seasons; however, the team went winless in ACC play during his tenure. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Prior to running for Congress, Burr worked for 17 years as a sales manager for Carswell Distributing Company, a distributor of lawn equipment. Burr is currently a board member of Brenner Children's Hospital, as well as of the group Idealliance - a group of local, academic, and government officials working to expand North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad Research Park,

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