May 15 2008

Shelby Announces $50 Million to Track Unregistered Sexual Predators

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee included Senator Shelby’s amendment to provide $50 million dollars in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill for the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006.  The funding will allow the U.S. Marshals Service to track and arrest unregistered child predators.  Senator Shelby has been a longtime supporter of programs and funding to help missing and exploited children.  After this action by the committee, the bill will go before the full Senate for consideration.

“Last spring, after the ceremony that made the Adam Walsh Act a law, my friend John Walsh said, ‘Legislation without the resources to back it up is nothing more than a photo-op,’” said Shelby.  “I could not agree with him more.  I supported the Act’s passage in the Senate and I believe it is critical that this funding be included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill.  Child predators who live in our neighborhoods, work in our schools and lurk on playgrounds across this country are every bit as dangerous to the American way of life as any terrorist.  Our U.S. Marshals must have the funding necessary to effectively hunt them down and bring them to justice.”

The Adam Walsh Act provided federal law enforcement with the tools to track down unregistered sex offenders.  The U.S. Marshals Service, the lead agency in enforcement of the Adam Walsh Act, is currently understaffed and underfunded to meet the requirements set out in the Act. 

Senator Shelby’s Prior Missing and Exploited Children Work:

Co-chair and Co-founder of the Senate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
Founder of the Financial Coalition to Fight Child Pornography
Introduced The Protect Our Children First Act of 2007, which would eradicate child pornography, combat exploitation, punish sex offenders and find missing children
Started a $16 million annual grant program to fight child predators in fiscal year 2008
Annually funds efforts to thwart child exploitation in Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bills