Last week, the President signed into law the Child Protection Act of 2012. I was proud to co-sponsor this bipartisan piece of legislation that will help law enforcement agencies crack down on those who abuse and exploit our children. The law imposes tougher penalties for the possession of child pornography -- increasing the maximum amount of prison time for convicted pedophiles. It also requires federal judges to issue a protective order for child witnesses who are harassed or intimidated by attorneys on behalf of their abusers or traffickers. Finally, the law authorizes the U.S. Marshals service to issue administrative subpoenas to obtain time-sensitive documents in their investigation of fugitive sex offenders.
Law enforcement agencies need tools to crack down on the most vile criminals -- child sex predators and traffickers -- in order to protect innocent young people who fall victim to these heinous crimes. This law will provide them with these tools. I'm pleased that members of both parties were able to work together on this commonsense piece of legislation. I hope that members of Congress will continue to join me in putting the greater good of our children before political party.