(CNN) - Major veterans’ groups this Memorial Day weekend harshly criticized the top Republican on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee after he charged that the leaders of the service organizations are too cozy with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and won’t call for him to resign despite allegations of mismanagement and wrongdoing in his department.
Sen. Richard Burr accused them of being “more interested in their own livelihoods and Washington connections than they are to the needs of their own members.”
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, hammered the Department of Veterans Affairs for keeping soldiers waiting for their disability checks.
In Saturday's Republican weekly address, the ranking Republican on the Senate Veteran's Affairs Committee scolded the VA for failing to deliver on its promise to address the backlog of disability claims. Burr called the department's inaction a "national embarrassment."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said the year’s end military withdraw from Iraq will allow the United States to better focus its resources on improving the economy.
“We have to tackle this challenge with the same urgency and unity that our troops brought to their fight,” said Obama in the White House weekly address on Saturday.
(CNN) - If Senate candidate and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall didn't criticize GOP Sen. Richard Burr in her latest television ad, she'd likely be confused for a Republican.
That's because the Democratic candidate took a page out of the Republican Party's 2010 playbook and released an ad targeting her opponent as being part of the Washington establishment.
"Washington is broken, and Sen. Richard Burr helped break it," Marshall says as she looks straight into the camera in the 30-second commercial. "…Even though Washington politicians like Richard Burr don't want to hear it, it's time to throw 'em out."
Washington (CNN) – Three Republican senators are being targeted by a liberal advocacy organization for supporting a resolution sponsored by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would have diminished the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory authority over greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution was narrowly defeated.
Americans United for Changes announced Monday that it will spend $400,000 "making examples of" Sens. Scott Brown, R-Massachussetts, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Richard Burr, R-North Carolina "for backing the Murkowski Big Oil Bailout."
The 30-second ad targeting Brown aired this weekend in Boston and ads targeting Grassley and Burr will air June 15-21, according to Lauren Weiner, the group's deputy communications director.
"Even with disaster on our coast and Iran using oil money against us, Richard Burr voted to let big oil off the hook," the narrator in the ad set to air in North Carolina will say. "Sen. Burr, next time, look out for America's clean energy future – not big oil profits."
The ads will air in tandem with six ads paid for by Clean Energy Works that thank some of the senators who voted against Murkowski's resolution.