Feed aggregator

VIDEO RELEASE: Kline Urges Congress to Strengthen Support for Youth Sex Trafficking Victims

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:00am
The House of Representatives is taking action this week to strengthen support for victims of youth sex trafficking. Congress has been debating a number of bipartisan proposals that would enhance existing aid for runaway and homeless youth and improve identification and assessment of child sex trafficking victims. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) discussed the urgent need to fight this deplorable crime and support the victims and their families:
 

;

As a father and grandfather, I find it difficult to imagine anything more terrifying than a loved one falling victim to youth sex trafficking. Yet each year, hundreds of thousands of children and families are forced to live with the pain and suffering that stems from this deplorable crime.
 
Mr. Speaker, let me be clear: this crime is taking place right here in our own country; it is impacting our communities, our families, and our children. We face a national crisis and it demands a national response. Fortunately, there are heroic efforts underway to fight this heinous crime, care for the victims, and support their families.

Congress has an opportunity to address these challenges and strengthen our support for victims of youth sex trafficking ... I am pleased that in the early days of the 114th Congress we are taking action to address youth sex trafficking. It reflects both the seriousness of this crime and our commitment to the victims and their families. I urge my colleagues to support these important legislative proposals. 


​To read Chairman Kline's full remarks, click here.

To watch a video of his remarks, click here

# # # 

Subcommittee to Convene Hearing on Surface Transportation Network

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will convene the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

Thune Announces Committee Hearing on ‘Internet of Things’

“By engaging early in this debate, Congress can ensure that any government efforts to protect consumers are tailored for actual problems and avoid regulatory overreach.”

Chabot Introduces Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00am

CHABOT INTRODUCES SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2015 

WASHINGTON – Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today introduced H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015.

“The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act is about making the federal government stop and think about its impact on the millions of American families who operate or work for our small businesses,” said Chairman Chabot. “That’s the heart of good government. The one-size-fits-all approach to federal regulations has, for decades, hit small businesses, their owners, and their employees the hardest. Giving them the voice they deserve helps give our small businesses the freedom they need to provide the jobs and innovation that drive the American economy forward.”

 

The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act strengthens and modernizes the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), which requires agencies to assess the impact of rules and regulations on small business and consider possible alternatives.

 

In the 35 years since the RFA was enacted, agencies have exploited loopholes to get around the good-government intentions of the original legislation. The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act closes those loopholes by requiring more detailed analysis of proposed regulations, providing greater opportunity for small business input, and ensuring agencies regularly review regulations already on the books for their economic impact on small businesses. Additionally, it expands the scope of the required economic impact analysis to consider those effects which are often indirect but reasonably foreseeable.

 

The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 is currently scheduled for markup by the House Committee on the Judiciary, which holds primary jurisdiction over the federal regulatory process, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  

 ###

Kline Statement: Legislation to Strengthen Support for Victims of Youth Sex Trafficking

Education & the Workforce Committee - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00am

As a father and grandfather, I find it difficult to imagine anything more terrifying than a loved one falling victim to youth sex trafficking. Yet each year, hundreds of thousands of children and families are forced to live with the pain and suffering that stems from this deplorable crime.
 
Mr. Speaker, let me be clear: this crime is taking place right here in our own country; it is impacting our communities, our families, and our children. We face a national crisis and it demands a national response. Fortunately, there are heroic efforts underway to fight this heinous crime, care for the victims, and support their families.
 
The dedicated staff at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC, are on the front lines every day identifying victims, assisting law enforcement in the recovery of missing children, and returning children to their loved ones.
 
NCMEC is also partnering with schools and employers to enhance support for victims and their families. Parents with children in school are probably familiar with Lifetouch photography. Through its “SmileSafe Kids” initiative, Lifetouch is making it easier for parents and NCMEC to alert law enforcement of a missing child in order to accelerate the search and rescue.
 
NCMEC and others are always finding new ways to help and so should we, and that is why we are here today. We’ve learned too often victims fall through the cracks of states’ child welfare systems. Those who may be runaway or homeless youth do not have access to the full range of services they need. And believe it or not, due to a flaw in the law, there are times when children are treated as criminals rather than the victims of a violent crime.
 
Congress has an opportunity to address these challenges and strengthen our support for victims of youth sex trafficking. I want to thank my Republican and Democrat colleagues for working with us on this important effort, including the ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott, and Representatives Joe Heck, Karen Bass, and Joyce Beatty.
 
I am pleased that in the early days of the 114th Congress we are taking action to address youth sex trafficking. It reflects both the seriousness of this crime and our commitment to the victims and their families. I urge my colleagues to support these important legislative proposals.

Upton, Thune, and Walden Call for Transparency at FCC – Urge Public Release of Open Internet Order

House and Senate leaders urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to release the text of the commission’s draft Open Internet Order.

Job Creators Network and NAWBO Announce New Partnership

NAWBO Media - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:00am
Women business owners advocacy organization teams up with national business advocacy organization
Categories: Latest News

House and Senate Begin Review of Draft Legislation to Protect Consumers and the Internet

"Yesterday’s proceedings yielded optimism that there are members on both sides of the aisle who see and support a role for Congress to set a workable long term policy to protect an open Internet."

Copyright

© 2015 Women Construction Owners & Executives USA
WCOE grows your contacts, contracts & bottom line