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H.R. 1862: Global Child Protection Act of 2017

May 22, 2017 at 6:57 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1862 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 1862 increases the coverage of current laws relating to unlawful sexual conduct with minors during foreign travel. Under current law, certain types of sexual contact are not covered under the criminal definition of “illicit sexual conduct.” This bill expands the definition to include this sexual contact, so that offenders who commit this type of contact abroad, cannot evade prosecution. Current law also fails to include certain conduct in the definition of “Federal sex offense” for purposes of the recidivist enhancement. Under 18 U.S.C. § 3559(e) a person who commits a “federal sex offense” against a minor is subject to an enhancement of mandatory life imprisonment where they have a prior sex conviction in which the victim was a minor. Missing from this definition is aggravated sexual contact with a child and the statute prohibiting foreign sex tourism. This bill fixes this unintended loophole.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 93%
Nay 7%
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