Budding U.S. Senator Ted Budd has a lot of thoughts on child abuse in public schools-so much, in fact, that he sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper demanding that the Governor detail “procedures in place to protect children in North Carolina schools.”
Budd cites two serious cases of child abuse – a recent case in Fairfax, Virginia, where a school counselor kept his job after being found guilty of soliciting a minorand the startling allegations contained in a trial in 2021 which describe decades of student abuse by staff at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
Here’s the catch, though: As a three-term congressman, instead of pretending, Budd had ample opportunity to vote for bills that would actually allocate money, some $890 million. , to programs aimed at preventing child abuse and helping abused children heal.
And guess what? Bud passed.
In 2021, Budd voted against bipartisan House Resolution 485, the Stricter law on the prevention and treatment of child abusewhich authorizes $540 million to expand services related to child maltreatment prevention and research programs through 2027.
The resolution was approved by the House in a vote of 345 to 73 (Budd and 72 other Republicans voted no) and allocates $270 million to expand child abuse prevention services to more than 3 million children every year. It also allocates $270 million for new research and support for state child welfare agencies to expand their services.
Additionally, the resolution would establish a national electronic registry of child abuse cases, seek to address racial bias in the child welfare system – particularly for children whose parents struggle with addiction – and expand physical and mental health services.
The resolution is currently stalled in a US Senate committee.
But that’s not all. In 2021 there was the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as the Stimulus bill. House Freedom Caucus member voted against that too.
During the pandemic, when child abuse rates were known to rise as children couldn’t go to school and families avoided emergency room visits, the US bailout provided $350 million for child abuse prevention programs, including Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse Act (CAPTA) and Community Based Child Maltreatment Prevention (CBCAP) programs.
Budd called the U.S. bailout a “liberal wishlist,” but he allocated $100 million in additional funding for CAPTA grants that provide funds to states to improve their child welfare service systems. North Carolina has received more than $3 million in CAPTA grants from the bill, and that money has been used to fund child abuse prevention programs and for community services.
Budd better ask not what Governor Cooper is doing to protect kids in North Carolina schools, but to take a look at his own voting record and start making better spending choices for the kids of North Carolina he claims to care so much about.
The congressman, in his letter embedded below, demands a response from the governor’s office by tomorrow.
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