King Praises Bipartisanship
House Judiciary Committee Passes Bipartisan Bills Combatting Exploitation and Fraud
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement praising the bipartisan manner in which two pieces of important legislation were passed by the committee today. In action this morning, the Judiciary Committee passed HR 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, and HR 2595, the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act. King is a co-sponsor of HR 1865, and both bills passed with significant support from the committee’s Republican and Democratic members.
“The House Judiciary Committee is the most polarized committee on Capitol Hill because the issues before us define our country and civilization,” said King. “The members of the committee bring to it a medley of competing views, and it was a pleasure to work with my colleagues to distill our views into bipartisan bills that advance our fundamental interest in protecting Americans from exploitation and fraud.”
HR 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, creates a new federal statute combatting the promotion of sex trafficking online by permitting local and state criminal prosecutions of sex-trafficking websites.
HR 2595, the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act, targets immigration document fraud by allowing the recipient of immigration related paperwork to elect to pay a fee to have the paperwork sent to them through the U.S. mail subject to a hold for pickup or signature confirmation.