WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., introduced a legislative package that includes two measures to protect vulnerable children by aiding states’ efforts to combat child abuse and neglect and by providing adoption support for children most in need.

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Reauthorization Act of 2019 would reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and streamline the programs that the federal government provides to help states combat child abuse and neglect without adding excessive burdensome regulations on the states. The reauthorization measure would also provide funding for research into the causes of child abuse and neglect and potential ways to prevent it.

The Adoption Opportunities Act of 2019 would provide support for the adoption of children with special needs or other characteristics that can make them particularly difficult to adopt.

“Our children are the message we send to a future we’ll never see, and we must look after our most vulnerable and care for their needs,” said Isakson. “Each of these measures has been carefully crafted to ensure we’re able to help protect children. We are doing all we can to provide states with the support they need to combat child abuse and neglect and encourage the adoption of children who are particularly vulnerable. I hope we can move quickly on this important legislation.”

“We can all agree that keeping our children safe should be one of our country’s top priorities,” said Jones. “We need to continue to work to strengthen our child protection system and to provide resources to prevent child neglect and abuse before it happens – and reduce barriers to adoption so that children in need can find loving, permanent homes. I want to thank Senator Isakson for leading this effort to make our country a safer place for all children to live.”

The measures have been sent to the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee for action.




Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thank You, Johnny: Values

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has earned the reputation as a compassionate, honest and bridge-building public servant throughout his long political career. In a video released Nov. 26, Isakson’s colleagues reflect on his commitment to living his values while representing Georgians in the state and in Washington, D.C., over the span of his 45 years in public office.
ATLANTA – In a video released today, colleagues of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, discuss Isakson’s efforts to improve the lives of veterans across the country through his tireless efforts to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 
Seeking to address the alarming increase in deadly acts of mass violence in the United States in recent years, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., discussed his legislation to direct public health officials to conduct research relating to why these acts occur and how to prevent them in the future.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., pays tribute to Vince Dooley for 25 years of outstanding service to the University of Georgia and a lifetime of service to education.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., discusses an amendment that would allow for the import of sunscreens from other countries while the FDA continues to review its standards for sunscreen at a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions meeting to vote on health care legislation on June 26, 2019.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., questions Kelly Craft, President Trump’s nominee to be United Nations Ambassador, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing on June 19, 2019.

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, today spoke on the Senate floor to highlight the implementation of the Veterans Community Care Program one year after the VA MISSION Act was signed into law.