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Senate Proceeding 05-13-08 on May 13th, 2008 :: 3:42:38 to 3:53:34
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Edward Kennedy

3:39:39 to 3:42:38( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

Edward Kennedy

3:42:27 to 3:42:38( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: minutes each. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. grassley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. mr. grassley: i would ask permission

Chuck Grassley

3:42:38 to 3:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to speak for 15 minutes. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. grassley: i come to the floor to discuss with my colleagues an issue that has hit home over the

Chuck Grassley

3:42:38 to 3:53:34( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

3:42:54 to 3:43:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: last few years for all americans, and that issue is crime against children. we've all heard stories of children, our most innocent population, being victimized and abused by predatory criminals.

Chuck Grassley

3:43:10 to 3:43:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: well, it is true we've made great strides passing federal legislation against criminal predators. more work needs to be done, and that is why i'm here today to introduce a bill that i entitled the prevention

Chuck Grassley

3:43:25 to 3:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: and deterrence of crimes against children act of 2008. i'm pleased to be joined by senator kyl and senator vitter who have cosponsored this bill with me. this is a very important bill that will protect

Chuck Grassley

3:43:45 to 3:44:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: our children from the violent forms of abuse and will send a strong signal to criminals that we as a society won't tolerate such behavior.| and that there predatory actions have significant consequences.

Chuck Grassley

3:44:06 to 3:44:23( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i'd like to take a moment to talk about the murder of a girl from my home state of iowa jesetta marie gauge. on march 24, 2005, jetsetta, went missing from her home. within 12 hours of her disappearance,

Chuck Grassley

3:44:23 to 3:44:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: iowa law enforcement agents arrested a registered sex offender roger bentley for the crime. he had been previously convicted of committing acts with a minor. regrettably this criminal served just over a

Chuck Grassley

3:44:42 to 3:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: year in prison for his previous sex crimes conviction. two days after her disappearance, an amber alert tip led officials to the location of her body. she was found stuffed in a cabinet in an abandoned

Chuck Grassley

3:44:57 to 3:45:12( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: mobile home. the autopsy revealed that she was sexually assaulted and suffocated with a plastic bag. i can't help but wonder whether jetsetta would still be alive today if her killer received stricter

Chuck Grassley

3:45:12 to 3:45:26( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: penalties for his first offense. it breaks everybody's heart to hear about cases like this, but it is even more demoralizing when you know it might have been prevented and with adequate sentencing.

Chuck Grassley

3:45:26 to 3:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: last week i honored two extraordinary law enforcement officers who put another one of jet seta's abusers, james bentley. unbelievably james bentley is the brother of roger bentley who is responsible

Chuck Grassley

3:45:46 to 3:46:09( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: for the rape and murder of jetsetta. a year prior to her murder, james bentley took nude photos of 9-year-old jetsetta and her 13-year-old little sister liona. after the child abuse prosecution of james

Chuck Grassley

3:46:09 to 3:46:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: bentley stalle d in state court due to sixth amendment concerns, u.s. postal inspector troy wrapper and the investigatorrancele followed up on child pornography allegations that led to james bentley's

Chuck Grassley

3:46:24 to 3:46:40( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: conviction on child pornography charges. these investigators work tirelessly to find nine previous victims of james bentley. only two of the nine victims testified. but their courage and their accounts

Chuck Grassley

3:46:40 to 3:47:00( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of abuse by this man were very powerful. as a result these testimonies influenced the district court's decision to use higher sentencing guidelines to put him away in federal prison for 100 years. i'm

Chuck Grassley

3:47:00 to 3:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: truly thankful for the public service that inspector troy wrapper and investigator charitiancele has done for iowa kids. we in the congress have not sat idly by. two years ago we passed into law

Chuck Grassley

3:47:16 to 3:47:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the adam walsh child protection safety act. this act made great strides in protecting america's children against violent sexual predators. among the many components, this act standardized the

Chuck Grassley

3:47:32 to 3:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: national sex offender registry, eliminated the statute of limitations against children, provided grants for electronic devices used to monitor sex offenders and, lastly, established more severe criminal

Chuck Grassley

3:47:49 to 3:48:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: punishment forsh certain crimes committed by sex offenders. as part of the adam walsh act we are able to include the jet is seta gauge assured punishment for crimes against children amendment. the amendment

Chuck Grassley

3:48:06 to 3:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: created mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for criminals who committed murder, kidnapping or serious bodily harm against children. we are on the right path, but i still say that this is not enough

Chuck Grassley

3:48:20 to 3:48:38( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: -- not enough punishment for people who commit these despicable crimes. there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on this serious issue. this bill that i'm introducing today will help change

Chuck Grassley

3:48:38 to 3:48:55( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: this by protecting children in four ways, it will increase mandatory minimum sentences, boost penalties for certain crimes against children, control the use of passports by convicted sex offenders, and strengthen

Chuck Grassley

3:48:55 to 3:49:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the process for removing criminal aliens who commit sex offenses. the first section of the bills in-- bill increases the penalties for child pornography offenses and elevates the mandatory minimum

Chuck Grassley

3:49:06 to 3:49:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: punishment for criminals who commit exploitation crimes against children. i know that some of my colleagues have concerns about mandatory minimums, especially in the context of drug sentences.

Chuck Grassley

3:49:21 to 3:49:36( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i understand that -- that concern, but in light of the supreme court's decision in the booker case, something must be done to ensure that sexual predators receive the type of sentences appropriate for their

Chuck Grassley

3:49:36 to 3:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: crimes. in booker the court held that the federal sentencing guidelines are no longer mandatory. thus federal judges have unfettered disgretion in sentencing. i'm very worried that judges are not doing their

Chuck Grassley

3:49:51 to 3:50:10( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: job j to protect children. as a matter of fact deputy attorney general laurence e. rothenburg testified to the senate judiciary committee last year that since the booker decision, federal judges have significantly

Chuck Grassley

3:50:10 to 3:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: increased the number of downward departures for those convicted of possession of child pornography. to counter this trend, my bill teabs the following mandatory minimums for exploitation crimes against

Chuck Grassley

3:50:26 to 3:50:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: children: one, where a crime involves child pornography, the offender will receive 20 years to life. two, where the crime deals with sexual exploitation of a minor by a parent or guardian, the offender will

Chuck Grassley

3:50:41 to 3:50:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: receive no less than three years to life. the second section of the bill increases penalties for child sex trafficking and child prostitution. the penalties for these crimes need to be adjusted

Chuck Grassley

3:50:57 to 3:51:14( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to adequately reflect the gravity of these crimes and the damage that they do to children. the third section of the bill will ensure harsh penalties for criminals convicted of child sex offenses resulting

Chuck Grassley

3:51:14 to 3:51:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: in death, repeated child section crimes, and forcible rape of children. these crimes involve the most violent types of sex offenders and justice for these crimes should be dealt out with the strongest

Chuck Grassley

3:51:28 to 3:51:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: available prison sentences. the final section of the bill has to do with not permitting the sex offenders to travel outside the country. if we know someone is a convicted child molester, we have the responsibility

Chuck Grassley

3:51:46 to 3:52:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to not allow them travel to asia or europe or anywhere to exploit and harm other kids in other lands. the bill provides for the following: when the sex offender has been convicted of a sex offense, the issuance

Chuck Grassley

3:52:03 to 3:52:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of passports shall be refused. secondly, if a passport has already been issued, the use of a passport may be restricted if the passport was used in the furtherance of a sex offense, and lastly, any alien

Chuck Grassley

3:52:18 to 3:52:30( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: convicted of sex offense shall be placed immediately in removal proceedings. the provisions of this bill are designed to protect our children by locking up violent sexual predators. i doubt that

Chuck Grassley

3:52:30 to 3:52:44( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the members of this body, many of whom had have young children of their own, will have any objection to ensuring that violators of crimes against children receive tougher penalties for their acts.

Chuck Grassley

3:52:44 to 3:52:59( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: it is unfortunate that it took the murder of girls like jetsetta gauge for a law with severe penalties to be proposed. but i strongly believe that a vote for this bill could save the lives of children

Chuck Grassley

3:52:59 to 3:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: in the future. we have an obligation as legislators to protect our citizens, including our most vulnerable populations, and we have an obligation as adults to protect our young people. we have a commitment

Chuck Grassley

3:53:14 to 3:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: as parents to protect our children and ensure that they're given the opportunity to grow up free from the dangers that violent sex offenders pose. i urge my colleagues to join me and senators kyl

Bernard Sanders

3:53:34 to 3:53:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bernard Sanders: and vitter in strengthening our laws so that no child becomes the victim of a repeat offender. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from vermont. mr. sander s: thank

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