House passes sexual abuse reporting bill after Nassar sentencing
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The House passed legislation on Monday to force athletic organizations to swiftly report sexual abuse and establish preventative policies following the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Lawmakers of both parties overwhelmingly supported the bill in the 406-3 vote. It now heads to the Senate, where it must pass before it can secure President TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE’s signature.

Passage of the bill comes just over a week before the Winter Olympic Games begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea.


Nassar was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 young female athletes. A total of 156 victims testified that they sought treatment from Nassar for sports injuries and were sexually assaulted.

The House and Senate each passed versions of the legislation last year and crafted a bicameral version expected to become law.

“As the Nassar sentencing comes to a close and the Olympic Games quickly approach, we are reminded of the importance of protecting the safety and well-being of all of our athletes,” said Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Bold leadership is necessary to curb violence against youth Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act MORE (R-Ind.), the author of the original House version of the bill, which passed easily last May.

The bill would require reporting of sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement within 24 hours.

It further designates the United States Center for Safe Sport to develop and enforce policies and training for sports governing bodies to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse of athletes.

Athletic organizations would be able to establish policies preventing adults accused of sexual abuse from interacting with young athletes.

It would also require amateur sports organizations to establish "reasonable procedures" to limit one-on-one interactions between athletes under 18 years of age and adults who aren't their legal guardians, unless they are an "observable and interruptible distance from another adult."

Since the Nassar sentencing, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, USA Taekwondo and Michigan State University for information about their roles in tracking abuse of athletes.

“These organizations must have mechanisms in place to ensure complete oversight and prevent such abuses from occurring,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm Lobbying world MORE (R-Ore.) said.

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenWhite House advisers huddle with Senate moderates on infrastructure Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans MORE (D-N.H.) has called for a select committee to investigate the role of the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics in the Nassar case.

"A Select Committee is necessary because it would have an exclusive, undivided focus on the investigation and can be comprised of an equal number of female and male senators," Shaheen wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRevs. Jesse Jackson, William Barber arrested in protest urging Manchin to nix filibuster On The Money: Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure, but Democratic leaders hold out for more McConnell slams Biden for already 'caving' to left on infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats seek to calm nervous left Biden says he won't sign bipartisan bill without reconciliation bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senators, White House to meet on potential infrastructure deal MORE (D-N.Y.).