Washington, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House three bills to strengthen anti-human trafficking laws: H.R. 2664, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, H.R. 2480, Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, and H.R. 2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017.
“The heartbreaking tragedy of human trafficking violates our basic human rights. People in Eastern Washington as well as everywhere across the country should feel safe and free in their own communities, but this crime has sadly seeped into every region of this country. We must stand with victims and law enforcement to combat trafficking, because it has no place in a civilized society — especially one that so strongly values freedom. The legislation passed today continues our work to strengthen public safety measures that crack down on human traffickers. Thanks to the leadership of Reps. Smith (R-NJ), Walberg (R-MI), and Hartzler (R-MO), we are upholding the promise we made to all Americans to put their safety first.”
Note: All three bills prioritize public safety, a commitment that House Republicans made to the American people at the beginning of the year when they laid out their bold agenda. At a House Republican Leadership press conference on Wednesday, Chair McMorris Rodgers said, “We’re prepared to take on these threats at home and abroad. All Americans deserve to live in a country that puts their safety first, and we will continue to fulfill that promise.” Watch the full remarks here.