Rep. Schrier’s Statement on House Passage of Her Bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention Bill

May 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) released the following statement after her bipartisan bill on child abuse prevention and treatment, Stronger CAPTA (H.R. 2480), passed the House:

“I am thrilled that my bill, Stronger CAPTA, has passed the House unanimously. Stronger CAPTA is a reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) that will enhance already existing federal supports for child abuse and neglect.

This bill will help states and communities address the recent rise in cases of child neglect, abuse, and death. Many of these cases can be linked to an increasing number of parents affected by substance abuse and the opioid crisis.

As a pediatrician, I am part of a support network for children. This bill will help make sure that every family gets the support they need. The wellbeing of children and their opportunity to grow up in a stable, loving environment will be improved with the passage of Stronger CAPTA.”

The bipartisan cosponsors of H.R. 2480 are Rep. Schrier, Education and Labor Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Rep. James Comer (KY-01), Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Rep. Dusty Johnson (SD-at-Large) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21).

Here is Rep. Schrier’s floor speech introducing the bill on the House Floor.

Here is a press release with further background on H.R. 2480.