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Bill would double budget to fight Internet child pornography
(IDG) -- A bill introduced in the House yesterday would double the Customs
Service's budget for combating child pornography on the Internet.
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Texas), would authorize
$20 million over the next four years for the Customs Cybersmuggling Center.
The center, established by Customs three years ago, analyzes intelligence data
related to child pornography, disseminates information to other law
enforcement agencies and coordinates undercover operations to catch people
who are electronically distributing child pornography.
Congress earmarked $2.5 million for the program this year. The Clinton
administration, in its fiscal 2000 budget, did not specifically request funds for
At a press conference today, Lampson said Customs needs the extra money
to "continue its worldwide leadership in the prevention of the sexual
exploitation and abuse of children." If the bill passes, lawmakers would still
have to agree to appropriate the funds each year.