Fitzpatrick Votes to Strengthen Child Protection Services

Sep 18, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) continued his commitment to protecting children by voting to pass a bill to increase funding to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“Children deserve to have their innocence maintained and protected. Sadly, for many children in our communities that is not the case – something we should all agree to fix,” said Fitzpatrick. “Today’s bipartisan bill ensures vital funding is able to be used best by organizations dedicated to protecting and helping children.”

The E. Clay Shaw Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act [HR 3092] passed the House by a 407 to 2 vote. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes and makes a number of changes to the Missing Children's Assistance Act as well as authorizes the appropriation of $40 million a year through FY 2018, up to $32.2 million of which would be used for annual grants for operations of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“I am proud to stand with members of both parties to work together on the behalf of our nation’s children,” continued Fitzpatrick. “By ensuring that critical programs like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have the resources they need to operate, we can begin to stamp out this issue for good.”

The Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984 created the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a national clearinghouse of information on missing children that has helped return missing children to their families and provided assistance in fighting against child sexual exploitation and promoting crime prevention.

Fitzpatrick has been an advocate for children’s and victims’ rights while in Congress and recently spoke at a conference on human trafficking.

Within the last week, there have been at least two reported attempted abductions in Morrisville, Bucks County. Police are still investigating those cases.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations