Judiciary Committee Approves Grassley Bill to Reauthorize National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), approved by voice vote the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018. The bill, authored by Grassley, would reauthorize the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and continue the fight against child abduction and exploitation.
“This legislation will support and modernize the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which works every day to help families, caregivers, schools and communities prevent the exploitation of children. It’s commonsense to get this done and protect children. I look forward to the bill’s consideration by the full Senate,” Grassley said.
The bill is cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rob Portman of Ohio, Dean Heller of Nevada, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, John Cornyn of Texas and Richard Durbin of Illinois. It was introduced in August and must pass the full Senate before it is considered by the House of Representatives.
The legislation updates terms that are used in the Missing Children’s Assistance Act to reflect the latest research and trends. It extends funding for five more years, at the current level of $40 million, for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other organizations that help prevent and respond to offenses committed against vulnerable children. It also ensures continued federal support of efforts by state and local entities to recover missing and exploited children—including children who are the victims of kidnapping and child pornography crimes. And the bill includes measures to ensure that school personnel, law enforcement, individuals and other non-governmental organizations can receive technical assistance and training on how to prevent, recover, and help missing, abducted, or exploited children.
Full text of the bill can be found HERE.