Martha Roby bill to combat horrific crimes against children passes House
America’s children are one step closer to being a littler safer after a bill sponsored by Alabama 2nd District U.S. Rep. Martha Roby passed the House on Tuesday.
H.R. 6847: the Preventing Child Exploitation Act of 2018, combats crimes such as child pornography and global sex tourism, and contains tools to fight child abuse and strengthens protections for children under the law. It also renews funding for the National Sex Offender Registry.
“It is our responsibility here in Congress to provide the strongest, most effective tools available to confront, fight, punish, and ultimately prevent horrific crimes against children,” said Roby. “Our children are perhaps the greatest and most precious responsibility given to us. They are vulnerable, innocent, and wholly dependent upon us to protect them. Because of this, both our legal protections for children and the punishments for those who do them harm must be as strong as possible.”
The bill itself contains four Judiciary Committee bills that have previously been approved by the House of Representatives:
- H.R. 1842: the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act — makes communities safer by enhancing penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry and then commit a crime of violence. It also ensures enhanced penalties for child exploitation crimes apply equally to all dangerous sex offenders by assuring those convicted of certain sex offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice are subject to the enhanced penalties applicable to recidivists under current law.
- H.R. 1862: the Global Child Protection Act — authored by Rep. Roby, the legislation combats global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas. Specifically, the bill expands the conduct covered for child sexual exploitation cases that involve abuse occurring abroad to include sexual contact. It also broadens the offenses covered in the recidivist enhancement provisions in current law to protect the youngest of child victims.
- H.R. 1761: the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act — protects child pornography victims by remedying a federal court ruling in United States v. Palomino-Coronado. This decision allowed a defendant to walk free from production of child pornography charges, despite photographic evidence that he had engaged in sexual abuse of a seven-year-old child, because the court found that he lacked the specific intent to produce child pornography prior to abusing the child. To address this loophole in the law, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act adds additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography production to prevent this heinous crime and bring criminals to justice.
- H.R. 1188: the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act — reauthorizes the two primary programs of the Adam Walsh Act—the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and the Sex Offender Management Assistance Program—for five years and makes targeted changes to make the system more efficient and just. These programs help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhoods.
The bill passed the House by a voice vote. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Watch Roby discuss the bill on the House floor:
Martha McSally makes it official: She’s running for the Senate
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a two-term Republican from Tucson and former Air Force combat pilot, on Friday officially entered an already volatile race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat, setting the GOP field for the drive to the Aug. 28 primary.
In a video posted to YouTube Friday morning, McSally plays up her Air Force background, including being the first female pilot to fight in combat, and presents herself as a member of Congress who gets things done in an age of gridlock.
She also signals her intent to align herself with President Donald Trump — in tone and policy — whose backing could be crucial in the Republican primary.
“Like our president, I’m tired of PC politicians and their BS excuses,” she says on the video. “I’m a fighter pilot and I talk like one. That’s why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done. Now I’m running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won.”
McSally’s Senate bid had been widely anticipated from almost the moment on Oct. 24 that incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced he would retire rather than face re-election this year.
Handel Wins Georgia Special Election
Republican Karen Handel has won Georgia’s special election, holding off the most well-funded House candidate in history and deflating Democrats who yearned for a special election rebuke to President Donald Trump.
Handel, who previously served as Georgia’s secretary of state, had 52 percent of the vote to Democrat Jon Ossoff’s 48 percent when the Associated Press called the race late Tuesday night after a six-month campaign in which Republicans hammered Ossoff as an ill fit for a traditionally conservative district.
Handel Campaign Raises $1 Million Online in a Week
On week after the primary in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, the Handel campaign raised over $1 million in online contributions. The race pitted 18 candidates against one another and ended with no outright victor, triggering a runoff competition between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.
Handel Easily Advances to June Run-off in Georgia
Karen Handel, who was endorsed by VIEW PAC, easily advanced to the GA-06 run-off last night. As expected, Democrat Jon Ossoff led the field with 48% of the vote. Handel finished in second place with 20%, easily besting her GOP rivals. With 100% of the precincts reporting, Ossoff fell just short of the 50% threshold required to avoid the run-off. Handel, however, finished very strong, outpacing her nearest GOP rival, Bob Gray, by nearly 10 points.
Jon Ossoff (D): 48%
Karen Handel (R): 20%
Bob Gray (R): 11%
Judson Hill (R): 9%
Dan Moody: 9%
VIEW PAC Endorses Karen Handel in GA-06 Special
VIEW PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Karen Handel for the GA-06 special election scheduled for April 18.
Karen’s deep roots in GA-06 and her strong name ID make her an early frontrunner in the race. The first public survey for this race taken last week shows her with 25% of the vote and her nearest Republican challenger at 11%.
But with 18 candidates on the ballot, Karen needs early help to cement her image with the voters and to finish strongly at the top of the field and move on the June runoff.
Please come and meet Karen when she is in town on March 1. VIEW PAC will be hosting an event for her from 4:30pm – 6:00pm at 21 D Street, SE. Click here to see the invitation.
VIEW PAC’s 2017 Kick-Off Reception
Please Join Us At VIEW PAC’s 2017 Kick-Off Reception
There is no other organization that comes close to having as great an impact on the races of Republican women running for the US House and Senate. We are helping these women with the maximum support possible, as early in their primaries as possible – when it matters most.
Last cycle VIEW PAC once again gave over $260,000 in direct contributions to female candidates and incumbents, and also helped raise well over $750,000 in contributions that went directly to those campaigns. Thanks to your amazing support and participation, we made a real difference.
We have exceptionally high hopes for the 2018 cycle. Already our eyes are set on a number of opportunities and we know that working together we are going to continue to make a real difference.
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Monday, February 13, 2017
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Welcome Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Claudia Tenney!
Please join VIEWPAC in welcoming the 115th Congress’s two freshman female Republican members:
Liz Cheney (WY-al)
- Liz is an international law attorney and foreign policy specialist who held several positions at the U.S. State Department during the George W. Bush Administration.
- In the fall of 2015, Rep. Cynthia Lummis announced her retirement, Liz ran for and handily won the seat. This is the same seat her father held from January 1979 to January 1989. Learn more…
Claudia Tenney (NY-22)
- Claudia is an attorney, businesswoman, and former state legislator. She is the co-owner of Mid-York Press, Inc., a commercial printing and manufacturing firm founded by her grandfather in 1946.
- As a member of the State Assembly from 2011 to her election to Congress in November, Claudia was consistently ranked as one of the top conservative legislators in New York. Learn more….