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NKY Congressman is One of Three to Vote Against "Safe Sport" Act

A bill called the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a near unanimous vote on Tuesday.

It passed by a vote of 406 to 3.

Among the three Nay votes was Northern Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie. He was joined by fellow Republicans Justin Amash of Michigan and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

The legislation appeared late last year in response to the guilty plea of former United States Olympic Committee (USOC) doctor Larry Nassar to ten counts of first degree sexual assault. Last week, Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing female athletes.

The bill, as written, is designed to shield athletes from abuses like the ones suffered by female gymnasts over many years.

Massie frequently dissents on legislation with Amash.

In a post to Facebook, Amash explained why he voted against the bill:

The Constitution does not permit Congress to pass criminal laws like the one created by this bill. It explicitly authorizes Congress to criminalize only a few activities, which relate to matters that are clearly federal in nature (counterfeiting, crimes on the high seas, treason). All other criminal activities are punishable at the state level.

The Framers of the Constitution recognized the dangers of federalizing criminal law. The potential benefits of federalization—instant, consistent law throughout the country—are easily outweighed by the negative, unintended consequences and the threat to life and liberty that federalization poses.

You can read Amash's full post here.

Massie, meanwhile, was on the Amtrak train that crashed into a garbage truck in West Virginia earlier Wednesday, leaving one person dead. The Congressman said that he was OK.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher