Bonamici-Sponsored Bill to Prevent Child Abuse Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC [5/20/19] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Chair of the Education Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, celebrated the House passage of a bipartisan bill to prevent and address child abuse and neglect.
The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA), on which Bonamici is one of the co-leaders, strengthens federal investments in community-based services. It creates a data exchange system to streamline communication between and among child protection agencies and states, and includes other important updates.
Bonamici spoke in support of the legislation on the House floor. Video of her remarks can be found here.
“Stronger CAPTA is an important step toward making sure that all children grow up in a safe and healthy environment that allows them to reach their full potential,” Bonamici said on the House floor. “This bill will strengthen federal investments in community-based prevention services so families across the country can receive help before children suffer.
“It will build networks of wrap-around services that lower the risk of child maltreatment by helping families navigate complex health, education, and financial hardships. It will seek to reduce rates of child maltreatment exacerbated by the opioid crisis by supporting the development of best practices and strategies.
“And importantly, this bill will streamline communication between and among states so child protection agencies across the country can work together and prevent cases of child maltreatment from slipping through the cracks no matter where they occur.”
Bonamici co-led the legislation with three Democrats and four Republicans: Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08), Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03), Education Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rep. James Comer (KY-01), Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-at-Large), Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Education Committee Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05).
The Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee, which Bonamici chairs, has jurisdiction over CAPTA and held a hearing on the bill and the underlying issues in March.