4:13 PM EDT

Mike Michaud, D-ME 2nd

Mr. MICHAUD. I thank the gentleman for yielding 1 minute.

The Debbie Smith Act provides State and local agencies funding to combat serious crimes such as rape, sexual assault, and murder. I would like to thank Congressman Nadler and Congresswoman Maloney for their leadership on this very important issue. Our amendment will fully fund this valuable program.

Each untested DNA sample represents a missed chance to keep these violent offenders off our streets. In one case in California, a repeat sex offender raped a woman. Before the test could be processed by the State crime lab, the perpetrator attacked two additional women and a child as well. In Maine we have a backlog of over 4,000 samples that need to be analyzed. Without additional funding many of our cold cases will go unsolved and this backlog will continue.

I urge my colleagues to support this very important amendment.

4:14 PM EDT

Carolyn Maloney, D-NY 14th

Mrs. MALONEY. I rise in strong support of the Nadler-Michaud-Maloney amendment that would fully fund the Debbie Smith DNA backlog grant program. And I applaud all like-minded men who are standing up in leadership roles to fund what many have called the most important anti-rape violence against women prevention bill ever to pass this Congress, the Debbie Smith Act. I particularly applaud my colleague from New York who has been a gladiator in support of women's issues, a strong defender and has

worked hard to help us in many ways.

I applaud Congressman Mollohan for providing $146 million earlier this year for the Debbie Smith grant program. I must say that this bill, which I authored with Mark Green on the other side of the aisle, was truly a bipartisan mission, and it has saved lives. Every single unprocessed rape kit represents a victim who has been denied justice and a predator who remains at large, free to attack other women. The program's funding has been increased by $5 million for fiscal year 2010.

It has been an honor working with my good friends to deliver full funding for this vital anti-crime, protection-of-women, anti-rape legislation. I urge my colleagues to stand with us and support this important amendment. I applaud my like-minded male leaders who have stood so strong to protect and defend women from violence and one of the worst crimes of all--rape.

4:16 PM EDT

Jerrold Nadler, D-NY 8th

Mr. NADLER of New York. I yield myself the balance of my time.

Mr. Chairman, in closing I want to thank Chairman Mollohan for accepting the amendment, I want to thank the gentleman from Virginia for not opposing it, and I want to encourage all Members to support this important increase in funding so we can reduce the DNA testing backlog, we can put guilty people behind bars, we can free innocent people, we can prevent future rapes and sexual assaults, and make our country safer.

I yield back the balance of my time.

The CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Nadler).

The question was taken; and the Chair announced that the ayes appeared to have it.

4:16 PM EDT

Jerrold Nadler, D-NY 8th

Mr. NADLER of New York. I yield myself the balance of my time.

Mr. Chairman, in closing I want to thank Chairman Mollohan for accepting the amendment, I want to thank the gentleman from Virginia for not opposing it, and I want to encourage all Members to support this important increase in funding so we can reduce the DNA testing backlog, we can put guilty people behind bars, we can free innocent people, we can prevent future rapes and sexual assaults, and make our country safer.

I yield back the balance of my time.

The CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from New York (Mr. Nadler).

The question was taken; and the Chair announced that the ayes appeared to have it.