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Burr wants action from lame-duck Congress

Posted November 3, 2010

— Fresh off his re-election, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Wednesday that he doesn't want to wait for the new Congress to convene in January to begin working on improving the economy.

Burr easily defeated Democrat Elaine Marshall and Libertarian Mike Beitler on Tuesday, becoming only the second Republican re-elected to the Senate from North Carolina. The late Jesse Helms was the first.

He said he plans to relax for several days in Winston-Salem before returning to Washington, D.C., on Nov, 15.

"We should have nothing else on our plate other than trying to get policies in place to turn this (economy) around," he said. "It's my hope that we'll go back and make (things) predictable immediately."

He cited as examples extending tax cuts passed under former President George W. Bush, which are set to expire at the end of the year and cutting government regulation.

"We (need to) create a picture for the American people that they have confidence in so that they'll go out and take a little bit of risk and hire people back," he said.

On Wednesday morning, Burr handed out Krispy Kreme doughnuts to people at a local Exxon station where he often goes to meet constituents and discuss issues they want the government to address.

Burr shares Krispy Kreme Burr plans to relax at home before returning to D.C.

"Spending 30 minutes in here is sort of like what (former Republican strategist) Lee Atwater used to say about going into a bowling alley on Friday night – you learn exactly what's on everybody's minds," he said.

"I hope he gets things better. I hope the economy gets better. That's what I'd like to see," said Joe LeFevre, who works at the Exxon station.

Burr said he plans to work to repeal the national health care reform law passed in March and to cut federal spending by 20 percent. With the Senate controlled by Democrats and the House in Republican hands, he said he knows the moves will be difficult and will require compromise from both sides.

"It will be up to the White House as much as Congress to find areas of agreement and move forward," he said.


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  • soccerus Nov 4, 2010

    I wonder if Burr's cut this and that funding mentality includes cuts in the money he gets from the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. Burr and his repub buddies sure weren't gung ho about paying for their borrow and spend catastrophe from 2001 to 2007.

  • edith wharton Nov 4, 2010

    Hm. Work to take away health care for those who otherwise wouldn't have it and extend tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Sounds about right.

  • Juncyard Nov 4, 2010

    Where are the jobs at?

  • chinacats Nov 4, 2010

    Very lucky that he was able to ride the train of discontent or he would've been easily replaced. He is the most worthless senator this state has seen in some time.

  • 5104faircrest Nov 4, 2010

    "Obama didn't start our problems, but neither did Bush. This goes back to the effects of Clinton's second term." BubbaDuke...your statement is ignorant and baseless. You've clearly never read a econ book or watch CNBC or even Fox Business. This is an economic cycle, if you can't recongize that then your with the rest of society, the nation of whiners who want their cake and to eat it too. The market performance was better under Clinton versus any other modern president, period. But to the point...
    I agree with Burr on this idea, get back to work. As a washington insider, I can tell you that these guys are ridiculous to complain about anything. They are paid an ton of money and get all these lifetime perks (pension, minimal cost health care, ability to give speeches post-retirement to audiences full of young aspiring college students...). However, if he's interested in repealing the health care bill fully, I hope he's got a backup plan.

  • sparky27604 Nov 4, 2010

    "Burr wants action from lame-duck Congress". Yeah and I wanted Burr to do SOMETHING/ANYTHING well BEFORE the lame duck session to actually help every day folks w/ jobs, etc rather than shoot down everything brought before him. And NOW he wants to light a fire? His timing is laughable as his competence as a senator.

  • Phrostbite Nov 4, 2010

    Does anyone other than me believe that repealing the health care bill should be the list of their concerns for starters? All that will accomplish is partisan gridlock. And they know they don't have the means to repeal that law so why waste time on it?

  • NCSU2311 Nov 4, 2010

    Oh and misty...I'm sorry you think Burr is such a heartless human being - I guess the majority of Americans who also want this health care bill repealed are also completely heartless too? I am all in favor for reform - as is Senator Burr - just not the so called "reform" that is in this current law.
    November 3, 2010 5:22 p.m.
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    Oh look you don't like something that the GOP
    had 6 years and Bush to fix. You chose to help Iraq. Get it yet?

  • UPTOP Nov 3, 2010

    I'm looking forward to seeing the Health care get started.I havn't had a raise in 3yrs, but the cost of living has been going up along with health benefits, as in everything else, everyone is not going to be happy !!

  • Plenty Coups Nov 3, 2010

    "It sure won't help my family - we make "too much" and aren't "poor enough" to qualify for anything. My stepson is on Medicaid because of his disability"

    I feel bad about your son. Why would you complain about other people getting help from the new law and not being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions when you admit yourself that you benefit from Medicaid?