Kinzinger and Co-Sponsors Applaud Passage of SOAR Act
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond (SOAR) Health and Wellness Act by a voice vote.
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 767, the Stop, Observe, Ask, Respond (SOAR) Health and Wellness Act by a voice vote. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) is co-lead and original co-sponsor of the legislation, which seeks to raise awareness through education and training programs to better identify and treat human trafficking cases, and help victims get the proper care they need. Upon the passage of the bill, Congressman Kinzinger released this statement:
“It can be difficult to imagine, but human trafficking is happening here in the U.S., within our communities, and it affects all of us. I’m proud to be a co-lead of the SOAR Act, and glad to see it pass through the House today with strong bipartisan support.
“This bill will raise awareness on human trafficking, educate communities on signs to look for, and ultimately help more victims across the country. The SOAR Act supports the training of healthcare workers to identify victims and best care for them through established protocols and procedures. I believe this pilot program will have a significant impact towards putting an end to this heinous crime, and I hope to see the Senate act on it soon.”
When H.R. 767 came up for debate on the House Floor yesterday, Congressman Kinzinger gave a speech in favor of this bill and urged for its passage. His full speech can be found below and on his YouTube page. The joint press release and statements of his co-lead, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and original cosponsors, Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) can be found here.