U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) went to the Senate Floor today to
call for unanimous consent to pass his PROTECT Act of 2022, which
protects children from sexual exploitation by enhancing the
penalties for possessing child pornography and preventing judges
from sentencing offenders below federal guidelines. Senator Dick
Durbin (D-Ill.) objected and blocked the bill from passing.
Senator Durbin, with support from Senators Feinstein (D-Calif.) and
Schumer (D-N.Y.), passed similar legislation in 2003. The PROTECT
Act worked. But the Supreme Court gutted it in 2005, in a
controversial 5-4 decision called United States v. Booker, allowing
judges like Ketanji Brown Jackson the ability to impose lenient
sentences on child porn offenders.