Congressman Erik Paulsen, Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, issued a statement Friday after the House passed the Protect Our Kids Act—legislation which establishes a commission to develop recommendations to reduce child deaths from neglect and abuse.
The 12 member commission would study a variety of issues, including prevention methods, data on fatalities and the adequacy of current programs, and then make recommendations to reduce child maltreatment deaths. Last week, Rep. Paulsen chaired a Human Resources Subcommittee hearing examining the bipartisan proposal. During the hearing, the committee heard from multiple witnesses, including former Minnesota 3rddistrict Congressman Bill Frenzel. Rep. Paulsen is an original co-sponsor of the Protect our Kids Act.
“Far too many children lose their lives each year as a result of abuse and neglect at the hands of those who should have cared for them," Paulsen wrote in a statement. "While it won’t be the Federal government that solves this problem, we have a role to play. Today’s legislation will bring together experts to review current child welfare programs and highlight what additional steps hold the most promise. Ultimately, this commission will help local officials and communities develop more effective approaches to reduce the number of child fatalities from abuse and neglect.”
View Rep. Paulsen’s Floor Remarks HERE.