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Kline Statement: H.R. 3092, the E. Clay Shaw Jr. Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013

Since 1984 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has worked with the Department of Justice to build a coordinated national system to aid the recovery of missing children, protect children from sexual exploitation, and promote child safety and crime prevention. Over the last three decades the Center has assisted law enforcement in finding thousands of missing children, and its success rate has grown from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today. And through its CyberTipline, the Center has received and referred for investigation more than 2 million reports of crimes against children.

H.R. 3092 will ensure the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children can continue its work on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens while also taking steps to protect taxpayers through enhanced accountability and oversight. Additionally, the legislation supports greater coordination between law enforcement and states, districts, and schools in the race to recover missing children. Furthermore, the E. Clay Shaw Jr. Missing Children’s Assistance Reauthorization Act includes language from a bill authored by my colleague from Michigan, Rep. Tim Walberg, that will strengthen the Center’s work with law enforcement to rescue victims of sex trafficking.

H.R. 3092 will help protect and defend America’s children and their families. I applaud Mr. Guthrie for his work on this legislation, and I strongly urge my colleagues to lend their support.

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