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Washington, DC, October 12, 2018
Tags: Education

Washington, DC– Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02)’s bill to reauthorize and update the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was signed into law last night by President Donald Trump.


Guthrie introduced the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act(H.R. 1808) last year to help NCMEC better serve vulnerable children and their families. It passed in the House unanimously in May, 2017. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced Senate companion legislation, the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018 (S. 3354), which then passed in both the Senate and the House. President Trump signed the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 2018 into law yesterday.


“This legislation reauthorizes NCMEC and allows it to continue its critical work on behalf of vulnerable children, all while updating its programming to reflect the latest research and technology,” said Guthrie. “It ensures continued federal support of efforts by state and local entities to recover missing and exploited children, while also allowing school personnel and law enforcement to receive technical assistance and training. As a father, I cannot imagine something like this happening to my children, and I am grateful for the critical work that NCMEC’s many employees do on behalf of our communities. I am glad that President Trump signed this important legislation into law.”


Guthrie has long championed this issue during his time in Congress, having previously authored legislation to reauthorize NCMEC, which was signed into law in 2013.


Last Friday, President Trump also signed Guthrie’s Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Actinto law.