WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement on the Senate passage of legislation to reauthorize the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act:
“As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority,” said Senator Burr. “Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable. Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message that the Senate is working for the American people. This legislation, which continues the National Sex Offender Registry, ensures that law enforcement agents have the tools they need to keep track of the depraved individuals who prey on children so that they do not have the opportunity to reoffend.”
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act is named for Adam Walsh, a six-year-old boy who was murdered after being abducted from a Florida shopping mall in 1981. The legislation, signed into law by President Bush in 2006, established national standards for sex offender registration and provides information to the public about those convicted of sex offenses.
Senator Burr has long fought to use the National Sex Offender Registry as a tool to protect women and children from predators:
- In 2015, the Congress passed and the President signed into law Senator Burr’s Military Sex Offender Reporting Act, which closed a legal loophole that enabled sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry.
- In 2014, Senator Burr authored the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, which requires childcare centers that receive federal subsidies to do background checks against the National Sex Offender Registry.
- Senator Burr also introduced legislation that requires similar background checks for employees working in military child care centers.