February 27, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 36 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
INTRODUCTION OF THE COREY ADAMS SEARCHLIGHT ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 36
(Extensions of Remarks - February 27, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E222] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] INTRODUCTION OF THE COREY ADAMS SEARCHLIGHT ACT ______ HON. GWEN MOORE of wisconsin in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Ms. MOORE. Madam Speaker, this week, I introduced the Corey Adams Searchlight Act and I rise to urge my colleagues to support this legislation which would establish a national Green Alert system at the Department of Justice to provide assistance and support to regional, state, and local officials as they work to help locate missing veterans. This legislation is a practical step toward bringing missing veterans home safely. This issue was brought to my attention by my constituent Corey Adams. When Corey went missing, his family knew that something was wrong-- Corey left his eyeglasses, phone, money, and medications at his parent's home, where he was last seen. Despite his family filing a missing person report within hours of his disappearance, it took eight days before the police determined he met the critical missing persons' criteria. On April 7, 18 days after his initial disappearance, Corey Adams' body was recovered from a pond in a local park just one mile from his mother's home. After this tragedy, my state of Wisconsin became the first state to create a green alert system modeled after the ``Amber'' alert system which has proven effective at galvanizing public attention around abducted children. And the system has already been used to help locate missing veterans. Delaware quickly followed and more and more states may follow yet. I would like to thank the bipartisan cosponsors that have joined in this effort so far, Representative Filemon Vela, Raul Grijalva, Derek Kilmer, Frederica S. Wilson, Hank Johnson, John R. Moolenaar, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Ron Kind, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Steve Cohen, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Debbie Dingell. The bill has also garnered the endorsement of Rolling Thunder National, Inc. Madam Speaker, members of the military do not leave their fallen behind in battle and we should not do so when they come home. I urge my colleagues to cosponsor this important legislation and to work with me to see that it is enacted in the 116th Congress. ____________________