Vitter Offers Amendment to Fund Adam Walsh Act
U.S. Sen. David Vitter today offered an amendment to the FY 2009 budget resolution to fully authorize funding for the Adam Walsh Act, which strengthens federal laws to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Although Congress authorized $130 million in funding over five years for the Adam Walsh Act, no funding was included for it in the president's proposed budget for this year. Vitter's amendment will ensure that programs authorized by this legislation receive funding.
"The Adam Walsh Act strengthens federal laws to help protect children," said Vitter. "In today's day and age, where children are also threatened by Internet predators, legislation like this is becoming increasingly important, and these worthy programs deserve the full funding originally authorized by Congress."
Programs authorized by the Adam Walsh Act include the regional Internet Crimes Against Children taskforces that will help prevent the exploitation of minors on the Internet and the National Child Abuse Registry that requires background checks on adoptive and foster parents and helps child protective services professionals ensure that children are not placed in potentially abusive situations. The bill also imposes mandatory minimum penalties for the most serious crimes against children.
"We must do all we can to keep our children from harm's way, and the Adam Walsh Act helps us do just that," Vitter said. "Strengthening programs that protect children and increasing criminal penalties for those who exploit them are exactly the types of steps we as a society should be taking on behalf of our families."