MCDERMOTT'S VIEW OF SEXUAL PREDATORS
“Child sex offenders would be subject to stringent monitoring requirements and face new mandatory penalties under a House-passed bill…. The House voted 371-52 yesterday in favor of the Children's Safety Act, which, among its many provisions, creates a national Web site for child sex offenders and stipulates that sex felons face up to 20 years in prison for failing to comply with registration requirements.”
Source: (Seattle Times 9/15/05) http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002495845_sexoffenders15.html
Among the minority voting in opposition to the bill was Jim McDermott, D-Seattle.
And back in the spring of 2003, McDermott twice voted against the Child Abduction Prevention Act, which eventually was signed into law by President Bush on April 30, 2003. The Child Abduction Prevention Act strengthened the Amber Alert program and promoted stricter penalties for child pornography, sexual exploitation of children, and sexual abuse of children. The first version of the bill (HR 1104) passed the House on March 27, 2003 by a vote of 410 to 14 (with McDermott among the 14 voting "no"). After the Senate and House met in confernce, a second version of the bill (S 151) was approved on April 10, 2003 by the Senate (98 to 0) and the House (400 to 25). Once again, McDermott was one of the 25 voting "no."
Source for 3/27/03 House vote on HR 1104: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll089.xml
Source for 4/10/03 House vote on S 151: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll127.xml
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