Sen. Burr Recaps Strategic Legislative Accomplishments for 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) revisited several of his high profile legislative accomplishments for 2015 including an important conservation program renewal, education funding for low-income families, military reforms and transportation improvements.

Senator Burr said: “Over the last year, I successfully wrote several bills that have since become law. These new laws will enhance the lives of our veterans, help children from low-income families get better education and enable transportation improvements for high traffic corridors. I’m pleased that I delivered for North Carolina in 2015. Every day, my staff and I work to make sure that our federal dollars are efficiently used in the state. This year was a productive one in Congress, and that means $24 million to children from low-income families, and a revitalized military in North Carolina. As Intel Committee Chairman, I introduced legislation which was signed into law that addresses serious weaknesses in our ability to protect Americans against cyber-attacks. I can and will keep fighting for North Carolina families.”

A few of Sen. Burr’s legislative successes from 2015:

Title II Education Funding Reform in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  • In addition to repealing the common core mandate, ESSA includes language sponsored by Burr that fixes an inequity in federal education funding that for 15 years has not only shortchanged North Carolina’s teachers and schools, but also the low-income students they serve across North Carolina.
  • The funding fix will add $24 million each year for school programs.
  • Senator Burr introduced on April 16th 2015.
  • Signed into law December 10th 2015. 

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

  • The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act helps protect Americans’ personal privacy by taking steps to stop future cyber-attacks before they happen. This legislation creates an environment that encourages the sharing of information about cyber threats, allowing all participants to get a better understanding of the current threats that may be used against them.
  • A series of high profile hacks exposed the personal information of millions of Americans to online identity thieves, including Americans with high level security clearances.
  • Senator Burr introduced the legislation on March 17th 2015 and was marked up the following day. 
  • Signed into law December 18th 2015.

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization (LWCF)

  • Sen. Burr began advocating for a full, permanent reauthorization of the popular conservation fund several years ago. The authorization of the fund expired in September, but after leading the fight in the Senate to renew this fund, Congress passed a three year extension.
  • Established in 1964, the LWCF is one of America’s most successful federal conservation programs, conserving irreplaceable lands and improving outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation. It requires no taxpayer funding.
  • Senator Burr introduced February 3rd 2015.
  • Signed into law December 18th 2015.

North Carolina Highway Improvements in the Transportation Bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)

  • Included in the comprehensive transportation bill (FAST Act) are provisions introduced by Senators Tillis and Burr that amend the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 and designate the following North Carolina highways as high priority corridors and future interstates:
    • Raleigh-Norfolk Corridor from Raleigh, North Carolina, through Rocky Mount, Williamston, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia.
    • U.S. Route 70 from its intersection with Interstate Route 40 in Garner to the Port at  Morehead City, and U.S. Route 117/Interstate Route 795 from U.S. Route 70 in Goldsboro to Interstate Route 40 west of Faison.
    • The designation of the highways advances the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Strategic Transportation Corridors Vision, which aims to provide North Carolina with a network of high priority corridors that will become part of the Interstate system once they are fully built and upgraded to interstate standards. 
    • Sens. Tillis and Burr introduced the legislation on May 14th 2015.
    • Signed into law on December 4th 2015. 

Military Sex Offender Reporting Act of 2015 (MSORA)

  • The Military Sex Offender Reporting Act of 2015 (MSORA), introduced by Senator Burr, requires the Department of Defense to directly report sex offenders convicted or punished under article 47 of the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website.  Previously, sex offenders convicted under UCMJ were required to self-report to a local jurisdiction upon their release. 
  • Under these new laws, communities can be fully aware of former offenders in their neighborhoods.
  • Senator Burr introduced the legislation February 6th 2015.
  • Signed into law in June of 2015.