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Congressman Paulsen Applauds Passage of Protect Our Kids Act

Establishes Commission to Develop Recommendations to Reduce Child Deaths Due to Abuse and Neglect.

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.

Marianne Stebbins December 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
While this makes nice grandstanding, there is nothing in the Constitution that gives the federal government any kind of authority for this, even if government were at all capable of keeping kids safe. It's strong community and extended family that can deal with this, but government has a terrible track record. This is nothing more than Paulsen wanting to appear that he is "doing something," while it is nothing more than a reason to take more money out of the economy to spend on meetings, staff, lobbyists and dinners. And we wonder why we have budget trouble.
Loretta Holscher December 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Congressman Paulsen should put his resources into resolving the Fiscal Cliff. Get real! Grandstanding is an understatement.
Timothy Hall December 22, 2012 at 07:06 PM
About 10 years ago Donald Rumsfeld said we don't go to war with the military we want we go to war with the military we have. We need a more mechanized military. Our military is already planning to cut down 80,000 troops in the next 5 years. They are ready for it. With sequestration on the Democrat side is on them.
rob_h78 December 23, 2012 at 02:07 AM
"Protect Our Kids Act"??? We just had 20 little children slaughtered in their classrooms - where is Paulsen's plans for doing something about that? No Republicans appears on the "Sunday Talk Shows" that weekend and people were reporting that Republicans in DC were not allowed to speak on the topic until the NRA issues its statement. Do Republicans have any plans to PROTECT OUR KIDS other than being lap dogs for the NRA and wanting to push more guns and armed guards into schools? By the way the US has 5% of the population and 50% of the guns - will having 70% of the worlds guns make us any safer?

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