Two Senators Blocking Bill Protecting Children
Talking Points Memo: Protecting American kids
Why is Senator Kennedy blocking a bill that would protect American kids? That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.
The proposed law is called "The ChildHelp National Registry Act," and it would mandate that federal authorities keep a database of convicted child predators and child abusers.
Of course, that would help local authorities, who could tap into the computerized information and instantly know who is in the neighborhood. Right now, child predators can roam from state to state, and the cops are blind to their backgrounds.
So... does anyone oppose that proposed law? Anyone? Only fools and people who don't care about kids would object to the national database.
But in the Senate, a vote on the bill is being held up by Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid, the Minority Leader in the Senate. Mr. Reid says that Kennedy was promised a vote on a new "hate crimes" bill, and that's why the child protection bill is not going to the floor for a vote. Apparently, Senator Kennedy wants to attach some kind of hate crime legislation to the ChildHelp bill.
With all due respect to Kennedy and Reid... this is politics at its worst. There is no need to burden the ChildHelp bill with any other piece of legislation. The child bill should stand alone. If the hate crimes bill is a good law, that should stand alone as well.
Here's a no spin message to Senators Reid and Kennedy. Every day that you guys dither around, thousands of children get hurt in America. Every day that local law enforcement does not have the information it should have, predators are more free to rape and kill.
Sometimes the people-the folks-have to send a message to Washington, and this is one of those times. We are posting information on BillOReilly.com so you can get a message to Ted Kennedy and Harry Reid. If they put the bill to a vote, it will pass; if they continue to hold it up, more kids will get hurt. Simple.
Finally, Talking Points doesn't think Kennedy and Reid are bad men, but they are playing politics with the safety of children, and I hope you'll tell them that is unacceptable. And that's the Memo.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
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