CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 454 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on May 18, 2009.
H.Res. 454 would resolve that Congress recognizes the 25th anniversary of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
According to the resolution's findings, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) serves as the national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children. NCMEC deploys Team Adam, a rapid response and support system comprised of retired law enforcement officers, to provide on-site technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies investigating cases of child abduction and sexual exploitation. In 2008, NCMEC helped recover more children than any other year in the organization's 25-year history, raising the recovery rate from 62 percent in 1990 to 97 percent today.