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Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. PRYOR. Mr. President, I rise today to support the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006, H.R. 4472. I say that as an Arkansan because I know people in Arkansas want to protect our children. I say that as a former attorney general because I know we worked with John Walsh and other people who dealt with missing and exploited children all over the country. We tried to be as active as possible in the attorney general's office in Arkansas. Thirdly, and most important, I say it as a father because I want my children protected like everybody else here and everybody around the country who wants their children protected.

Senator Frist made a statement a few moments ago about child predators on the Internet. It is a real problem. It is something we in the Congress are trying to deal with in this legislation. It is something we need to keep focused on even though we passed this legislation. We need to keep focused on it so we can make sure that what we have on the books works. I am very proud of the Senate tonight for considering this. I am very proud of the Congress for the way they have handled this and moved this through the process.

I also wish to say another word. There is a program around the country called Code Adam. Actually, an Arkansas company started this--Wal-Mart--several years ago, where they have a little blue sticker on the door of every Wal-Mart. They do a Code Adam procedure in the store if a child is reported missing in the store. I cannot tell you how many children have been saved in Wal-Marts but also in other retail stores that use Code Adam. Wal-Mart has given this idea to anybody who wants to do it. It has worked and it has probably saved dozens, if not hundreds, of children. It is named after Adam Walsh because he was abducted and murdered several years ago.

Lastly, my friend, Colleen Nick, whom I met through my time in the attorney general's office in Arkansas--her daughter Morgan Nick was abducted from a ballfield in Alma, AR, several years ago when Morgan was about 5 years old. Colleen has devoted her life to missing children issues. So I am proud that this passed tonight for Morgan and Colleen and the Nick family because I have talked to them and spent a lot of time with the Nicks. I know the void it creates in a parent's life and in a family's life when one of their children is missing and never found.

Mr. President, I am very proud to support this legislation. I believe it makes America better, stronger, and it puts some teeth in the law that we need. It is something of which we can all be proud.


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