May 22 - May 26, 2017

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Washington, D.C., May 26, 2017 | comments

          H.R.1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act

  • Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to guide, teach, and most importantly, protect them. It is also imperative that as a society we hold those who do harm to our children accountable. In our current criminal code exists a loophole that has allowed charges against child pornographers to be dropped due to a technicality surrounding intent to produce child pornography before sexually abusing a child. I voted in favor of the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act to close this loophole and hold the guilty properly accountable.
  • This legislation passed with strong bipartisan support.
  • Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll284.xml

          H.R.1973 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act

  • It is reported that 16 percent of children between the ages of 14 and 17 have been sexually victimized. We must do more to lower these numbers and better protect our children from these sick individuals. I voted in favor of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act because it makes abuse reporting requirements mandatory for national governing bodies such as USA gymnastics. This reporting will better equip local and federal law enforcement agencies to combat child abuse.
  • This legislation passed with strong bipartisan support.
  • Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll285.xml

          H.R.953 - Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act

  • The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is the regulatory statute that governs the use of pesticides in the United States.  This governing statute ensures the safety and proper use of pesticides. According to the EPA, when a pesticide is discharged for its intended purpose and in compliance with the FIFRA requirements it should not be considered a pollutant under the Clean Water Act and therefore does not have to apply for a permit. Recently the intent of Congress and the EPA has been ignored and farmers have been required to seek duplicative, expensive permits just to treat their land with pre-approved pesticides. I voted for the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act because it lifts increased financial and administrative burdens from our family farms while maintaining environmental protections under FIFRA.
  • This legislation passed with strong bipartisan support.
  • Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll282.xml
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