Senator Richard Burr: Protecting children from sex offenders


This week, the Senate unanimously voted to reauthorize the National Sex Offender Registry. In an institution that is too often divided on strictly partisan lines, it is encouraging to know that we can find common ground when it comes to protecting women and children from convicted sexual offenders.

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, keeping Americans safe is my number one priority. Unfortunately, there are dangerous individuals living in our communities who seek to prey on the most vulnerable.   

Reauthorizing the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act sends a clear message that the Senate is working for the American people. This legislation ensures that law enforcement agents have the tools they need to keep track of the depraved individuals who prey on children so that they do not have the opportunity to reoffend.

I have long fought to use the National Sex Offender Registry as a tool to protect women and children from predators. In 2015, the President signed one of my bills, the Military Sex Offender Reporting Act into law. This legislation closed a legal loophole that enabled sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry.

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I’m also fighting to keep sex offenders out of your child’s day care facility. In 2014, I wrote the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, which requires childcare centers that receive federal subsidies to do background checks against the National Sex Offender Registry. I introduced legislation that requires similar background checks for employees working in military child care centers.