Texarkana Gazette - - METRO/STATE -

Vot­ing 200 for and 214 against, the House on Feb. 8 de­feated a Repub­li­can mo­tion ad­dress­ing lan­guage in HR 840 (above) that would pro­hibit Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs con­tracts with child care firms that em­ploy in­di­vid­u­als con­victed of se­ri­ous of­fenses in­clud­ing sex crimes, drug felonies and vi­o­lent crimes. The mo­tion sought to ex­pand the pro­hi­bi­tion to cover con­trac­tors with em­ploy­ees who have been charged with but not yet con­victed of the spec­i­fied crimes.

Spon­sor Andy Barr, R-Ky., said his mea­sure “does not pre­sup­pose the guilt of any­one who charged with one of these crimes. Rather, it ac­knowl­edges that we have an obli­ga­tion to en­sure the safety of chil­dren who will be cared for un­der this pro­gram.”

Conor Lamb, D-Pa., said the bill “al­ready in­cludes an amend­ment that does keep chil­dren safe. … We have made sure that no one will pro­vide child care to these chil­dren who is in se­ri­ous trou­ble.”

A yes vote was to adopt the mo­tion.


Vot­ing yes: Wester­man


Vot­ing yes: Gohmert, Rat­cliffe

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