For the first time in Congressional history, a bipartisan coalition has been formed in the House of Representatives to work on issues related to child safety. The bipartisan chairs of the new Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus are U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), Grace Meng (D-NY) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND). Among the four co-chairs, they have 13 children and one grandchild.
The Kids' Safety Caucus will hold educational forums for Members of Congress and their staff, provide data and research, and act as a resource for Members to provide safety information and share best practices in their home districts.
"As a father of three, I am proud to be a founding member of the new Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus," said Rep. Runyan. "Today, preventable injury remains the leading cause of death for children in the United States. As parents and policy makers, we must focus on new ways to help protect the safety of our children. This Caucus will allow Members to bring back important information to their districts to help inform parents on ways to improve child safety."
"The number one killer of kids is unintentional injury, and it's important that we come together to talk about ways we can help protect against these preventable injuries," said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. "As parents and Members of Congress, we can play a leadership role in educating our constituents about child safety, whether it's in cars, on sports fields, or in swimming pools and open water."
"Nothing is more important than protecting our kids. It's essential that we do all we can to keep them safe," said Rep. Meng. "Most deaths of children 19 and younger are preventable, and tragedies such as accidental poisonings, drownings, car accidents are easily avoidable. I hope that this new caucus we are launching will make the public more aware of the many dangers that threaten our children, and reduce the number of kids that are put in harm's way each year. Our children deserve nothing less."
"It's important for Congress to come together to share ideas, information, research and emerging trends to stop preventable injury from taking so many lives too soon. As a parent and grandparent, I take these concerns personally and hope this new Caucus will be a productive place to discuss the safety of our youngest people," said Rep. Cramer.