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11
Feb

Alexandria Resident Praises Senator Warner, Rep. Beyer for Ashanti Alert

Senator Mark Warner and Representative Don Beyer were praised in a recent letter in the Alexandria Gazette Packet for their support of the federal Ashanti Alert Act.
As a conservative who rarely agrees with the votes of our Democrat senators and congressman, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Warner and Kaine and Congressman Beyer for their roles in the bipartisan efforts promoting the Ashanti Alert Act through Congress. President Trump signed it into law on Dec. 31, 2018.

This new law (in case you haven’t heard) is basically the institution of an Amber Alert type of system for adults (aged 18 – 65) who have been reported as missing but are too old for an Amber Alert and too young for a Silver Alert.

The law is named for the beautiful, young victim Ashanti Billie of Norfolk, Va. who went missing in 2017 and was found in North Carolina having been murdered by a stranger. GOP Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) met with Ashanti’s family, introduced the bill and moved it through the House of Representatives.

Now that it is law, it could make the difference between life and death for endangered missing persons across our country when implemented. It will also presumably be an important tool in catching criminals who have abducted their victims for nefarious purposes such as rape, murder, or sex trafficking. This new law is a very big deal.

1
Jan

Senator Warner Announces Final Passage of Ashanti Alert Bill

Following the 2018 midterm elections, the United States Senate took up consideration of H.R. 5075, the Ashanti Alert Act of 2018. The bill had been approved by the House of Representatives in September. H.R. 5075 requires the Department of Justice to establish a national communications network, to be known as the Ashanti Alert communications network, to assist regional and local search efforts for certain missing adults.
In the Senate, Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) introduced S. 3714, a companion Senate bill that was similar to the House Ashanti Alert measure. The Senate measure was then amended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and passed unanimously on the Senate floor. The amended Senate bill was then sent back to the House for approval, where it was adopted by a vote of 386 to 2. President Trump signed Ashanti Alert into law on December 31, 2018.
“In the wake of an unspeakable tragedy, Meltony and Brandy Billie did something extraordinary: they channeled grief into a determination that other families would be spared the anguish of losing a loved one like they did Ashanti. Though no one can ever erase their pain, I hope it comforts them now to know that Ashanti’s death will not have been in vain,” said Senator Mark Warner. “Ashanti’s memory will carry on in the lives that will be saved through this new alert system.”
“This law will save lives. It closes a glaring gap in our present alert system. I’m proud to have worked with Senator Mark Warner on the Ashanti Alert Act and championed its quick passage through Congress.  This law will create a real-time alert system for missing adults, providing vital information to first responders and helping save lives,” said Blumenthal.  “Ashanti’s family should be commended for sharing her story, and turning their grief and loss into meaningful action.  Their strength and advocacy will help prevent other families from going through similar tragedies,”said Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Sen. Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, teamed up with Sen. Warner on this legislation after hearing from Ashanti’s cousin, Connecticut State Representative Patricia Billie Miller.