By Fully Funding U.S. Marshals
Amendment Passes Unanimously
SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN’S efforts to protect children from sexual predators continued today [October 16, 2007] as the Senate passed his amendment to give the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) the resources it needs to keep our children safe from sexual predators. Ensign’s amendment would fully fund the USMS within the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
“There are at least 100,000 predators on our streets who are not registered as sex offenders,” said Ensign. “My amendment provides law enforcement officers with the resources they need to track down sex offenders in our neighborhoods and communities.”
The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act established the National Sex Offender Registry, which makes information about registered sex offenders available on the Internet. Ensign’s amendment, which was offered to the Commerce-Justice-State Appropriations Bill, would increase the USMS allocation by $7.845 million, ensuring that the program is funded at the President’s request.
“This is about keeping our children safe, and I’m pleased the Senate passed my amendment with unanimous support,” said Ensign.
Ensign’s amendment does not increase the overall cost of the bill because the cost of the $7.845 million increase is offset by reductions elsewhere in the legislation.
SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN, a past Chairman of the Senate High Tech Task Force, released [October 16, 2007] the following statement urging Congress to pass a permanent moratorium on taxing the Internet.
“The Internet has encouraged tremendous innovation and job creation, and slowing this growth with the dead weight of taxes is the wrong direction for our economy. I am disappointed that the House only passed a four-year extension of the ban, but Americans should know that a majority of Congress, including Democrats and Republicans, are fighting to make this permanent. When this bill reaches the Senate, I am hopeful that my colleagues will vote to keep the government from taxing this invaluable resource.”
The tax moratorium expires November 1, 2007. Today the House of Representatives passed only a four-year extension.