Kennedy-supported bill to protect children from online predators passes Senate 

Published 3:14 pm Thursday, November 17, 2022

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Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today applauded the Senate passage of the  PROTECT our Children Act, which he cosponsored. 

The legislation reauthorizes funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, which prosecutes child exploitation that happens online.  

“Internet predators victimize children too often, and there’s more we can do to keep  them safe. The PROTECT our Children Act would help law enforcement prosecute these  criminals and prevent future crime, and I hope the House sends it to the president’s desk  immediately,” said Kennedy.  

“By providing the resources, officers, and technology law enforcement agencies need to  counter the threat of cyber-crimes, we can build more barriers between predators and  the victims they target. I applaud my colleagues for reauthorizing this task force that  prevents the perpetrators of these heinous crimes from committing future abuse, and I  urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen.  John Cornyn (R-Texas). 

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Charles  Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) also  cosponsored the bill.