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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

HR1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017 - Passed thru Congress 368 to 51 Last Week. It subjects Teen Sexters to 15-Years in Federal Prison and was requested by the US Department of Justice

Rep. Johnson is so proud of this Bill, this is what he has on his Home page

I have been tracking this Bill, it’s been listed on the right side of the Home page for weeks now. And I’ve Tweeted to the Sponsor and about it both before and after it passed Congress last week. 

Now today Elizabeth Nolan over at Reason.com has written an article about it which I’m posting at the very bottom. 

HR1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017 

Sponsor: Mike Johnson [R-LA], who per the below article quoted scripture to push this poorly written Bill through the U.S. House.  

Something I've learned over the last 9 years of advocacy. Anytime a Legislator claims a Bill is "common sense", or "if it saves one child it's worth it" OR they quote scripture when selling the proposal, it's time to look for and then point out the collateral consequences because I guarantee there are some doozy's buried in it.

Co-Sponsors:
·                       Poe, Ted [R-TX2] (joined Apr 12, 2017)
·                       Biggs, Andy [R-AZ5] (joined Apr 26, 2017)
·                       Scalise, Steve [R-LA1] (joined Apr 26, 2017)
·                       Sessions, Pete [R-TX32] (joined May 19, 2017)
·                       Roe, David “Phil” [R-TN1] (joined May 22, 2017)
·                       Tenney, Claudia [R-NY22] (joined May 22, 2017)  

On May 25th Congress voted on HR1761 and it passed 368 to 51. 

Of Virginia’s 11 House Representatives, only three voted against it. That took courage.
·                       Donald McEachin
·                       Bobby Scott
·                       Donald Beyer 

To see how your Representative voted go to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h284. And if you are on Twitter or Facebook, take a minute this week and let your one Representative know that you are either pleased with their ‘nay’ vote OR deeply disappointed with their ‘yea’ vote. 

U.S. Congress members from Virginia:
1-   Donald Beyer                     D         8th District               202-225-4376       1119 Longworth House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/RepDonBeyer/
·              https://twitter.com/RepDonBeyer
2-   Dave Brat                            R         7th District        202-225-2815       1628 Longworth House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/davebratforcongress
·              https://twitter.com/DaveBratVA7th
3-   Barbara Comstock           R         10th District 202-225-5136       229 Cannon House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/RepBarbaraComstock
·              https://twitter.com/BarbaraComstock
4-   Gerry Connolly      D         11 th District 202-225-1492   2238 Rayburn House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://twitter.com/GerryConnolly
5-   Bob Goodlatte                   R         6th District   202-225-5431 2309 Rayburn House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/BobGoodlatte
·              https://twitter.com/RepGoodlatte
6-   Morgan Griffith     R         9th District   202-225-3861    2202 Rayburn House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/RepMorganGriffith
·              https://twitter.com/RepMGriffith
7-   Tom Garrett                       R         5th District   202-225-4711  415 Cannon House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
8-   Donald McEachin             D         4th District   202-225-6365            314 Cannon House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/donaldmceachinva/
·              https://twitter.com/RepMcEachin
9-   Bobby Scott                        D         3rd District   202-225-8351 1201 Longworth House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/RepBobbyScott
·              https://twitter.com/bobbyscott
10- Scott Taylor                        R         2nd District   202-225-4215 412 Cannon House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/scotttaylorvirginia
·              https://twitter.com/Scotttaylorva   
11- Robert Wittman                R         1st District    202-225-4261     2055 Rayburn House Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
·              https://www.facebook.com/RepRobWittman/
·              https://twitter.com/robwittman?lang=en

HR1761 now heads to the U.S. Senate. 

Please contact both of Virginia’s Senators this week. Either through their website form or via phone call and ask them to vote ‘nay’ on HR1761 when it comes up for a vote in the Senate. 

U.S. Senators from Virginia:
1- Mark Warner          D         202-224-2023     475 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510
·              https://www.facebook.com/MarkRWarner
·              https://twitter.com/MarkWarner

2- Tim Kaine                D         202-224-4024     231 Russell Senate Bldg Washington, D.C. 20510
·              https://www.facebook.com/SenatorKaine
·              https://twitter.com/timkaine

 
Thank you. 

Mary Davye Devoy



House Overwhelmingly Supports Bill Subjecting Teen Sexters to 15-Years in Federal Prison
The bill was requested by the Department of Justice after federal prosecutors bungled a child exploitation case
 

Teens who text each other explicit images could be subject to 15 years in federal prison under a new bill that just passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, has called the measure "deadly and counterproductive." 

"While the bill is well intended, it is overbroad in scope and will punish the very people it indicates it is designed to protect: our children," Lee said during a House floor debate over the bill. The bill would also raise "new constitutional concerns" and "exacerbate overwhelming concerns with the unfair and unjust mandatory minimum sentencing that contributes to the overcriminalization of juveniles and mass incarceration generally." 

Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) in March, the "Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017" passed the House by an overwhelming majority last week. Only two Republicans—Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Thomas Massie of Kentucky—voted against the bill, along with 53 Democrats. Most of the opposition centered on the bill's effective expansion of mandatory-minimum prison sentences. 

One vocal opponent was Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), who called the legislation "particularly appalling" because it would "apply to people who I think we should all agree should not be subject" to long mandatory minimums. "Under this law, teenagers who engage in consensual conduct and send photos of a sexual nature to their friends or even to each other may be prosecuted and the judge must sentence them to at least 15 years in prison," said Scott on the House floor.
 

What's more, "the law explicitly states that the mandatory minimums will apply equally to an attempt or a conspiracy," Scott noted: